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Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

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mayo / environment Thursday December 15, 2011 00:50 by C
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Ex-Sgt James Gill

Barrister Leo Mulrooney to ex-Sgt James Gill: Complete the now well-known phrase 'Give me your name and address or I'll...'
Ex-Sgt James Gill : I don't understand the question
Barrister Leo Mulrooney:Do you know what I'm referring to when I say those words
Ex-Sgt James Gill: No
Leo Mulrooney: - 'Give me your name and address or ...'
Judge Margaret Heneghan interrupts: He said 'No', next question

And so the lies of Corrib Garda continue in court !!!!

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 garda 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 (

However James Gill is also the Garda with probably the longest and most involved history of any of the Garda 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 Garda were up protecting Shell. He also said that he had said that the Garda uphold the law one day and break it the next, referring to the fact that the Garda 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 Garda 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 Dil 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.

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mayo / environment Tuesday November 29, 2011 12:16 by j debender
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Standing on the Peat truck outside the refinery

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.

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national / consumer issues Thursday November 24, 2011 11:12 by Paul Gavan
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Fair Hotels -

Fair Hotels is an initiative of hotel workers employed in Fair Hotels throughout Ireland and trade union representatives. Hotels listed on were invited to participate in the Fair Hotels campaign by their own staff and their staffs' representatives. Each of the hotels listed on has agreed to participate. Our objective is to support and promote quality employment in the hotel industry in Ireland.

national / rights, freedoms and repression Monday November 07, 2011 00:46 by T
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6 camps and building

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:

Occupy Galway is part of the international movement against austerity measures imposed on ordinary people around the world. We are all part of the 99% who, so far, have been subject to economic inequality and social injustice from the 1% who control the world's resources. We, the 99% demand:
1 - The removal of the IMF and ECB from all Irish financial affairs;
2 - That the national debt imposed on Irish people from the bank bailouts be lifted;
3 - The return of Irish resources (gas, oil, forestry) to the people of Ireland;
4 - Real particpatory democracy.


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national / rights, freedoms and repression Monday October 24, 2011 23:01 by Sarah
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Keep the powers of the Judicary and Dail separate!

"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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Independent Irish TDs Mick Wallace & Clare Daly with Maura Harrington imageCommemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9 00:13 Fri 13 Nov by DD 0 comments

Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside Corrib House: Shells Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. Many sources believe that these executions were done at the behest of Shell. Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni people, had been actively leading successful civil society actions and demonstrations thwarting Shells development of oil on the land of these indigenous farmers and fishermen. Even though it hasnt been explicitly proven that Shell ordered the killing they did benefit from the outcome and later paid reparations to the families. (In 2009 Shell settled out of court to the tune of 15.5 million dollars to the families of the victims to avoid going to court in the USA.)

2015apecphilippinesworkersprotest.jpg imagePhilippines: Unions decry deceptive, vague labor agenda of APEC 02:25 Sun 08 Nov by Sentro 0 comments

ORGANIZED workers sneered at the so-called labor agenda in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila next month by describing it as deceptive and vague, which merely reaffirms APECs ideology based on the primacy of corporate power and profits over labor and trade union rights.

20151006_dail1.jpg imagevideoSenators and TDs in State of Shock after meeting REGRET Parents in Dil ireann. 10:18 Tue 03 Nov by regret 2 comments

On the 6th October, parents representing the Irish Support Group REGRET met with a group of 15 TDs and Senators at the Irish Parliament ('The Dil') . Maureen O'Sullivan T.D. organized the cross-party meeting to bring attention to the serious adverse reactions suffered by Irish schoolgirls after taking the HPV vaccine 'Gardasil'. R.E.G.R.E.T stands for "Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma"

textPolitical Trial Against Water Protestors Begins Today 22:58 Mon 02 Nov by aaa 0 comments

The political trial of 18 people who delayed Joan Burton in her car began today. It is an escalation in the attempt to demonise and vilify an entire community for rejecting the Labour Party.

Four AAA members were present in court, as part of the targeting of our own organisation by the Gardai and the establishment. On top of these charges, we have had permission to collect money door to door refused in two Garda districts, including Tallaght and there has been the revelations around Operation Mizen which has seen Gardai carry out surveillance on water charge activists including Paul Murphy TD.

Wash area imageIPS respond to Portlaoise pictures with investigation instead of improvement 19:34 Wed 28 Oct by Concerned 0 comments

Prisoners call on the Department of Justice to make public a recent prison doctors report that highlights the dangers prisoners are exposed too, legionnaires disease for example and other serious respiratory health risks due to the extremely poor conditions.

videoFracking Free Ireland Network Public Meeting 08:26 Tue 20 Oct by Danny Dullea 0 comments

This is a recording of a public meeting of Fracking Free Network Ireland and Northern Ireland held at the Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne on Saturday October 17 2015. There are two parts. Part 1 is the panel presentations. Part 2 the discussion and Q&A will follow. For comments or further information please contact me at

textTicknock developer at it again 10:29 Wed 14 Oct by dublin rambler 1 comments

Repeatedly-rejected proposal to isolate old people in the middle of nowhere turns up *again* on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown agenda

imageIndymedia Returns After Two Week Website Outage 16:01 Tue 13 Oct by 1 of Indymedia 8 comments

The Indymedia website returns to service today after an almost two week outage from Sept 29th until today Oct 13th.

