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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
national / miscellaneous / news report Monday July 04, 2011 23:34 by Mick
The Lunchbox is a small zine-type publication put together for the lunch of the Campaign for the Old City Arts Building.

It features articles about Spain's 15-M movement, squating in Dublin and growing your own. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / news report Monday July 04, 2011 23:26 by Mick   text 1 comment (last - sunday july 10, 2011 19:46)
For those who missed our campaign launch on June 11 in Seomra Spraoi, here is a two part video recording of the talks that began the evening. read full story / add a comment
Sean McMonagle's car was attacked on Wednesday night
derry / miscellaneous / press release Friday July 01, 2011 10:58 by PRO   image 1 image
SIPTU have condemned the ‘sickening attack’ on a Derry community worker’s car.

Sean McMonagle a well-known community activist, and who is a member of SIPTU, had his car attacked at his Rinmore Drive home, in the Creggan area of Derry on Wednesday night.

Hundreds of people took to the streets last night in the Creggan estate in a protest against the attack and in solidarity with Sean.
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Minister Joan Burton
national / miscellaneous / feature Thursday June 30, 2011 23:34 by éirígí Sligeach   text 7 comments (last - saturday august 27, 2011 21:20)   image 4 images
Below is the first in a series of articles relating to social welfare within the twenty six counties. Amongst the specific issues dealt with will be cutbacks, 'fraud' and the broken promises and hypocrisy of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition less than 100 days after taking office read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday June 29, 2011 18:27 by WC   text 8 comments (last - monday july 04, 2011 15:59)   image 1 image
Sunday Independent journalist Jim Cusack has a consistent track record of writing highly dubious stories, based solely on anonymous Garda sources. In the June 19th edition of the newspaper, he makes a lame but insidious attempt to mitigate the behaviour of the Gardaí in Co Mayo who recorded themselves talking about raping women in their custody last March. He claims to have been shown new video footage, supposedly of the incident on March 31st, and this forms the basis of his article. Unfortunately for him, this footage, if it exists at all, is clearly not a recording of the incident in question. read full story / add a comment
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday June 29, 2011 17:29 by Rossport Solidarity Camp
Greetings from Mayo!
July looks set to be a really busy month. Come up for one of the events listed below or feel free to visit us at any time; there's always loads to do and it's a great chance to learn more about the campaign and get involved. We offer accomodation & food, donations welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you soon, everyone at camp x read full story / add a comment
Line formed across road
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday June 29, 2011 15:58 by Rossport SC   image 4 images
Three actions in as many days at the Aghoos site in Mayo as protests against Shell continue unabated. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Friday June 24, 2011 14:49 by Malachy Steenson   text 1 comment (last - friday june 24, 2011 15:12)
Finance Minister Michael Noonan TD flabbergasted the nation yesterday with his call on people to go on a shopping “splurge” and start spending money in the shops again. On the same programme he suggested people should wear T-shirts emblazoned with the motto “Ireland is not Greece”. As his pronouncements mimic Marie Antoinette, is clear that the pressure getting to him.
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antrim / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday June 22, 2011 17:02 by PRO
SIPTU, the Trade Union representing the community and voluntary sector have appealed for calm in East Belfast, calling for an end to further attacks and praised the 'crucial' work of those community workers on all sides who were 'at the coalface' in dealing with the recent violence.

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mayo / miscellaneous / news report Friday June 10, 2011 16:00 by Frank   text 12 comments (last - tuesday june 14, 2011 23:44)   image 13 images
Wednesday and Thursday saw a serious of occupations and actions against the drilling compound at Aghoos in Mayo as part of the ongoing campaign against Shell. The events culminated in an eight-hour lock-on and a nine hour occupation of machinery which stopped all work for the day. Over thirty people were involved in the events. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday June 08, 2011 15:22 by Northern Ireland Student Assembly   image 1 image
The Northern Ireland Student Assembly (NISA) has called a protest in accordance with the Prime Minister, David Cameron's visit to Stormont to talk in favour of a corporation tax cut in Northern Ireland. NISA is encouraging young people and trade unions to attend the protest. read full story / add a comment
Poster for walk
national / miscellaneous / press release Saturday June 04, 2011 11:29 by GRAI   image 2 images
Irish greyhounds and dogs of all breeds with their owners will be meeting in Dublin City Centre on Sunday June 19th for the first “Walk for the Greyhounds”, which has been organised to promote greyhounds as family pets.
Hundreds of two legged and four legged walkers are expected from all over Ireland, the UK, and other European countries. Walkers will meet at 12 noon, near the Fusilliers Arch at St Stehen’s Green. The walk which will start at 1pm is just over two kilometres through the centre of Dublin.

