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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Blackrock, Noel Rock Thu Feb 04, 2016 23:15 | Des Derwin

offsite link So How?s the ol? 1 Percent Getting On? Tue Jan 19, 2016 23:21 | Michael Taft

offsite link Lower Your Expectations ? the Recovery is Settling In Tue Jan 19, 2016 22:40 | Michael Taft

offsite link ?Wants? A US-style Taxation System? Tue Jan 12, 2016 15:15 | Michael Taft

offsite link How the influence of World Bank policies damaged China?s economy Mon Jan 11, 2016 18:52 | John Ross

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

offsite link What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Editing letters to the Irish Times

offsite link Stephen Collins: An enemy of my country Anthony

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Suffering from chronic naivety Anthony

offsite link Free speech under state attack in Ireland Anthony

offsite link Denis O’Brien: Are the sharks moving in for the kill? Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Week Seventeen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: does Erdogan want war with Russia? Sat Feb 06, 2016 00:06 | The Saker
The situation with Turkey is rapidly getting out of control: not only have the Turks conducted artillery strikes across the Syrian border, Turkey has refused to comply with its obligations

offsite link Coming to a head in Syria Fri Feb 05, 2016 21:39 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi What started as a ?War On Syria?, allowed to grow and fester unabated, fueled and sponsored by eighty three nations spearheaded by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/02/05 ? Open Thread Fri Feb 05, 2016 18:13 | Saker-Admin
Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the

offsite link Documentary: Takfiri Sedition Fri Feb 05, 2016 17:36 | The Saker
This film traces the roots of takfirism, an unorthodox school of thinking that attribute itself to pure Islam in modern history, but that in reality has nothing to do with

offsite link The Debate ? Syria army gains, Russia airstrikes disappoint opposition Fri Feb 05, 2016 16:23 | The Saker
Mark Sleboda is, as always, superb.  As for the other guy, well, the best I can say for him is that he is “typical” and leave it at that :-)

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national / economics and finance / feature Tuesday February 02, 2016 - 23:11 by T   image 2 images   1 attached file
Forget the official Banking Inquiry report because Joe Higgins has written a much more better one and it asks the rights questions and gets to the heart of the matter by putting the whole saga in its proper context -something which the official report couldn't thing as it would mean asking fundamental questions. Indeed the inquriy itself and official report have been steeped in controversary with allegations of coverup because of numerous reports of key officials and whistleblowers in the regulator office and central bank were ignored and their evidence never making into the inquiry. The whistleblower made a formal complaint under the Protected Disclosures Act and (Village Magazine) "outlining a range of detailed concerns about how the Central Bank and some of its legal representatives were omitting huge swathes of vital documents, redacting many of the most crucial pieces of evidence, and delaying release of vital material until it was too late to use them in briefings for public hearings – in at least one case handing them over 24 hours before a scheduled interview about them." ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / news report Monday February 01, 2016 - 22:44 by T   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 02, 2016 - 12:29)   image 1 image
If there was ever a way to discourage recycling it is to charge for it. But there is more to this story. Way back during the Bin Tax campaign it was said that the original plan was to charge for recycling and all along the plan was to send most of the recycling material like paper, cardboard and plastic to feed the huge incinerator then planned for Dublin.

This €600 million incinerator is now being built after it was forced on the people of Dublin by the former chairman of Dublin City Council John Tierney in the most undemocratic and secretive way and completely against all the councillors. This incinerator needs to be fed huge amounts of burnable material to keep it 'profitable'. It was sized for 600,000 tonnes which is more than all waste from Dublin. Tierney of course signed a lucrative deal with the incinerator operators Covanta whereby the council will make up the gap financially if they don't get enough material to feed into the monster. Now the dots have joined up and we can be sure that this announcement to start charging for recycling in July 2016 is very much connected with this since the incinerator will start operating early in 2017.
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Households use 10 per cent of water but expected to pay nearly 80 per cent of costs
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday January 20, 2016 - 21:53 by right2water   image 1 image   1 attached file
The Right2Water campaign said today (Wednesday January 20th) that water charges are being used to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest in our society. Pointing out that households only use 10 percent of water but are now expected to pay up to 78 percent of all costs while corporations and agriculture use 90 percent of all water but will only pay 22 percent of the costs, Right2Water said that water charges amount to a ‘transfer of wealth’. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Monday January 18, 2016 - 12:38 by right2water   image 1 image   1 attached file
Campaign warns public opposition to water charges will be reflected in ballot boxes

