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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link SF, the IRA and another legacy of the conflict. 19:12 Tue Oct 21, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link A voice of orthodoxy and the Budget? 13:05 Tue Oct 21, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The end of austerity and the reception the Budget was given? 07:52 Tue Oct 21, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The end of the age of austerity and the end of the left-wing independents and SF? They wish. 07:51 Tue Oct 21, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Smart-alecky? 17:36 Mon Oct 20, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Welcome to the New Tax Avoidance Scheme, Same as the Old Tax Avoidance Scheme Mon Oct 20, 2014 16:26 | Michael Taft

offsite link Revealed: EU science chief promised to be ?flexible? towards Israel?s war crimes Thu Oct 16, 2014 15:21 | David Cronin

offsite link Austerity is Over? Now Back to the Real World Wed Oct 15, 2014 17:21 | Michael Taft

offsite link A New Kind of Trade Unionism Emerging Wed Oct 15, 2014 16:24 | Irish Left Review

offsite link Open Letter on the Housing Crisis Tue Oct 14, 2014 15:50 | Irish Left Review

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link A new Constitutional Settlement for Northern Ireland: Queries from International Law Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:27 | Aoife O'Donoghue

offsite link Why Budget 2015 must be that last of its kind Fri Oct 17, 2014 08:36 | Liam Thornton

offsite link Socio-Economic Rights & Budget Analysis: Some Notes on Available Resources, ?Progressivity? and Non... Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:55 | Liam Thornton

offsite link Legal pathways to reproductive justice and abortion rights #repealthe8th Mon Oct 13, 2014 15:00 | GuestPost

offsite link Options for Constitutional Reform #repealthe8th Mon Oct 13, 2014 14:30 | Fiona de Londras

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NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

offsite link Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

offsite link Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake

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March to Dail against Dublin Incinerator. Weds Oct 22nd.
Leaving Ringsend @ 5pm, Arrive at Dail @ 6pm.

Come along to show you don't want this poisonous monstrosity for the next 45 years imposed on you. There are other ways to handle this waste.

Next Wednesday Oct 22nd, the Stop The Poolbeg Incinerator Community Campaign are organising a protest march to the Dáil against the massive incinerator planned for the heart of Dublin in Ringsend where it will spread it poisonous emissions for the next 45 years!. This scam of a project has been imposed in the most undemocratic and unaccountable manner on the people of Dublin and the government and Dublin City council have already spent &euro 90 million on the project. The project itself is a gift to the incinerator industry by giving them a lucrative contract for the next 45 years. Besides the long term and damaging health effects this will lock in Ireland's waste strategy for decades and ensure there will be no progress towards a sustainable or safe solution to waste. Because of this project it will block all progress.

For example the technology of Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) which is the preferred solution now in other countries, is far safer and by its nature incorporates waste reduction and recycling. Yet any chance of progress in the next 45 years is now blocked. This incinerator was imposed on the council by the then unelected chairman of Dublin City county council, John Tierney despite the fact the entire council voted numerous times against it. John Tierney is of course well known for his exemplary record for being associated with public disasters from the spiralling costs of the development of Eyre Sq In Galway, the Poolbeg 100m fiasco, the handling of Priory hall under his DCC tenure, the secret o'reilly deal, the botched and messy privatization of DCC waste services that has left the capital streets like landfill and most recently, the Irish water debacle. The dictatorial role of the position of council chairman needs to be seriously looked at.

Details of Protest March at: Stop The Poolbeg Incinerator -Protest March To Dail - Weds 22nd Oct See also the Stop-The-Poolbeg-Incinerator facebook page

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.



international / anti-war Tuesday August 27, 2013 08:58 by skeptical
Turn on your bullshit filter. You'll need it
forJohn Kerry’s “Colin Powell moment”

Today the mainstream media are claiming that there has been a chemical attack by the Syrian government near Damascus even whilst an UN inspection team arrives. The reports have been conflicting with the initial reports claiming 280 victims and then later up-ing it to over 1,300 killed.

However, the claims are predominantly coming from the so called Free Syrian Army who are backed and funded by some of the despotic Gulf States, as well as Saudi Arabia and by the Western powers principally France, USA and UK. This same group is made up mercenaries of all kinds including members of Al Qaeda who want to turn the country backwards and bring in Sharia Law and just back in May 2013 the UN accused the Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.

