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dublin / elections Saturday May 10, 2014 13:20 by 1 of Indymedia
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The Euro and local council elections take place on Fri May 23rd and nationwide there are 11 MEPs to be elected to represent Ireland Euro elections will also be taking place across Europe for a grand total of 751 seats in the European Parliament. Regrettably the European Commission which is composed of 28 non-elected and appointed commissioners and is besieged by thousands of lobbying firms working for the private sector, is probably reckoned to have more power. Yet despite this Europe matters because at least 70% of our legislation comes from there and practically most of the regulation in a diverse range of areas originates from Europe and some of the more background regulation has its origins with corporate lobbyists with the aim of using heavy regulation to put smaller competitors out of businesses by greatly increasing the relative costs for smaller businesses. The main political parties of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael constantly tell us they are pro business and for jobs and the economy. In fact they are for big business, privatisation, outsourcing of jobs, lower wages, less social safety net and their support of big business and corporations constantly results in the suffocating of small business which are the very areas that lead to most employment.

dublin / elections Wednesday March 16, 2011 14:01 by Maire
Rosaleen McDonagh is seeking election to the Seanad in the Trinity Constituency

Rosaleen McDonagh is contesting the Seanad Election in the Dublin University Constituency. She is a well known Traveller activist, feminist and writer.

national / elections Thursday February 24, 2011 08:50 by T
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Can efficiency improvements fill the gap?

Given it is just days away from the election and a new government, most likely to be led by Fine Gael, many are probably wondering what exactly is the current state of Ireland and what are the prospects for recovery. In short, things are bad and a recovery is very unlikely. There are also wider and bigger global issues and we are unprepared and should be doing something about it now.

The only hope is that we have is that there is a public awakening to try and understand what has happened, where we are and the future we are hurtling towards. Only then, is there any possibility of some kind of social revolution to enable us to have any chance of coping with the challenges and by our actions, hopefully we may even trigger an European wide social transformation. But frankly the prospects of this positive development happening are zilch.

When the global credit boom came to a halt and hit Ireland on that fateful day in Sept 2008, Brian Lenihan, at the behest of the bankers made a fatal mistake with the bank guarantee that ensured no (large) debtor would be left behind. It might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it would only have worked if the global economy bounced back and it was clear it was not going to unless like many mainstream economists who propagate the dominant capitalist ideology of our time, they assumed it was just going to be another small recession in the usual business cycle. But anyone who had been following events without their ideological blinkers on, would have realized this was going to be of seismic proportions.
national / elections Thursday January 13, 2011 15:47 by Jerry Cornelius
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Jimmy Kelly of UNITE calls on Voters to VOTE LEFT

The UNITE trade union, the second largest union in the Republic of Ireland has called on all working people to vote for a left wing government in the general election likely to be held in March.

“Workers should use their vote in the upcoming general election to bring about a left-wing government for the first time in the history of the state,” said Jimmy Kelly, Regional Secretary of Unite the union.

international / elections Saturday June 20, 2009 15:23 by Azadi
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Protesters Beaten on the Streets of Tehran

The Iranian government’s campaign to mold ‘model’ Islamic citizens has not only fashioned a profound crisis of loyalty to the religious ‘ideals of the revolution’, it has nurtured action that many have silently prayed for - as the public sphere, the last bastion of the religious elite's grip on power, was shot open by their own guns Sunday.


Legacy of martyred flowers committed me to life,
Legacy of martyred flowers,
Don’t you see?
--Forough Farokhzad, Only the Sound Will Last

Since the close of polling late Friday, and the hasty confirmation of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s second term in office, protests have broken out across Iran. Many Iranians, who consider the landslide victory for Ahmadinejad a symbol of their country’s deeply corrupt political system, have endeavoured to force the government to nullify the results and hold another election.

In what can only be considered a classic case of state-repression, police and Revolutionary Guards have soaked the streets in blood; shooting into crowds of peaceful protestors, arresting scores of demonstrators, and targeting constituencies known for their criticism of the government. Just yesterday, the Guardian conservatively reported that as many as twelve students from universities throughout the country lost their lives as they courageously and openly opposed state forces.

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eamon_gilmore_resigns_as_labour_leader_may_26_2014.jpg imageGilmore resigns but nothing really changes. 16:12 Mon 26 May by Andrew 2 comments

Labour Party spokespeople after the enormous rejection their policies received in the elections have been trying to spin this as being down to some flaw in leadership. The implication being that there was no real problem with their role in imposing savage cuts on workers and marginalised people. No, instead we are to believe it was all a problem of the current Labour leaders not being skilful enough at 'selling' these cuts to the electorate.

imageIndependents in Ireland Dare not Speak their Name 17:33 Wed 23 Apr by Justin Morahan 2 comments

There can be no Independents listed on Irish ballot papers although they are coming in at over 20% in the polls

textHannon-Kennedy to finally take Bray seat 20:20 Mon 25 Nov by Anon 14 comments

It is emerging across social media circles that TCD Sociology Graduate is to contest the local elections in Bray-Hannon Kennedy who once came within a seat of being elected will probably run as an Independent sweeping up Labour support across the entire area posing a massive threat to new political wannabees. Catherine is seen as a hard-grafter, a voice for the voiceless and gained increasing popularity following an RTE Documentary on her local estate Oldcourt Park which has a tragic history.