This was an unplanned outage and unfortunately it took much longer than expected to restore and may have led people to think we had shutdown permanently. We hope our contributors and readers will return and continue to make use of Indymedia for it's intended purpose of posting news, reports and events by the public and activist communities.

guards_force_digger_through_crowd_0.jpg imageSpecial Petition - Minister White: Don't reward Shell abuses in Ireland 23:52 Wed 23 Sep by 1 of Indymedia 0 comments

Shell have recently applied for permission to operate their raw gas pipeline linking the Corrib gas field to the Bellanaboy refinery and are asking the Dept of Energy and Minister Alex White for prompt processing of its application. We have until the 25th of September to put in objections.

Dont reward Shell abuses in Ireland! We, the undersigned demand that you reject Shell's request to operate their dangerous raw gas pipeline that will be used to plunder Irelands resources.

textOpen letter to Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma 13:46 Wed 16 Sep by Justin Morahan 0 comments

This is an unjust barbaric execution

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textPlenty of blame to go around. Role of the revolutionary left. Nov 22 by john throne 7 comments

This article deals with how much left sectarianism has damaged the workers struggle in Ireland.

imageThe Paris Attacks -What's Going On ? Nov 22 by T 4 comments

It is over a week since the Paris Attack and the slaughter of innocent people. Europe is now suffering the spillover of the terrorism and wars launched by Western powers including France on the Middle East and Arab world for over a decade now and it seems the war is being brought home.

Looking at the actual efforts on not just French society but Europe, it just so happens to serve the creeping totalitarian state and the 0.1% and corporate power. This article tries to put together some context and background to see if it is possible to figure out whether this appalling carnage was simply blowback of French foreign policy and or even some kind of black operation. Don't expect clear cut answers to any thing.

imagevideoaudioThe French Republic taken hostage Nov 18 by 1 of Indymedia 11 comments

In light of the butchery that took place in Paris on Fri 13th by Terrorists largely financed, supported, trained and armed by Western powers and corporate entities directly and through Gulf state and Turkish state intermediaries and the totally inadequate analysis from the mainstream media, we reproduce here in full this article from Voltaire Net.

The French Republic taken hostage by Thierry Meyssan

The war which has now spread to Paris is incomprehensible for those French citizens who are ignorant of practically all the secret activities of their government in the Arab world, of its unnatural alliances with the Gulf dictators, and its active participation in international terrorism. These policies have never been discussed in Parliament, and the major media have rarely dared to take an interest in them.

textDid The 1916 Easter Rising Serve The Interests Of Workers? Nov 11 by Patrick Hackett 0 comments

The hullabaloo over the commeroration of the 1916 Rising is merely another device intended to perpetuate the deception of the southern Irish working class. It forms a part of the overall ideological paradigm under which southern Irish workers are to be oppressed and divided from much of the working class in the North.

textSecrecy Surrounds Attempts to Kill Free Speech on University of California Campuses Nov 02 by Citizen Sane 1 comments

Herein we will focus on what seems to be a somewhat elaborate, albeit loosely organized, conspiracy (one hesitates to use the word as arguments are quickly dismissed as conspiracy theories) in the making in which a relatively large number of pro-Israeli factions (both students attending American campuses as well as outside organizations as well as outside monies)are attempting to manipulate and intimidate people so Americans relinquish their right to free speech on American campusesthat is the right to say critical things about peoples and organizations including Jews, Zionists and Israelis.

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imagePDF DocumentNew booklet: Shannon Airport and 21st Century War Nov 24 shannonwatch 0 comments

We are delighted to announce a new publication entitled Shannon Airport and 21st Century War, edited by Shannonwatch's John Lannon and PANA's Roger Cole. Printed copies of the 48 page booklet are available for 10 by contacting Shannonwatch or PANA. You can also download a PDF version of the booklet

textOkay for Industrial Peat Extraction But not Okay for Individuals to do so Nov 24 Friends of the Irish Environment 0 comments

Last year we had alot of coverage in the Irish mainstream news about farmers and individuals being stopped from extracting peat -the reason is because most of our bogs which are wonderful habitats are almost completely destroyed. However we never heard or was it mentioned that there was no attempt to stop the industrial extraction of peat by large private companies yet this does infinitely more damage. It seems there is one law for the people and no law for business interests. If we are going to save our bogs we should at least make the laws applicable to ALL parties. Peat extraction to be exempted from planning permission Press Release - 23 November, 2015 Friends of the Irish Environment The industrial extraction of peat is to be removed from planning controls, according to statements by horticultural peat extraction companies Bulrush and Westland in the High Court on Friday.

textSIPTU and TEEU local authority water workers vote for industrial action Nov 22 0 comments

SIPTU and TEEU local authority members working under the management of Irish Water have today (Friday, 20th November) overwhelmingly voted for industrial action to prevent the privatisation of the public water service. Last month, Irish Water said that it intended reduce the local authority workforce in the company by up to 1500 by 2021. The unilateral announcement was in breach of the Service Level Agreement reached with trade union representatives in 2013 which obliged the company to consult with them in relation to any proposed changes in staffing numbers

textBudget 2016 won't tackle rising inequalities Nov 13 TASC 0 comments

TASC today released an equality analysis of Budget 2016, which analysed both the tax and spending changes. It shows that the tax cuts announced will give the greatest benefit to a single person earning 70,000, which is the same sweet spot as last years budget.

The report notes that changes announced in the Budget have to be considered in light of the fact that three-quarters of the pre-tax income gains in the last five years have gone those earning 70,000 and above

textAnti Austerity Alliance: Press Statement on Government Claims to Have Built Thousands of Council Hou... Nov 13 Anti Austerity Alliance 0 comments

AAA responds to government claims of grossly out of date figures: Has the government built thousands of new council homes in the last 3 weeks?

Government should clarify latest up to date figures since October 22nd

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has responded to government claims that figures which show that only 20 council houses have been built this year and zero in the second quarter of the year are grossly out of date despite being published by the Department of the Environment on October 22nd.

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