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For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link A new collection in the Irish Left Archive ? non-electoral Political Posters 16:54 Wed Apr 16, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

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offsite link More Left Unity Transfers?. From People Before Profit 22:41 Tue Apr 15, 2014 | irishelectionliterature

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

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

offsite link TUGGING THE FORELOCK 22:59 Tue Apr 08, 2014

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Opening the Low-Low Corporate Tax Rate Door Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:55 | Michael Taft

offsite link April Edition of The Socialist Voice is Out Now Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:38 | Communist Party of Ireland

offsite link Sheehy Skeffington School, Saturday April 12th in Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse S... Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:15 | Irish Left Review

offsite link New LookLeft out now! Fri Apr 04, 2014 18:23 | Irish Left Review

offsite link National Competitiveness Council Twists the Evidence to Suit a Political Argumen... Fri Apr 04, 2014 16:50 | Michael Taft

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link A Franco-Irish discussion on marriage equality at NUI Galway Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:34 | Eoin Daly

offsite link Is Corporation Tax A Human Rights Issue? Tue Apr 15, 2014 16:48 | Charles O'Mahony

offsite link #DirectProvision14: Photography Exhibition ?One year on, and still no change? Tue Apr 15, 2014 09:38 | GuestPost

offsite link Today in Irish Legal History: The Kerry Babies and the Memory of Feminist Protest. Sat Apr 12, 2014 19:19 | Máiréad Enright

offsite link Legal professionals as ?bloodhounds? for white-collar criminality Fri Apr 11, 2014 14:49 | GuestPost

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national / rights and freedoms Friday September 20, 2013 16:14 by nmn
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A worrying undermining of our democracy??

The coming referendum on the abolishment of Seanad Éireann would, if passed, remove the existing constitutional right of the President to refer proposed Bills to the people for a referendum. It would pass the initial responsibility of passing Bills into law onto the Dáil alone - a dangerous development, particularly where any ruling party might hold an overall majority.

A vote to abolish the Seanad would in fact pass most law making decisions that impact upon the people to the Dáil alone, passing such responsibility to a single parliamentary body, thus removing existing safeguards meant to protect against the introduction of unconstitutional or politically or otherwise motivationally biased law.

Abolition of the Seanad would mean that a single body, the Dáil, will be responsible for passing any new laws through parliament, which must then be signed into law by the President.

However, the existing constitutional right of the President to refer any Bill to the people for referendum will be removed from the Constitution.



national / rights and freedoms Monday February 18, 2013 11:06 by Diarmuid Breatnach
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Foreign media coverage of the reaction here

The anti-abortion movement was not cowed by the outcry over Savita's tragic death nor by the huge popular response marching in November. The Government plans legislation only to allow abortion when the woman's life is danger and the criteria for establishing that are not yet known. All opinion polls on the subject show a huge majority in favour of liberalisation of the laws -- a majority which is also rising over the years. The abortion rights movement has been publicly quiet for some time now while the opposition is loud and in public view. Can the movement for abortion rights summon the necessary militancy to achieve its objectives?


national / rights and freedoms Wednesday November 14, 2012 13:04 by indyjourno
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Savita Halappanavar

Two demonstrations have been called in light of this tragic death:

Pro-Choice Ireland have called a demonstration for 6 o'clock this evening Wednesday 14th November outside Leinster House.

Action on X in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice has called a candle lit vigil for this Saturday the 17th of November beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 4 o'clock.

UPDATE: National Open Pro-Choice Meeting, Saturday, December 8, 12:00pm until 3:00pm at the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street.
see HERE for event notice.

31 year old Savita Halappanavar died last week after being denied a termination after presenting with a miscarriage. Having originally presented at the hospital with a back pain on October 21st, it was discovered that Savita was miscarrying. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

Over the course of 3 days in the hospital the doctors refused to carry out an abortion despite there being no hope of survival of the foetus. Savita had requested and abortion several times over the 3 days due to the severe pain she was suffering. She was refused an abortion on the basis that the foetal heartbeat was still beating and that “this is a Catholic country”. After 3 days the foetal heartbeat stopped and finally the foetus was removed. However Savita developed septicaemia caused by the miscarriage and died on the 28th.

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national / rights and freedoms Wednesday October 31, 2012 13:45 by Cllr Pat Kavanagh
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Having trained and gained professional child care qualifications, and then having worked with children in a professional capacity for over 30 years I, like all concerned citizens, obviously want the best for children – and for this reason I will be voting ‘NO’ in the upcoming Children’s referendum.

