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national / rights and freedoms Dé hAoine Meitheamh 24, 2011 17:58 byDerek Leinster
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The evidence Quinn failed to acknowledge
on the front page of report handed to him on 24 May 2011)

In letters to Joe Costello TD and Bethany Home Survivors Chairperson, Derek Leinster (attached), Ruairi Quinn TD, Minister for Education, turned down the survivors' request to have the Home included in the Schedule to the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

They met the Minister on 24 May last, accompanied by other survivors from the home, and by Niall Meehan from Griffith College Dublin. Inclusion is necessary in order for survivors to apply for compensation for the neglect they suffered in the home that the state was aware of but ignored.

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national / rights and freedoms Déardaoin Meitheamh 23, 2011 18:10 by1 of
It is reasonable, considering the many high profile members of the elite involved in the project, to expect a blizzard of media attention for the 'We The Citizens' initiative to accompany their showpiece Citizen's Assembly taking place on June the 25th and 26th in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
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It is quite unbelievable that the bona-fides of those involved, and the methodologies being utilized by the initiative to select a representative group of people for their 'citizen's assembly', have been subject to no public scrutiny whatsoever to date. This is especially so when you consider the fact that so much money is being poured into it.

Hugh Green, in a timely article which is excerpted below, subjects what he refers to as 'Weed the Citizens' to a searching critique. His piece, which looks coldly at the track record of some of the elite team behind the initiative, includes a translation of a report on recent events in Spain which feels (from an Irish standpoint) like a broadcast from an alternative universe. In that universe citizens organize themselves within structures created from the ground up and without help from billionaires and politically connected elite insiders.

The brief and extremely vague overview of the methodology used by 'We the Citizens' for selecting participants makes it apparent that those with the benefit of a good education and the attendant confidence to participate would be favoured by this approach. These are not the kinds of people most likely to be hit hard by the actions of the ECB/IMF financial dictatorship presently running the country.

dublin / rights and freedoms Dé Domhnaigh Meitheamh 05, 2011 00:07 byDiarmuid Breatnach
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Queen is greeted by President Mary McAleese

As Elizabeth Windsor's visit moves into history it is time to analyse the reasons for the visit and what happened during it: the small protests, the massive restrictions on movement in Ireland's capital city, the huge violations of the right to protest,

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national / rights and freedoms Déardaoin Bealtaine 26, 2011 12:33 byT
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Obama greets the US embassy staff (photo Lawrence Jackson)

You have to be in the matrix to believe 'Yes we can'

The country yesterday was abuzz with the visit of Obama to Ireland and the mainstream was aglow covering the event. There is no doubt he is popular in Ireland as evidenced by the tens of thousands who queued up and turned out to see him and went through airport type security to get a closer look. I would suppose there are two reasons for this and one is that everyone wants to be seen and associated with success and the other is that Irish people seem to get very proud of their country and want to show it off when important people or visitors in general show up.


national / rights and freedoms Dé Luain Bealtaine 09, 2011 10:24 byéirígí PRO
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"Posters are a vital political tool"

In a blatant and outrageous act of political censorship Dublin City Council is attempting to impose an unprecedented ban on posters advertising political protests. This poster ban represents a very real attack on the right to political expression, the right to organise politically and the right to assembly.

If it's a clean city they want, let's do our share
and clean parts of it:

The ban is due to come into effect from May 15th to May 25th, during which time both the 'British Queen' and US president Barack Obama are to visit Dublin. Those applying for permission to erect posters have been sent the following email by the council: 'I wish to advise you that your application has been refused. This decision has been taken on the basis that no postering applications for events between 15th and 25th May are being granted in the interest of promoting a clean environment for Dublin City during forthcoming State visits.'

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textHave Your Say in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan for 2016 -2022 12:32 Máirt 15 Aib 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 Déar 06 Márta 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 Domh 23 Feabh 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 Máirt 11 Feabh 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 Luan 03 Feabh 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 Aoine 17 Ean 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 Déar 16 Ean 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 Sath 11 Ean 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 Céad 18 Noll 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 Máirt 10 Noll by RSC 0 comments

Happy Christmas!

Contents:

Upcoming Events
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text'Profound' Arrogance at UN creates elitist human rights. Márta 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 Márta 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. Márta 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 Feabh 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 Ean 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... Aib 09 Digital Rights Ireland 1 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 Aib 02 0 comments

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

textOccupied Six Counties ‘Tourist Board Campaign’ Aib 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 Ean 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 ... Ean 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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