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national / housing / press release Sunday March 20, 2016 22:12 by anon
Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) has welcomed the establishment of the Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group after a meeting in the Tyrrelstown Educate Together School.

The action group agreed to hold a demonstration outside the Dáil next Tuesday, 22nd March. The group will meet at the Mansion House before heading to Davy Stockbrokers to hold a small demonstration and then will head to the Dáil to call for action against these vulture funds who are putting about 50,000 homes at risk". read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Saturday March 19, 2016 16:39 by Ruared
Background to the internment of Tony Taylor

On 6th March 2014, after almost three years on remand in Maghaberry prison, Tony Taylor was convicted and sentenced to seven years - three in custody and four on license - for Republican activity. Tony was also given a lengthy sentence in the early nineties after being injured in an explosion in his native Derry.
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national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Saturday March 19, 2016 15:26 by Paddy Hackett
There is a good chance that FF will bring about a new general election in the not too distant future. This is because it is confident that there is a progressive electoral shift towards it. It is also in a buoyant mood because of its inchoate election recovery. It more than likely has the resources to fight another election. Both FF and FG expressly indicated that they would not form “a grand coalition”. The GE16 result means, in a sense, that the electorate don't want such a coalition. On the other hand SF, through Gerry Adams, indicated before the GE16 that it is prepared to form a coalition with SF. This means that the electorate may want a coalition with FF, SF and others.
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national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday March 14, 2016 13:35 by Paddy Hackett
The working must struggle for the establishment of Workers' Councils as its institutions of power. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Friday March 04, 2016 13:37 by Paddy Hackett
Total abolition of water charges... read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Sunday February 28, 2016 11:44 by Paddy Hackett   text 12 comments (last - tuesday march 01, 2016 13:33)
The working class is politically and ideologically stagnant. read full story / add a comment
Proportion by Party of Election 2016 Candidates supporting a fracking ban
national / environment / press release Friday February 26, 2016 21:03 by kiff   image 2 images
SOLID NATIONAL OPPOSITION TO FRACKING.

35% of General Election candidates nationally have committed to supporting legislation to ban fracking. Details of party responses are as follows: read full story / add a comment
http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/news-and-media/en-ie/Pages/PressRelease/2015-Atlantic-Margin-Oil-and-Gas-Exploration-Licensing-Round-Awards.aspx#
national / elections / politics / press release Friday February 26, 2016 13:12 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
14 new off shore licenses issued in the dying days of a government – sound familiar? ?#?fracking? 2011

As the election squabble sideshow grabs the headlines, ownership of Irish natural resources is being handed over to foreign corporations

The Government has awarded oil and gas licences to companies including oil majors Eni, Exxon and Statoil, allowing them to explore for hydrocarbons off the coast of Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Thursday February 25, 2016 23:04 by pbp   image 1 image
The Sunday Business Post ran a story claiming that vulture funds who bought up the loan books of Irish financial institutions are likely to step up pressure for payment after the general election.

The report in the Sunday Business Post is a terrible warning of what is to come. Far from years where we enjoy a new ‘fiscal space’ there is more economic turmoil ahead.

US vulture funds were encouraged to come into this country to buy up debt at incredibly low prices. The debts of both mortgage holders and small business enterprises became another opportunity for profit making. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday February 25, 2016 11:53 by Fracking Free Network
The “Sign the Pledge” campaign, coordinated by Fracking Free Network, is a big success. 154 candidates in this year’s General Election have so far personally signed the pledge against fracking! From all parties and from all constituencies, candidates have committed to support legislation that will ban fracking in Ireland. There is no doubt that the issue of fracking is now a national rather than a local issue. Candidates from Cork and Kerry, from Donegal and Dublin, from Galway and Wexford have indicated that they will work to ensure that fracking will never be introduced to Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / feature Wednesday February 24, 2016 18:26 by T   text 6 comments (last - thursday december 22, 2016 11:49)   image 5 images   1 attached file
The election cycle has come around yet again it is time to take a look at some of the issues being discussed and more importantly those not discussed and have a quick look at the economy.

