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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Change of Saker snail mail address Thu Apr 19, 2018 18:19 | The Saker
Dear friends, For a few years I used a PO Box in Edgewater, Florida but after having an almost infinite amount of frustrating problems with the gross incompetence of the

offsite link Statement of A.Shulgin at the OPCW EC Thu Apr 19, 2018 17:49 | The Saker
Mr. Chairperson, I would like to start my speech with the words that belong to the great thinker Martin Luther, ?A lie is like a snowball: the further you roll

offsite link After Washington?s aggression: Syria will win Thu Apr 19, 2018 15:54 | The Saker
By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog One week after the latest US aggression against Syria, the Syrian Army and its allies have spared no efforts in continuing their raging

offsite link Syria, Iran and ?chaos in international relations? Thu Apr 19, 2018 15:50 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Even in the context of a post-truth geopolitical environment run amok, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling

offsite link Sharing the tension, the drama, the agony, the beauty, the nostalgia, the despair and the serenity Thu Apr 19, 2018 06:23 | The Saker
We are living in scary times.  And I won’t pretend I don’t feel despair – I do.  But since we can’t control our future, and since our days are counted,

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link #abortiontravel Kath Browne & Catherine Nash on ?Love both?: Naming Heteroactivism? Tue Apr 17, 2018 13:01 | GuestPost

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday April 19, 2018 21:12 by sw
The Peace and Neutrality Alliance along with World Beyond War condemns unreservedly the overnight attacks carried out by Western powers on the Syrian Arab Republic.

The pretext for this offensive is that a chemical weapons attack has allegedly been carried out by the Syrian Government and that international law banning prohibiting chemical weapons must be upheld. Given that the bombing of a sovereign state is itself a violation of international law, we are being asked to believe that international law must be broken in order that it be upheld -- a manifest absurdity. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Saturday April 14, 2018 18:42 by wp
The Workers’ Party has said that the scale of voluntary redundancies announced today (Thursday) by Eir, are further proof of the failure of privatisation in the telecoms sector.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Workers’ Party Cllr. Éilis Ryan said:
“The redundancies at Eir are just further proof that privatisation of Telecom Éireann was only ever about one thing – reducing the quality and number of jobs in the company.

“Eir’s workforce today is around 3,000 workers. This is less than a quarter of Telecom Éireann’s pre-privatisation workforce. A public utility was privatised for the profit of others, and workers’ jobs were decimated as a result.” read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday April 06, 2018 22:32 by Michael Donahue Steinberg
An Irish American's Visit To the North of Ireland in 1983 read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 22, 2018 11:35 by Pat Waine   text 4 comments (last - sunday march 04, 2018 10:51)
We all heard the comment , the rebels of 1916 would turn in their grave at the Republic we now have. Well this article asks a question. That question is where is there any proof to back that up . One big hole in that argument is that most of "the rebels " survived and lived long enough to shape the Republic we ended up with read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday January 24, 2018 00:04 by ShannonWatch
Shannonwatch strongly condemns the facilitation of a meeting between US Vice President Mike Pence and US troops at Shannon Airport on Saturday last. The use of the airport by foreign troops on their way to a war zone is in breach of Irish neutrality, and the decision to hold a public display of support for a foreign leader promoting war on Irish soil is dangerous and unwelcome read full story / add a comment
Infographic: Each EU citizen creates 31kg of plastic waste per year | Statista
national / environment / press release Saturday January 13, 2018 22:53 by 1 of indy   image 2 images
A repost from Green News by Niall Sargent highlight the presence of plastic microbeads in every day products and why they should be banned immediately.

The State must step up its game to tackle plastic pollution in the wake of the UK’s new pledge to eliminate plastic waste by 2042, Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said.

Launched by Prime Minister Theresa May this morning the 25 Year Environment Plan sets out the UK’s strategy to tackle plastic waste over the next quarter century. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Wednesday December 20, 2017 23:53 by pbp   image 1 image
The housing crisis is a running sore in Irish society. It cries out for a campaign of ‘people power’ to force through a programme of council house building, rent controls and to end landlord evictions.

For the past two years, People Before Profit has been working with others to help create a coalition that can bring tens of thousands onto the streets.