The Right2Water campaign has announced details of local events planned for Saturday January 23rd to highlight the campaign’s ongoing demand for the abolition of water charges. Nearly 30 different events are planned in a range of locations from Cavan to Dublin to Cork. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday December 24, 2015 - 20:31 by foie
The Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign has issued a reply to an IFA statement on Friday alleging the campaign was engaging in a ‘smear campaign’. It has published two more pre-slaughter tests confirming the presence of antibiotic, anti-parasitic and anaesthetic chemicals. [1]

In a statement the campaign said it stood entirely behind the publication and accuracy of the pre-slaughter test results for farmed salmon they published on line last week showing the presence of 10 chemicals. The Information Commissioner reversed the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Foods 2012 decision not to release these reports in July of this year. [2]
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national / anti-capitalism / news report Thursday December 03, 2015 - 07:37 by Frackture   video 2 video files
Irish government wastes over 1 million euro on biased fracking study
in spite of world oil prices rendering fracking itself as nothing
but a major loss making and pointless exercise. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday November 24, 2015 - 21:35 by foie
Last year we had alot of coverage in the Irish mainstream news about farmers and individuals being stopped from extracting peat -the reason is because most of our bogs which are wonderful habitats are almost completely destroyed. However we never heard or was it mentioned that there was no attempt to stop the industrial extraction of peat by large private companies yet this does infinitely more damage. It seems there is one law for the people and no law for business interests. If we are going to save our bogs we should at least make the laws applicable to ALL parties. Peat extraction to be exempted from planning permission Press Release - 23 November, 2015 Friends of the Irish Environment The industrial extraction of peat is to be removed from planning controls, according to statements by horticultural peat extraction companies Bulrush and Westland in the High Court on Friday. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday November 22, 2015 - 19:34 by john throne   text 7 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2015 - 22:51)
This article deals with how much left sectarianism has damaged the workers struggle in Ireland. ... read full story / add a comment
Independent Irish TD’s Mick Wallace & Clare Daly with Maura Harrington
national / environment / news report Friday November 13, 2015 - 00:13 by DD   image 2 images
Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. Many sources believe that these executions were done at the behest of Shell. Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni people, had been actively leading successful civil society actions and demonstrations thwarting Shell’s development of oil on the land of these indigenous farmers and fishermen. Even though it hasn’t been explicitly proven that Shell ordered the killing… they did benefit from the outcome and later paid reparations to the families. (In 2009 Shell settled out of court to the tune of 15.5 million dollars to the families of the victims to avoid going to court in the USA.) ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday November 11, 2015 - 10:05 by Laurence Cox   text 1 comment (last - wednesday november 25, 2015 - 11:28)   1 attached file
How are social movements doing in Ireland? What kind of real change might be on the cards, here and in Europe or further afield? What are the key issues that we should be thinking about if we want to see it happen? The Dublin launch for "We Make Our Own History" will take the form of a discussion with Irish activists about these and related issues. ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Wednesday November 04, 2015 - 23:27 by pbp
The lobbying activity of major corporations like Kennedy Wilson on rent controls should not be tolerated, according to Annette Mooney, the People Before Profit representative in Dublin Bay South.

‘There is a large rental sector in this constituency and we have already come across countless cases where people are being effectively evicted because they cannot pay exorbitant demands for rent rises.

‘Rent controls are clearly needed but we now discover that the global real estate company Kennedy Wilson is using economic leverage to influence Irish state policy.

Kennedy Wilson is a huge US company that has become one of the biggest property owners in Ireland since the crash. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday November 03, 2015 - 10:18 by regret   text 3 comments (last - tuesday december 01, 2015 - 23:49)   image 2 images   video 3 video files
On the 6th October, parents representing the Irish Support Group REGRET met with a group of 15 TDs and Senators at the Irish Parliament ('The Dáil') . Maureen O'Sullivan T.D. organized the cross-party meeting to bring attention to the serious adverse reactions suffered by Irish schoolgirls after taking the HPV vaccine 'Gardasil'. R.E.G.R.E.T stands for "Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma" ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Monday November 02, 2015 - 22:58 by aaa
The political trial of 18 people who delayed Joan Burton in her car began today. It is an escalation in the attempt to demonise and vilify an entire community for rejecting the Labour Party.

