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IRISH POLITICIANS BETRAY GAZA
Irish political representatives shamefully abstain in crucial UN vote on Gaza

Ireland and 16 other EU countries abstained from the UN Human Rights Council resolution to set up a commission of inquiry into Gaza. Apparently over "concerns that the draft text was unbalanced, inaccurate and prejudges the outcome of the investigation." The resolution was approved with 29 votes in favour, one against (the United States) and 17 abstentions. More details see here
Ireland's ambassador to the UN Patricia O'Brien today said Ireland had
"a very valid reason not to support the resolution."
Yeah right Patricia, and the reason was our masters in the US embassy told us not to vote in favour and our spineless politicians meekly obeyed.

Update 03/08/2014:Just hours after an attack on a United Nations-operated school took the lives of 20 civilians last week, the US announced it would resupply Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city. Only several days later, the US Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure to grant Israel $225 million in additional funding to boost the country’s missile defense capabilities. "

UPDATE 12th August: So far Israel has killed over 1949 Palestinians including
449 children. 9891 injured, including over 3000 children.
This count is increasing by the hour.

For a list of all names, see http://www.imemc.org/article/68429
- the website of the International Middle East Media Center.

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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national / environment / news report Wednesday March 20, 2013 21:15 by T   text 5 comments (last - tuesday april 02, 2013 17:33)   image 2 images   audio 1 audio file   1 attached file
The government is planning to sell off our national forests which are currently owned by Coillte. The plan would be to sell harvesting rights on 500,000 acres out of 1.2 million that they manage. They claim it is worth €700 million although in the Peter Bacon report on Forestry, he puts the true value at €360 million or the equivalent of 3 days of government expenditure. Bacon said: "economic rationale for the proposed sale of harvesting rights no longer stands up and cannot be justified." and that he further concluded it would actually cost the state €1,300 million to sell the harvesting rights of Coillte due to various liabilities. The report says that the forests should be developed further as a public resource. read full story / add a comment
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national / irish social forum / news report Wednesday March 20, 2013 14:07 by Charlie   image 1 image   1 attached file
Republican Network for Unity met at the ‘Croisbhealaí’ collective rooms in central Belfast on Tuesday March 19th , for the official public release of their latest publication ‘Revolutionary Republicanism’.
The publication sets out in concrete terms, our alternative proposals to the failed ways 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.
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Wanted for Murder
national / anti-war / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 19, 2013 17:04 by Brian Clarke   image 1 image
As a dozen car bombs exploded in Shia districts around Baghdad today, another 50 people are dead and many more injured, on the tenth anniversary of the US-UK invasion of Iraq. Britain's international legacy of hate continues, as yet another result of its poisonous, divide and conquer policies around the world it invaded, with the exception of just 10 countries. Sunni factions linked to al-Qaeda, continue attacks on Shias. A wing of al-Qaeda, has vowed to regain ground lost to the invading US/UK armies.A decade after US and British invaded, Iraq still struggles with fostered sectarian feuding among Shia, Sunni and Kurdish tribes..The cabinet has postponed elections in two provinces, Anbar and Nineve for six months because of violence there, further proof of absurdity of the invasion. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / news report Thursday March 14, 2013 13:55 by Laurence Cox
MA Community Education, Equality and Social Activism podcast

A podcast of this remarkable political intervention (March 13, 2013) is now available at the website of the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism (CEESA). read full story / add a comment
Interview of Andrew St. Ledger of Wood Land League outside Dail prior to motion on sale of Coillte assets
national / environment / press release Wednesday March 13, 2013 21:52 by T   image 1 image
The Woodland League wish to highlight the fact that Coillte since 2009 have already sold 108 million euros of trees with harvesting rights, to IFUT ( Irish Forestry Unit Trust ) a pension fund company, of which they are partners. In a bizarre situation, Coillte have used these proceeds to pay off some of its own large pension fund debts. The National Pension Reserve Fund has also been used by IFUT to fund these sales and its contribution obscured within IFUT’s bail out of Coillte. This is not how this vital Public NPRF funding should be used, it is supposed to be invested in the peoples future. http://www.nprf.ie/Publications/2011/NPRFReport2010.pdf
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / press release Wednesday March 13, 2013 00:13 by CAHWT   text 7 comments (last - sunday march 17, 2013 23:38)   image 1 image   1 attached file
To defeat the property tax YOU have to get involved Don’t register for the tax – do not return the form which the Revenue Commissioners will send to you in March Go to your local public meeing when it is held and find out how you can become an acive member of the campaign Join any local or naional protests which the campaign organises. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / press release Tuesday March 12, 2013 23:56 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
From next week the latest bitter austerity pill will be administered to our hard pressed low and middle income earners as letters arrive in every home from the Revenue Commissioners demanding the new property tax. Although having the Revenue logo, they will arrive by edict of the Troika, the economic dictators who are being allowed to walk with jackboots over the living standards of our people, courtesy of the connivance of gutless politicians who comprise the Fine Gael and Labour parties, and before them, Fianna Fail. And never forget, this is another tribute exacted to bail out the private gambling debts of the bankers and bondholders who wrecked this economy. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / press release Tuesday March 12, 2013 20:05 by Eugene Mc Cartan   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 14, 2013 12:39)
This month a group of socialist and republican activists from a variety of backgrounds throughout Ireland came together in Dublin to establish the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum. The concept of the forum arose from a series of seminars that in turn had their origin in a symposium on “Republicanism in the Twenty-First Century” hosted by the Communist Party in September last year.

