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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / other press Dé Domhnaigh Nollaig 14, 2014 - 19:39 bywsm   image 1 image
On Thursday night RTE Primetime presented what many have described as a 'regime broadcast', an utterly transparent hatchet job of the anti-Water Charges campaign. This featured, supposedly, an anonymous water meter installer describing being accosted by knife, hatchet, baseball bat, and golf club wielding maniacal protesters – the sinister fringe. The core message transmitted in the program was 'you can protest, but don't protest effectively'. If you watched it (link below), what did you think? ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / press release Déardaoin Nollaig 11, 2014 - 14:22 byshannonwatch
Shannonwatch are appalled at the shocking revelations about CIA torture of detainees in the US Senate intelligence committee report released on Tuesday Dec 9th. Details of the methods used, the extent of the torture and the scale of lies and deceit from a government agency are even worse than was already known. Ireland's complicity has already been documented by other reports, but given this new information it is now well past time for a full investigation of the role played by Shannon in the brutal and illegal interrogation undertaken by the CIA. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / other press Dé hAoine Nollaig 05, 2014 - 19:33 byirate   image 1 image
I'm reproducing this post here because I think it needs wider circulation. I hope the original poster will forgive
my boldness but It is an important message that should get out to the widest possible audience.
Basically, under instruction from the EU, we will be giving private investors the interest on 28 billion of bank debt instead of paying it
back to the Irish central bank as is currently the case, all with barely a murmur from the Irish media. Meanwhile the distraction storm rages on over a piddling 280 million which MIGHT be repaid to junior bond holders some of which MAY actually be local credit unions etc who are very beneficial to our economy.
Furthermore If interest rates rise in the future we WILL be crucified by huge wasted interest repayments to greedy vulture capitalists. Meanwhile the media have us pissing and moaning over a hypothetical 280 million which MIGHT be repaid mainly to the likes of our own credit unions which will be peanuts compared to these other interest payments most likely going to foreign vulture capitalists ... read full story / add a comment
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cork / bin tax/household tax/water tax / event notice Dé hAoine Nollaig 05, 2014 - 19:16 byEric   image 1 image
You are invited to join us at a meeting / film showing, titled: “If water were a person, it would be an anarchist: An anarchist view on the water charges”, next Tuesday 9th December, 8pm, in the Cork Community Printshop, Oliver Plunkett Street Lower ( behind the Bus Station ) ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / other press Dé Máirt Nollaig 02, 2014 - 23:28 bywsm   image 1 image
This article was written by the WSM and appears on their website and is the text for a 4 page PDF leaflet which you are encouraged to print and distribute.

In the face of massive opposition to the water charges, the government have made several clumsy attempts to placate us, while their partners in the media seek to frighten us off the streets. The latest attempt, delivered by Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government in the Dáil on the 19th of November, is the plan to charge us €160 per year for our water and to give ‘eligible households’ a water conservation grant of €100. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / press release Dé Luain Nollaig 01, 2014 - 23:54 byshannonwatch
Shannonwatch have expressed their disappointment that the State has decided to summons TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace to appear before Ennis District Court on Wednesday December 3rd for peace actions, while at the same time failing to investigate complaints made about US military and other aircraft that may be in breach of international law. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / feature Dé Sathairn Samhain 29, 2014 - 17:45 byShane Cassidy   text 3 comments (last - dé luain nollaig 15, 2014 - 13:52)   image 1 image
This article examines the Transatlantic Free Trade agreement and it's potential repercussions. In 2010 the US mining and gas company, Renco, managed to successfully avoid having to pay compensation to Peruvian locals who were harmed due to pollution by their companies by successfully using a provision of the Peru-US Trade Agreement[1]. Not satisfied with avoiding having to pay compensation, the company has since demanded $800 million from the Peruvian government as they argue that one of the companies they own, Doe Run, was forced into bankruptcy due to an expensive pollution clean-up which the Peruvian government required Doe Run to conduct [2]. ... read full story / add a comment
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cork / anti-war / event notice Dé Luain Samhain 17, 2014 - 19:47 byKM   image 1 image
"Odessa & Donbass. Tragedy of Ukraine" Photo Exhibition

Opening reception 20.11.14 6pm.
Witness conferencing by Julia S 22nd of November 2014 at 1pm.

Camden Palace Hotel Camden Quay Cork ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / opinion/analysis Dé Luain Samhain 17, 2014 - 11:37 byanon   text 8 comments (last - dé céadaoin samhain 19, 2014 - 23:12)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
It is clear that the governments is seeking to split the anti-water charges campaign by modifying the water charges and publicly attacking any violence surrounding the protests. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / bin tax/household tax/water tax / other press Dé Domhnaigh Samhain 16, 2014 - 01:15 byT   image 1 image
This is a repost of an important article on the Irish Left Review website and goes into detail on the connection between the Water Charges and the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently being concluded in secret by the EU and US.

