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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
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Monday April 29, 2013 12:32 by ...
Cheap clothes in Pennys = cheap lives in Bangladesh
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national / gender and sexuality / press release Saturday April 27, 2013 20:14 by Turing
Galway Pro-Choice condemns the passing of three motions at today's Fianna Fail Ard Fheis which oppose suicide being included as a ground for abortion under proposed X Case legislation. In particular, we condemn the decision of the Galway East Comhairle Dáil Ceantair of Fianna Fáil to propose one of these motions which would continue to place women’s lives in danger.

Orlaith Reidy of Galway Pro Choice said:

“The motions presented to the Ard Fheis reveal a fundamental disregard for women's health. As Dr. Peadar O'Grady of Doctors for Choice has outlined, denying women the right to choose is a key cause of suicidality among pregnant women, and maternal deaths have markedly declined in countries where abortion is available.” read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / news report Thursday April 25, 2013 17:39 by I. Greene
Latest update in relation to Michael McKevitt and the ongoing miscarriage of justice. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday April 11, 2013 12:26 by Gan Ainm   image 1 image
Fifteen years on from the signing of the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ it is imperative that Irish Republicans and the people of Ireland give careful consideration to the merits, mechanisms and leftovers of what was offered to the country that reportedly historic day. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / feature Wednesday April 10, 2013 01:08 by andraiocht   text 2 comments (last - tuesday july 09, 2013 18:43)   image 3 images
The central bank is planning changes to the Code of Protection on mortgage arrears, these changes will mean it will be easier for people to be counted as non co-operating and thus make repossession easier, please send the submission below to code@centralbank.ie or make your own submission and send before April 10th to ensure your opposition to this is taken into consideration, with 95,000 people in arrears because of this banking led recession, the people who are bailing out the banks need fairness, there is nothing fair in all powers of discretion, supervision and appeals being with the banks who will not consider the good of the person or common good of the country. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Monday April 08, 2013 21:19 by Gale Vogel   text 26 comments (last - thursday may 29, 2014 13:59)
What is a day in the life of people living in Ireland today? If we're lucky we awake to the stress of travelling to work, breakfast and getting the children ready for school. What of those who do not have this luck? read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / news report Thursday April 04, 2013 22:37 by RoyalDutchShellPlc.com   text 1 comment (last - tuesday april 09, 2013 15:53)   image 2 images
OSSL claim that their company was a supplier to Shell in respect of the Corrib Gas Project. They allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. The main accusation being that the Garda has acted as an offshoot of Shell security. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Friday March 22, 2013 18:07 by Gale Vogel   text 7 comments (last - thursday may 16, 2013 16:14)
John and Louise are a Dublin couple who weep each evening in a cold house, their frustration ever growing. John is visibly angry but resigns to the fate that is meted by our leaders to comply with international dictate. We are being watched, pummelled and slowly destroyed. The busiest events are international job fairs. This is a synopsis of lives less than they should be. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday March 21, 2013 23:47 by Ardoyne Republican   image 2 images
The Republican Network for Unity (RNU) launched it's new Constitution and radical Policy Paper; 'Revolutionary Republicanism' on Tuesday 19th, March 2013 in central Belfast. The publication sets out the Revolutionary Party's alternative proposals to the failure of constitutional Nationalism and suggests a clear and viable way forward for those who still propose National Liberation & Socialism as the real cure for Ireland’s ills read full story / add a comment
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