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Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on resolution
'Europen Stop TTIP' alliance sends open letter



The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country: https://stop-ttip.org/open-letter/

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international / economics and finance / press release Dé Domhnaigh Iúil 05, 2015 12:50 byStop TTIP   image 1 image
The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country: read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Dé Sathairn Iúil 04, 2015 10:29 byshannonwatch
Shannon Airport will host what they call an "air display extravaganza" on July 18th, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight at the airport. They say the airshow will provide a visual treat from leading aerobatics performers, parachutists, helicopters, jet fighters and stunt fliers. read full story / add a comment
Terence Conway speaking at the launch
kerry / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Dé hAoine Iúil 03, 2015 09:10 byEoin   text 2 comments (last - dé haoine iúil 03, 2015 09:19)   image 12 images
On Tuesday 23rd June, the exhibition "If I could say one thing to other communities" was launched in the Killarney Public Library which focuses on peoples with experiences of challenging the Corrib Gas Project. The exhibition will run until Saturday 4th July. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Meitheamh 30, 2015 20:45 byPaddy Hackett
The various programmes advanced by much of the radical left are lodged within the limits of capitalism. But it these very limits that the Greek financial crisis is manifesting. Leftists proposing the limits of capitalism to solve those very limits is a contradiction.
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Dé Máirt Meitheamh 30, 2015 12:10 byAnti-fracking   image 1 image
This report from FrackingFreeIreland comes from a campaigner from Germany who decided to build a people map of the pro fracking lobby in Germany. The links he uncovered and the techniques have a lot to say about all other issues and how many of the most undemocratic practices are pushed forward. The principle used applies not just in Germany but is widespread including here in Ireland.

Campaigner from Germany
I have done a new graphic on all these lobby and pr firms trying to
manage public perception in Germany. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Dé Luain Meitheamh 29, 2015 10:29 byKEVIN HIGGINS
INTERPOL ISSUES EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT FOR MAN POSING AS IRISH PRIME MINISTER

Police searching for man heard peddling
failed economic theories, all understood to be stolen,
in Brussels, Dublin, and Bangor Erris.
Approach with caution. May initially
appear to be real person but is actually
four decades worth of sheepish
Connacht Final handshakes
and a blonde headful of borrowed talk. read full story / add a comment
Crisis? What Crisis? by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin Triptych / Oil on canvas / 60cm x 180cm / 23.6 in x 70.6 in
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Dé Domhnaigh Meitheamh 28, 2015 12:57 byCaoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   image 4 images
Despite all the contemporary global interconnectedness, the lack of an international social consciousness among artists (whose work is linked only by its sameness and market-ready designs and styles) evokes frustration in the politically conscious critic and commentator. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 24, 2015 16:37 byPat Waine
The very clear lessons on coalition with the right that now must be re learned by the left in Ireland all over again. The failure so far to rule out a coalition involving Fianna Fail, Labour and Fianna Gael is a failure to learn the lessons of historical compromises of the past. The left in Ireland must set out to build a real alternative to the narrative of austerity propagated by the capitalist parties in Ireland and supported by Labour.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 24, 2015 11:12 by1 of Indymedia
A new Trade Secrets law to be voted on next week by the European Parliament threatens a massive clampdown on journalists and whistle-blowers, write Anne Friel & Anaïs Berthier, giving corporations the right to sue those who disclose private information even in the public interest to protect health, safety and environment.
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Dé Máirt Meitheamh 23, 2015 23:39 by1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
The Solidarity Times facebook page is reported today that Water charges protestor Stephen Bennett is being sent to prison. Here is their report.

The Water charges protester Stephen Bennett will be in jail for one month tomorrow. He was not convicted of anything, instead the courts attempted to impose 'protest ban' bail conditions which he has continued to refuse to accept. All sections of the water charges movements should be demanding Stephens immediate and unconditional release.

