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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 10 Days

Free the Protestors - Jail the Bankers


The Government acting on behalf of corporate and financial power who have set their eyes on our Water have disgracefully jailed 5 citizens of this country because they said No to Austerity. We demand their freedom immediately. The five are: Derek Byrne, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty who are imprisoned for 27 days and Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill who are imprisoned for 56 days.

There is clearly one law for the rich and one law for the rest of us. Where are the bankers and developers who bankrupted this country and led to widespread hardship and a huge increase in suicides in this country, deaths which have devastated families. And what of the people who have died for lack of resources in our health system and of those evicted from their homes. It is time we stood up to this undemocractic sham and demand our country back from the claws of the elite.


Keep an eye out on social media and any websites related to the campaign against water charges for info on upcoming protests against the jailed 5.

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat March 21st
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dublin / anti-capitalism / press release Sunday February 24, 2013 17:34 by CDC   text 1 comment (last - monday february 25, 2013 19:02)   image 6 images
Today the CDC and residents in Tom Kelly Flats, Charlemont Street entered our second year of gardening in the area in our drive to reclaim idle land, and use it for the purposes of helping communities grow their own food.

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Bethany Home Survivors, family and supporters, gather at Mount Jerome Cemetery September 2012 - at site of 40 unmarked graves of Bethany children - cemetery contains unmarked graves of 219 Bethany children (one third died 1935-9, three fifths 1935-44)
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday February 20, 2013 10:34 by Niall Meehan   image 1 image
PRESS STATEMENT

Survivors of the Dublin's Protestant run Bethany Home today welcomed Taoiseach's apology to Magdalen survivors and the plan to institute a system of compensation and redress. They especially welcomed the government's decision to include Stanhope Street Magdalen laundry that had been excluded from consideration by the Martin McAleese enquiry into the laundries.

Bethany Survivors Chairperson, Derek Leinster said he "hopes the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will act on his long-expressed promise to TDs, senators and northern MLAs to give justice to Bethany survivors". Mr Leinster noted, "Alan Shatter's first response to publication of the McAleese Report was to apologise for the delay in recognising the injustice done to the Magdelen women. We now suffer the same delay. Now would not be too early to give Bethany survivors the same apology and consideration as the Magdalen women". read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 20, 2013 10:07 by Matt Treacy   text 48 comments (last - tuesday march 05, 2013 07:46)   video 1 video file
Regarding Anthony Coughlan’s latest attempt to denigrate my books.

The books stand on their merits and I have no need to repeat what is in them. They stand or fall on their own merits. However a number of points in Coughlan’s ‘review’ do need to be addressed.

First of all, the production issues relate to a small number of books sold at the time of the launch. All of these have been corrected and the index is now fully accurate.

He claims the book is ‘thoroughly nasty’. I take it that is a reference to it’s critical analysis of the pro-Soviet Communist movement. I make no more apology for being anti-Stalinist than I do for being anti-Nazi. It is also clear that one of the features of the CP book most upsetting to the inheritors of Irish Stalinism is its exposé of the dishonesty and intellectual gymnastics that were employed to justify the Stalin/Hitler Pact between 1939 and 1941. read full story / add a comment
dublin / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Thursday February 07, 2013 13:26 by anon   text 8 comments (last - friday february 08, 2013 21:07)
SPANISH chef lost his sense of taste and had his skull reinforced with screws after being struck with a golf club and wooden samurai sword in a savage street assault.

Jorge Roca (40), from Valencia in Spain, insisted he still loves Ireland and Cork despite the unprovoked attack that left him fighting for his life.
Shane Cotter (20) of Annmount Cross, Friars Walk, Cork, who has 49 previous convictions, was jailed for three years for assault causing serious harm.

''Danny O'Brien (20) of Brandon Court, Dillons Cross, Cork, who produced the golf club used by Cotter to attack Mr Roca and who has 84 previous convictions, was jailed for 18 months for violent disorder.

The Spaniard told the Irish Independent he was disappointed with the sentences. "I am not a judge. I am a chef. But that was not really very good," he said.

