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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday August 26, 2015 - 23:59 by People's Movement 1 comment (last - monday september 07, 2015 - 21:18)
CHANGE OF VENUE TO: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 The demo will be at the Millennium Wing entrance, Clare St.
David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States and cheerleader for TTIP will be speaking on: 'Transatlantic Relations and TTIP'
Join us for an hour to show him and his cronies that we reject ... ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Sunday August 23, 2015 - 20:49 by right2water 2 comments (last - thursday september 03, 2015 - 16:22) 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 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
For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its "risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health." The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.
However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on "any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers" will not take effect. ... read full story / add a comment
As Shannon Airport prepares to stage an air show on July 18th to celebrate its achievements in the world of aviation, peace groups in Ireland issue a reminder that its recent history is not one to be proud of. Since 2001 the airport has been used by the US military as a gateway to wars in the Middle East. These wars have resulted in the death of innocent men, women and children, left millions of people homeless, and destroyed communities and entire countries. ... read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / event notice Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 15:22 by People's Movement 1 image
The negotiations on the proposed Transatlantic and Investment Partnership were begun in July 2013, and nine rounds of negotiations have taken place since. The tenth round is due to take place in Brussels on 13 -17 July. The People’s Movement will be holding a demonstration against TTIP at 1 p.m. on Wednesday 15 July outside the EU Parliament offices in Dublin to mark the tenth round of negotiations. All are welcome. Please put it in your diary. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 14:11 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) - Philippines 3 images
The following statement is issued by various progressive individuals and organizations from many parts of the world, but mostly in Asia-Pacific. A copy of the statement has already been sent to Syriza's international department.
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The Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Why we’re being kept in the dark
A public discussion forum on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Programme (TTIP) will be held in the Maldron Hotel, Cork next Saturday, 11th July at 2.00pm. ... read full story / add a comment
On Saturday 18th July the East Wall History Group will host the inaugural Sarah Lundberg Summer School. Held in conjunction with the Alternative Visions Oral History Group, the event is in honour of our friend and colleague Sarah Lundberg, an archivist, historian and publisher who tragically passed away last year.
The topic of Kathleen Lynn was chosen because this remarkable woman was the subject of a major publishing project that Sarah had begun at the time of her death. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Kathleen Lynn in September of 1955. ... read full story / add a comment
Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on resolution: European Stop TTIP alliance sends open letter
international / economics and finance / press release Sunday July 05, 2015 - 12:50 by Stop TTIP 1 image
The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country: ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday July 02, 2015 - 23:04 by Brandon Turbeville 1 image
We are reproducing this very important article by Brandon Turbeville from Activist Post in light of the constant stream of propaganda about terrorism and the recent attacks in which unfortunately three Irish people were killed including others who are just as important, in order to show that there is a direct link to US government foreign policy. In turn this foreign policy serves the corporate state which are the same forces pushing things like TTIP and neo liberal policies, austerity, social deprivation, worse working conditions, destruction of the environment and of course the creeping totalitarian state.
When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terrorists– directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.
Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.
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dublin / economics and finance / event notice Monday June 29, 2015 - 16:41 by Cat 6 comments (last - wednesday july 15, 2015 - 06:25) 1 image
This Saturday, 4th of July, we are gathering to express our Solidarity with the Greek people. The march will start at 12pm at the Central Bank.
Please join in the march!
Event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/372093629667333/
We are also tweeting with the hashtags:
#IrelandStandsWithGreece ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Tuesday June 23, 2015 - 23:39 by 1 of Indymedia 1 image
The Solidarity Times facebook page is reported today that Water charges protestor Stephen Bennett is being sent to prison. Here is their report.
The Water charges protester Stephen Bennett will be in jail for one month tomorrow. He was not convicted of anything, instead the courts attempted to impose 'protest ban' bail conditions which he has continued to refuse to accept. All sections of the water charges movements should be demanding Stephens immediate and unconditional release.
"To my Friends, Comrades and to the Irish Water movement. I send this message of solidarity from my cell in Cloverhill prison, where I have been since May 20th. ... read full story / add a comment
The drip feed of questionable deals carried out by NAMA is well under way. Regularly now, we see information reaching the public domain whereby NAMA have sold stressed assets at less than their real value and the purchasers are turning them over within 2 years, at profit ranging from 30% to 40%/ The purchasers are mostly foreign investment funds – ‘vulture funds ‘ – who have picked on the carcass of the stressed Irish property market. Many of them have retained the assets, and become serious players in the residential rental market in Ireland, especially Dublin, and have developed a controlling influence, managing to drive up rents astronomically in our capital city. This all doesn’t make them evil people – they just do what they do, it’s called unfettered Capitalism - our problem as Irish citizens is that our Government have allowed a situation to develop whereby the vulture funds win and the Irish tax payer loses. And our present Neo Liberal Government think that this is all fine. I believe otherwise. Here’s my Leader’s Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week, who knows that all is not well. - ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-capitalism / event notice Thursday June 18, 2015 - 09:16 by Progressive film club 1 image
Autumn Sun is a film about the occupy movement in the US set in Oaklands California. Ciutat Morta is a film about police brutality in Spain ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / news report Monday June 15, 2015 - 22:01 by Martin Healy 11 comments (last - monday june 29, 2015 - 18:02)
The REGRET Group recently received a list of all the adverse reactions
reported to the Irish Health Regulatory Authority (HPRA) following
vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday June 11, 2015 - 22:25 by no-patents-on-seeds.org
Press Release 21st May “Act now – save the future of our food!” The coalition of No Patents on Seeds! has published an international call to European governments to stop patents on plants and animals. They are warning that international corporations such as Monsanto are taking more and more control of resources needed for food production. As recent research shows, the European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce. ... read full story / add a comment
Sean Kelly (FG) MEP has betrayed his responsibility to defend the interests of the Irish people - Liadh Ní Riada MEP
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday June 10, 2015 - 23:27 by SF
Liadh Ní Riada MEP has strongly criticised the call of Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly to have a potential international court for TTIPs Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) located in Ireland.
She said that Kelly has completely betrayed his responsibility to defend the interests of the Irish people.
The mechanism of the International State Dispute Settlement court is part of the highly controversial TTIP agreement which has been met with widespread public opposition across the European Union ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday June 10, 2015 - 14:23 by No to TTIP 2 comments (last - saturday june 13, 2015 - 15:04)
The European Citizens’ Initiative "Stop TTIP" has reached a new record number of signatures a few days ahead of a critical vote on TTIP in the European Parliament. With 2 million signatories, this is the largest European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) since the introduction of the instrument in 2012. In order for an ECI to be successful, half this number would suffice. Moreover, Stop TTIP has collected the required minimum number of signatures in 14 EU Member States, double the amount needed to receive an official response from the European Commission and a hearing in the European Parliament. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Tuesday June 09, 2015 - 23:22 by pbp 1 image
As the country reflects on a new beginning, SPARK are asking you to extend equality to children. Ireland has failed to protect children from the recession and child poverty rates have seen a shocking increase over the last few years. However, the picture is even bleaker for children in one parent families. 23% of our children live in consistent poverty and that is before the draconian cuts to incomes of working lone parents are introduced in July.
Join NWCI at the SPARK protest at the Dail Gates, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 at 3:30pm on Weds 10th June ... read full story / add a comment