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Big man protects little woman - Enda Kenny and Mairia Cahill (Irish Times front page 23 October 2014)
national / rights, freedoms and repression / 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:

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
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
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, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday October 08, 2014 22:21 by Political Hostage
The Judicial Review of the Minister of Justices 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 McKevitts 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 McKevitts legal team protested that todays 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 citizens deprivation of liberty, and that the case should be given priority and should commence as previously scheduled. read full story / add a comment
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 / imperialism / 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
national / housing / news report Thursday September 25, 2014 22:28 by An Sprach   text 4 comments (last - wednesday october 08, 2014 02:09)   image 1 image
The idea that we can tackle Irelands 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), Irelands 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 Groups recommendations, to ensure that Irelands 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
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday September 14, 2014 12:06 by political hostage
As the case of Michael McKevitt continues to alert media attention it must be borne out that there has been a significant degree of prejudice surrounding everything about the case over many years. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / feature Monday September 08, 2014 14:06 by Alan Hall   text 9 comments (last - friday october 24, 2014 13:27)   image 1 image   3 attached files
Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly 100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the 96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra 36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost 600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear. read full story / add a comment
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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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
national / environment / press release Tuesday August 26, 2014 15:05 by Woodland League   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 27, 2014 13:48)   image 1 image
Press Release - Woodland League

The public amenity forest at Gougane Barra, co Cork has been clear-felled for no good reason. This is
the claim of an internationally renowned Irish tree-scientist and a number of Irish NGOs.
In January 2014, Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board, contended that sudden oak-death (Phytophtera
ramorum) had infested the veteran larch trees in the forest and that urgent clear-felling was essential.
Documentary evidence purporting to support this assertion dated July 2013 has been branded tenuous
at best by Diana Beresford-Kroeger the renowned Irish tree-scientist who saw no sign of the disease
while filming in the forest in August of that year. read full story / add a comment
A BADGER SNARE as used by the Dept of Agriculture Food and the Marine
national / animal rights / press release Tuesday August 26, 2014 09:37 by Bernie Wright   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 27, 2014 01:34)   image 2 images

RANTINGS FROM OUR AGRICULTURE Minister in the video below
"What we are continuing to do is have a humane and targeted cull of badgers which does not involve snares or anything like that. It involves trapping and catching badgers and putting them down in as humane a way as we can."


Snaring IS the method used to trap badgers by the Department of Agriculture despite the Ministers outrageous attempt to deny and conceal this fact. Who is he trying to hoodwink?
The AOHS believes that the method of capture is a barbaric wire snare which holds the helpless badger in excruciating pain until it is dispatched by gunshot or clubbed to death the next morning at the earliest as some accounts by farmers have revealed. That is if the badger has not been strangled beforehand by the snares wire. When nursing female badgers are snared and shot, their cubs are left to starve to death underground. The DOA refuse to allow a period for lactating badgers to raise their young without risk of torture"
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