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national / rights and freedoms / news report Friday August 02, 2013 21:28 by WG   text 10 comments (last - friday april 18, 2014 16:29)
The UK owned Royal Bank of Scotland in the form of its subsidiary Ulster Bank is about to attempt to evict no less than 4000 families - that is approximately 16,000 people from their own homes on the island of Ireland. Once this happens the other banks will join the fray.

Please alert everyone to this - mass resistance on a scale not seen for 100 years is now required to stop this - there is a decent chance that with mass resistance in Ireland then the Banksters can be stopped in their tracks worldwide.

Please spread this warning far and wide and rally support . read full story / add a comment
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national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 31, 2013 11:48 by fred   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 03, 2014 17:11)   image 1 image
Government is currently rolling out a national biometric ID card scheme ostensibly to help stamp out welfare fraud. It currently holds facial data and signature data. However the card is extensible and designed to hold other data in the future. (No doubt they started with the least offensive biometric measurement! )
It has been stated that these cards may act as driving licences etc in the future. It is a national ID card by the back door. Expect it to be issued to everyone. How can government justify such expensive schemes in times of recession without a murmur from the MSM?? And where are the protests against this attack on our civi8l liberties in the wake of the NSA / UK mass surveillance scandals? read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday July 29, 2013 22:41 by Ban Hare Coursing!   text 1 comment (last - friday august 02, 2013 00:32)   image 6 images
Protest outside Minister Jimmy Deenihan's office (Department of Arts and Heritage) in Kildare Street (Between Dail and Dept of Agriculture)...1pm to 2pm...August 1st. All Welcome!

...Calling on Minister Deenihan NOT to license another season of hare coursing cruelty!

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national / housing / opinion/analysis Monday July 29, 2013 14:49 by nmn   text 6 comments (last - monday august 26, 2013 16:41)
Ireland's vulnerable, out of work and poor have again been punished by the government in its latest round of harsh cuts to social welfare rent supplements. read full story / add a comment
Joe Simpson, POA assistant general secretary, addresses Socialist Party conference 2011,
national / rights and freedoms / news report Monday July 22, 2013 20:28 by RNU PRO   image 4 images
Given their professed position as ‘Internationalists’ there is no way that the SP in Ireland can write off their movements links with the right wing POA as an English Issue, nor can they with any credibility describe the actions of the POA here as ‘Industrial Action’. What is happening in Maghaberry is a sustained campaign of human rights abuses, conducted against vulnerable political prisoners and directed by the ‘Prison Officers Association’ along the the Gaol administration. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday July 20, 2013 21:03 by nmn   text 1 comment (last - saturday july 20, 2013 23:47)
The so-called Broadcasting Fee that the current despotic Irish government intends to impose on every household in the land is the latest full blown insult to be thrown by the government at people living in Ireland.
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday July 18, 2013 18:57 by R.Ascal   text 1 comment (last - thursday july 18, 2013 20:52)
Recent hysteria in the corporate media has exposed a growing fear in the capitalist establishment at the rise of socialist republicanism in Ireland,

The latest example follows a protest outside Leinster House in Dublin, called to demand the Jailing of Ireland's Bankers when a group of anti- austerity protestors confronted Labour minister for communications, Pat Rabbitte.
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national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 17, 2013 21:28 by RNU PRO   text 2 comments (last - thursday july 18, 2013 18:44)   image 5 images
What should have been a quiet, serene and fondly remembered ceremony was cruelly transformed into a scene of Martial law, as the Free State police instead used the occasion to flex their collective muscle and display to local republicans the various means of ‘crowd control’ at their disposal. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday July 16, 2013 16:14 by Towards A Socialist Republic   text 4 comments (last - tuesday july 16, 2013 21:55)
The question on the lips of many people who have attended the recent anti- austerity protests in Ireland is ‘where are the masses?’ Some who have taken to the streets have been disappointed by the numbers turning out, comparing Irish protests to those in Greece or Turkey and have begun to ask ‘why aren’t the Irish people fighting back?’ read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Monday July 15, 2013 21:18 by R.Ascal   text 1 comment (last - tuesday july 16, 2013 09:15)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
In many countries fighting for national liberation, the revolutionary forces are coordinated by a 'broad front'. Throughout history, coalition's of anti- imperialist groups have come together to wage a revolutionary class war that seeks to end the exploitation of the working class and establish socialism.
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national / arts and media / news report Monday July 15, 2013 16:08 by Sean Crudden
The festival involved also Theatre of Voices, Denmark. Four separate different programs were performed, one each on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. In The Pepper Canister Church. I drove from Boyle yesterday and was lucky enough to catch the performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas which started at 14.30 on a sultry sunny Sunday afternoon. This was an inaugural festival, a new departure for the National Chamber Choir. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Sunday July 14, 2013 13:33 by Luke Eastwood   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 17, 2013 13:27)
A brief history of the deforestation of Ireland and why it happened.....