Cotter later told Gardai: "I wanted to do damage. I was in a temper. I wanted to kill him."
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Free green training courses to get Dubliners under 25 back to work
dublin / education / press release Wednesday January 30, 2013 16:23 by ECO-UNESCO   text 11 comments (last - thursday february 21, 2013 16:34)   image 1 image
Applications to ECO-UNESCO’s newest initiative, Green Pathways, is now open to young, unemployed job seekers under the age of 25. The six month programme, which is part of the newly launched Momentum initiative, aims to train and progress participants onto employment in the green economy.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday January 23, 2013 13:27 by Anti-fascist   text 3 comments (last - wednesday january 23, 2013 14:00)   image 15 images
As fascism and racist attacks continue to grow in Greece and with the rising popularity of Golden Dawn, the physical presence of organised fascists on the streets of Greece has increased. Greek anti-fascists are ramping up their presence on the streets of Athens and other cities and are confronting the threat of Golden Dawn while defending minorities groups.

Over 100 people turned out at the Greek embassy in Dublin to support Greek anti-fascists, while solidarity demonstrations also took place in Cork and Derry. read full story / add a comment
Corballis Beach at high tide on December 14, 2012
dublin / environment / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 01, 2013 11:18 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   image 4 images
Coastal erosion is a slow process as winter high tides take a few more feet into the sea every year. read full story / add a comment
dublin / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Wednesday December 12, 2012 21:34 by Con Carroll
do we remember some years ago. a African youth who with his friends was out playing football. if my mind recall it was during the Easter holidays. some years ago. today in Dublin the jury gave its verdict into the murder of this youth. we cant afford to be smug and sit back and say what can we do about it. becoming full with apathy. we cant afford to remain indifferent. with attitude it doesn't affect me. I'm ok to hell with the rest read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / feature Tuesday December 04, 2012 10:05 by dublin rambler   text 6 comments (last - wednesday december 12, 2012 11:15)   image 2 images
Our political parties are at it again. They can't seem to stop. They are rezoning land in areas where the County Manager has already strongly opposed it and as usual FF councillors are at the forefront with FG very close behind. You would think that something might change after FF has led this country to economic ruin and has saddled everyone with debt that has nothing to do with them, restarted emigration and condemned the young, old and sick to cutbacks and poverty for an indefinite period with no end in sight. It all just goes to show the huge democratic deficit in this country and the fact that these self-serving political parties and their developer friends don't give a damn about anyone, the environment or our common future. And so we feel it is important to featurize this local but important story below.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors are to vote on a murky rezoning project near Tibradden in the Dublin Mountains on December 10th, which breaches the county development plan and national policy, as well as policy on siting of facilities for older people. Most crucially it breaches the current limits of the no-building areas in the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains, which are a vital amenity for the whole community.

To date a majority of local councillors have been in favour, against the advice of the planners and even the County Manager - but have not explained their reasons for voting yes to this development. It will create a "retirement village" cut off from library, churches and other community contacts: perhaps isolation facility would be a better term. Despite all the scandals, it seems to be "business at usual" over at DL-Rathdown... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday November 26, 2012 22:43 by Fight Like Hell   text 1 comment (last - tuesday november 27, 2012 11:39)   image 4 images
A stalwart group from Shell to Sea in Mayo do not let Shell forget Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight comrades who were judicially hanged 10 November 1995. read full story / add a comment
dublin / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Friday November 16, 2012 07:08 by Carolyn Lambert   text 4 comments (last - thursday july 11, 2013 08:50)   image 1 image   1 attached file
This is the memoir of an Ordinary Person. A memoir that:
spans from December 2006 to May 2011;
describes the author's struggle against an "alleged" constructive dismissal by one of Ireland's leading law firms;
tells of the author's challenge to the Employment Appeals Tribunal to remain impartial;
outlines the author's application to the Legal Aid Board to provide assistance;
questions the validity of the Courts' Customer Service Strategic Plan, the internal systems and the treatment of people who cannot afford legal counsel; and
gives an account of the author's challenge to the Law Courts when she self-represented agains the Firm.

It is the story of a system that is protected by self-regulation and the separation of powers and which has thrived because of the unwritten Code of Practice.

It is the story of The Judiciary - An Ordinary Person's Perspective.

