Exposed: Globally Renowned Activist Collaborated With Intelligence Firm Stratfor 08:10 Dec 05 0 comments
Galway Bay salmon farm halted as EU concerned by ‘Fundamental errors’ in scientific data 00:08 Dec 01 0 comments
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For Lefties too Stubborn to Quit
Latest Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI Poll figures 21:35 Wed Dec 11, 2013 | irishelectionliterature
Interview with Paul Cleary 13:21 Wed Dec 11, 2013 | irishelectionliterature
A recollection of the Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid picket line 12:36 Wed Dec 11, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Smithwick 12:29 Wed Dec 11, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
What you want to say? Open Thread, 11th December 2013 02:17 Wed Dec 11, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Kenny Drives it Home 23:44 Wed Dec 11, 2013
Rentier Incomes and Financial Interests (2003) - Gerald Epstein, Dorothy Power 20:25 Sat Dec 07, 2013
5 Harbourmaster Place - Dublin Tardis 22:18 Wed Dec 04, 2013
Wilt thou not chase the white whale! Art not game for Moby Dick? 12:01 Wed Dec 04, 2013
Solidarity Books Launch: Sins of the Father 2nd Ed. by Dr Conor McCabe 09:24 Fri Nov 29, 2013
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
Tales from Tax Haven Ireland: Irish Property Stuck on Repeat Wed Dec 11, 2013 18:01 | Donagh Brennan
Video interview with former Dunnes Stores Strikers en route to Nelson Mandela?s ... Mon Dec 09, 2013 17:14 | Daniel Finn
South Africa?s Unfinished Democratic Revolution Mon Dec 09, 2013 13:06 | Daniel Finn
December Issue of Socialist Voice Out Now Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:41 | Communist Party of Ireland
On the Death of Nelson Mandela Fri Dec 06, 2013 09:15 | Communist Party of Ireland
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
A shot at bias in the media
Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14
Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04
The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48
The web's political rainbow Wed Dec 07, 2011 09:47
The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49
Barrister Leo Mulrooney to ex-Sgt James Gill: “Complete the now well-known phrase 'Give me your name and address or I'll...' “
Last Friday saw retired Sgt James Gill awarded €33,000 plus legal costs by Judge Margaret Heneghan for a defamation case that he took against prominent Shell to Sea campaigner Pat O'Donnell. Mr Gill claimed that Mr O'Donnell accused him at a protest at Bellanaboy on November 3rd 2006, while other protesters and gardaí were in the area, of stealing diesel and smuggling tyres across the border. Mr O'Donnell denied saying those comments to Gill but the Judge believe the word of Gill and made the award.
James Gill is the Garda Sergeant that made the infamous comment “Give me your name and address or I'll rape you” which was recorded last March 31st (https://www.indymedia.ie/article/99445)
However James Gill is also the Garda with probably the longest and most involved history of any of the Gardaí that have policed the Corrib Gas Project. He sat on the Shell's Project Monitoring Committee for 5 years, his brother's scaffolding firm AGS was employed by Shell and I have personally witnessed him viciously assault campaigners on a number of occasions. I wish that I didn't feel the need to write this negative article about a Garda who doesn't police for Shell anymore, but that thisman's good name was valued at €33,000 is an absolute disgrace.
What happened in Court
Last Wednesday saw the hearing of the case. In the case Mr Gill claimed that Mr O'Donnell had accused him of being a thief but this was denied by Mr O'Donnell. Mr O'Donnell said that on the morning in question he had engaged in banter with other protesters and had referenced diesel which had been stolen from him previously in 97 or 98. Mr O'Donnell claimed that he had said that it's easier for people to steal diesel because all the Gardaí were up protecting Shell. He also said that he had said that the Gardaí uphold the law one day and break it the next, referring to the fact that the Gardaí were being well-behaved that day as there was politicians present but that other days they would beat up the protestors. Mr O'Donnell denied that any of this was directed at Mr Gill specifically.
In evidence Mr Gill stated that after Mr O'Donnell had made the comments that other protesters began making similar comments and that this has caused him a lot of stress. He felt that his credibility had been undermined, and that the comments would “sully his reputation” and felt it would hurt his children,“if their father was named a thief”. He stated that a gastric ulcer which he had had previously had been exasperated as a result of the comments and that he ended up with symptoms of Post traumatic stress disorder.
