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Video from the Villa Park eviction in Dublin 02:09 Jan 24 0 comments
Irish Water: Killing off conservation and the real agenda behind water charges 12:03 Jan 18 1 comments
Why the corporate capture of COP21 means we must Kick Big Polluters Out of climate policy 22:47 Dec 03 3 comments
“Humanitarian Lies”: Evidence Proves US Afghan Hospital Attack Was Deliberate 22:06 Oct 19 1 comments
Poolbeg incinerator - city council manager assures company they can ignore vote of council 00:08 Aug 27 0 commentsmore >>
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
Blackrock, Noel Rock Thu Feb 04, 2016 23:15 | Des Derwin
So How?s the ol? 1 Percent Getting On? Tue Jan 19, 2016 23:21 | Michael Taft
Lower Your Expectations ? the Recovery is Settling In Tue Jan 19, 2016 22:40 | Michael Taft
?Wants? A US-style Taxation System? Tue Jan 12, 2016 15:15 | Michael Taft
How the influence of World Bank policies damaged China?s economy Mon Jan 11, 2016 18:52 | John Ross
The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren
Kautsky â€“ The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien
How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus
Syriza and Israel: Syrizaâ€™s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh
What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Immigrant Crisis: Facts, Myth or Plot? Tue Feb 09, 2016 22:50 | The Saker
One Size Does Not Fit All! Tue Feb 09, 2016 21:49 | Herb Swanson
Tom Mysiewicz reviews ?The Essential Saker? for the ShamirReaders mailing list Tue Feb 09, 2016 18:34 | The Saker
International Military Review ? Syria, Feb. 9, 2016 Tue Feb 09, 2016 18:29 | The Saker
CrossTalk: Bullhorns Spin The Spin Tue Feb 09, 2016 14:38 | The Saker
In the past decade on two separate occasions the government had to call referendums on critical issues relating to the EU and our national sovereignty and in both instances the government wanted us to vote Yes and in each case the country vote No, first for the NICE treaty and then for the Lisbon treaty. Both the Irish government and the EU itself in their fundamentaly undemocratic way rejected both of these exercises in our democratic rights and waited a short while before launching full scale propaganda onslaughts and got us to vote a 2nd time and by using mis-information, fear mongering and lies, they remolded public opinion such that we voted the 'correct' way -YES the second time around.
Now the government probably quite rightly senses it may not be able to fool us three days and in a bid to submit fully to the financial oligarchy which now seem to have the final say over most nations these days, the government are doing all they can to avoid another referendum and if this means running roughshod over the Constitution so be it. But first it is important that people understand what they are doing and should object and the People's Association Watchdog has done a very good job of high-lightling exactly what they are doing and the many sections or articles of the Constitution that they intend to ignore.
To lighten the tone, here's a special xmas episode of the FKN news.
I think we all need a laugh after the miserable year that we've had so far courtesy of FG/labour.
If you are easily offended, very religious, lacking in a sense of humour, overly serious, or alternatively, pride yourself on how highly intellectual and sophisticated you are then might I humbly suggest you don't click on the video. You probably have better things to be doing!
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Exclusive Report by one of the Peace team that sabotaged US warplane at Shannon airport last Tuesday
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
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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FG & Labour announce Householders to Pay for Recycling 22:44 Mon 01 Feb 1 comments
If there was ever a way to discourage recycling it is to charge for it. But there is more to this story. Way back during the Bin Tax campaign it was said that the original plan was to charge for recycling and all along the plan was to send most of the recycling material like paper, cardboard and plastic to feed the huge incinerator then planned for Dublin.
Open Letter to US Ambassador in Dublin 18:21 Thu 21 Jan 9 comments
Mary-Anne Grady Flores a grandmother from upper State New York was jailed for six months and started her sentence on Tuesday last for taking pictures of an anti-drone protest. The letter below has been sent to the US Ambassador along with the Democracy Now account of the jailing
Brazil: Censorship on internet 22:55 Tue 12 Jan 0 comments
Brazilian blogger accuses senator of commanding the invasion of his computing systems and of harassment.