Four AAA members were present in court, as part of the targeting of our own organisation by the Gardai and the establishment. On top of these charges, we have had permission to collect money door to door refused in two Garda districts, including Tallaght and there has been the revelations around Operation Mizen which has seen Gardai carry out surveillance on water charge activists including Paul Murphy TD. ... read full story / add a comment
national / racism & migration related issues / opinion/analysis Thursday October 15, 2015 - 22:07 by pbp   text 18 comments (last - sunday october 25, 2015 - 07:32)
Accommodation is one of the most critical issues for the Traveller community and is identified in the 2013-2020 Healthy Ireland Report as the most significant determinant on health.

The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 enshrines in law the requirement of local authorities to provide culturally appropriate accommodation in all its forms, including halting sites, group housing schemes, standard houses and transient accommodation to Travellers.

Local authorities, following a consultation process with locally based Traveller organisations and the Traveller community are required to prepare and adopt a 5 year Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) to meet the existing and projected accommodation needs of Travellers in their areas.
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national / indymedia ireland / news report Tuesday October 13, 2015 - 16:01 by 1 of Indymedia   text 8 comments (last - monday october 19, 2015 - 16:22)   image 1 image
The Indymedia website returns to service today after an almost two week outage from Sept 29th until today Oct 13th.

This was an unplanned outage and unfortunately it took much longer than expected to restore and may have led people to think we had shutdown permanently. We hope our contributors and readers will return and continue to make use of Indymedia for it's intended purpose of posting news, reports and events by the public and activist communities. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday September 23, 2015 - 23:52 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
Shell have recently applied for permission to operate their raw gas pipeline linking the Corrib gas field to the Bellanaboy refinery and are asking the Dept of Energy and Minister Alex White for “prompt processing” of its application. We have until the 25th of September to put in objections.

Don’t reward Shell abuses in Ireland! We, the undersigned demand that you reject Shell's request to operate their dangerous raw gas pipeline that will be used to plunder Ireland’s resources.

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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday September 23, 2015 - 23:31 by pbp
The European Commission has been investigating how Apple got away with paying a tax rate of just 2 percent on massive profits. It has concluded that the company benefited from an illegal deal with the Irish government. This judgement will be announced shortly. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 14, 2015 - 18:34 by Shane J. Cassidy   text 2 comments (last - sunday september 20, 2015 - 10:04)
The ongoing Irish water crisis has seen the emergence of a sustained mass movement of people, protesting the imposition of these punitive charges. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Sunday August 23, 2015 - 20:49 by right2water   text 2 comments (last - thursday september 03, 2015 - 16:22)   image 1 image
The Right2Water campaign has called another major demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 29th August 2015 at 2pm.

The government is still on the hop because not enough people have paid their water bills and we can still beat them. This is why they have now said they have capped the amount out for another couple of years but don't be fooled, we need to keep the pressure on. They are also in negotiations for the TTIP treaty which between Europe and the US and is a corporate wishlist and includes provisions to allow them to sue governments if they do NOT privatise public services including of course water. At this point they will claim they had no choice and the "decision" was taken out of their hands. So integral to winning the Right to Water is to defeat the TTIP and ensure it never gets passed. ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / other press Monday July 20, 2015 - 21:27 by postman   text 2 comments (last - sunday september 20, 2015 - 13:53)
The controversy over NAMA's sale of the Nothern Ireland loan portfolio, Project Eagle, has not gone away. It suited the Government just fine when the PAC said they would bring NAMA before the committee. - It also suited NAMA, whose polished performance was always going to give them some breathing space, given that the PAC, - no disrespect to any of it's members - just doesn't have the wherewithal to hold them to account. Here is a part of my piece on the workings of NAMA from last Tuesday, when we were debating a Housing Bill . - ... read full story / add a comment

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