For this election there are more independents going up than ever before, although people should be warned that a certain fraction of them are closet FFers and FGers so if it is change you are looking for, they may not be the candidates to vote for. Sometimes people seemed to assume Independents tend to be more to the Left. There is no inherent reason this should be the case and statistically one would expect them to evenly spread to the Left and Right. So if voting for an Independent then be sure you have checked what they really stand for and their previous record if any. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday February 23, 2016 23:10 by Shannonwatch
A total of 116 candidates have committed to restoring Ireland's neutrality in response to a Peace Pledge drafted by the main peace and anti-war groups in Ireland. These candidates have said they will only support or join a Government that is prepared to end the US military use of Shannon Airport. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / press release Monday February 22, 2016 21:11 by Séan ÓMurchú
The 95th Annual Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration took place in Midleton on Sunday 21st February 2016.

The Commemoration gathered at 2:30pm outside the Courthouse, Main Street, Midleton where a colour party comprising members of the Republican Movement – Cork and Cumann na mBan - Cork assembled.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Saturday February 20, 2016 10:07 by Vince McGreal
In 1932, Ireland ratified the United Nations’ Convention Concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (1930). The Convention defines forced labour as "all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”
Eighty-four years later, Ireland is in breach of that convention. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 17, 2016 23:17 by right2water
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.’ An affirmation that should, by now, be familiar to most of us. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday February 17, 2016 12:21 by TL
PRESS RELEASE - Friends of the Irish Environment - 17 Feb 2016 - A campaign in Europe to have Irish Water customers informed of toxic chemicals exceeding the World Health Organisation and European Union safety standards has failed, according to Friends of the Irish Environment.

The environmental lobby group, which specialises in the enforcement of European environmental legislation, has been told by the European Ombudsman that she cannot require the European Commission to force Irish Water to inform consumers on their bill that the water they receive contains levels of trihalomethanes above the EU and WHO permitted levels. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Wednesday February 17, 2016 00:36 by wp
Cork North Central Workers’ Party candidate Cllr. Ted Tynan has said that neither the present government nor Fianna Fail will embark on a major social housing construction programme because the parties in question are still under the thumb of developers. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday February 08, 2016 17:49 by anon   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 17, 2016 00:25)
Good news – it’s official!

The EPA Research Study on Fracking is now stopped. This study was targeted by the campaign against fracking as research showed the study was compromised – it was being led by companies with huge vested interests in the oil and gas industry. A statement from the Department (DCENR) yesterday (2nd) confirmed that the study has been stopped after its first phase, which included an overall look at regulations and legislation governing fracking. Phase 2, on-the-ground studies in Leitrim and Fermanagh which would have included some drilling, will not proceed and a report of Phase 1 will be published in Q3 of this year. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday February 02, 2016 23:33 by Shannonwatch   text 1 comment (last - saturday february 06, 2016 15:43)
Press Release - 2nd Feb 2016 - Election Candidates Asked to Pledge Themselves to Peace

Five organisations have come together to call on general election candidates to commit to ending the US military use of Shannon Airport. In a joint initiative, Shannonwatch, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM), Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) and Veterans for Peace (VfP) Ireland are all calling for candidates and parties to bar military traffic from any country involved in war from landing on Irish soil or from using Irish airspace. read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / feature Tuesday February 02, 2016 23:11 by T   image 2 images   1 attached file
Forget the official Banking Inquiry report because Joe Higgins has written a much more better one and it asks the rights questions and gets to the heart of the matter by putting the whole saga in its proper context -something which the official report couldn't thing as it would mean asking fundamental questions. Indeed the inquriy itself and official report have been steeped in controversary with allegations of coverup because of numerous reports of key officials and whistleblowers in the regulator office and central bank were ignored and their evidence never making into the inquiry. The whistleblower made a formal complaint under the Protected Disclosures Act and (Village Magazine) "outlining a range of detailed concerns about how the Central Bank and some of its legal representatives were omitting huge swathes of vital documents, redacting many of the most crucial pieces of evidence, and delaying release of vital material until it was too late to use them in briefings for public hearings – in at least one case handing them over 24 hours before a scheduled interview about them." read full story / add a comment
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