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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / press release Tuesday November 25, 2014 17:54 by Rua
RNU call on the people living in the occupied 6 counties to actively engage in opposing water meters that have recently been installed by NI Water. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 18, 2014 14:23 by somethinghastobedone
SERIOUS BREACH - LEINSTER HOUSE WASTING TAX PAYERS MONIES - LET THEM PAY THE WATER CHARGE read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Monday November 17, 2014 20:14 by Political Hostage
In the meantime, Michael McKevitt sits in his prison cell, unlawfully detained, thirteen years into a sentence that was handed down on the word of a paid MI5/FBI informer who operated illegally within the twenty-six counties with the full connivance of the Dublin government.

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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / opinion/analysis Monday November 17, 2014 11:37 by anon   text 8 comments (last - wednesday november 19, 2014 23:12)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
It is clear that the governments is seeking to split the anti-water charges campaign by modifying the water charges and publicly attacking any violence surrounding the protests. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Friday November 14, 2014 22:20 by Paddy Hackett   text 3 comments (last - saturday november 15, 2014 12:17)
Romanticising the working class as much, as the radical left do, merely holds back any chances of authentic political development. It is almost a taboo among this Left to make any serious criticisms of this working class. Left communists are not obliged to pander to a working class that has been backward for so long. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Wednesday November 12, 2014 23:34 by shell2sea
Shell to Sea has called on Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White to clarify what impact Corrib Gas partner Vermilion's Luxembourg tax avoidance deal – revealed in today's Irish Times – will have on the revenue the exchequer thinks it will earn from the Corrib gas field. [1] read full story / add a comment
Big man protects little woman - Enda Kenny and Mairia Cahill (Irish Times front page 23 October 2014)
national / rights and freedoms / news report Wednesday November 05, 2014 13:14 by Peter Simple   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 06, 2014 22:54)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 2 audio files   2 attached files
A response to Miriam Lord in the Irish Times 23 October 2014:
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/this...73438

The big man protecting the little woman. That explains the sexist picture dominating the Irish Times front page on 23 October, of Taoiseach Enda Kenny looking out for Mairia Cahill.

In our patriarchal society men hold the material and physical upper hand. Women often fight back with emotional and psychological weapons. These are being exploited in this fight, but not by men on the one side and women on the other, but by men and women on both sides.

The spouse of First Minister Peter Robinson, Iris, was in an exploitative relationship with a younger man. He is forgotten (I forget his face and name), while Mrs Robinson was publicly rehabilitated by President Mary McAleese and the Queen of England at a live televised public event in Dublin. She received therapy and expiated her sins, while he was left to his own devices. Who cares, f**k him. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / feature Sunday November 02, 2014 00:07 by T   text 5 comments (last - monday november 10, 2014 23:40)   image 14 images   video 1 video file
Over 100 separate local demonstrations took place today (Sat Nov 1st) against the Water Charges and for the Right 2 Water. Organisers estimate conservatively that over 150,000 were out on the streets today to send a message to this government that they won't accept paying for water twice and having it privatised later.

People realize that all the false promises and allowances will eventually be dropped and the long term result will be that a privatised water company will prey on the people with massive hikes in charges and big fat bonuses for themselves.