The aim of the forum is to promote the ideas of socialist republicanism, as best expressed by James Connolly, Liam Mellows, and Peadar O’Donnell. The forum is named after Peadar O’Donnell in recognition of his outstanding role as a union organiser, republican soldier, author, enemy of fascism, friend of the worker and small farmer, committed socialist, and lifelong activist for peace and against imperialism.

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national / environment / opinion/analysis Friday March 08, 2013 18:29 by one of NFI   text 7 comments (last - friday april 26, 2013 21:47)
Statement from participants in the No Fracking Ireland Network on the EPA ‘public consultation’ process with regard to ‘Proposed terms of reference for EPA/DCENR/NIEA Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (UGEE)’
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national / environment / opinion/analysis Friday March 08, 2013 18:20 by One of NFI
This was originally published by Gluaiseacht in a publication released at the time of the 2012 Grassroots Gathering in Galway. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday March 05, 2013 19:13 by Roundiehouse   text 2 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 02:54)
Dendermonde, 12th February 2013. Today the court of Dendermonde convicted 11 activists of 'gang formation'. In doing so, the judge has criminalised their participation in the non violent direct action and debate on May 29th, 2011, which brought attention to the need for a sustainable agriculture system. read full story / add a comment
national / animal rights / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 05, 2013 17:34 by Ban Coursing   video 1 video file
Niall Quinn on his shameful involvement in hare coursing. read full story / add a comment
national / education / press release Wednesday February 27, 2013 13:14 by Jack Wieczorek
There is a new website that might be of help to anyone, with a particular interest in how to find primary schools in Ireland by County. It is called irelandstats.com and has just launched in the beginning of 2013. The innovative formula, as well as clarity of data presentation might boost its position in search engines. Other than that, it is greatly suited to the needs of anyone, who wants to find out more about Irish schools. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday February 27, 2013 09:57 by Mary McMahon
Family Carers are under additional stress to meet the increasing care needs in the home, whilst maintaining their own health and other family commitments due to the challenges presented by resource constraints. The most recent cuts in Budget 2013 to the Household Benefits Package, Respite Care Grant & increase in prescription charges amount to over €13.00 per week for Family Carers.

Caring for Carers Ireland supports the Government in implementing these Four National Goals of The Carers Strategy for Family Carers. It seeks this implementation at the earliest possible opportunity. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / press release Tuesday February 26, 2013 13:46 by AIMS Ireland
It has emerged that the HSE is about to take steps to further reduce maternity care choices for women in Ireland. New Guidelines to be introduced by the HSE, will spell the end of midwifery led care in Ireland because the HSE has not put in place the infrastructure to support the changes. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / press release Tuesday February 26, 2013 13:41 by AIMS Ireland and HBA Ireland
Abstract: There is an overwhelming failure to recognize human rights in birth in Ireland. In December 2011 the Fine Gael and Labour Government passed legislation, called The Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011, which governs the way midwives are insured to attend homebirth in Ireland. Midwives who make an individual assessment, that the mother and baby are safer birthing at home than in a hospital setting, desite falling outside generalized guidelines, are punishable by law with a €60,000 fine and/or a 10 year prision sentence. Women who make an informed decision, against the uninformed terms, are threatened with having their midwife barred from attending them in childbirth and having their baby taken into State custody at birth.

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