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For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link This Week At Irish Election Literature .. .. Local Elections Special 00:01 Fri Apr 25, 2014 | irishelectionliterature

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offsite link Special screening of The Colombia Connection 15:00 Thu Apr 24, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link EAMON GILMORE AND FRIENDS - NOW ONLY SIX PERCENT 20:02 Sun Apr 20, 2014

offsite link GOTTA LOVE THIS COUNTRY 18:11 Wed Apr 16, 2014

offsite link ?In light of our Christian Faith and the strong Christian values contained within our Cons... 11:08 Wed Apr 16, 2014

offsite link PLAYING OUT THE STRING WITH THE ANGLO TRIAL 18:16 Sun Apr 13, 2014

offsite link Care and Social Reproduction - Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 12 April 2014 09:58 Sat Apr 12, 2014

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link What Planet Are You On Thu Apr 24, 2014 23:20 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link Flying Pigs and the End of Austerity Thu Apr 24, 2014 22:13 | Michael Taft

offsite link 1,230,000 Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:21 | Michael Taft

offsite link Dublin Council of Trade Unions: Mayday March and Rally Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:01 | Irish Left Review

offsite link New eBook: Unmasking Austerity: Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North ... Tue Apr 22, 2014 13:50 | Dexter Whitfield

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Engage & Contribute, FLAC leading Shadow Report on Ireland?s Legal Obligations: Economic, Social & C... Thu Apr 24, 2014 14:02 | GuestPost

offsite link Public Interest Law Alliance: Driving the law into activism and activism into law Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:42 | GuestPost

offsite link Refugee Studies Centre Short Course: Statelessness and International Law Mon Apr 21, 2014 14:15 | GuestPost

offsite link Open for Applications: LLM in International Human Rights in UCD Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:08 | Liam Thornton

offsite link UCD Seminar: The March to Marriage Equality in the U.S.: What a difference a Decade Makes! Thu Apr 17, 2014 09:29 | Liam Thornton

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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 / workers issues Saturday February 12, 2011 17:27 by Trade Union TV
Student Nurses protest pay cuts

Student nurses are fighting the worst of cuts a total pay cut in their training forcing them to work for free for the health service.

national / miscellaneous Friday February 04, 2011 11:55 by Volunteer

Speaking in advance of an April visit to Ireland, Nobel Peace Laureate and exiled Tibetan
Leader the Dalai Lama has today delivered a message to the people of Ireland in which he calls for people to demonstrate courage and hope.

“Our world is in turmoil but this also provides an opportunity for true transformation towards peace, justice and happiness if we show courage and hope.” he said in the message which can be viewed in full on the new website http://www.possibilities.ie

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.

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imageIndependents in Ireland Dare not Speak their Name 17:33 Wed 23 Apr by Justin Morahan 1 comments

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

textMr Kenny: Sexual abuse of children is NOT "human nature" 15:58 Mon 10 Feb by Grace L 0 comments

Ireland's failure to protect Louisa O'Keefe & countless others is not about "human nature":
The institutionalized abuse of children is a social ill, the holdover of a long dark age, from which society is only just awakening.

videoGrowing up in Dublin's Inner City 18:55 Sun 19 Jan by Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project 0 comments

On Saturday 14th December 2013 the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project held a public talk.

textRossport Solidarity Camp Update December 2013 23:40 Tue 10 Dec by RSC 0 comments

Happy Christmas!

Contents:

Upcoming Events
Solidarity Camp Accommodation Status
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videoaudioMilnes Foods Strikers Are Continuing Their Work Stoppages 00:13 Thu 14 Nov by Tom C 0 comments

In a case even a rightwinger would support, Milnes Foods strikers are continuing their work stoppages .While progress has been made in areas, the right to collective bargaining, union representation, pro-rata pay for the cleaners and mechanics are some of the outstanding issues in this bitter dispute between some seventeen or so brave SIPTU strikers and the company of Milne Foods, of Birr in Co. Offaly. A Labour Court hearing is lated for December 12th. They are on one day work stoppages each Friday from now to Christmas, support from all would be appreciated.

textUpdate of Indymedia Software 01:45 Mon 30 Sep by 1 of Indymedia 10 comments

The software running the Indymedia Ireland website has been updated. It has some new features and improvements of which three will be of interest to users of this site.

The first is that you can now edit your own comments for up to 15 minutes after they are published.

The second is that during publish there are some basic tags built in to form a mini editor with the key ability now being able to quote text and it will get display indented and in italics -much like forum software does this. There are also buttons to make it easier to bold, italic, underline text and an Euro symbol.

The third is that the larger cover images for Youtube and Vimeo videos are now automatically retrieved and displayed within an article replacing the less attractive smaller thumbnail images.

textWater Bills, Maybe Not? 09:53 Thu 26 Sep by Victor 0 comments

To accurately meter liquids one must perform an after-installation test.

The meter’s calibration system should be checked after installation.

videoInteresting article on the new sanctions for the unemployed that joan burton has set up 12:42 Tue 24 Sep by dave 6 comments

Joan burton minister for social protection has set up what has been called a new carrot and stick approach to the unemployed masses of ireland.

The carrot is not suffficient ,and either is the stick for that matter,the carrot being jobbridge,and the stick being that social welfare can withhold your welfare for up to 63 days,and having the powers to reduce your social welfare payment..As far as i can see there is no new thinking on how to approach those who have lost their jobs,or are not adequately qualified or experienced to take up jobs..
Jobridge has been uncovered as a scam,to bolster up employers staff without expense,and can re-hire more job bridge workers as they please.Where is the incentive to employ people,take on paid work when job bridge is in the way of that.What employer is going to pay people to work when job bridge is for free?
It is clear the government have not thought this through properly for whatever reason.