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Donal O'Kelly performing in Ailliliú Fionnuala
dublin / arts and media / press release Tuesday October 30, 2012 13:33 by Afri   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 01, 2012 16:58)   image 1 image
Benbo Productions presents Ailliliú Fionnuala, a play about the Corrib Gas Project, written and performed by Donal O’Kelly, directed by Sorcha Fox, designed by Robert Ballagh, in Theatre Upstairs @ Lanigans’ Bar, Eden Quay, Dublin 1. 1pm Mon-Sat, 5th November – 17th November. (50 mins duration) read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-capitalism / press release Tuesday October 16, 2012 13:42 by Elric
The following article is a release from éirígí's Ballyfermot representative, Councillor Louise Minihan, in response to claims made by a number of Government TDs that those who took part in a ‘Hands Off Our Children’s Allowance’ protest in the area on the 5th October are not representative of the people of Ballyfermot.

In recent days a number of Dublin South Central TDs have claimed that anti-austerity protesters are not representative of the people of Ballyfermot.

These same TDs, Fine Gael’s Catherine Byrne, and Eric Byrne and Michael Conaghan of Labour, claim to represent Ballyfermot, yet they have consistently voted against the interests of local residents by supporting ‘slash and burn’ cuts to our community. The three government TDs that represent Ballyfermot are strong supporters of:
- The bank guarantee scheme which has seen Fine Gael and Labour hand over billions of taxpayer’s money to pay for the greed of the private banks
- The austerity programme which has unleashed savage attacks on the people of Ballyfermot over the last number of years read full story / add a comment
emaciated ex racing greyhound
dublin / animal rights / news report Monday October 15, 2012 21:46 by Bernie Wright   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 16, 2012 13:44)   image 1 image
More animal violations in the run up to new legislation in Dail Eireann.
Demonstration Notice re Animal Health and Welfare Bill this Thursday at 1pm. .

• Two emaciated ex- racing Greyhounds have been handed into a rescue in North County Dublin having been sold to children in Dublin.

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Section of the march at the beginning, Frederick St. and Parnell Square.
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday September 26, 2012 18:57 by Diarmuid Breatnach   text 1 comment (last - saturday october 13, 2012 05:52)   image 3 images
Around a thousand marched on Saturday in Dublin on the 16th to demand the freeing of Marian Price, currently 18 months in in solitary confinement in British custody in the Six Counties. Tensions were high due to the recent Gardaí raids on republicans in parts of Dublin and Louth, including the arrests of the mother and two brother of a republican. In addition a heavy Garda presence at the start of the march, along with their taking names and addressses of some marchers, boded ill for the event. However, it passed peacefully.

The marchers, led by the banner of the Dublin Free Marian Price Commitee, started from the Garden of Remembrance and as the lead banner and the Pride of Erin flute band from Portadown stepped on to O’Connell Bridge, the end of the march was just setting foot on to the far end of O’Connell Street.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday September 04, 2012 12:25 by LASC   image 1 image
Social Movements Matter?
Indigenous Social Movements in the Andes.
Talk by Gemma Mc Nulty
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dublin / arts and media / press release Friday August 31, 2012 10:47 by Grace   image 1 image
Producers/Presenters wanted for Intercultrual Radio Project read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / news report Friday August 31, 2012 00:11 by C   text 4 comments (last - wednesday september 05, 2012 13:13)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
This morning members of Rossport Solidarity Camp disrupted Pat Rabbitte while he spoke at a conference at the Science Gallery in Dublin entitled "The Future of Energy: Dreams and Responsibilities"[1] read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday August 17, 2012 09:56 by Poster   text 40 comments (last - wednesday september 12, 2012 20:15)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
Please watch and share this video report of a solidarity rally in Dublin yesterday with Pussy Riot. Interviewed are the Irish Times foreign affairs journalist Paddy Smyth, legendary feminist Rosita Sweetman, with her balaclavad Holy Mary Mary's, poet Arthur Broomfield along with others. The rally was heckled briefly with a passerby saying that the Pussy Riot women should be locked up and shot.

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dublin / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday July 15, 2012 23:42 by Revolt Video   text 1 comment (last - monday july 16, 2012 17:08)   video 1 video file
Revolt video goes to see the Occupy Dame Street camp just before it was evicted. Marua Harrington is interviewed and afterwards we visted those locked on outside anglo. read full story / add a comment
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