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offsite link Time for the Left to Act Together Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:10 | Eddie Conlon

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Health, Gender-Based Violence and the Right to Reparations in Ireland. Sat Jan 24, 2015 16:06 | Máiréad Enright

offsite link Mental Disorder and Punishment in Criminal Law ? Seminar Wed Jan 21, 2015 14:22 | Yvonne Daly

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offsite link Seminar 5th Feb 2015 (Trans)Gender Recognition in Germany: The Role of the German Courts Thu Jan 15, 2015 08:30 | Liam Thornton

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Judge Facing Citizens' Arrest in Ireland - Integrity Ireland - Jan 2015
See http://www.indymedia.ie/article/105200


national / anti-war Tuesday October 07, 2008 16:47 by Pat Muldowney
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Remember this?

The Remembrance season is approaching. We will be called upon yet again to show maturity, to support reconciliation, to advance peace --- by participating in ceremonies which celebrate aggression, violence and war crimes!.

Mayo "Peace" Memorial

Four years ago a participant in one of the greatest war crimes in history was honoured in Mayo by a minister of the Irish government. Sergeant Major Cornelius Coughlan (Victoria Cross) of the Gordon Highlanders was praised by Defence Minister Michael Smith for his role in putting down the so-called Indian Mutiny of 1857, which Indians call their First War of Independence. Minister Smith praised Coughlan, along with sixty other brave Irishmen, as he put it, who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the military campaign that followed the Indian Mutiny.

derry / anti-war Monday August 11, 2008 10:13 by Jim Keys
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The Offending Artwork

Jim Keys, a member of the Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign (FEIC), was arrested on Friday after their monthly peace vigil outside Raytheon’s Derry software facility. His crime? He touched up a three year old spray drawing of The Black Shamrock on the public pavement outside Raytheon! The charge? Criminal Damage?

international / anti-war Wednesday July 30, 2008 16:20 by José Antonio Gutiérrez
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This is a short interview we conducted with Gearóid Ó Loingsigh on the state of affairs in Colombia at the moment after the release of Ingrid Betancourt and after years of the implementation of Plan Colombia.

Gearoid is an Irish researcher for social organisations in Colombia and author of "La Estrategia Integral del Paramilitarismo en el Magdalena Medio" and "El Catatumbo: Un Reto Por La Verdad" as well as a forthcoming publication on the oil industry.

limerick / anti-war Friday July 25, 2008 11:18 by Ciaron
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$7,000,000 WMD for Peace

Ciaron O'Reilly writes: ''...Shannon Airport felt spooky. The last sight of the West by most of the 4,000 young Americans who passed through its small "departure" lounge to their deaths in Iraq. Spooky, too, as I reflected on an Irish society so integral to facilitating the killing yet so disengaged with the escalating and expanding war. Most U.S. troops in Iraq have passed through this small rural out of the way airport.

Spooky as I reflected on my own disengagement from the ongoing suffering. Have I, too, learned to live in an Ireland with the transit lounge for death that is Shannon Airport?...''

national / anti-war Sunday June 15, 2008 21:25 by Ciaron O'Reilly
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(Not) Wanted : Bush

Since George W came to Belfast last time (03) over one million Iraqis, mostly women and children (Lancet Report) have been slain. Most of the U.S. troops doing the slaying have passed through Shannon Airport, Ireland, to get to their victims.. 4,000 of their number have returned in body bags, 20,000 with serious injuries (amputations, loss of sanity etc) they will never recover from and another 20,000 evacuated with injuries they should recover from. Thousands of veterans have suicided on return..

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ciaron_assange_g20.jpg imagevideoBrisbane G20 - Ciaron O'Reilly prohibited then arrested speaking out for Assange, Manning, Snowden 22:43 Sun 16 Nov by WISE Up Wales 6 comments

Policing for the G20 summit in Brisbane this past weekend was of overkill proportions. There was very little in the way of serious resistance, the Guardian reported that cops (6,000) outnumbered protesters and only 14 arrests were made. One of these was Irish-Australian Manning and Assange solidarity and anti-war activist Ciaron O'Reilly, who has been held in custody all weekend and will be brought before Brisbane Magistrates on Monday morning.

textISIS persecution of christians and yazidis 11:10 Thu 28 Aug by nomercyforthemerciless 1 comments

The Iraqi ethnic and religious minority descends from some of the region’s most ancient roots and face executions for a reputation as ‘devil worshippers’.