I have spent 16 years as a Social Care Worker working with the most vulnerable population of children in residential care. I have fostered 5 young people and have also worked with the HSE in areas of Child Protection, so feel qualified to state my concerns as outlined below. To the question “Do I have confidence in this state to provide for 'the best interests of children”?

No. Unfortunately I do not.

PDF Document apsflyer_ten_reasons_to_vote_no.pdf 0.09 Mb

international / rights and freedoms Thursday September 13, 2012 01:12 by T
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Automatic facial recognition in action

Things on the global Police State front get more frightening and ominous by the day. This latest announcement serves to underline that. The FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. It is known as the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. This report comes from Russia Today (rt.com) and quotes an article in New Scientist magazine. The project itself was announced back in 2005 and was part of a project to upgrade the existing Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America.

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textHave Your Say in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan for 2016 -2022 12:32 Tue 15 Apr by 1 of Indymedia 0 comments

Buried in the DLC CC website is a notice inviting members of the public to have their say in the 2016 - 2022 development plan. These are types of plans throughout the country that have been shaped, influenced and manipulated by corrupt developers in the past and probably will continue to do so in the future.

The consultation period has already been in operation for over a month since March 19th and continues until May 14th.

This is the public chance to have their say. However DLR have been very coy about this and have given very little publicity about it. It appears you have to know about it in order to find out about it.

textThree Irish and American peace activists deported from Egypt 01:45 Thu 06 Mar by Justin Morahan 8 comments

Three peace activists, Mairead Maguire Ann Patterson and Medea Benjamin were detained in Cairo and deported

textChevron plans to stop the protest in Zurawlow by force on 24th of February. - people, journalists an... 22:53 Sun 23 Feb by Fracking watch 0 comments

Attention Globalfrackdown family Here is the last news from Zurawlow, Poland, please forward it, also to all the journalists you know directly: Call for the direct support of in Zurawlow, Poland: Chevron plans to stop the protest by force on Monday February 24. The farmers have stood their ground for nearly 300 days! PROTEST SUPPORTERS AND VIDEO MAKERS ARE NEEDED! After almost 300 days, the longest in the history of post-war Polish protest of residents and inhabitants of ?urawlow and other villages of the municipalitiy of Grabowiec need our support. On Monday February 24, against the law and without official permits, the company Chevron plans to step in with heavy equipment onto the concession's Grabowiec leased plot. As usually practiced in such cases, a security company should give a support.

textDrone victim abducted in Pakistan 01:10 Tue 11 Feb by Justin Morahan 3 comments

Mairead Maguire has called on Pakistani Prime Minister to release Kareem Khan, whom she describes as a man of peace

End Impunity imagevideoOver 5,000 March On Bloody Sunday Anniversary 11:51 Mon 03 Feb by brionOcleirigh 0 comments

More than 5,000 March on Bloody Sunday Anniversary

A crowd of more than 5 thousand people took part in the 42nd anniversary march of Bloody Sunday in Derry, where 14 people were shot dead and murdered by the British Army, on a civil rights march.

Sorcha Fox with the 'Free Private Manning' banner over the A40 in Pembrokeshire imagevideoChelsea Manning - Solidarity from Ireland... and why 21:26 Fri 17 Jan by WISE Up Wales 2 comments

Why should the Irish in particular care about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning and want to offer their ongoing support and solidarity as she begins a 35 year jail term in a US military prison?

For one, Manning has Irish roots on both sides of the family. Maternal grandfather Billy Fox was from Rathmines, Dublin and two paternal great-grandparents - both Mannings - were also Irish, from county Cork. An Irish grandfather gives Chelsea the right to claim Irish citizenship and an Irish passport if she so wishes.

For another, Manning passed through Shannon Airport as a US military intelligence analyst en route to Iraq. We have been reminded this week about the ongoing US military use of Shannon (troops, weaponry, rendition flights etc.) by the jailing of 79 year old Margaretta d'Arcy in connection with her protest against these abominations.

What's more, we know something about the impact of resistance at Shannon on both US and Irish governments thanks to US diplomatic cables released by Manning and published by WikiLeaks. One classified cable reveals how negative public perception of Shannon as a warport in the wake of the Pitstop Ploughshares acquittals led to the Irish government placing more restrictions on its military use and how this was forcing the US to reconsider its position. Then US Ambassador to Dublin, James Kenny, wrote: "we would appreciate Washington’s judgment as to whether the process of notification of almost everything of a military nature (including by contract carriers) through Shannon is becoming too difficult to make the airport a preferred transit stop."
http://humanrights.ie/civil-liberties/wikileaks-the-sig...ions/

Martin Corey Political Internee British Occupied Ireland imagePolitically Interned Martin Corey Released 12:17 Thu 16 Jan by Brion O'Cleirigh 0 comments

Martin Corey a politically interned republican prisoner of conscience
has been released on the condition, that he cannot speak to media, The Release Martin Corey Campaign has confirmed and welcomed his release with the following statement,.

