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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 12 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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international / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday February 24, 2015 20:10 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.   image 1 image
For years, a number of Irish movements have stood in solidarity with the struggle for justice, dignity, equality and freedom of the popular movements in Colombia. Now, hearing of the case of political persecution against the Water Rights movement, Colombian organisation have expressed their solidarity with the struggle of the Irish people. Peasant organisations of Cauca Valley and a broad coalition of over 50 organisations of indigenous, Afros, peasants, women and workers from the Southern jungle of Putumayo, together with refugees in Europe, have issued two statement expressing their unconditional support with those who struggle and reminding the government of Ireland of their obligation to respect the rights of the people in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
dublin / miscellaneous / news report Sunday February 08, 2015 23:31 by dublin rambler   text 1 comment (last - friday february 13, 2015 10:36)
In 2012 public opposition forced the ditching of a plan for a "retirement village" on the side of the Dublin mountains, isolated from services and public transport and cut off by the M50, in an area normally zoned for agriculture and public amenity and widely used by the public. A previous plan for a private school on the site had been rejected for similar reasons in 2005. After the 2014 local elections the plan came back in a lightly tweaked form, with the developer's sister among a number of newly elected councillors supporting the project. A proposal to amend the development plan to include this project is due to be voted on this Tuesday evening, February 10th. Meanwhile some interesting shenanigans have developed. read full story / add a comment
Wayne Flanagan Tobin left of DSPP
dublin / miscellaneous / press release Monday January 19, 2015 17:22 by DSPP   text 2 comments (last - wednesday january 28, 2015 19:44)   image 1 image
We are calling on volunteers to join the organisation's steering committee and campaign. All welcome. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Thursday January 08, 2015 22:27 by maken (from Dublin Film Qlub)
The Emma Goldman Papers Archive at Berkeley, facing closure! read full story / add a comment
Wayne Flanagan Tobin (right) with Teresa Weafer of the Ringsend Response to drugs
dublin / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday November 30, 2014 16:23 by Mary Cullinane   text 1 comment (last - tuesday december 02, 2014 20:10)   image 1 image
Wayne Flanagan Tobin, former election has been given a suicide prevention award from the South West City Network read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday October 30, 2014 11:26 by john throne   text 5 comments (last - saturday november 01, 2014 16:01)
By John Throne. The so-called workers party which has recently had its conference played a major role in derailing the movement of the 1968/1970 period.
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international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 17, 2014 01:56 by john throne   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 30, 2014 00:02)   image 2 images
Claiming to stand for the Protestant working class Paisley was in fact their enemy read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / press release Monday September 08, 2014 00:09 by Wayne Flanagan Tobin   text 5 comments (last - thursday september 18, 2014 11:32)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
With World Suicide Prevention Day approaching on Wednesday 10th Sept, Suicide Prevention campaigner Wayne Flanagan Tobin, a former local election candidate believes new youth centred solutions are needed to wipe out the scourge of suicide across Ireland.
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international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Monday September 01, 2014 17:41 by sean throne   text 14 comments (last - wednesday september 10, 2014 11:44)
Sectarianism has many aspects to it. One is to seek to use any opportunity to try and gain advantage for your own group or organization irregardless of the interests of the movement, or irregardless of paying respect for other workers and activists. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday August 27, 2014 21:36 by ordinary citizen
when we finally get a left leaning government and we start really taxing the rich why not use the money wisely and invest it into a renewable energy model that involves Irish people buying shares in the projects and the money raised by the taxes can be used to subsidise the projects. then when we have reached 100% energy production and are exporting our energy we can use the money raised to reverse the austerity measures implemented and improve Irish society as a whole. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday August 10, 2014 18:49 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - sunday august 10, 2014 23:24)   video 1 video file
While unconditionally opposing the policies of Zionism and their slaughter in Gaza it is important to look at the tactics of Hamas. Does their political, ideological and military tactics, such as firing rockets in Israel weaken or strengthen the Palestinian struggles. There is a difference between an offensive tactic like firing rockets into Israel and a defensive military strategy such as organizing a new intifada around mass collective workers organizations and from this base defend the Palestinian people with armed struggle. John Throne. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Monday August 04, 2014 13:39 by fred   image 1 image
the NCT was brought in to inject life into the flagging motor sales industry in celtic tiger days, and to create lucrative business opportunites for some lucky people who happened to well connected and in the loop. It's all a bit of a money making scam, which targets the poor disproportionally, gives gardai draconian powers of seizure. Chronic delays in the test system, not to mention reports of corrupt practices make the thing a nightmare for the less well off trying to keep a vehicle on the road in order to increase their chances of finding work. Just another obstacle put in the way of the poorer classes which serves to limit their possibilities and their movements. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday June 18, 2014 20:19 by Erin Kelso
In reaction to an adverse Supreme Court ruling against Argentina, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced that Argentina would offer new bonds to its creditors governed under Argentine law. The proposed debt swap would involve the 92% of the country's creditors that agreed to restructure in the wake of the country's 2001 default. While the debt swap proposes an alternative for the South American country to avoid paying hold-outs, it fails to reverse the global implications on debt markets, debt restructuring and financial stability. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / miscellaneous / feature Saturday June 07, 2014 01:59 by dublin rambler   text 3 comments (last - wednesday october 22, 2014 10:06)   image 1 image
In 2012 public opposition forced the ditching of a plan for a "retirement village" on the side of the Dublin mountains, isolated from services and public transport and cut off by the M50, in an area normally zoned for agriculture and public amenity and widely used by the public. A previous plan for a private school on the site had been rejected for similar reasons in 2005. After the local elections the plan is back in a lightly tweaked form, with the developer's sister among a number of newly elected councillors supporting the project. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Friday May 30, 2014 00:27 by Saoirse
The inaugural Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School will take place at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on June 6,7, and 8. The event will involve discussion and debate covering a range of topics and issues which were central to the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh such as the history and development of Irish Republicanism, the Irish language, the international dimension of the Irish struggle in the context of global anti-imperialism and the Éire Nua programme for a New Ireland of which Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was an architect and champion. The summer school will also include a reflection on the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh by people who were comrades and friends over many decades. Among the speakers are Professor Robert W. White, biographer of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Desmond Fennell, Dr Kevin Bean, Dr Marisa McGlinchey, Maura Harrington and the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Monday May 26, 2014 17:25 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.   text 2 comments (last - thursday june 26, 2014 11:34)
Christian Aid Ireland, Grupo Raíces (Grúpa Fréamhacha), Justice for Colombia Ireland, LASC and Trócaire are calling the Irish Parliament not to ratify an EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement which could probably be voted in June this year.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/tds-and-senators-...ombia read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Tuesday May 06, 2014 13:29 by Laurence Cox
Are you