Under cross-examination from Mr O'Donnell barrister Leo Mulrooney, Mr Gill stated that this defamation case was not about money, that it was about his reputation. Twice in his cross-examination Mr Mulrooney attempted to introduce element of the infamous 'rape-tape', of which Mr Gill was the main player. First of all Mr Mulrooney attempted to ask Mr Gillif he had ever had discussions with other Gardaí on how to present evidence in court. This was a rather obscure reference to the 'rape-tape', which only someone who had listened to the 'rape-tape' would have seen where it was going. However obviously Judge Heneghan had done her homework, immediately shutting down that line of questioning saying that only relevant matters were to be discussed.
For his second attempt later on, Mr Mulrooney tried a more direct approach asking Mr Gill to complete the well-known phrase 'Give me your name and address or I'll...' “. However Mr Gill feigned ignorance and in a most blatant lie stated that he didn't know what Mr Mulrooney was talking about. Mr Mulrooney then asked if Mr Gill was serious that he didn't know what was being spoken about seeing as it had been front page news for a week and had been raised in the Dáil a number of times. At this Mr Gill's barrister Seamus Ruane jumped to his feet objecting, stating that if Mr Mulrooney was referring to the events of the 31stof March then they had no relevance to the case that was being tried. Mr Mulrooney argued that the subject being spoken about was of absolute relevance in ascertaining Mr Gill's good reputation.
Gill outside Bellanaboy 0.44 Mb Gill tangling with protester in June 2009 0.23 Mb These injuries were caused when James Gill kicked this protestor causing him to fall against barbed wire 0.16 Mb Garda SL286 John Sweeney who Pat O'Donnell accused of being involved in the breaking 3 of his ribs 0.38 Mb
Friday 25th November saw over 5 hours of Shell's peat and stone haulage completely blocked by campaigners, and no arrests were made. First thing in the morning four campaigners had trucks blocked for over an hour and a half, and later on one person climbed on top of a peat truck outside Shell's Bellanaboy refinery, remaining there for 3 and a half hours stopping all haulage.
Fair Hotels is an initiative of hotel workers employed in Fair Hotels throughout Ireland and trade union representatives. Hotels listed on www.fairhotels.ie were invited to participate in the Fair Hotels campaign by their own staff and their staffs' representatives. Each of the hotels listed on www.fairhotels.ie has agreed to participate. Our objective is to support and promote quality employment in the hotel industry in Ireland.
The Occupy movement has grown steadily in the past 4 weeks in Ireland. It is part of the global Occupy movement. As to what it is about is best summed up by the OccupyGalway statement:
"it shall be for the house (Dail and Senate) to determine the appropriate balance between the rights of persons and the public interest..." Okay this is pretty basic - A referendum is needed every time a government wishes to change our constitution - this is because the constitution theoretically exists to protect people from the excesses of any government i.e. any elected government can only work within the confines of what the constitution sets out. This means the constitution belongs to the citizens (i.e. us) not the Government. Whatever government is in power has to get our permission to change it. Lots of things in our constitution are outdated and need to be changed BUT and it's a big BUT we should be really careful of letting it be changed for trivial issues.
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The WTO pushes through bad deal; Developed countries and TNCs are the big winners 10:28 Wed 11 Dec 0 comments
Bali, Indonesia - The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed through a Bali Package in the final hours, extending the Conference to December 7, but at the cost of the developing countries, the poor and the hungry.
Rossport Solidarity Camp Update December 2013 23:40 Tue 10 Dec 0 comments
VID (13 mins) - Ciaron O'Reilly speaks out for Assange, Harrison, Manning & Snowden in Dublin! 13:03 Mon 09 Dec 6 comments
VID (13 mins) - Ciaron O'Reilly, recently attacked & censored at the London Anarchist Bookfair
Dublin shows us how it’s done [Part 2]: Solidarity in action for Chelsea Manning and family 06:11 Mon 09 Dec 0 comments
The second part of this account, detailing our solidarity trip to Dublin with Private Manning's family members from Wales.