"To my Friends, Comrades and to the Irish Water movement. I send this message of solidarity from my cell in Cloverhill prison, where I have been since May 20th. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Meitheamh 23, 2015 23:17 bypostman
The drip feed of questionable deals carried out by NAMA is well under way. Regularly now, we see information reaching the public domain whereby NAMA have sold stressed assets at less than their real value and the purchasers are turning them over within 2 years, at profit ranging from 30% to 40%/ The purchasers are mostly foreign investment funds – ‘vulture funds ‘ – who have picked on the carcass of the stressed Irish property market. Many of them have retained the assets, and become serious players in the residential rental market in Ireland, especially Dublin, and have developed a controlling influence, managing to drive up rents astronomically in our capital city. This all doesn’t make them evil people – they just do what they do, it’s called unfettered Capitalism - our problem as Irish citizens is that our Government have allowed a situation to develop whereby the vulture funds win and the Irish tax payer loses. And our present Neo Liberal Government think that this is all fine. I believe otherwise. Here’s my Leader’s Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week, who knows that all is not well. - read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Dé Domhnaigh Meitheamh 21, 2015 23:26 bypostman
Privatisation of Postal Services - A great little neoliberal country to do business in…

Yesterday afternoon in the Dáil, we discussed the Communications Regulation (Postal Service) (Amendment) Bill 2015 – a piece of legislation that represents the latest push by this Government to further its neoliberal agenda through the privatisation, or “outsourcing,” of public services in this country. Under this new legislation, our new national postcode system – Eircode – will be privatised and administered by Capita Ireland, which is part of the £7bn Capita multinational corporation, a global conglomerate with vast experience of snapping up lucrative state contracts around the world.
I asked the Minister why at least €27m of taxpayers’ money is being pumped into a postcode system that many in the delivery industry have described “lacking vision” and utterly useless, while at the same time, rural post offices are being closed down, further isolating the communities they serve. Rural Ireland, and in particular those most vulnerable, are being abandoned in favour of big business. Here’s my contribution in the Chamber. – read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Dé Sathairn Meitheamh 20, 2015 21:56 byKaren
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antrim / arts and media / press release Dé hAoine Meitheamh 19, 2015 23:13 byNoel Kelly
Visual Artists Ireland [NI] will open a new dedicated Northern Ireland office on Friday, July 3rd in 109 – 113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF. The office will be a focal point for the advocacy and support of Northern Ireland’s visual artists and will be managed by Rob Hilken, Northern Ireland Manager reporting directly to Noel Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Visual Artists Ireland who will also have a base there. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Déardaoin Meitheamh 18, 2015 23:17 byanon   image 1 image   1 attached file
In an increasingly bizarre turn of events that raises fundamental questions about the credibility of the much - publicised ‘1st Independent MAYO’ political initiative, prospective candidate Stephen Manning of Ballhaunis, Co. Mayo was advised last Wednesday by project organiser Eddie Farrell that a decision had been made to exclude Mr Manning from participating in the process.
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dublin / miscellaneous / news report Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 17, 2015 21:10 byauthor   text 4 comments (last - dé haoine meitheamh 26, 2015 15:11)
About 6 uniformed naval officers in complete uniform walked Grafton street around 21.00 hours on the 17th of June 2015.
They went into Mc D. Grafton street. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / news report Dé Luain Meitheamh 15, 2015 22:01 byMartin Healy   text 11 comments (last - dé luain meitheamh 29, 2015 18:02)
The REGRET Group recently received a list of all the adverse reactions
reported to the Irish Health Regulatory Authority (HPRA) following
vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / news report Dé hAoine Meitheamh 12, 2015 21:41 bySophia Har   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin meitheamh 24, 2015 23:57)   image 1 image
A package of trade bills stalled today when the US House of Representatives defeated one portion of the package while voting in favor of another. Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program to assist US workers who lose their jobs because of trade agreements, failed by a vote of 302-126. This worker assistance is part of the Trade Act of 2015 which would give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to move international trade agreements through Congress without amendment. Congress must pass trade assistance within two remaining legislative days in order for TPA or "fast track" to be sent to President Obama's desk. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Déardaoin Meitheamh 11, 2015 22:25 byno-patents-on-seeds.org
Press Release 21st May “Act now – save the future of our food!” The coalition of No Patents on Seeds! has published an international call to European governments to stop patents on plants and animals. They are warning that international corporations such as Monsanto are taking more and more control of resources needed for food production. As recent research shows, the European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 10, 2015 23:27 bySF
Liadh Ní Riada MEP has strongly criticised the call of Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly to have a potential international court for TTIPs Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) located in Ireland.

She said that Kelly has completely betrayed his responsibility to defend the interests of the Irish people.

The mechanism of the International State Dispute Settlement court is part of the highly controversial TTIP agreement which has been met with widespread public opposition across the European Union read full story / add a comment
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