- active in social movement struggles but need space to stand back, reflect, recharge?
- involved in community and voluntary activism but feel trapped by the structures?
- politically minded but don’t know how to turn that into an effective and radical practice?
- clear that social change is central to you but unsure how to build a life around it?
- interested in spending a year with your peers and experienced practitioners?
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mayo / miscellaneous / news report Friday May 02, 2014 10:30 by Rossport Solidarity Camp
To: Former participants/members of the Rossport Solidarity Camp, potential future volunteers, all who wish to work in solidarity for social, environmental and economic justice in the struggle against the Shell Corrib Gas Project.

We invite you to a meeting to review the current status of the solidarity movement and discuss how we can best continue our work into the future. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Monday April 28, 2014 17:57 by John Throne   text 1 comment (last - monday april 28, 2014 22:03)
Along with Anto Macaba I recruited Joe Higgins to socialism and Militant/SP. He would later go on to refuse to support my right to appeal against my expulsion from that organization. He put his own position in that organization over principle.

Editors Note: The Socialist Party website has a statement reproduced in the first comment below, saying that Joe is NOT retiring from political activity but will NOT stand in the next general election read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Friday April 18, 2014 18:00 by Arielle Retrosi
On Monday, the Supreme Court hears arguments between Argentina and holdouts who refused two debt restructuring deals after Argentina defaulted on its debts in 2001. The Supreme Court Justices will determine if predatory hedge fund, NML Capital can obtain information from US Banks that reveal Argentina's holdings in order to target those assets for debt payments. The Obama Administration is siding with Argentina in the case. In the summer, the Supreme Court will also decide if it will hear a much broader case between Argentina and the hedge funds that impacts extreme poverty, official US debt policy and country debt restructuring. read full story / add a comment
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