That coalition is the National Homeless and Housing Coalition. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday December 13, 2017 23:01 by 1 of indy   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2018 15:16)   image 1 image   1 attached file
We are publishing this piece by PANA explaining what PESCO is about and how it means the loss of our neutrality. Unfortunately since then on Dec 7th the Dail voted by 75 to 42 to join PESCO.
Some key points are:
1) PESCO is a binding agreement because it says so. The government claims it is not. It is.
2) PESCO commits us to spending 2% of GDP on military spending by 2022. This is a figure of € 5.5 billion. We currently spend 1/10th of that on defense. This makes a mockery of "fiscal space"
3) PESCO in the event of crisis places under NATO's command. Therefore we are no longer neutral.
4) PESCO is the side door to Ireland joining a EU Army / NATO and would have us involved in "humanitarian" bombing and "peace making" -in other words imposing the demands of the corporate interests that rule above all else.
The Irish Government is considering joining PESCO. This will be one of the most important decisions this FG/Independeny Alliance will ever make. There needs at the very least a serious debate on the issue, and in any genuine debate form all sides in the corporate media. On the evidence so far this is highly improbable, as is their total lack of coverage of the use of Shannon Airport by US troops read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday December 13, 2017 12:03 by Aidan McNally
In recent years a dear friend was lost to massive heart attack. A young man Paul "Pulit" Carroll, collapsed in his home one evening after work. He would never again regain consciousness and was laid to rest some couple of weeks after.

In his memory and to support his young children, a life long friend who has not only a passion for motorbikes but was also All Ireland champion road racing rider for consecutive years in his motorbike road racing career, Mr Keith Costello will travel the entire country on his motor bike December 14th 2017 to honour his friend and raise funds to support the daughters left behind. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday December 11, 2017 21:28 by foie   text 2 comments (last - wednesday december 27, 2017 20:47)   image 1 image
“All eyes will now be on what unfolds in Ireland.”

The Irish Government will appear in the High Court on Tuesday (12 December) in relation to its alleged failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday December 09, 2017 21:56 by pbp   image 1 image
Richard Boyd Barrett TD, has condemned the government with the support of Fianna Fail for tabling a Dail motion this Thursday for Ireland to join the EU PESCO agreement on advanced military and defence cooperation. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / press release Monday December 04, 2017 22:29 by sv   image 1 image   1 attached file
The December 2017 issue of Socialist Voice is out now.

Socialist Voice is produced monthly by the Communist Party of Ireland

Archives for previous issues are available online. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday December 04, 2017 20:33 by wf   image 2 images   1 attached file
A refusal to release details of the 41 outbreaks of disease on Irish salmon farms reported to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s agencies in 2016 and 2017 is the subject of a petition launched today to the newly established Petitions Committee of the Oireachtas. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Monday December 04, 2017 20:25 by ddci
New report analyses developments across Europe and finds:

European governments are leading a race to the bottom which will see average global corporate tax rates hit zero by 2052. A detailed analysis of 17 EU member states and Norway reveals 12 governments have either just cut their corporate tax rate, or are planning to do so in the near future.

Ireland receives a 'red card' in the report, as one of only two countries to receive all red in a traffic light ranking scoring a number of measures identified by civil society as key steps to bring an end to tax dodging.

Half the countries analysed, including Ireland, are found to have harmful tax practices, which can be used by multinational corporations to avoid taxation.

read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Saturday December 02, 2017 18:47 by wsm   image 1 image
Irish Rail workers were out on strike recently. What’s going on?

The WSM recently caught up with J, an activist and worker at Irish Rail, to find out.

For background details, see our analysis, "Why Irish Rail workers are right to strike", published here. https://wsm.ie/c/why-irish-rail-workers-are-right-strike read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday November 24, 2017 15:51 by cropbeye

Will the next General election feature many new candidates.
Will they make much of a difference or will many be elected?
What formula should people use to vote i.e 1 to 5 even if it is the least bad of a bad lot? read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Thursday November 23, 2017 22:47 by pbp   image 1 image
It began when Varadkar told his Fine Gael members that Irish homelessness was ‘low by international standards’. It was followed up by a concerted campaign by state officials attacking the ‘bad behaviour’ and claiming that ‘homelessness is normal.' read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Tuesday November 21, 2017 22:31 by fie
Today the High Court delivered its judgment in the case of Friends of the Irish Environment vs. Fingal County Council.

While dismissing FIE’s challenge to a decision to give Dublin Airport Authority more time to build a third runway at Dublin Airport, the court nevertheless recognised for the first time a constitutional right to environmental protection “that is consistent with the human dignity and well-being of citizens at large’”.

This is the first new constitutional right to be recognised in several decades. read full story / add a comment
national / sci-tech / news report Wednesday November 15, 2017 18:51 by Vax Now !   text 5 comments (last - sunday november 26, 2017 17:54)
Responding to a recent measles outbreak in which 17 adults and children have been infected with the highly infectious disease , Dr Deirdre Mulholland, Director of Public Health for HSE East, has urged people to get themselves and their dependants vaccinated , saying, “the best protection is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine."
The majority of the patients currently being treated are from north Dublin; five are from Meath, the HSE said today. A spokeswoman for the Measles Outbreak Control Team said that alerts regarding the disease have been sent to all Emergency Departments and GPs in Dublin, and Meath. read full story / add a comment
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