Below is an article on this issue by Tom Boland.

textBNP Paribas slashes India’s FY14 GDP forecast to 3.7% 12:46 Wed 28 Aug by sakshimehra 0 comments

Owing to the recurrent rupee depreciation, global analyst BNP Paribas has slashed its GDP forecasts from the previously announced 5.2% to 3.7% for the current fiscal. The country if registers the said GDP growth will mark it’s lowest ever growth index since 1992.

textMinisterial Pensions in the Dail - What justifies these salaries? 18:02 Mon 12 Aug by ciara 4 comments

Pat Rabbitte is the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has walked away with a pension more than those working 30 years could save up for..

4 years service in the dail,means pat rabbitte of labour will walk away with a staggering 150 k pension per year,at a low 5% rate of tax,and he had the cheek to call us freeloaders when it came to the television license.

This man gets a whopping 150k a year -for a measly 4 years service in the dail,which begs the question how many other ministers are availing of overblown pensions like these and under what wafer thin conditions?

If we are to talk about people taking cuts,surley ministers pensions should be also laid out on the table,like nurses pay,teachers pay and garda pay and those on the state pension and welfare.

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imageProtest at Dublin Castle to highlight shameful exemptions for bloodsports in Animal Welfare Act! Apr 20 by End Bloodsports in Ireland 2 comments

When: Friday, 16th May 2014 from 12 midday to 2pm
Where: Outside the Dame Street entrance to Dublin Castle

textSpotlight on Gardai in controversial trial. Apr 19 by Mark White 0 comments

Please allow me an opportunity through your site to comment on the interesting I.Green article (31st March 2014) on Garda corruption. While the article deals with a number of cases I will focus on one case in particular, which is less likely to get mentioned during all the present hype into the endless Garda tapes debacle. In my view the case of Michael Mc Kevitt is equally, if not more significant, regarding corrupt activity by some members of the Gardai. Evidently misdemeanours by certain individuals throughout the Mc Kevitt case were endemic. Fearful of the reverberations it is very unlikely that the state would permit the case to be reopened.

imageCampaigners warn against calls for Moneypoint conversion to biomass Apr 16 by Biofuelwatch 0 comments

Having followed the partial conversion of Drax coal power station in the UK to biomass, we are dismayed to see calls across the Irish media for Moneypoint to be converted to biomass. Those calls follow ReThink Pylon's recent publication of a report by a UK consultancy which greenwashes Drax's experience.

textGarda Corruption Exposed As Predicted Mar 31 by I. Greene 2 comments

Not unexpectedly Martin Callinan was forced to stand down as head of the Gardai on 25th March 2014. Throughout 2013 I have written a number of articles concerning malpractices within the Garda organisation and particularly the questionable management style of (former) Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. While Callinan was eventually forced from office, the ‘mess’ created during his term will take years to cleanse, indeed if ever. That will only happen when there is accountability. Amongst the outstanding bad practice issues are multiple claims of Gardai mishandling of a number of serious cases involving abduction, assault and murder that are being presently looked at by a Senior Barrister and now we are told that people have been maliciously prosecuted previously, it is frightening. However, if former Garda Wilson or others are in possession of such detail he must divulge it to the relevant authority.

textIreland. The international working class solution. Jan 13 by john throne 0 comments

The military campaign of the Republican groups was a failure. Some of us said this would be the case from the start. But some of us who did so did not put enough emphasis on the need to struggle for an international solution to the problems facing Ireland. This article seeks to put this right. It also seeks to look at the North and borders and the future taking into account the changes that have taken place and considering alternatives. A socialist united Ireland? Is this possible if the socialist revolution does not start first in England, Scotland and Wales and spread to Ireland North and South? Is it possible that the revolution could unfold in a way that would leave significant divisions in the working class and make the move to a socialist united Ireland not immediately possible? Perhaps some sort of Canton system like exists in Switzerland would be necessary for a time. Can the socialist revolution start first in the North given the deep division made worse by the past 40 years.?

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textNew Peatlands Strategy conflicts with climate change agreements Apr 23 0 comments

In a submission to the National Peatlands Strategy, Friends of the Irish Environment have pointed out that total emissions from our bogs are of the same scale as total emissions from the transport sector.

However, the authors write that ‘the importance of our peatlands for the climate is not correctly acknowledged by the draft Strategy. As a result the draft Strategy fails to integrate with climate change policy and indeed is in conflict with Ireland's obligations under the UNFCCC.’

text98th Easter 1916 Commemoration - Cork Apr 22 Republican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach - Cork 1 comments

The 98th Easter 1916 Commemoration took place in St. Finbarrs Cemetery on Sunday 20th April.

As 2014 is the hundred anniversary of the foundational of Cumann na mBan, they were given the honour of carrying the Tri-Colour, with another proudly flying the Cumann na mBan flag in the Colour party.

textEaster Statement from the Republican Movement Cork Apr 19 Sinn Féin Poblachtach - Cork 1 comments

ON this the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic the Republican Movement Cork sends greetings to members, supporters and friends assembled at the graves and monuments of our patriot dead.

textCork Airport is been forgotten. Apr 05 Republican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach - Cork 0 comments

Cork Airport is being left in the lurch while other Irish airports receive new services.

textOccupied Six Counties ‘Tourist Board Campaign’ Apr 02 Sinn Féin Poblachtach - Cork 0 comments

Occupied Six Counties ‘Tourist Board Campaign’

Or as the brits say

‘Northern Ireland Tourist Board Campaign’

Yes, it’s April 2nd 2014 so no catch.

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