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Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Right2Water and Podemos Thu Dec 18, 2014 20:47 | Richard

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offsite link The Power of Paint Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:33 | Seán Sheehan

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NAMA Wine Lake

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international / eu Wednesday January 16, 2013 20:28 by OO'C
Where we are on the 40th anniversary of joining the EEC.

This is part one of a two part series and the second article can be found here

The Political Basis of the EU:

All States and aspiring States have their myths of origin. The myth of origin of the EU is that it is a peace project to prevent wars between Germany and France - as if a tendency to go to war is somehow genetically inherited.

The actual facts are however that the first step towards supranational economic integration, the European Coal and Steel Community of 1951, was to facilitate German rearmament at the start of the Cold War with Russia and to reconcile France to that fact. The US wanted a rearmed West Germany inside NATO. This greatly alarmed France which had been occupied by Germany just a few years before.

national / eu Wednesday January 16, 2013 20:25 by OO'C

Irish Referendum Practice from McKenna (1995) to McCrystal (2012).

This is part two of a two part series. To read the first article in the series you can find it here

By Anthony Coughlan

We will fix that Stalinist body" ... Comment by the late Brian Lenihan TD on the then Referendum Commission, Autumn 2001, in the lead-up to the second Nice Treaty referendum.



And How They Fixed It:
In December 2001 the Fianna Fail Government then in office put a Bill through the Oireachtas (Legislature) amending the 1998 Referendum Act so as to remove from the statutory Referendum Commission its function of setting out in a fair and neutral manner the relevant arguments for and against any proposed constitutional amendment. This was done on the last day before the Oireachtas rose for the Christmas holidays that year, when all stages of the relevant Bill were pushed through the Dail and Seanad in one day, with two days notice to the Opposition. Because of these circumstances this move went virtually unnoticed by the Irish media at the time.

national / miscellaneous Monday December 31, 2012 18:28 by various

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As the year draws to a close, we highlight some of the news stories that made it to the pages of Indymedia during the year. We are certainly living in "interesting times" as old the Chinese curse goes! Events in north Africa and the middle east related to the "fake arab spring" remained in the headlines and also as we head into 2013 the Irish economy is still saddled with enormous burden of debt by a criminal layer of developers, bankers, politicians and an international financial elite dictating to government and the promise of many more austerity budgets to come which will have the effect of stripping away all the social safety nets.


dublin / environment Tuesday December 04, 2012 10:05 by dublin rambler

Our political parties are at it again. They can't seem to stop. They are rezoning land in areas where the County Manager has already strongly opposed it and as usual FF councillors are at the forefront with FG very close behind. You would think that something might change after FF has led this country to economic ruin and has saddled everyone with debt that has nothing to do with them, restarted emigration and condemned the young, old and sick to cutbacks and poverty for an indefinite period with no end in sight. It all just goes to show the huge democratic deficit in this country and the fact that these self-serving political parties and their developer friends don't give a damn about anyone, the environment or our common future. And so we feel it is important to featurize this local but important story below.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors are to vote on a murky rezoning project near Tibradden in the Dublin Mountains on December 10th, which breaches the county development plan and national policy, as well as policy on siting of facilities for older people. Most crucially it breaches the current limits of the no-building areas in the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains, which are a vital amenity for the whole community.

To date a majority of local councillors have been in favour, against the advice of the planners and even the County Manager - but have not explained their reasons for voting yes to this development. It will create a "retirement village" cut off from library, churches and other community contacts: perhaps isolation facility would be a better term. Despite all the scandals, it seems to be "business at usual" over at DL-Rathdown...

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Location of so-called retirement village

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors are to vote on a murky rezoning project near Tibradden in the Dublin Mountains on December 10th, which breaches the county development plan and national policy, as well as policy on siting of facilities for older people. Most crucially it breaches the current limits of the no-building areas in the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains, which are a vital amenity for the whole community.

To date a majority of local councillors have been in favour, against the advice of the planners and even the County Manager - but have not explained their reasons for voting yes to this development. It will create a "retirement village" cut off from library, churches and other community contacts: perhaps isolation facility would be a better term. Despite all the scandals, it seems to be "business at usual" over at DL-Rathdown...

national / crime and justice Tuesday November 27, 2012 12:02 by Joe Murphy
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Commemoration Event Poster


A wreath-laying ceremony to honour and remember the three busmen who were killed will take place in Sackville Place on the 4th of December at 11.30 am at the site of the pavement memorial: ‘A Fallen Bouquet’.
All welcome


Forty years have passed since that dark winter evening of Friday, 1st December 1972, when at 7.58 pm, the first ever car bomb exploded in the Republic of Ireland. It occurred beside the famous Dublin landmark, Liberty Hall, where the ITWGU had its headquarters. There were no fatalities but many people were injured. Several minutes later, a second explosion occurred at Sackville Place, off O’Connell Street, killing bus driver George Bradshaw, aged 29 and bus conductor Tommy Duffy, aged 23. Both of them were married men. George and his wife Kathleen had two young children. Tommy and his wife had a daughter and Monica was pregnant with their second child.