Mindanao, Philippines: Stop ‘Lumad’ killings, harassment - UN 06:26 Sun 10 Jan 0 comments
Killings and harassment of the Lumad, or the indigenous people (IP), should stop and those accountable should be brought to justice, according to Ola Almgren, the UN country representative and humanitarian coordinator.
LISTEN Irish school girl stuns music world with brilliant charity song Freedom Day 18:32 Tue 05 Jan 0 comments
A 16-year-old girl has stunned the music industry in Ireland with a brilliant song called Freedom Day, which highlights the suffering of thousands of children facing poverty and oppression across the world.
Portrait of an Irish Republican 00:51 Sun 20 Dec 0 comments
The author's account of his visit to the North of Ireland in 1985, on the occasion of its 3oth anniversary;
Philippines: Climate Focus - Time to act is now on energy transformation 04:59 Thu 10 Dec 0 comments
What could possibly be so urgent and life-threatening to drive leaders of people from a small and barely reachable island off the coast of Mindoro to leave their homes and travel 285 kilometers by land and sea over the period of five days just to reach Metro Manila? On November 27, a day before the biggest climate justice march in the country, they have reach the Presidential Palace.
The Empire scores two victories in South America - Venezuela and Argentina 01:00 Wed 09 Dec 1 comments
In the recent elections in Venezuela the right wing opposition long backed by Washington has secured a majority by winning 107 out of 167 seats. This is the first time since the early days of deceased former president Chavez rose to power that the right has had control of the parliament.
Indymedia UK Servers Down 16:29 Sun 06 Dec 0 comments
ADMINS: - Indymedia UK has been offline since yesterday.
Irish government wastes over 1 million euro on pointless and biased study of fracking 07:37 Thu 03 Dec 0 comments
Irish government wastes over 1 million euro on biased fracking study
The West Is Being Reduced To Looting Itself Feb 01 0 comments
Paul Craig Roberts clearly outlines the systematic way western financial institutions and the IMF have traditionally looted the third world and now, having exhausted that process, have turned to looting other western countries such as Ireland, Greece, Portugal, and more recently, Spain and Italy.
Protest against National Hare Coursing "Festival" in Ireland Feb 01 2 comments
As the three-day so-called “National Hare Coursing Festival” opens today at Powerstown Park, Clonmel, County Tipperary, CACS and other animal protection campaign groups protested outside the venue where captured hares were forced to run from hyped-up greyhounds.
Elections 2016 Jan 29 0 comments
For many the knock on the door, hello sorry to disturb you, I'm canvassing for the bimbo party hoping you will consider to give us your no, 1 vote. the children have to be fed, the dog is barking. jumping over and open gates to put the leaflet through. jaysus we are great
Utilitarianism and Irish Left Jan 22 5 comments
Utilitarianism is the hidden basis for the moral and philosophical basis of much of the Irish Left
Be warned – 'The Revolution Papers' is an all-male baby! Jan 18 0 comments
The level of involvement by women in the 1916 Rising is historically unprecedented. This is recognised and welcomed in the Proclamation. The Rising, and the Proclamation which attempted to explain it, is of international significance.more >>
“Stop The Study” Campaign Has Stopped The Study! Feb 08 0 comments
Good news – it’s official!
Election Candidates Asked to Pledge Themselves to Peace Feb 02 Shannonwatch 1 comments
Press Release - 2nd Feb 2016 - Election Candidates Asked to Pledge Themselves to Peace
Congressional Hearing Examines Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Feb 02 Jubilee USA 0 comments
The US House of Representatives held its second hearing on Puerto Rico's debt crisis this year. The hearing focused on potential legislative solutions including bankruptcy protection and an economic oversight board.
The 7th Edition of First Cut Youth Film Festival - Call for Entries! Feb 01 First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2016 0 comments
While currently young filmmakers are being sought for a festival and short films are pouring in, the festival organisers are busily planning an exciting programme of screenings, Q&A's, discussions and workshops for this year's festival.
High Profile foxhunter caught redhanded assaulting two farmers...dramatic video footage exposes bullying and thuggery!