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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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national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday June 20, 2006 00:34 by Liam Mullen   text 7 comments (last - tuesday june 20, 2006 20:23)
In delivering a resounding eulogy to his former mentor and “boss”, the late Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey, the current Taoiseach Bertie Ahern showed true compassion and tenacity in speaking warmly about CJ Haughey, but the question must be asked: Has Bertie Ahern and his top henchmen lost the plot? read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 14, 2006 18:36 by Equaliszer777   text 7 comments (last - saturday june 17, 2006 20:43)   image 1 image
This is as good a time as any to recall to mind the shenanigans that were going on in Dublin in 1970, as the Haughey clique sought to insulate their 'kingdom' from the storm that was about to break in the north of Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Monday June 12, 2006 14:52 by Union of Students in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - monday june 12, 2006 19:46)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has written to Education Minister Mary Hanafin demanding an emergency meeting to address the student grants crisis. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Wednesday June 07, 2006 16:25 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has accused Education Minister Mary Hanafin of political cowardice, as students interpreted her decision to place the student grants payment system in the hands of the 33 vocational education committees (VEC) as ‘a gift of patronage’ that retains many of the flaws of the existing system. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Friday June 02, 2006 18:33 by Donnchadh   text 27 comments (last - sunday may 27, 2007 23:52)
How Irish revisionism follows what French psychoanalyst and intellectual Jacques Lacan describes as the "Discourse of the University." read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 23, 2006 18:16 by Liam Ó Maoláin   text 12 comments (last - monday november 17, 2008 16:43)
A review in Irish of the the Irish media scene. Native Irish speakers should ignore any errors on my part in relation to grammar etc. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Thursday May 18, 2006 18:45 by Union of Students in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - friday may 19, 2006 12:27)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said a new radio station in the northwest dedicated to young adults should reflect the views and concerns of young people and students, and not just focus on entertainment. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Tuesday May 16, 2006 15:33 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has hailed an important victory in the battle against the creeping marketisation of higher education, following news that the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) will not pursue a profit-driven plan to relocate its central Dublin campus. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Monday May 15, 2006 16:49 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed dismay that marriage equality has been sidestepped by the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in its new report on the rights of same-sex and opposite-sex couples. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Thursday May 11, 2006 17:00 by Union of Students in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - friday may 12, 2006 13:17)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is set to distribute 40,000 condoms to Irish students as part of the ‘He Says, You Say’ sexual health campaign launched earlier this week during National Condom Week sponsored by Durex. The campaign – also endorsed by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the Dublin Aids Alliance – will see 30,000 sponsored condoms distributed to students at the Trinity Ball tomorrow evening (Friday 12th May). read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Monday May 08, 2006 13:19 by Union of Students in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 09, 2006 14:58)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is joining the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the Dublin Aids Alliance to back today’s launch of a major sexual health campaign called ‘He Says, You Say’, sponsored by Durex as part of National Condom Week. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Friday May 05, 2006 13:45 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has strongly endorsed new legislation that puts the country’s 14 Institutes of Technology on a more equal footing with the seven universities for managing their own affairs and realising opportunities for growth. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Monday May 01, 2006 13:50 by Gregor Kerr
Pressure Irish government to act now read full story / add a comment
dublin / irish social forum / news report Saturday April 22, 2006 16:28 by Liam Mullen   text 6 comments (last - tuesday march 25, 2008 23:52)
A revenue source has claimed that hundreds of taxi drivers are deserting their jobs, rather than submit to rigorous audit checks being carried out by the Department of Revenue. Rogue drivers have been amassing undeclared income, and under new tax clearance rules established by the regulator when the industry was deregulated, many are falling prey to the new tightening of regulations. read full story / add a comment
ESF Athens May 2006 Poster
dublin / irish social forum / news report Tuesday March 28, 2006 23:42 by Barry Finnegan   image 2 images
It is being organised by the people who did the work to put on the 1st and 2nd Irish Social Forums in 2003 and 2004 and it’s called the Dublin Social Forum (DSF). If you’re into saving the environment, establishing gender equality, getting the debt dropped, facing down racism, dismantling/smashing capitalism, rebuilding our communities, ending war ... then I think you should come. In other words for those who oppose the violent racist sexist war-waging community-destroying public-service-selling ecocide of a neoliberalist capitalist system and its processes of globalisation, there must be some way that we can meet each other publicly, and this forum is one way to meet.