Three minutes before the first bomb exploded, an anonymous telephone call was made to the 'Belfast Newsletter', giving a warning that bombs planted at Liberty Hall and behind Clery’s would explode at 8.05 pm. The person who received the warning told Gardaí that the caller had spoken with a ‘Belfast English-type accent’. The warnings came too late as was almost certainly the intention. The result was devastating, two men dead and 127 people injured. Damage to property was extensive.

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Ericson Acosta imageStrategic Stalemate attained by the Communist Party of the Philippines 11:10 Sun 21 Dec by Roxana Malaya 0 comments

During the 41st anniversary statement, the Communist Party of the Philippines has boldly declared that in five years time its strength and influence will be already at par with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

textREBELLIONS IN NORTH AMERICA 19:47 Fri 19 Dec by Universal Revolution 0 comments

All around the world, the struggle against the State, against capitalism is a struggle against police, too. The killing of activist Rémy Fraisse in France, the kidnapping of the 43 students in Iguala (Mexico), the policial murder on Mike Brown and Eric Garner in USA, the arrest and torture against Nikos Romanos and another greek anarchists, the preventive attacks against the solidarity protest in London (Westfield shopping centre), and recent the prosecution/arrest of anarchists in Spain shows it. Since the beginning of November, there are social protests and riots in at least 21 countries, following the rebellion in North America.

Obs: we thanks a possible translation to Celtic/Irish/Gaeilge idiom for better diffusion for our brothers in Ireland/North Ireland.

textNo Justice – No Surprise! 17:39 Tue 09 Dec by Political Hostage 1 comments

Decision more jaundiced than judicial!

In the High Court today Justice Peter Kelly rejected Michael McKevitt's application to overturn the Minister of Justice’s refusal to grant him enhanced one-third remission.

textRNU force Stormont to ban water meters: A victory for the working class! 14:13 Fri 28 Nov by Rua 0 comments

RNU have forced Stormonts regional development minister to amend the law to ban water meters being installed.

ciaron_assange_g20.jpg imagevideoBrisbane G20 - Ciaron O'Reilly prohibited then arrested speaking out for Assange, Manning, Snowden 22:43 Sun 16 Nov by WISE Up Wales 6 comments

Policing for the G20 summit in Brisbane this past weekend was of overkill proportions. There was very little in the way of serious resistance, the Guardian reported that cops (6,000) outnumbered protesters and only 14 arrests were made. One of these was Irish-Australian Manning and Assange solidarity and anti-war activist Ciaron O'Reilly, who has been held in custody all weekend and will be brought before Brisbane Magistrates on Monday morning.

textG4S' shares fall down after an anti racist action 17:56 Wed 12 Nov by aa 2 comments

Today G4S has been victim of a fake press release spread in the name of the company, which made circulate the false rumour of a serious accountancy scandal concerning G4S. This false release induced G4S' shares to temporary fall down.

Big man protects little woman - Enda Kenny and Mairia Cahill (Irish Times front page 23 October 2014) imagevideoaudioThe big man protecting the little woman - response to Miriam Lord on Mairia Cahill and Gerry Adams 13:14 Wed 05 Nov by Peter Simple 1 comments

A response to Miriam Lord in the Irish Times 23 October 2014:
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/this...73438

The big man protecting the little woman. That explains the sexist picture dominating the Irish Times front page on 23 October, of Taoiseach Enda Kenny looking out for Mairia Cahill.

In our patriarchal society men hold the material and physical upper hand. Women often fight back with emotional and psychological weapons. These are being exploited in this fight, but not by men on the one side and women on the other, but by men and women on both sides.

The spouse of First Minister Peter Robinson, Iris, was in an exploitative relationship with a younger man. He is forgotten (I forget his face and name), while Mrs Robinson was publicly rehabilitated by President Mary McAleese and the Queen of England at a live televised public event in Dublin. She received therapy and expiated her sins, while he was left to his own devices. Who cares, f**k him.

textRNU discover water meter in Belfast 12:17 Sat 25 Oct by Charlie 1 comments

Republican Network for Unity activists discovered water meters in Belfast despite NI Water denying their installation.

theirishanarchistreview_issue10_cover.jpg imageIrish Anarchist Review Issue 10 22:36 Wed 22 Oct by wsm 1 comments

Five years ago, the Irish Anarchist Review replaced Red and Black Revolution as the magazine of the Workers Solidarity Movement. It’s mission was to fill a vacuum in Irish radical circles, to be a publication that raised questions and provoked debate, rather than laying out blueprints for success, as had been the norm in the more theoretical work of the left. It was established at a time where a fightback was believed to be imminent, when the expectation was that as the (economic) beatings continued, morale would improve.