241543903akbayandelphirisahontiverosrh.jpg imagePHILIPPINES: Millions of Votes for the Democratic Left 10:59 Wed 29 May by AKBAYAN - Citizens Action Party 0 comments

While the Commission on Elections has yet to announce the official results of the 2013 partylist elections, we would like to thank the Filipino voters and everyone who have made Akbayan Partylist's sixth straight electoral victory possible.

textThe Constitution Unit - who controls constitutional change? 21:46 Thu 06 Sep by Caz 0 comments

The Constitution Unit describes itself as ‘The UK's leading research body on constitutional change’. It was also said by Ben Rogers of Prospect Magazine: as 'preparing the ground for a hung parliament and enabling the creation of a coalition government...’

So, who controls the Constitution Unit? And who funds it?

textReferendum 2011 20:54 Wed 12 Oct by PAW 0 comments

The People's Association Watchdog have added a page to their website to give everyone a basic understanding of the upcoming referendums and their implications.

audioFintan O'Toole 'hissy fit' on Radio Ulster - Ed Moloney refuses debate with Danny Morrison Da 09:16 Thu 22 Sep by Audi O Murphy 23 comments

Two successive days of entertaining radio as the motley crew opposing Martin McGuinness (Michael McDowell, Fintan O'Toole, Ed Moloney, Gregory Campbell, etc) get their act together.

Fintan and Ed have difficulty debating. On Tuesday (Sept 20) on the Pat Kenny Show, Ed Maloney refused to appear with Danny Morrison. That was after imposing the same conditions on the BBC. A very important fellow is Ed, who likes to be able to chose who is good enough to appear alongside his elevated self.

An even more important person is Fintan O'Toole, who, after a long innings on Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan Show (September 21), took up his ball and ran. He was unable to persuade the great unwashed) to be quiet while the great one droned on uninterrupted.

martinmcguinness310x415.jpg imagevideoaudioMartin McGuinness to run for Uachtarán na hÉireann 00:07 Sun 18 Sep by Ruaidhrí O' Conghaile 41 comments

It was announced earlier today that Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is set to run for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of the Republic of Ireland.

The former Provisional I.R.A leader has said that he will run on a broad progressive platform building upon his role in the peace process in the north of Ireland.

 Pat Cox imagePat Cox may run for President 17:57 Sun 03 Apr by Pat Cox for the Aras 10 comments

In these uncertain times, when people feel unclear about the future and what it might hold, here's a a piece of news that should unite everyone in Ireland.
Pat Cox is considering running for election to the post of President of Ireland.

dsc06626z.jpg imageIRSP Announce Election Candidates 22:13 Thu 24 Mar by IRSP 0 comments

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Announcement of IRSP Candidates for 5th May
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textThe Election Candidates on Prime Time Oct 08 by Paddy Hackett 7 comments

The rhetoric by the Sinn Fein, the Anti Austerity Alliance and the People Before Profit Alliance featuring on RTE's Prime Time programme amounts to nothing but illusion. Their election candidates showed no understanding of the need for revolution. Their rhetoric suggested that capitalism can be managed or reformed to the benefit of the working class by effectively taxing the rich and not the working class. Indeed the entire show confined itself to suggestions as to how to reform capitalism in one way or another. In that way the participants sought to effectively defend the capitalist system. Essentially all contributors were essentially advocating bourgeois politics. If the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party were genuinely revolutionary they would have challenged RTE and its other contributors by advocating the need for revolution.

textPost Election challenges for the Left Jun 09 by Pat Waine 2 comments

Huge gains for the Anti Austerity Left - Where now and what will Sinn Fein do with this power.

imageWord DocumentPDF DocumentThe May 2014 Local Council Elections May 20 by 1 of Indymedia 10 comments

The Local Council Elections are taking place this week and it is worth taking a look at what they are about and what main groups other than FF and FG are running whilst relecting on recent history aka the Mahon Planning Tribunal to remind ourselves of how bad things were. Also an attempt is made to devise a list of questions for the candidates when they come canvassing to your door and to get people thinking about what councils do and why you should spend even a few minutes a year to find out more and get them to work for you instead of vested interests.

videoDavid Norris attacks the efforts of Enda Kenny to get rid of the senate Jul 07 by fred 3 comments

David Norris has recently been diagnosed with cancer which he speculated appears to be related to the initial incidence of viral hepatitis which he contracted from tainted drinking water while he was on unpaid Government business in Eastern Europe in 1994. There is much discussion about this online, but this personal situation may have added fire and urgency to his impassioned breathless speech in defence of the Seanad. Here it is. Share it widely.

textReferenda: A Strategy for Success? Jan 18 by Andrew 0 comments

The idea that calling for a referendum is a good strategy for winning significant reforms often crops up in campaigns. It seems logical, as a referendum is a chance for the population to directly make a decision on the issue to hand. But the reality is that the demand for a referendum is seldom, if ever, the best way to build a struggle for a reform. Here are five reasons why:

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imageGive up Party Politics for Lent and beyond! Mar 04 People Before Parties 1 comments

In the spirit of Lent, a group of Trinity College, Dublin graduates, co-founders of the “People Before Parties”
initiative, have called on the citizens of Ireland to give up party politics.

videoCPIR Statement on Children's Referendum Nov 08 1 comments

"A lot of people say we have no control over how this country is run" These are the opening words of the current television advertisement campaign being run to convince people to vote in Saturday's referendum, and they reflect what most of us already know about the political system which operates in Ireland. The advert however does not go on to explain how only those living in 26 of Ireland's 32 Counties will be given a vote and that a quarter of Ireland's population will be automatically excluded

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textPeadar O'Ceallaigh, Fís Nua for Dublin West By Election Oct 24 Fís Nua 0 comments

As you may recall at the last General Election, the Registrar would not allow Fís Nua candidates to stand as a party because we were four days shy of registration, even though we had submitted all our paperwork prior to Christmas (the holidays ate into our application process).

textBoycott 26-County election Oct 04 Republican Sinn Féin 0 comments

Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton

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