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national / anti-capitalism / press release Thursday May 23, 2013 10:44 by Eugene Mc Cartan
Building the people’s resistance and presenting an alternative direction for all our people, north and south—beginning the difficult but necessary re-conquest of Ireland for and by its people—is the task that the National Executive Committee and all the party have set themselves as we begin to prepare for our 25th National Congress in 2014. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / press release Wednesday May 22, 2013 11:58 by Turing
Anarchists Condemn G8 Scaremongering - press release
Date: Wed, 2013-05-22 09:37

In response to yesterday’s Irish News (Mon 20 May 2013) front page article, “Police to Occupy hundreds of vacant premises in Belfast during G8”, the Workers Solidarity Movement condemned security forces scaremongering in the media.

A spokesperson for the All-Ireland anarchist organisation said:

“These kind of absurd and over-the-top scare stories are aimed not so much at intimidating anarchists, but the concerned citizens, trade unionists and others wanting to show their opposition to the offensive waste of money on this pointless G8 charade. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / news report Wednesday May 22, 2013 07:01 by wageslave
Well respected blog "NamaWineLake" has made it's final post. This is a great loss to the Irish online community. Thanks for all your great work NWL! read full story / add a comment
Shanganagh Water Workers take up their pickets at 6.30am this morning
national / workers issues / news report Tuesday May 21, 2013 22:06 by Paul Gavan   image 1 image
SIPTU members at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin, began strike action today (Tuesday, 21st May) at 6.30 a.m. in response to their employer’s failure to refer a dispute relating to pay and shift premium payments to the Labour Court. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday May 19, 2013 18:37 by Fionuala Ni Cionnaoith   text 11 comments (last - tuesday may 21, 2013 21:58)
First of all i would like to introduce a misson as to what direct democracy would like to achieve:

What is direct democracy?

Direct democracy is a form of democracy in which the people have the right to:

Select their own candidates to represent them.
Call a referendum on any topic if a sufficient number of people deem it necessary, by gathering a set number of signatures.
Create legislation and put it to a referendum if a sufficient number of people agree with it, by gathering a set number of signatures.
Recall, remove from office, any representative deemed to have acted in breach of their terms of employment.

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national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday May 19, 2013 15:37 by maothail lad   text 15 comments (last - thursday may 23, 2013 07:36)   image 1 image
Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Mick Wallace were on Prime Time last night to talk about the penalty points report and the appearance of Commissioner Martin Callinan at a Public Accounts Committee meeting earlier that day.

During the chat, Mr Shatter accused Mr Wallace of having been stopped by the Gardaí last May.
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national / anti-capitalism / press release Saturday May 18, 2013 22:14 by Bolivarian Circle Albertolovera NY   image 1 image
While the mainstream media speculates about the future of the Bolivarian Revolution since the passing of Hugo Chavez, for the Venezuelan people, there is no question. Come learn about the process currently transpiring in Venezuela as the people, reinvigorated by the legacy of Chavez, deepen and further radicalize their struggle in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution. Come learn, connect, and show your solidarity at this critical moment for the Venezuelan process. read full story / add a comment
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national / education / press release Saturday May 18, 2013 21:15 by Animal Magic   text 3 comments (last - monday may 20, 2013 12:54)   image 1 image
Dublin-based Animal Education Outreach have produced an introduction to its educational work in power point format. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Friday May 17, 2013 19:07 by Joe Mc   text 4 comments (last - thursday july 04, 2013 14:35)
From Justice Minister Alan Shatter's statement on mortgage default and repossessions ,Dec 2012

"All mortgages contain remedies that may be exercised by lending institutions in cases of mortgage default. Repossession in the event of such default is, therefore, an existing contractual right.
In a well-known 2011 case (Start Mortgages), the High Court found that enactment of reforming legislation in 2009 may have had the unintended consequence in certain cases of restricting lending institutions from asserting their repossession rights. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday May 16, 2013 20:04 by T   text 8 comments (last - thursday may 30, 2013 14:15)
In the last week or so it was announced by the government that they were seriously considering extending the current free Pre-School year to a second free pre-school year. The government has been giving it a positive spin but also on the table as part of the deal is the suggestion that child benefit would be reduced by €20 per month. A lot of figures have been bandied about but the real question is: are the government trying to pull a fast one yet again and how do the numbers stack up? We attempt to look at the figures here. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Monday May 13, 2013 17:17 by Paddy Hackett
But the key problem is that there exists no revolutionary communist party to provide leadership in the class struggle. The Socialist Party, the SWP and the People Before Profit are merely reformist organisations that seek to provide a more benevolent capitalism. In this sense they are Utopian and seek to inculcate illusions within the working class.
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national / rights and freedoms / news report Monday May 13, 2013 01:38 by IPSC   image 1 image
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present a speaking tour featuring Palestinian activist, farmer and former political prisoner Mousa Abu Maria. Mousa will visit Belfast (Mon 13 May), Cork (Wed 15 May), Limerick (Thur 16 May) and Dublin (Fri 17 May), and be speaking on the topic of ‘The Palestinian Nakba – An Ongoing Catastrophe’, to commemorate Nakba Week. The full itinerary is below: read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Monday May 13, 2013 01:36 by Frank Hayes   text 2 comments (last - monday may 13, 2013 19:45)
And so, today, a group of Irish workers stand firm in front of a vicious right wing government’s bullying, harassment from the state media lie machine, the scandalous complicity of some reactionary Trade Union ‘leaders’ whose only vision is to compromise and collaborate.