It is well known that Ireland has a very low level of tree cover, among the lowest of any European country – in 2012 it had risen to almost 11% although it is still way below the European average of 30%. Of course about half of this 11% is Sitkha Spruce, which is non-native and causes acidification of the soil.
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national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Friday July 12, 2013 17:23 by Maura Doyle   text 1 comment (last - saturday july 13, 2013 19:28)   image 1 image
A lot has been written about the Michael McKevitt case over the years since his incarceration in 2001. Whether his reputation as an unrepentant republican is palatable to many people or not, he has endured the wrath of a very vicious print media campaign throughout that time and even before. We overlook the fact that the media onslaught was also waged against his entire family without any justification whatsoever and the standards used against them fell well below anything that we could even attempt to describe as 'normal practice'. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Friday July 12, 2013 17:18 by Jack Boyle
The State made a decision to put Mr McKevitt away due to his political views and in particular, his opposition to the Good Friday Agreement. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Wednesday July 10, 2013 22:19 by dave   text 122 comments (last - tuesday october 21, 2014 16:22)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
People are getting fed up. We have had the Anglo Tapes released and the government decides to go after the whistle blower instead. Since 2008 unemployed has risen to 14% and it would be a lot higher only that 40,000 people are leaving the country every year. The government job initiative is welfare for business interests and as described here is a scam. It is time to high light this even though many have known it for months.

It seems like everytime I view the FAS website more and more real jobs are disappearing from it and being replaced with free labour internships. When I search for specific sectors now all I seem to find are internships. This scheme is absolutely sickening me as it has potentially destroyed several thousand entry level jobs. I can't believe that Joan Burton and the Labour Party have completely ruined the youth labour market with a scheme which is:

-replacing real paid jobs with "internships"
-exploiting the jobless
-wasting tax-payer money to provide companies with free labour
-putting underqualified/inexperienced/unvetted people in jobs with far too much responsibility(working with kids etc...)
-distorting our unemployment figures
-putting existing paid jobs at risk
-being used to makeup for a shortfall of skills in the public service due to the recruitment embargo read full story / add a comment

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national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 10, 2013 14:35 by Sean Crudden   text 9 comments (last - friday july 19, 2013 19:47)   image 1 image
To many people ideology is bunkum. However a closer examination will soon reveal the extent to which ideology governs behaviour. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / news report Wednesday July 10, 2013 00:57 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - sunday march 30, 2014 13:33)
This is being kept out of the media, both in Ireland and the USA:

From the organization "HARK."

Zachary Gelevinger is a young man from Wisconsin who arrived in Belfast Wednesday to enjoy a long-timed planned first trip to Ireland, the home of his Grandmother and a lifetime dream that has turned into a nightmare.

Zachary had been corresponding with Political Prisoner Christine Connor and as a gesture of kindness, had organised a visit with Christine on her birthday, arranged by Christine's mother.

This act of good will was forever tarnished when the visit was cut short and Zachary was taken out of the visit by the PSNI in handcuffs under suspicion of "Dissident Activity."

Please note again that Zachary had not stepped foot in Ireland until Wednesday. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / opinion/analysis Sunday July 07, 2013 20:28 by fred   text 3 comments (last - friday july 12, 2013 09:27)   video 1 video file
David Norris has recently been diagnosed with cancer which he speculated appears to be related to the initial incidence of viral hepatitis which he contracted from tainted drinking water while he was on unpaid Government business in Eastern Europe in 1994. There is much discussion about this online, but this personal situation may have added fire and urgency to his impassioned breathless speech in defence of the Seanad. Here it is. Share it widely. read full story / add a comment
SIPTU Community Members on the March
national / workers issues / news report Thursday July 04, 2013 15:27 by Darragh O'Connor   text 3 comments (last - friday march 14, 2014 12:05)   image 1 image
Workers in Local Development Companies are campaigning to protect jobs and make Minister Phil Hogan engage with their union. You can support them by signing the petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/minister-phil-hog...nment read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / news report Thursday July 04, 2013 13:06 by dave
''Peaceful persistent standing protest in front of the Dail, inspired by recent events of disgrace in our country, and the protests in Taksim square. 4th of July to demonstrate our independence and the fact that we won't stand for this sort of behaviour from the banks and the government much longer. Bring a book that reflects your feelings on what is happening to our country right now, your fears for Ireland and your memory of what makes us great.''

https://twitter.com/bookthebankers

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