There were protests from Cork & Kerry to Wexford to Dublin to Limerick to Galway to Sligo to Donegal to Cavan to Dundalk and all over the Midlands. There has never been anything like it perhaps since the foundation of the state. The people are truly fed up and are determined and will not be abused by the political technocrats of big Capital that is robbing every social gain our forebears fought hard to get over the past century. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / opinion/analysis Friday October 31, 2014 20:10 by Paddy Hackett   text 1 comment (last - friday october 31, 2014 21:17)
The anti-water charges campaign is a populist campaign driven by the opportunist politics of the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party and other organisations including the UNITE trade union. The Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party merely view the campaign as a means to enhance their popularity within the working class while opportunistically impeding the development of communist consciousness among the working class. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / news report Saturday October 25, 2014 12:17 by Charlie   text 1 comment (last - sunday october 26, 2014 02:10)
Republican Network for Unity activists discovered water meters in Belfast despite NI Water denying their installation. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Sunday October 19, 2014 01:47 by john throne   text 4 comments (last - monday october 20, 2014 17:14)
Sinn Fein I believe are rightly under attack for the issues around the Cahill case and the way they are said to have handled this. Abuse of women (and Men) exists in the revolutionary left also. When this comes up the leadership of these organizations usually try to cover this up by citing the supposed interests of the organization concerned and the revolution. This puts enormous pressure of the victims of assault and has to be condemned. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 22:34 by fred   text 3 comments (last - friday october 17, 2014 00:18)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A pre election sleight of hand giving out a few pennies to the poor with one hand while taking them back with the other via water charges? Here is some information on some of the changes read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 11:40 by Paddy Hackett   text 8 comments (last - wednesday october 15, 2014 23:58)
Single issue demands such as the movement against water rates hold back the class struggle by suggesting that capitalism can continue in the absence of these charges or taxes. This is because such demands are not embedded in a programme of an interlinked series of demands that challenges the capitalist system. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / news report Wednesday October 08, 2014 22:21 by Political Hostage
The Judicial Review of the Minister of Justice’s refusal to grant Michael McKevitt enhanced remission was scheduled to commence this morning in Court 4 of the High Court. However, upon arrival at court McKevitt’s legal team was informed that his case was being removed from the immediate hearing list and being placed instead on the Administration List – with a new date yet to be scheduled.

Michael McKevitt’s legal team protested that today’s date had been scheduled by a High Court judge before the summer break; that the case concerned the potential unlawful detention of a prisoner and a citizen’s deprivation of liberty, and that the case should be given priority and should commence as previously scheduled. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 14:30 by Luke Eastwood   text 3 comments (last - monday october 13, 2014 22:14)   image 1 image
The Irish government is charging for public water as part of its TISA signup. This is just the start, we will all pay for all water if they have their way, even if we don't get any services from Irish Water. The eventual plan will be to privatize all resources so that absolutely nothing will be free in this country. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Tuesday October 07, 2014 15:16 by AIMS Ireland
The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS Ireland) are demanding an immediate response from the Government in budget 2015 on calls for a review into patient safety and appropriate care models in Irish maternity services. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / press release Sunday October 05, 2014 22:10 by shannonwatch
Shannonwatch welcomes the visit to Shannon Airport by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions. The visit which took place on October 2nd was a follow-up to a petition by Shannonwatch earlier this year. The petition called for the Government to investigate the use of Shannon Airport and Irish airspace for the transit of US armed troops, munitions and other war material, as well as for the refuelling of CIA-associated aircraft involved in extraordinary rendition.

During their visit to Shannon, representatives of the Committee met with members of the Gardai including Chief Superintendent John Kerin and with airport officials before meeting again with Shannonwatch. They were informed that about 40,000 US troops had gone through Shannon so far this year. However Shannonwatch understands that airport officials said that US troops were not essential to the economics of Shannon Airport as they contribute relatively little, and that civilian passengers contribute far more with shopping, car parking and so on. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Thursday September 25, 2014 22:28 by An Spréach   text 4 comments (last - wednesday october 08, 2014 02:09)   image 1 image
The idea that we can tackle Ireland’s increasing homeless crisis by packing people into tightly fitted shipping containers is unfathomable, ill-conceived and an insult to injury to the countless number of homeless people in need of decent, adequate housing. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Monday September 22, 2014 23:36 by IPRT
The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading penal reform campaign organisation, has today (Wednesday, 17 September 2014) warmly welcomed the publication of the final report of the Strategic Review on Penal Policy as a blueprint for a fairer and more effective penal system. IPRT endorses the vast majority of the recommendations, and urges the Minister for Justice and Equality to consider their implementation in full. IPRT will closely shadow the implementation of the Review Group’s recommendations, to ensure that Ireland’s criminal and penal policy meets its stated goal of making Ireland “a safer and fairer place.” read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Tuesday September 16, 2014 23:27 by Thumper
Republican Network for Unity shine a light on the revolving door policy of the PSNI regarding ex-RUC officers.

15 years ago the Patten Report consigned the RUC to history and ushered in a new accountable police force, or so we were led to believe. Instead, the people of the 6 counties received an MI5 controlled militia with a revolving door for ex-RUC gunmen.

Today (16th September) Drew Harris was appointed as deputy chief constable of the PSNI. Just like his senior George Hamilton, who was appointed chief constable earlier this year, Drew is an ex-RUC officer who was involved in a force that thoughtlessly used shoot-to-kill and oversaw collusion at the highest level read full story / add a comment
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