Justin and Colm imageGuantanamo protest -yet again 17:59 Sat 11 Jan by Justin Morahan 5 comments

Two outside the Embassy. Letter refused. !5 hunger strikers being force fed but US military has stopped disclosing information about the hunger strikes since December last "as it serves no operational purpose"

textArctic 30 get Amnesty 19:42 Wed 18 Dec by Justin Morahan 7 comments

The Arctic 30 who have been under threat of serving long sentences in Russia for their actions to prevent Arctic oil drilling, have been granted an amnesty by the Russian Parliament.

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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text'Profound' Arrogance at UN creates elitist human rights. Mar 28 by Anthony Ravlich 0 comments

Describes the 'Profound' Arrogance of bureaucratic elites at the UN in disregarding history, as if they 'know', to reinvent human rights to emphasize elites rather than individuals. Discussion with Islamic academic on global ethical human rights.

textYOU CANNOT DIE IN HELL: Using Indefinite Detention for Political and Religious Purposes Mar 11 by William Wraithwrite 0 comments

Once you are born a creature (and irrespective of your personal circumstances which can vary greatly) that is as you were forced into existence (not by any choice on your part but according to European religious dogma originating in the Middle East) not just for a lifetime on earth but also forever after by some notion of an immortal soul, so then you are also forced into an immortality (almost like a vampire who too can never truly die in literature) and irrespective of however terrifying such an immortality might present itself. “What kind of God (or Yahweh) would put a soul, any soul (no matter how supposedly evil in human terms) into an eternal length of torture—and never having to contemplate acquiescence—what kind of compassion is that? This is as extreme of cruelty and barbarity as one could espouse. Such cosmic outcome, supposedly as Divine Justice, doesn’t even reach the categories of mere human ideas to justice.

textGlobal turn-around: to persuade Western Powers to adopt 'bottom-up' ethical human rights. Mar 05 by Anthony Ravlich 0 comments

Major Western Powers invited to New Zealand gives opportunity to advocate a global 'turn-around' by adopting 'bottom-up' emphasis of global ethical human rights (developed in New Zealand) to replace 'near absolute', 'top-down' control of 'neoliberal absolutism'.

imageAkbayan welcomes Philippines-MILF deal with hopes for inclusive peace Feb 01 by Citizens Action Party (Akbayan) 0 comments

Akbayan Party today said it welcomes with high hopes the signing of the last annex to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Aquino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

imagevideoFULL FILM DIRTY WAR OF SHANNON AIRPORT Jan 30 by brian clarke 2 comments

DIRTY WAR an Award-Winning Documentary Video - Full Film of Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill tracks tracking down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars out of Shannon Airport Ireland.

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imagePDF DocumentECJ says: EU-mandated mass surveillance "entails an interference with the fundamental rights of prac... Apr 09 Digital Rights Ireland 2 comments

8th April 2014: Press Release - Europe’s highest court has given a judgement in the challenge taken by Irish human rights advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) to the EU’s regime of Data Retention and mass surveillance.

imageThe Philippines-Bangsamoro Agreement Apr 02 0 comments

The Bangsamoro Agreement: A Step towards Re-imagining and Rebuilding the Philippine Nation

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.

textThe Hares Boys Freedom Campaign. Five Palestinian Teenagers Falsely Facing Life In Prison Jan 28 0 comments

Five Palestinian teenagers are facing life imprisonment for a crime that never happened. A settler car accident labels them as "terrorists". Fight for justice for the Hares Boys!

imageSt Patricks Day Festival would like to do a call out to the LGBT community to take part in the 2014 ... Jan 13 0 comments

St Patricks Day Festival would like to do a call out to the LGBT community to take part in the 2014 parade.

After the hugely successful 2013, City Fusion (St Patrick Day Parade) would be delighted if members of the LGBT community would join us again for the project in 2014. It‚s important for us to include new groups in the pageant, to foster new partnerships and engage with the LGBT community in a wider way after the great work from last years groups Dublin Pride and BelongTo in 2013.

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