[Scroll to the end for this months DSF title, venue, details, egroup, etc.]

WHY SHOULD ONE GO?

I firmly believe that politically and environmentally there is too much at stake for us not to engage each other, I firmly believe that one way to do this is through active participation in an open political forum and that in this forum we can create an atmosphere where we can learn what opposing neoliberalism means to others like us but not necessarily the same as us, in this forum we can learn from each other so as to better understand the world around us, and to build trust and action to co-ordinate and strengthen our various struggles for the betterment of all.

Part of the demand for such a monthly antineoliberalist forum springs from the observation that sectors of the antineoliberalist movements, be they trade union, development, hard-left, environmentalist, libertarian, gender, human rights, community, etc, tend to meet just themselves at their own meetings, protests and conferences, and that one of the things we need collectively, is a challenging open space, a forum to learn from each other, to try to convince each other to support each others perspectives and campaigns, to build alliances for specific campaigns and issues, and to perhaps learn to work together better for the collective benefit of all our struggles ... or indeed to clarify the issues on which we disagree. read full story / add a comment
dublin / irish social forum / news report Thursday March 02, 2006 20:07 by Barry Finnegan
Despite the goodwill towards the ISF, throughout 2005 there was a quite limited number of activists willing to put in all the work required to stage big one to three day type Social Forums. In light of this, activists involved with the working groups of the Irish Social Forum in 2003 and 2004 have proposed to focus on the local: the Dublin Social Forum, and to hold the event monthly and in the evenings. 30 people may come, or 150, we’ll see! [Dates of first one and next DSF meeting are below.] read full story / add a comment
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international / irish social forum / news report Saturday February 18, 2006 02:42 by Joe Carolan   text 11 comments (last - monday february 20, 2006 17:46)   image 1 image
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A good way to get used to indymedia is with "Indymedia Bingo" once you can cross off all the squares you should know the site pretty well; finding a chicken liberation article is really easy, which is why you need 3 before you can yell bingo. an American conspiricy article is harder- Hint: it most likely wont be posted as an article, but as a comment on a totaly unrelated article. The other squares such as "Happy Vally Protesters" and "Dogmatic Anti-Leninism" are also quite easy. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 15, 2006 23:27 by Liam Mullen   text 2 comments (last - saturday february 18, 2006 15:45)
Perhaps, yes!

However, if Ireland is to establish a press council we should look elsewhere to see what lessons could be learned from such an endeavour. The British press introduced this form of self-regulation in 1953, but Commissions set up to examine the effectiveness of the council were critical.
In their book Power without Responsibility, Curran and Seaton, argue that the council should “embody and promote a professional culture among journalists.” This would be the ideal, but the reality has proved somewhat different. The press council has been criticised by a number of Commissions, which threatened “government legislation,” and brought much needed “reforms”. In 1977, the Commission imposed sweeping changes, which led to further reforms from 1989 to 1990. A new “code of conduct for journalists” was proposed, but the Calcutt Committee recommended that the press council be disbanded and replaced with a more effective body.
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international / irish social forum / news report Wednesday February 15, 2006 00:39 by Liam Mullen
According to a report published by the London School of Economics and written by Joan O’Mahony, the Pope in his position as Cardinal and head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith knew of the existence of married priests in the Czech church in 1990.
The problem arose because Czechoslovakia was under strict Communist rule for 40 years, and launched a crackdown on Catholic clergy. Under the Communist regime, a “secret clergy” or “underground” church developed when Czech bishops took over the clandestine ordination of men whom the state refused to approve for ordination. This was a requirement of the Czech State at the time.
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international / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 14, 2006 22:28 by Liam Mullen
Introduction.
When looking at the reasons why the NGO’s might be up in arms when facing the policies of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, I have decided to focus on Trócaire and Concern, two Irish organisations passionately involved in debt relief for the Third World. Concern has been in existence since the Biafra famine of 1968, and has become internationally recognised in the intervening years. Trócaire was set up by the Irish Catholic Church in 1973 as a response mechanism to combat disasters, famines, and to offer aid to the “world’s poorest and most oppressed peoples”. (http://www.trócaire.org).
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