Forced to defend their class interests from conscious ruling class attacks, they are the first to step forward on their own terms, in their own time, with their class dignity and power.

In 2013, this is not a defeated rabble!

But their strike action is also a thing in itself, which starkly changes the very balance of class forces in this crippled capitalist state. It is, objectively, a political action, because the Austerity Politics and anti-public service Friedmanite ethos which it confronts, is itself, a conscious politically co-ordinated strategy on the part of the ruling class. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Sunday May 12, 2013 22:15 by M. 0’ hAnluain   text 6 comments (last - wednesday may 15, 2013 16:15)   image 3 images
Throughout my time taking an interest in Mr. McKevitt’s case, I uncovered some very distasteful information. The detail included that some of his former comrades had covertly assisted in the slanderous media campaign against him and the entire family including his wife Bernadette. The most prominent of those who gave assistance and misleading information was a former Sinn Fein publicity director, which shocked me greatly. Many creditable journalists will to this day verify my claim. Neither should it be overlooked that the McKevitts were singled out as the most prominent opponents of the Good Friday Agreement and for that very reason, perhaps those individuals felt justified in assisting in the vilification campaign against them

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national / miscellaneous / press release Friday May 10, 2013 02:42 by Republican Sinn Féin Galway
With the release of the survey by the National Youth Council of Ireland stating that over 300,000 Irish people have been forced to emigrate from the state in the last four years we should stand back and take stock of what is once again happening in this country.

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national / workers issues / press release Thursday May 09, 2013 15:10 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - saturday may 11, 2013 18:39)
9 May 2013

Press statement: Joe Higgins TD

Supreme Court ruling on Registered Employment Agreements poses need for organising drive by union movement as first step in protection of conditions

Commenting on today's Supreme Court ruling that Registered Employment Agreements are unconstitutional Joe Higgins TD said:

"The striking down by the Supreme Court of the REAs will be seen by employers and sub contractors as a signal for a savage attack on the wages and conditions of workers. The trade union movement should immediately declare that any such attacks will be met by all out action and must now go on the offensive to ensure that wages and conditions provided for by the REAs remain intact.

"Today's ruling is further proof that the judiciary in the final analysis contains an inherent bias against the interests of working people. Employers have allies in the top echelons of the state who are prepared to strike down the legal underpining of conditions in the private sector that exceed the statutory minimum wage. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday May 02, 2013 11:41 by Pádraig Ó Ruairc.   text 1 comment (last - friday october 11, 2013 09:08)
Hello All - Here is my review of the controversial TV3 Irish War of Independence documentary "In the Name of the Republic" which was presented by Prof. Eunan O'Halpin of Trinity College which has just been published in the May/June issue of History Ireland Magazine. Enjoy:

IRA leader, Tom Barry, once likened the more unsavory aspects of the War of Independence to being dragged “down into the mire”. The two-part documentary, 'In The Name of The Republic', presented by Professor Eunan O'Halpin, explored that mire by examining the uglier aspects of the period. These included the assassination of RIC men, the killings of unarmed British soldiers and the execution and secret burial of alleged British spies.

The first episode focused on Ashbrook Farm, Laois. The owner of the farm related how a predecessor, Jack Walpole, told him that three bodies were dumped there in the 1920's. Walpole, who was described as “a bit eccentric”, claimed to have buried one of the bodies himself. The supernatural was a strong feature of Walpole's tale and he stated his horse could sense the location of the graves, refusing to draw a plough over them.

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national / gender and sexuality / press release Wednesday May 01, 2013 15:46 by Turing   text 1 comment (last - saturday may 04, 2013 19:11)
Press Release from Action On X

Abortion Bill will deter despairing women and put lives at risk
Expert Group recommendations ignored
Chilling factor must go – decriminalise abortion

Action on X today welcomed the publication of the government's draft Bill on abortion, but regard it as having many shortcomings. Spokesperson Sinead Kennedy said:

“The proposal to make a despairing, suicidal woman or girl go through at least three, and possibly six examinations in order to end an unwanted pregnancy shows a callous disregard for women's lives. Faced with the possibility of refusal by one or more doctors and an onerous appeals procedure, a woman is likely to go overseas. Those who are too poor or too ill to travel are likely to become more despairing, increasing the risk to their lives.” read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 30, 2013 11:44 by Gavin R. Putland
It's possible to shift the tax burden from labour to consumption without raising prices or widening after-tax wages relativities. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 30, 2013 11:29 by Paddy Hackett   text 9 comments (last - friday may 03, 2013 14:39)
The current Minister of Agriculture is forever defending the farming community while his government are forever attacking the Irish working class. The farming community must be exposed as a parasitic category. read full story / add a comment
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