This was by far the best poster at today's demo, hand drawn by the lady in the photographs' young daughter. imageLong Live Novorossiya! 13:00 Sun 03 Aug by Anti-Imperialist Front Ireland 0 comments

Today 2/8/14, on the 3 month anniversary of the Odessa massacre, we joined in with comrades outside of the Ukrainian embassy in Dublin to tell the Kiev regime - stop the Slaughter of innocent civilians.

To date there has been over 1000 people killed. What's happening in Ukraine is appalling, it's a total massacre of innocent civilians. Atrocities are being committed by the Fascist Kiev Junta and here the media and the political class are ignoring it altogether.

photo by shannonwatch imageClare Daly and Mick Wallace carry out a protest to highlight military misuse of Shannon 10:27 Wed 23 Jul by fred 1 comments

Yesterday independent TD's Clare Daly and Mick Wallace carried out a protest designed to highlight use of Shannon for military purposes yesterday. They were later released. Daly has vowed to hold the state to account for it's complicity in US military warmongering in the middle east and elsewhere. Fair play to Clare and Mick.

Gerry Conlon with Chelsea Manning's mum Susan at Trinity College imagevideoR.I.P. Gerry Conlon: Video of his speech in Dublin, Nov 2013 21:39 Mon 23 Jun by WISE Up Wales 2 comments

Gerry Conlon's speech in full, filmed by Dave Donnellan at Trinity College Dublin, in solidarity with Chelsea Manning and her family. With introductory song 'Giuseppe Conlon' by Joe Black.

Dave Donnellan writes:

"On the 29 November 2013 an event was held in Trinity College Dublin to mark the visit of the family of Chelsea Manning to Dublin. During the evening Gerard Conlon gave a speech that nobody who was there is ever likely to forget. It was Gerard Conlon at his best: fiery, courageous and compassionate. May he rest in peace."

Vigil at the GPO imagevideoSolidarity with Chelsea Manning & Family in Dublin 22:58 Mon 12 May by Genny 0 comments

Members of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's family made a second trip from Wales to Dublin last week, to report back on February's visit to Chelsea in Fort Leavenworth, to catch up with friends made last November in Ireland and this January at the Manning Truthfest in Pembrokeshire, and to see a bit of Dublin. The family's visit to Chelsea in February was paid for with donations made to the Private Manning Family Fund, the first time in nearly four years that the family had received any financial support with prison visits.

textNew Vid (10 mins) - Family of imprisoned Pvt. Manning find solidarity & voice in Ireland 18:48 Thu 19 Dec by Ciaron 2 comments

New Afri Vid (10 mins) - Family of imprisoned Pvt. Manning find solidarity & voice in Ireland
http://tinyurl.com/pjunes9

Guantanamo Granny - Margaretta D'Arcy imageGuantanamo Granny tries to arrest Judge 17:57 Thu 12 Dec by Margaretta D'Arcy 3 comments

Margaretta (Guantanamo Granny) D'Arcy's account of the judgement at Ennis Court on Wednesday 11th December

textVID (13 mins) - Ciaron O'Reilly speaks out for Assange, Harrison, Manning & Snowden in Dublin! 13:03 Mon 09 Dec by Free Speech - use it or lose it! 10 comments

VID (13 mins) - Ciaron O'Reilly, recently attacked & censored at the London Anarchist Bookfair
& Liverpool Manning solidarity event at the Casa ,speaks out for Assane & Manning in Dublin,
no health & safety issues reported.
http://tinyurl.com/pyhecwf

Carmen Trotta of New York Catholic Worker imageDublin shows us how it’s done [Part 2]: Solidarity in action for Chelsea Manning and family 06:11 Mon 09 Dec by genny 0 comments

The second part of this account, detailing our solidarity trip to Dublin with Private Manning's family members from Wales.

"A woolly hat sent with love from California leads me to Chelsea Manning’s Welsh Mum, we catch and run with a rugby ball, Ciaron’s faith carries us to Ireland and the Irish respond with gifts of truth for Wales."

