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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

international / anti-war Saturday July 21, 2012 21:51 by lefty
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Gene Sharp, harmless old man or cynical CIA asset?

Abstract: For most progressive activists, it is a given that the military-industrial complex is a clear and highly visible barrier to progressive social change. So it is particularly interesting to note that a number of groups involved in progressive activist education – which are held in high regard by activists – maintain strong links to military and political elites. One of the best known of these organisations is the US-based Albert Einstein Institution. This paper will provide a systematic analysis of the history of this Institution, and the key people associated with it, and demonstrate how their work is intimately linked to the international democracy-manipulating community – whose work is exemplified by the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, a group which is well-known for its support of the failed 2002 coup in Venezuela. This analysis will expose the crucial role such activist educators play in catalysing revolutions in countries deemed appropriative for regime change by transnational elites. In the light of the dubious nature of these educational activities, this paper will conclude by offering a number of suggestions for how concerned citizens and educators may counter the cynical (ab)use of activist education by political elites as a new and powerful tool of imperialism.

international / miscellaneous Wednesday July 11, 2012 13:24 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.
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Ex President Lugo

On 29th July we interviewed Fionuala Cregan on the Paraguayan crisis, its background and the Latin American context in which it takes place. She is based in Argentina and works with the Latin America Regional Office of Church World Service. She has also written for the Irish Times on Paraguay and has extensive research on the impact of agribusiness on Paraguayan peasants' lives. She has been a long term supporter of LASC. The views expressed here are her own. We hope that this interview will give a better insight into the developments in that country.

national / crime and justice Tuesday July 03, 2012 12:45 by One of NFI
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Greg tells it like it is to a captivated audience

"Is there a safe way to frack? Probably: but not profitably; and
certainly not within the geology of a little emerald isle. "

- Greg Palast, investigative Journalist



On the 20th of April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men instantly, then destroying 600 miles of coastline.On 9 September 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, burning eight to death, one of several recent pipeline explosions in the USA. In 1992, in Chicago, a gas pipe leaked and 18 houses exploded, incinerating three people. What do these deaths have to do with plans for “fracking” for natural gas in Ireland? Everything. It was my job to investigate these three explosions, the Deepwater Horizon and California explosions as a reporter for the UK news show Dispatches, the earliest as a US government investigator. In all three cases, the deaths were preceded by the same reassurances about the safety of drilling and piping that I read now in the debate about fracking in Ireland. First, the Deepwater Horizon. Eleven men died when the 'mud' – drilling cement meant to cap the wellhead – failed and methane gas blew out the top of the pipes and exploded. The Shannon Basin is not the Gulf of Mexico, but your safety will be just as dependent on Halliburton’s mud.

international / rights and freedoms Friday June 22, 2012 02:41 by Emma Purdy
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Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor’s sentencing to 50 years’ imprisonment on 11 counts of war crimes is undeniably momentous. However, with Sierra Leoneans still suffering abject poverty and remaining in dire need of aid, it must be questioned for whose benefit the costly War Crimes Court really is, writes EMMA PURDY

The Special Court for Sierra Leone will conclude this year on a triumphant note, with former Liberian president Charles Taylor now the first ex-head of state convicted by international justice since the 1946 Nuremburg trials.

The 64-year-old was found guilty this April of arming and supporting Revolutionary United Front rebels in exchange for illegally mined blood diamonds and thus “aiding and abetting” the country’s brutal civil war. He was sentenced on 30 May to 50 years’ imprisonment, having been held “criminally responsible” by judges after a protracted four-and-a-half-year trial.

From the outset in January 2008, after Taylor boycotted the initial 2007 proceedings, the trial was lauded as the first ever of a former African head of state in an international court. Taylor was the Court’s 11th defendant from a total of 21 indictments since its establishment in January 2002, its remit being to try “those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law” during the 11-year conflict.

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national / anti-capitalism Tuesday May 29, 2012 22:31 by wageslave
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Come up to Rossport this June weekend

The seventh annual Rossport Solidarity Camp gathering is taking place in Erris, Co. Mayo from the 1st-4th June. You are invited to take part in workshops/discussions, skillshares, music and fun!

Come up to Mayo this June bank holiday!

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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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