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The old City Arts building - another wasted NAMA building
dublin / miscellaneous / news report Thursday June 02, 2011 23:20 by Mick   text 1 comment (last - saturday june 04, 2011 10:31)   image 2 images
Join us on June 11th for the launch of the Campaign for the Old City Arts Building (COCAB). Our aim is to take back the Old City Arts building, 23-25 Mosse St (near Tara dart station) which has been abandoned for nearly a decade and is now part of the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA). We want the building to be opened up for use as an educational and cultural space, managed collectively by anyone who wants to take part, independent of private or state institutions. We also want to broaden this by demanding that the NAMA legislation be changed so that all disused NAMA buildings can be used by the citizens for social and cultural projects, social housing or (in the case of undeveloped land) community gardens. It is clear that the politics of ‘elected representatives’ has completely failed in the context of the crisis- only people power and direct action can bring real change. read full story / add a comment
Party against the pipe
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Sunday May 29, 2011 16:10 by party against the pipe   text 1 comment (last - monday may 30, 2011 20:27)   image 1 image
Only a week to go before the Party Against the Pipe celebration of 10 years of resisting Shell in Mayo.
There's loads to do and it's a great atmosphere on camp with everyone busily making it all come together. We need you! read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Friday May 27, 2011 16:45 by Malachy Steenson   text 7 comments (last - tuesday may 31, 2011 10:02)
The decision today by Judge Ó Donnabháin in Cork Circuit Criminal Court to reverse a 6-month custodial sentence imposed only yesterday on Garda Dean Foley for an unprovoked and vicious attack on a man two years ago has been has been deemed as a "highly dangerous precedent" by Malachy Steenson, Workers' Party representative in Dublin Central, who is also a Practicing Solicitor and Criminologist.
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international / miscellaneous / press release Friday May 27, 2011 16:20 by Mick   text 3 comments (last - monday may 30, 2011 17:17)   image 1 image

The protest has been called by members of Ireland’s Spanish community and by local people who support the ongoing protests in Spain.

The demonstrations will take place this Saturday in the following cities:

- Dublin at 2pm at the Spire, O’Connell Street

- Cork at 2pm at Gran Parade

Organisers will also be meeting on Tuesday 31st at 7pm in Seomra Spraoi to organise the next steps. All welcome to get invovled. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 24, 2011 23:59 by Declan Cullen   text 1 comment (last - thursday may 26, 2011 11:19)
I watched the BBC news today that showed Anti - Gadaffi Protesters shouting outside Buckingham Palace.
One thing that struck me as very odd is the fact the they could get so close to the Palace,
especially considering that Barack Obama had just drove into the Palace a short time earlier.
That was until a light bulb went on in my brain. The reason, I said to myself, why they got so close
was that they were against Gadaffi and not in favour of him or his regime either, stupid!.
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mayo / miscellaneous / press release Tuesday May 24, 2011 17:42 by party against the pipe   image 1 image
Come join us for the June Bank Holiday weekend & celebrate a decade of resistance to Shell’s Corrib gas project…it’s going to be a good family friendly party! You’ve seen The Pipe now come & see this incredible place for yourself. If this is your first time down to Mayo, we warmly welcome you. This event is open to all supporters of the Shell to Sea campaign.

Bands, music, circus, dance, comedy, performance, crafts, kid’s activities. Free camping. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday May 24, 2011 17:06 by WC   text 4 comments (last - tuesday june 28, 2011 13:56)   image 1 image
The official Garda response to the release of the ‘rape tape’ last month was contrite and sympathetic, in accordance with the public mood of outrage. But behind the scenes, familiar tactics were deployed: Gardaí used the media to try to divert attention from the recording by maligning the women who released it. And while there was a lame attempt to blame the women for delaying the investigation in the first week, it now transpires that the Sergeant at the centre of affair still has not been interviewed by the Garda Ombudsman. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Friday May 20, 2011 16:45 by Irish Republican
The following letter was printed in the Irish Times on Thursday 19th May 2011. For me it articulates the Republican position, it represents the voice of the unconquered few. Pádraig Pearse stated in a speech on Robert Emmet that "we are the voice of an idea which is older than any empire and will outlast every empire....". This veiw also resonates within the Bobby Sands poem, "Rhythm of Time". This idea that no matter what is thrown at people there remains "something inside" that cannot be defeated. Voices that are raised because they can do nothing else but cry out when faced with injustice. Voices that attempt to clarify and pro (fess) and test (ify) that not all of us have been purchased or intimidated. read full story / add a comment
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