Part 1 is here: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/104336
Full article with pictures and links: http://wp.me/p42I6Q-5X

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textIrish Political links to clandestine arms trade Jan 21 by Mick MacOmbe 0 comments

The Taoiseach ,The arms dealers ,his money and the Gulf war.The arrival of an obscure millionaire to Massbrook Pontoon Co Mayo in the later part of the last century was cloaked in secrecy. Across the lake of Lough Conn the home town of Charles Haughey and Enda Kenny ,Castlebar was to be the recruiting ground for one of the largest arms controversies in modern times and the key issue that led to the Gulf War.

Here is that story.

textAnalysis of the causes of the crash of Flight MH17 (Malaysian Boeing 777) Nov 11 by Blanca Gasco 0 comments

A high level technical analysis of why MH17 crashed down and how it was worked out. Clear evidences show that the airplane was shot down by an ukrainian fighter jet.

Eyewitnesses have seen and heared a second airplane near the passenger plane. Look for these You Tube Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa_R2NA1txc ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czqmeMhWyFo
; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuoIw3jBV4g , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuoIw3jBV4g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuoIw3jBV4g

imagevideoUS/NATO backed Kiev Neo-Nazi regime intended target Putin's plane but hit Malaysian Airline MH17 ins... Jul 18 by T 21 comments

Yesterday afternoon tragically 295 people lost their lives. What we do know is that if the Kiev fascist regime had any sort of tenuous proof that the separatists had shot it down the Western media would be screaming bloody murder. Instead they are quite coy and initially qualified it with the word accident. And accident of sorts it may well have been because it looks like this may have been more than yet another provocation by US/NATO via their neo-Nazi puppets in Kiev to widen the conflict but in fact may have been a direct attempt to assassinate president Putin because it has been reported his presidential plane flew over the same region approximately 30 minutes earlier. More on this later. But first some details on the lead up to this.

imageUS President Obama Visit in Manila Apr 30 by PLM, PM, Akbayan 0 comments

The small window of opportunity to forge an independent foreign policy that the Philippines gained with the expulsion of the US bases in 1992 will disappear with the impending signing of the Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation with the US.

textUkraine and German imperialism. Apr 22 by john throne 0 comments

German imperialism was left in an extremely weakened state militarily after world war 2. It depended on US imperialism and its stooges to help it stand against Stalinism. With the collapse of Stalinism it sought peace and friendly relations with the new Russian power. Within this umbrella its economic power flourished. This is now threatened. So also is the entire stability of Europe. the stupidity of US imperialism as its thrashes about in its death those is no help.

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textThe Irish - British Military Training Agreement Jan 22 Celtic League 0 comments

Comparative review of the role of the Irish Army in peace-keeping overthe past 50 years and the British Army's counter-insurgency role in the same period often waged ruthlessly and with brutal consequences.

textPress Release: US Senate Report on CIA Torture Shows its Time for the Irish Government to Act Dec 11 0 comments

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.

textCourt Summons for TDs who Attempted to Do What the Gardai Should be Doing Dec 01 0 comments

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.

textPress Release - Shannonwatch Welcomes Oireachtas Petitions Committee Visit to Shannon Oct 05 0 comments

Shannonwatch welcomes the visit to Shannon Airport by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions. The visit which took place on October 2nd was a follow-up to a petition by Shannonwatch earlier this year. The petition called for the Government to investigate the use of Shannon Airport and Irish airspace for the transit of US armed troops, munitions and other war material, as well as for the refuelling of CIA-associated aircraft involved in extraordinary rendition.

During their visit to Shannon, representatives of the Committee met with members of the Gardai including Chief Superintendent John Kerin and with airport officials before meeting again with Shannonwatch. They were informed that about 40,000 US troops had gone through Shannon so far this year. However Shannonwatch understands that airport officials said that US troops were not essential to the economics of Shannon Airport as they contribute relatively little, and that civilian passengers contribute far more with shopping, car parking and so on.

imageWeekend of Peace Events Planned for Shannon in October Oct 02 2 comments

Shannonwatch are inviting groups and individuals from around Ireland to join them in organising a series of peace events at Shannon Airport on the weekend of October 11th and 12th. The main event of the weekend will be a public demonstration on Sunday 12th at 2pm, calling for an end to the US military use of the airport.

The event is being co-organised and supported by a large number of groups including Shannonwatch, Galway Alliance Against War, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM), Afri, and the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). Bus transport is being arranged from Dublin on Sunday 12th and as a result a large turnout is expected (contact details for the bus are given below).

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