*** The water charges can and must be defeated by resistance and non-payment but water, as a human right, must also be secured as a publicly owned and controlled resource universally available. Remember, we had to fight water charges in the 1980’s and again in the 1990’s so let’s make this win a permanent one. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / event notice Déardaoin Samhain 13, 2014 - 21:10 byLaurence Cox   image 1 image
national / crime and justice / press release Dé Céadaoin Samhain 12, 2014 - 23:34 byshell2sea
Shell to Sea has called on Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White to clarify what impact Corrib Gas partner Vermilion's Luxembourg tax avoidance deal – revealed in today's Irish Times – will have on the revenue the exchequer thinks it will earn from the Corrib gas field. [1] ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / event notice Dé Céadaoin Samhain 12, 2014 - 22:05 byno to Irish Water   text 26 comments (last - dé céadaoin nollaig 17, 2014 - 06:51)   image 15 images   video 2 video files   1 attached file
The next major Right2Water event is a National Assembly outside the Dail on International Human Rights Day. This will take place on Wednesday, 10th December 2014 at 1pm.

We will reaffirm our demand that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word..

EVENT: National Assembly
LOCATION: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
UPDATE: Merrion Street blocked off by Garda. Go around to Kildare St.
TIME: 1pm ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / feature Dé Domhnaigh Samhain 02, 2014 - 00:07 byT   text 5 comments (last - dé luain samhain 10, 2014 - 23:40)   image 14 images   video 1 video file
Over 100 separate local demonstrations took place today (Sat Nov 1st) against the Water Charges and for the Right 2 Water. Organisers estimate conservatively that over 150,000 were out on the streets today to send a message to this government that they won't accept paying for water twice and having it privatised later.

People realize that all the false promises and allowances will eventually be dropped and the long term result will be that a privatised water company will prey on the people with massive hikes in charges and big fat bonuses for themselves.

There were protests from Cork & Kerry to Wexford to Dublin to Limerick to Galway to Sligo to Donegal to Cavan to Dundalk and all over the Midlands. There has never been anything like it perhaps since the foundation of the state. The people are truly fed up and are determined and will not be abused by the political technocrats of big Capital that is robbing every social gain our forebears fought hard to get over the past century. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights and freedoms / event notice Dé Sathairn Samhain 01, 2014 - 01:49 byT   text 5 comments (last - dé domhnaigh samhain 16, 2014 - 01:28)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will drive renewal in Europe by supporting renewed growth rates of 1.5% with a boost in economic activity worth €800M! That’s one narrative, the other is that TTIP will undermine our democracy while driving environmental and food safety standards downwards and undermine progress for climate justice. Is it possible that it will do both?

This process has the potential to be a major game-changer for the coming decades, who will benefit, will there be losers and how will all this impact on us in both the Global North and Global South?

Come and join the discussion at the Comhlámh at the #firstweddebates ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / other press Dé Sathairn Samhain 01, 2014 - 01:16 byT   image 1 image
This water charge FAQ from the WSM answers your questions about the water charge and the growing resistance to it. If there is a question you want to ask that is not here or if you think one of the answers could be improved contact us via https://twitter.com/wsmireland or https://www.facebook.com/WorkersSolidarityMovement with your suggestions. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / education / news report Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 22, 2014 - 22:36 bywsm   text 1 comment (last - dé luain samhain 10, 2014 - 15:06)   image 1 image
Five years ago, the Irish Anarchist Review replaced Red and Black Revolution as the magazine of the Workers Solidarity Movement. It’s mission was to fill a vacuum in Irish radical circles, to be a publication that raised questions and provoked debate, rather than laying out blueprints for success, as had been the norm in the more theoretical work of the left. It was established at a time where a fightback was believed to be imminent, when the expectation was that as the (economic) beatings continued, morale would improve. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / event notice Dé Máirt Deireadh Fómhair 21, 2014 - 23:52 byRight2Water   text 11 comments (last - dé haoine samhain 28, 2014 - 17:04)   image 1 image
Sat Nov 1st is going to be a Right2Water National Day of Local Protests from 12am onwards

The Right2Water campaign is helping to coordinate dozens of local demonstrations across Ireland, all due to take place on November 1st.

Following on from one of the largest national demonstrations in Irish history, the Right2Water campaign says it will continue to build a mass movement of opposition to water charges.

The campaign – which involves trade unions, political parties and community groups – believes people are angry and unified in their opposition to these unfair charges.

The campaign is asking all anti-water charges groups – including political parties – to unify and work together to ensure as large a demonstration as possible in their home towns and cities. ... read full story / add a comment
derry / housing / event notice Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 18, 2014 - 21:16 byRadical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

Derry, Sunday 2nd November, Sandinos, 3 - 6pm. ... read full story / add a comment
galway / housing / event notice Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 18, 2014 - 21:14 byRadical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

16:30-17:30, Saturday 1st Nov, Galway Bay Hotel, Galway. -The latter time is to accomodate Water Charges protest. ... read full story / add a comment
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