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

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textObscenity Dec 04 by Con Carroll 1 comments

it doesnt take to be a scientist, theologian. economic professor to see that Ireland political elite are sitting back with their champagne glasses swinging. dancing to their superior masters of Europe

imageInequality and Liberal Democracy: A Disturbing Association Dec 01 by Walden Bello 0 comments

How do we bring fundamental reforms about at a time when organized minorities and disorganized, quiescent majorities appear to be the norm in both the North and the South?

imageSuicide Prevention Award 2014 Nov 30 by Mary Cullinane 1 comments

Wayne Flanagan Tobin, former election has been given a suicide prevention award from the South West City Network

textPotential of movement against water charges. Nov 24 by john throne 1 comments

Tens and tens of thousands of Irish workers and youth have taken to the streets and confronted the government and the state. What is the nature of this movement and what is its potential? Should it just be seen as a movement to bring down this government and replace it with another government. Or should it be seen as having the potential to bring down the system and replace it with another system.

textBasic reasons for which the US deep state will try to prevent the rise of the Left in Europe Nov 23 by system failure 0 comments

It is certain that various US think tanks will be monitoring right now the rise of the Left in Greece with the radical-Left party SYRIZA, as well as Podemos in Spain and other countries in Europe.

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textPress Release: US Senate Report on CIA Torture Shows its Time for the Irish Government to Act Dec 11 0 comments

Shannonwatch are appalled at the shocking revelations about CIA torture of detainees in the US Senate intelligence committee report released on Tuesday Dec 9th. Details of the methods used, the extent of the torture and the scale of lies and deceit from a government agency are even worse than was already known. Ireland's complicity has already been documented by other reports, but given this new information it is now well past time for a full investigation of the role played by Shannon in the brutal and illegal interrogation undertaken by the CIA.

imageBLOODSPORTS WILL HAVE SURVIVED 101 YEARS in Millstreet. Dec 11 Association of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS) 0 comments

ANIMAL ABUSE aka BLOODSPORTS WILL HAVE SURVIVED 101 YEARS in Millstreet.

The annual Millstreet Hare coursing event set for 3rd/4th Jan 2015 has already caused disgruntled locals to contact ourselves and other direct action Animal rights Groups.

This cruel spectacle actually takes place on a GAA pitch in a local public park. The park in the centre of the town, a favourite with locals, dog walkers, footballers etc however is disrupted for four weeks a year and actually has a rusty dump of an enclosure permanently in place to hold the netted hares for the coursing two day event. All this is allowed in a public park such is the power of the Town Park Committee. The opposition to ending this has prompted people to release the hares on many occasions but sadly they get recaptured and coursed, it fails as too many obstacles stop their escape and they are enclosed behind more wire than can be dismantled, until maybe this year if locals do not give up.

imageWEXFORD HUNT RUN AMOK IN OILGATE VILLAGE Dec 11 Association of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS) 1 comments

HUNT RUN AMOK IN OILGATE VILLAGE

PRESS RELEASE.

WEXFORD HUNT RUNS AMOK IN OILGATE VILLAGE.

Last Wednesday at 3pm as kids were being collected from the local National school in Oilgate ,Co Wexford locals were confronted by a dead fox being left outside the school gate and blocked roads and congestion . This melee was caused by the local Ballinagore hunt according to Gardai reports.
Also the local church Parish priest has advised the hunt that they were not allowed trespass on church property but they ignored the rule and rode in anyway.
Locals have told us the hunt blocked up the bottle bank area, parked at houses where school parents were collecting kids and the DEAD FOX left outside the school upset children and parents.

textFocus Ireland Press Release on: Homeless Summit Dec 05 0 comments

Focus Ireland welcomes the Homeless Summit but stressed it must deliver an effective crisis response along with firm action on long-term solutions the charity has called for repeatedly in the past.

Focus Ireland delivered a submission to Minister Alan Kelly at the homeless forum today outlining 10 key actions required to end the growing homeless crisis in Ireland.

The leading charity welcomed the special summit as it brings more urgency to the growing problems caused by years of housing failure and cutbacks to vital services across youth, health, mental health and education services.

textHigh Court Order sought for Bantry Bay salmon farm escape Report Dec 05 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments

The High Court has been asked to require the Information Commissioner , Peter Tyndall, to rule on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s refusal to release the accident Report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.

Friends of the Irish Environment have asked the Court for an ‘order of Mandamus’ requiring the Commissioner to hear an appeal of the Minister’s refusal.

Alex O’Donovan, Secretary of Save Bantry Bay [SBB] said that after the official count on 19 February 2014 they understood that the farm had been ‘virtually wiped out’.

However Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an 'internal communication' and that the public ‘interest would not be served by the disclosure’.

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