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National Water Charge Protests - Saturday 31st Jan 2015
Community Groups will protest across Ireland



Community Groups around Ireland will protest in towns, cities and villages across Ireland about the water charges on Saturday 31 January. Seek them out and join them!

The government are still planning to privatize Irish Water. If and when this happens, then extra charges will be brought in for your waste water as well. This will be estimated to be equal what goes into your house. After the next election, the government will allow the charges to go up to the target amount of at least €400 to €600 per year per household. This means every time you shower, flush a toilet, clean your hands, wash your clothes, wash your dishes, it will cost you. In poorer areas this will lead to people flushing their toilets less and washing less and cleaning their clothes less and will become a public health issue over the longer run. We must stop this madness now and affirm that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word.


If you care about the future of water for yourself and your children then get out there and make your voice heard on Saturday 31st Jan

LINKS:

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

National Water Protest - Sat Jan 31st - Indymedia event notice:
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international / irish social forum / news report Friday October 07, 2005 00:54 by Roger Eldridge   text 39 comments (last - tuesday october 11, 2005 23:58)
The furore surrounding the publication of research on parental versus institutional child care raises some interesting points other the ones that hit the headlines. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 14, 2005 06:52 by observer   text 18 comments (last - sunday september 18, 2005 10:09)   image 1 image
Events in Belfast over the weekend seem to have been missed totally by indymedia. Despite serious violence and rioting, not to mention heavily armed assault on the police, there is nothing to be found on indymedia. read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / news report Wednesday April 13, 2005 21:24 by The plain truth   text 22 comments (last - thursday january 03, 2008 15:03)
The unanimous decision by the Derry County Board of the GAA to oppose opening Croke Park to other sports, followed by probable similar decisions by all six northern counties, though not necessarily by the same margin, while disappointing is nevertheless unsurprising. read full story / add a comment
No 2 Tolls protest in Navan
dublin / irish social forum / news report Friday March 18, 2005 18:17 by spokesman   image 1 image
Stop the double tolling! read full story / add a comment
louth / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Friday February 25, 2005 14:21 by murphys   text 16 comments (last - wednesday march 09, 2005 12:44)
DUBLIN, Ireland (Reuters) -- They hit the headlines when there were too few. And now the humble spud is back in the limelight ... because there are too many. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / news report Tuesday January 11, 2005 20:44 by Barry Finnnegan
Dublin Social Forum (DSF) Working Group minutes from post October 2004 ISF and December meetings.

NEXT MEETING: 7.00 to 8.30 p.m., Thursday 13th January 2005, in the Comhlámh offices, 10 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2.

In general it was agreed that the October 2004 ISF was actually more of a DSF. That is to say that the groups, organisations, collectives and individuals that participated and did the background preparatory work were primarily Dublin-based and were not in fact reflective of the global justice movement / anti-neoliberal forces on the island as a whole. In light of this and in conjunction with the learning experience a number of us had in Workshops with Local Social Forums from around Europe during the European Social Forum (ESF) in London last October, we decided to bring the focus down to a more local, Dublin-based level. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Monday December 27, 2004 17:43 by Cathal Campbell-Shaw   text 54 comments (last - monday january 07, 2013 20:28)   image 2 images
A paper on the subject entitled “The origins of the Irish Travellers and the genetic structure of Ireland” concludes that “the Travellers are undoubtedly of Irish ancestry, due to their proximity to the centroid. Furthermore, the Travellers clustered with several heterogeneous counties in Ireland, including Wexford and Westmeath. Therefore, these data support that the origin of the Travellers was not a sudden event; rather a gradual formation of populations. Indeed, the Travellers probably originated with craftsmen and artisans forced to leave their monasteries (Crawford 1975). Later, their population grew as they were joined by various Irish groups that were forced to leave their homes because of various calamities and political upheavals (i.e. the potato famine and the repression of British occupation) (Crawford 1975). However, the timing of the Traveller origin is not certain and may have predated the historical period (e.g. Ni Shuinear 1996).” read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Thursday November 25, 2004 02:39 by Mary Kinane   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 25, 2004 11:13)
Two successfully organised Irish Social Forums later, and now where do we stand? Already a debate has begun amongst those involved in the current organising structures around the future direction and vision of the Irish Social Forum process. This discussion is to be continued this Saturday, Nov 27th. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Thursday November 04, 2004 12:37 by Roughan Mac Namara   text 7 comments (last - thursday june 30, 2005 17:57)
FOCUS IRELAND CLAIMS BUDGET 2005 MUST REVERSE THE DAMAGE OF PREVIOUS BUDGETS AND BEGIN TO BUILD A MORE EQUAL SOCIETY

· Charity calls on Minister to close tax avoidance loopholes that allow some millionaires pay no tax while people struggle to survive on welfare.