Dublin shows us how it’s done: Solidarity in action for Chelsea Manning and family 22:31 Sun 08 Dec 1 comments
A woolly hat sent with love from California leads me to Chelsea Manning’s Welsh Mum, we catch and run with a rugby ball, Ciaron’s faith carries us to Ireland and the Irish respond with gifts of truth for Wales.
Nelson Mandela has died 22:10 Thu 05 Dec 4 comments
Former South African president and anti-aparteid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95
Limit Fluoride to Prevent Lead Poisoning, study says 10:39 Thu 05 Dec 0 comments
This is just one of the hundreds of studies indicating that ingesting fluoride is deleterious to human health. Unnecessary and health-robbing fluoride chemicals are added to public water supplies because it satisfies the political will of powerful special interest groups. It's up to each of us to demand fluoridation be stopped.
Summary of the Peoples' Forum - Who Polices the Police? 01:09 Thu 05 Dec 0 comments
Last Saturday week (23rd Nov) in Inver Community Hall, the 2013 Peoples' Forum was held entitled "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who Polices the Police?.
On Streets of Dublin: Manning - Assange - Snowden 12:14 Wed 04 Dec 2 comments
The last few days in Dublin unfolded in a warm embrace of solidarity for imprisoned Pvt. Manning’s mother Susan, aunts Mary & Sharon & uncle Kevin. The family had travelled from their hometown Haverfordwest, south-west Wales to Dublin, Ireland, the birthplace of their father.
Maoist Popularity Wanes in Nepal Election 11:20 Tue 03 Dec 0 comments
Results for Nepal's national elections show its Maoist party has plummeted in popularity, coming in a distant third and suggesting the former rebels' influence has diminished in the South Asian nation.
Did fluoridation cause the current dental health crisis? Dec 11 0 comments
By mistakenly focusing on the drug fluoride, since 1945, dentists missed the opportunity to reduce tooth decay by promoting tooth-required nutrients such as calcium, Vitamins A, C and D. Could the current tooth decay epidemic in the US be attributed to that blunder?
Article 13.....French law, just passed Dec 11 0 comments
Yesterday the French Senat passed article 13 of the 2014-2019 French Defense Bill , an attack on freedom and fundamental rights.
Hare coursing savagery held in appalling weather conditions! Dec 10 2 comments
Hares AND Greyhounds being forced to run in appalling weather conditions. Many greyhounds injured...
Smithwick and the hypocrisy of it all. Dec 05 1 comments
Glaring hypocrisy in the light the Smithwick tribunal.
Toward a Greater Israel? The Struggle for Hebron Dec 03 0 comments
Recently returned from a stint in Palestine, the place that most struck me was the city of Hebron. It is here that the illegal settler policies of the Israeli government has led to the most conflict and it is here where I saw some of the worst poverty in the West Bank.more >>
The Roscommon Anthology Dec 05 Roscommon Literary Heritage Group 0 comments
The Roscommon Anthology is more than a celebration of Roscommon's literary heritage; it is a book of national importance. The anthology with accompanying literary map reminds us that even the greatest literature is local.
The destruction of Kilkieran Bay and Bertraghboy Bay by our state. Nine new cages for Kilkieran Bay and 5or 6 for Bertraghboy Bay in Connemara and more to be added. You could practically walk to them from the shore and this is an SAC and SPA.
Philippines: Justice for Ka Norvict! Dec 04 0 comments
Akbayan Partylist condemns the cold-blooded murder of its fisherfolk leader Honorio “ Norvict” Baculao in Bohol. Ka Norvict, as he is fondly called by comrades in the civil society community and social movements, had just attended a municipal assembly of civil society groups and basic sectors in Getafe, Bohol on Tuesday when he was shot in the head by a lone gunman. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and comrades who are grieving his loss.
Below is a statement released by the Maynooth Schools Group this morning. We are
LearnIrish.com Launches Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo Dec 01 LearnIrish.com 0 comments
LearnIrish.com launches on crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, in a bid to raise $7000 in just 25 days in order to develop an affordable and comprehensive online Irish language course.more >>