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
Nelson Mandela RIP 22:16 Thu Dec 05, 2013 | doctorfive
RTÉ?s 1976 documentary on Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War 21:28 Thu Dec 05, 2013 | irishelectionliterature
After Forbes thoughts on Ireland?s economy 18:41 Thu Dec 05, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Event taking place this Sunday 8th December to mark the 100th anniversary of the lockout evictions i... 17:33 Thu Dec 05, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
A sceptical view of that ?new? party? 12:41 Thu Dec 05, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
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
Using ?Legal Obstacles? like Barricades in the Class War 11:23 Mon Nov 25, 2013
EVEN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IS TALKING ABOUT INEQUALITY? 10:38 Mon Nov 25, 2013
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
Irish Landscape Institute Lecture given by Brendan McGrath -Viewing Landscape in... Thu Dec 05, 2013 16:53 | Irish Left Review
Labour Throws 30,000 Unemployed and Low-Paid Mortgage Holders to the Wolves! Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:34 | Irish Left Review
New LookLeft in shops now! Wed Dec 04, 2013 09:38 | Irish Left Review
We?re Starving Public Services and Social Protection But All We Get is Demands f... Tue Dec 03, 2013 17:39 | Michael Taft
and yet /we must live/ in these times Tue Dec 03, 2013 15:18 | Sarah Clancy
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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Nelson Mandela has died 22:10 Thu 05 Dec 0 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 1 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.
Secret deal between City Council and Greyhound Recycling dirty politics 23:08 Sun 01 Dec 1 comments
Secret deal between City Council and Greyhound Recycling dirty politics
Inside the paranoid Maoist cults of 1970s Britain 13:07 Sun 01 Dec 4 comments
The couple accused in the case of alleged “domestic slavery” in London were reportedly the leaders of a tiny Maoist sect, the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, which had gone “underground” in the late 1970s. To understand how the Workers’ Institute ended up so far off the radar, we need to understand where they came from – the strange world of radical Maoist politics in 1970s London.
Photo report: Manning's Family in Dublin 09:11 Sun 01 Dec 1 comments
We've been in Dublin since Wednesday with Welsh members of Chelsea Manning's family
Hannon-Kennedy to finally take Bray seat 20:20 Mon 25 Nov 8 comments
It is emerging across social media circles that TCD Sociology Graduate is to contest the local elections in Bray-Hannon Kennedy who once came within a seat of being elected will probably run as an Independent sweeping up Labour support across the entire area posing a massive threat to new political wannabees. Catherine is seen as a hard-grafter, a voice for the voiceless and gained increasing popularity following an RTE Documentary on her local estate Oldcourt Park which has a tragic history.
Help The Homeless Appeal 18:20 Mon 25 Nov 0 comments
The Dublin Cumann of the 32CSM are appealing to the public to help out with donations for our help the homeless appeal we are running throughout the Christmas period.more >>
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.
Assisted Decision Making Dec 02 0 comments
The United Nations' convention on the rights of persons with a disability does not confer any particular right on anyone. As a mental patient I have no more rights with it as I might have without it. However the UNCRPD has a political effect. The Irish Government must repeal the Lunatics Act of the 19th century to make Irish Law consonant with the UNCRPD. That old act is long and detailed and makes elaborate provision to prevent the exploitation of lunatics i.e. mental patients. But, it seems, a new law is required introducing assisted decision making by patients rather than providing an authority to make decisions on our behalf.
On November 19th the Tánaiste (Vice-Prime Minister in Ireland) Eamon Gilmore, addressed the parliamentary questions raised by TDs Maureen O’Sullivan, Clare Daly and Seán Crowe, in relation to growing concerns about the escalation of political repression in Colombia. In recent months, scores of left-wing activists, trade union organisers, protesters and human rights’ defenders have been murdered. Many more have been imprisoned, injured and harassed.
The Occupation - often with good hearts but heads not straight due to the 'divide and rule' which stems from the UN.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 >>