· Charity calls for funding for a minimum of 10,000 new social houses next year and an increase in welfare payments by a minimum of €15 a week read full story / add a comment
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international / irish social forum / feature Tuesday October 19, 2004 18:51 by seedot   text 16 comments (last - thursday october 28, 2004 15:36)   image 20 images   audio 1 audio file
A report and pics from a weekend in London - covers Camden centre, Beyond the ESF and the Official ESF. read full story / add a comment
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national / irish social forum / news report Wednesday October 13, 2004 15:35 by Conall O'Caoimh   text 4 comments (last - thursday october 21, 2004 14:49)   image 5 images
Photos from the Irish Social Forum 2004 read full story / add a comment
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national / irish social forum / feature Wednesday October 06, 2004 20:12 by Irish Social Forum   text 12 comments (last - saturday october 16, 2004 15:47)   image 2 images
A debate on how best to oppose the forces of neoliberalism and global capitalism – and indeed what to replace it with - is set to be the highlight of this year's Irish Social Forum, which will take place in Dublin next weekend, October 8th to 10th. Another central theme will be racism in Ireland and its role in neoliberalism. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Tuesday October 05, 2004 16:39 by liz curry   text 1 comment (last - wednesday october 06, 2004 15:48)
Programme of Plenaries and Workshops
by Irish Social Forum Editorial Group - Irish Social Forum Tuesday, read full story / add a comment
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national / irish social forum / feature Saturday September 11, 2004 18:56 by seedot   text 33 comments (last - thursday september 23, 2004 01:41)   image 6 images

The summer is always full of sport - the good weather sends us outdoors and between the cycling and the walking and the boating and the wrestling it can all get a bit competitive. But now that Mayday and Bush are behind us, and the summer is ending we move from sport to debate in the flow of the seasons. The Autumn is conference season and the movements generally have their shindigs around now. From Grassroots to SIPTU, from the Independent Media Support Group (c. 25 members) to the British TUC (c. 7 million members) it can be called a gathering or a meeting or a conference or whatever.

From the committee rooms, the meetings and.. err.. the meeting rooms of the ongoing social forum process the full shocking story. read full story / add a comment

national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Saturday September 11, 2004 11:40 by Tom   text 1 comment (last - monday september 13, 2004 17:26)
"Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

- Emma Goldman read full story / add a comment
ESF live connection to ireland
international / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 08, 2004 00:15 by dunk   text 12 comments (last - monday september 20, 2004 12:09)   image 1 image
2500 years ago people communicated in the agora in athens
we are in a new age :: new agora:: is a dual system of using real and virtual together to again develop healthy discussion
an attempt to make a live feed from the ESF in london to convergence festival in dublin a week after ISF 2 is underway read full story / add a comment
dublin / irish social forum / press release Friday August 27, 2004 18:03 by Liz Curry   text 8 comments (last - friday september 17, 2004 19:58)
This is an invite to the second Irish Social Forum to be held Fri 8th Oct to Sun 10th. in UCD & the ATGWU. read full story / add a comment
dublin / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Friday August 06, 2004 18:03 by liz curry   text 2 comments (last - thursday august 12, 2004 19:27)
Social Forum Meeting Mon. July 26th.
Next meeting Mon. August 9th in Comhlamh Camden St. all welcome.
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national / irish social forum / news report Sunday April 25, 2004 18:02 by Barry Finnegan
re:
1. Decide: Move 2nd ISF from June to October 2004? and updates.
2. London Social Forum (LSF) people to share their experiences in public meeting, Thur. 29th 2004, Dublin, with short film. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / news report Tuesday March 30, 2004 11:15 by Barry Finnegan
Dear all,
here we have Dublin Social Forum Working Group minutes from last Thursday
25th March, planning the 2nd ISF for Sat. 19th - Sun 20th June, 2004, Dublin.
And Details of South East Social Forum Alternative Environmental Summit
Fri. 14th - Sun. 16th May 2004, Waterford.
all the best,
Barry. read full story / add a comment
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