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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

Enniscorthy Mental Hospital
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

https://www.facebook.com/events/164126147103192/ read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Tuesday July 02, 2013 22:08 by anti-fracking   video 1 video file
Help is needed to lobby our Environment MEPs on the review of this directive because this will be used to set the parameters on Fracking in Ireland.

1. Lobby our ENVI MEP’s – Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive before 11 July!!
2. Watch the BBC documentary
3. Send an e post card read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / press release Tuesday July 02, 2013 22:00 by wsm   text 2 comments (last - monday july 08, 2013 00:04)
The Workers Solidarity Movement has decided to withdraw from the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. Please see statement below. We have made a donation of €1,000 towards paying off the debts of CAHWT. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday June 30, 2013 21:50 by I. Greene
Despite the multiple cover-ups between the Garda Commissioner and the Justice Minister there still lingers an undercurrent of malpractice and deceit, which could only be resolved with an independent investigation. Lurking beneath the surface there appears to be dishonesty and cover-up and some within the Garda organisation are of the view that the Garda Commissioner should stand aside rather than be pushed later. read full story / add a comment
David Drumm: Contempt for the little people
national / crime and justice / feature Thursday June 27, 2013 23:00 by ciara   text 31 comments (last - sunday september 29, 2013 13:31)   image 3 images   video 1 video file
The astonishing tapes show senior manager John Bowe, who had been involved in negotiations with the Central Bank, laughing and joking as he tells another senior manager, Peter Fitzgerald, how Anglo was luring the State into giving it billions of euro. Mr Fitzgerald had not been involved in the negotiations with the Central Bank and has confirmed he was unaware of any strategy or intention to mislead the authorities. Mr Bowe, in a statement last night, categorically denied that he had misled the Central Bank.

The audio recordings are from the bank's own internal telephone system and date from the heart of the financial crisis that brought the State to its knees in Sept 08.

Anglo itself was within days of complete meltdown – and in the years ahead would eat up €30bn of taxpayer money. Mr Bowe speaks about how the State had been asked for €7bn to bail out Anglo – but Anglo's negotiators knew all along this was not enough to save the bank. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / press release Thursday June 27, 2013 14:56 by Séan Heuston 1916 society Dublin   text 2 comments (last - sunday june 30, 2013 18:24)
Séan Heuston 1916 society Dublin June statement read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 26, 2013 19:45 by ordinary citizen   text 21 comments (last - tuesday september 24, 2013 04:06)
Bonos arrogance has touched a nerve with ordinary people struggling to get by read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / news report Monday June 17, 2013 16:16 by RNU PRO   text 5 comments (last - wednesday june 19, 2013 16:26)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
Peaceful protest attacked in Belfast. Martial Law Exposed! read full story / add a comment
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national / migration / opinion/analysis Friday June 14, 2013 21:33 by Eamonn Sheehy & Asylum Archive   text 2 comments (last - friday june 20, 2014 13:12)   image 5 images
Ireland, asylum and the institutionalization of the young, old and innocent.
Direct Provision anyone? read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / news report Friday June 14, 2013 19:28 by RNU PRO
RNU take to the streets in protest at imposition of martial law. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Thursday June 13, 2013 21:47 by Love Leitrim   image 1 image
Irish Farmers are taking to the road in advance of the G8 summit. They will stage a tractor run Sunday June 16th from Manorhamilton to the iconic Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne in Leitrim to shine a light on their opposition to fracking on the national and world stage. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / press release Wednesday June 12, 2013 20:15 by Saoirse   text 2 comments (last - thursday june 13, 2013 00:41)
As an Irish Republican Alternative to the G8 Summit Republican Sinn Féin will be holding an Anti-Imperialist Forum in the Conway Mill on June 13, 14 and 15. read full story / add a comment
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