What is most telling though is that it makes absolutely no sense for the Syrian government to do this. In recent months they have retaken areas held by rebels and seem to have repelled several attack campaigns in the past two year. And France in particular as well as the other powers have been consistently in the last year being trying to throw the mud of chemical weapons and then chemical weapon attacks in a clear effort to force public opinion to back no-fly zones and from there total demolition of the country and invasion followed later by a pliant regime. The end game is to clear the way for an attack on Iran which the crazies have been pushing hard for many years.

national / anti-capitalism Wednesday July 10, 2013 22:19 by dave
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It seems like everytime I view the Fas website more and more real jobs are dissapearing from it and being replaced with free labour internships. When I search for specific sectors now all I seem to find are internships. This scheme is absolutely sickening me as it has potentially destroyed several thousand entry level jobs. I can't believe that Joan Burton and the labour party have completely ruined the youth labour market with a scheme which is:

-replacing real paid jobs with "internships"
-exploiting the jobless
-wasting tax-payer money to provide companies with free labour
-putting underqualified/inexperienced/unvetted people in jobs with far too much responsibility(working with kids etc...)
-distorting our unemployment figures
-putting existing paid jobs at risk
-being used to makeup for a shortfall of skills in the public service due to the recruitment embargo

national / crime and justice Thursday June 27, 2013 23:00 by ciara
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Drumm: Wanted by the people for High Treason

The astonishing tapes show senior manager John Bowe, who had been involved in negotiations with the Central Bank, laughing and joking as he tells another senior manager, Peter Fitzgerald, how Anglo was luring the State into giving it billions of euro. Mr Fitzgerald had not been involved in the negotiations with the Central Bank and has confirmed he was unaware of any strategy or intention to mislead the authorities. Mr Bowe, in a statement last night, categorically denied that he had misled the Central Bank.

The audio recordings are from the bank's own internal telephone system and date from the heart of the financial crisis that brought the State to its knees in Sept 08.

Anglo itself was within days of complete meltdown – and in the years ahead would eat up €30bn of taxpayer money. Mr Bowe speaks about how the State had been asked for €7bn to bail out Anglo – but Anglo's negotiators knew all along this was not enough to save the bank.

dublin / anti-capitalism Wednesday June 05, 2013 18:20 by dubaltg8

This year's G8 promises to be different for a number of reasons. G8s and G8 protests have, by now, become something of a ritual. One where each side already knows the rules of the game. The great and good come together to discuss how they might set the world to right, and the protestors outside condemn them for not doing it quickly enough – or not really intending to do it at all. Charity is promised to Africa, and folks like Sir Bob Geldof will proclaim that a successful G8 has been had. Other folks will throw bricks and bottles at the police, and feel that they have stuck a blow for the cause. What cause exactly is not always clear. The media have a field day – a morning glimpse of presidents and prime ministers, and then spend the rest of the day with the unwashed outside; hoping that they will start a riot – or, at least, do something that looks good on camera and will fill thirty seconds on primetime news. And the general public have a little bit of entertainment to lighten the daily drudge of work, or more and more commonly, unemployment. So why should the G8 Summit on the 17th and 18th of June 2013 be any different?

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Jennifer Laude imageU.S. Marine Suspected in Killing of Transgender Filipina 14:49 Wed 15 Oct by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) 0 comments

Akbayan sends letter to US Ambassador demanding the surrender of PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton

text1. Oktober 2014 EU wide Police operation from 13th-26th Oct 2014 12:34 Sun 12 Oct by Travel Warning EU 13th -26th OCT 1 comments

+++ travel warning +++ Reisewarnung +++ Avertissement de voyage +++ SEYAHAT UYARISI +++ Alerta para los migrantes +++ Utazási +++ DIGNIIN +++poliţia va efectua controale mari în Europa +++Uwaga – Ostrzeżenie dla podróżnych +++ Lưu ý ­ cảnh báo đối với du khách +++ figyelmeztetés +++ Kujdes Qarkullimi/Udhëtimi +++ Внимание +++ تحذير سفر +++ عملیات گسترده

A walk with Chelsea Manning's Mum out along Dun Laoghaire east pier imagevideoaudioA month of solidarity for Chelsea Manning (from Wales to Dublin) 22:53 Thu 09 Oct by Genny 0 comments

Last month, the Manning solidarity crew in Wales and Ireland were back in action, organising a visit to Dublin for Chelsea Manning's Welsh-Irish mother during which Afri (Action from Ireland) hosted a memorial evening for the late Gerry Conlon who died this summer and who met members of Manning's family during a previous trip to Dublin last year.

textNo Judge, No Hearing, No Justice, No Sense 22:21 Wed 08 Oct by Political Hostage 0 comments

The Judicial Review of the Minister of Justice’s refusal to grant Michael McKevitt enhanced remission was scheduled to commence this morning in Court 4 of the High Court. However, upon arrival at court McKevitt’s legal team was informed that his case was being removed from the immediate hearing list and being placed instead on the Administration List – with a new date yet to be scheduled.

Michael McKevitt’s legal team protested that today’s date had been scheduled by a High Court judge before the summer break; that the case concerned the potential unlawful detention of a prisoner and a citizen’s deprivation of liberty, and that the case should be given priority and should commence as previously scheduled.

small2.jpg imageEviction Attempt Thwarted by People Power 19:01 Wed 08 Oct by An Spréach 0 comments

Well done to everybody who turned out in Cabra today and prevented the sheriff from evicting a family from their home.

2014climatejusticenowphilippines.jpg imagePhilippine activists start 1,000-km march for climate justice 14:03 Tue 07 Oct by Greenpeace - Philippines 0 comments

MANILA, Philippines-- Climate change advocates from various sectors urged world governments to “walk their climate talk” as they launched the Climate Walk, dubbed as “A People’s Walk for Climate Justice.”

small.jpg imageAn Spréach & D8HAC Before the Courts 16:26 Thu 02 Oct by An Spréach 0 comments

Today members of An Spréach and D8HAC were again before the courts in relation to an incident in Tom Kelly Flats, Charlemont Street, where 8 activists were arrested for assessing whether it was feasible or not to make habitable, one the many unused and vacant flats, within the complex.

slum.jpeg imageFirst Base Project or Cheap Publicity Stunt? 22:28 Thu 25 Sep by An Spréach 4 comments

The idea that we can tackle Ireland’s increasing homeless crisis by packing people into tightly fitted shipping containers is unfathomable, ill-conceived and an insult to injury to the countless number of homeless people in need of decent, adequate housing.

textHow can it happen to die in Florence city centre, Italy 18:48 Sat 06 Sep by Magheri 0 comments

This is the story of Riccardo, a Friend a Father a Son a Husband. he was florentine and died in his city asking for help

2014philippinescapitalismrichestman.jpg imageDespite growth in the Philippines, labor underscores systemic failure in rising inequality 04:13 Sun 31 Aug by Labor Party - Philippines 0 comments

Exclusive growth for exclusive group of wealthiest businessmen.

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textAbuse of women in left organizations. Oct 19 by john throne 4 comments

Sinn Fein I believe are rightly under attack for the issues around the Cahill case and the way they are said to have handled this. Abuse of women (and Men) exists in the revolutionary left also. When this comes up the leadership of these organizations usually try to cover this up by citing the supposed interests of the organization concerned and the revolution. This puts enormous pressure of the victims of assault and has to be condemned.

imagevideoBudget 2015 Oct 14 by fred 3 comments

A pre election sleight of hand giving out a few pennies to the poor with one hand while taking them back with the other via water charges? Here is some information on some of the changes

textThe Anti-Water Alliance Is A Bourgeois Movement. Oct 14 by Paddy Hackett 8 comments

Single issue demands such as the movement against water rates hold back the class struggle by suggesting that capitalism can continue in the absence of these charges or taxes. This is because such demands are not embedded in a programme of an interlinked series of demands that challenges the capitalist system.

textThe anti water charges mass movement Oct 11 by john throne 1 comments

How can this mass movement against the water charges be developed into a lasting mass movement against austerity and capitalism.

textBenny Adams. An obituary. Oct 10 by john throne 0 comments

Benny was a Comrade and example.

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textMaternity Group calls for review into Maternity Services as Budget 2015 continues to ignore Patient ... Oct 07 Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland 0 comments

The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS Ireland) are demanding an immediate response from the Government in budget 2015 on calls for a review into patient safety and appropriate care models in Irish maternity services.

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).

textIPRT welcomes Penal Policy Review Report as a “blueprint” for a fairer and more effective penal syst... Sep 22 0 comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading penal reform campaign organisation, has today (Wednesday, 17 September 2014) warmly welcomed the publication of the final report of the Strategic Review on Penal Policy as a blueprint for a fairer and more effective penal system. IPRT endorses the vast majority of the recommendations, and urges the Minister for Justice and Equality to consider their implementation in full. IPRT will closely shadow the implementation of the Review Group’s recommendations, to ensure that Ireland’s criminal and penal policy meets its stated goal of making Ireland “a safer and fairer place.”

textRUC/PSNI Revolving Door Policy Exposed, Again. Sep 16 Republican Network for Unity 0 comments

Republican Network for Unity shine a light on the revolving door policy of the PSNI regarding ex-RUC officers.

15 years ago the Patten Report consigned the RUC to history and ushered in a new accountable police force, or so we were led to believe. Instead, the people of the 6 counties received an MI5 controlled militia with a revolving door for ex-RUC gunmen.

Today (16th September) Drew Harris was appointed as deputy chief constable of the PSNI. Just like his senior George Hamilton, who was appointed chief constable earlier this year, Drew is an ex-RUC officer who was involved in a force that thoughtlessly used shoot-to-kill and oversaw collusion at the highest level

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