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Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on resolution
'Europen Stop TTIP' alliance sends open letter



The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country: https://stop-ttip.org/open-letter/

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Saturday October 19, 2013 14:07 by T   text 15 comments (last - thursday june 12, 2014 07:47)   image 11 images
The future is not good for pensions and the further away you are from retirement the bleaker is the prospect that you will get anything like you have paid in. A number of factors have come into play to cause major trouble and nearly all of these affect the underlying basic fundamentals required for a pension system to work and along with the continual counter coup to remove the social gains of the past century by the financial elite, the prospects remain grim. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / press release Tuesday October 15, 2013 16:13 by Republican Sinn Féin Galway
Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton, October 15, 2013 read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday October 07, 2013 23:52 by p mc c
The amount of methane released into the atmosphere during shale gas drills is disputed, with one new industry-funded report suggesting it could be less than previously thought.

But asked whether there should be mandatory testing for methane leaks at European shale drills, Jos Delbeke, the director of the European Commission’s climate department told EurActiv: “We must know what the methane emissions are going to be.”

“Either the companies are going to put it on the table or a regulation is going to come at the European level,” he added. “I leave that open.”

Delbeke was speaking on 3 October at a presentation for a new methane emissions report by Dr David Allen, organised by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) in Brussels.

Methane is a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a shorter 100-year period. Scientists believe that it could be particularly dangerous trigger for global warming feedback loops.

The issue of how to regulate it could be crucial, as Brussels weighs the wisdom of a legislative package for shale gas, ahead of an announcement planned for this December.

The EU executive could decide on a standalone instrument such as a new directive, amendments to existing legislation, or ‘soft guidance’ to industry in the form of voluntary obligations.

As a taster of what lies ahead, the European parliament will next week vote on forcing shale gas firms to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) before drills can begin. read full story / add a comment

national / indymedia ireland / news report Monday September 30, 2013 01:45 by 1 of Indymedia   text 10 comments (last - friday october 04, 2013 13:28)
The software running the Indymedia Ireland website has been updated. It has some new features and improvements of which three will be of interest to users of this site.

The first is that you can now edit your own comments for up to 15 minutes after they are published.

The second is that during publish there are some basic tags built in to form a mini editor with the key ability now being able to quote text and it will get display indented and in italics -much like forum software does this. There are also buttons to make it easier to bold, italic, underline text and an Euro symbol.

The third is that the larger cover images for Youtube and Vimeo videos are now automatically retrieved and displayed within an article replacing the less attractive smaller thumbnail images. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday September 29, 2013 15:35 by Concerned   text 10 comments (last - monday october 21, 2013 06:19)
Whatever is wrong with the Irish people? read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / press release Friday September 27, 2013 12:56 by Turing
Cuba Support Group Ireland is pleased to announce the dates and venues of a nationwide speaking tour by Canadian academic and author, Keith Bolender, a world expert on the blockade of Cuba.

His talk will be based on his latest book, Cuba Under Siege: American Policy, the Revolution and Its People.

In it, Bolender explores how Cuban society has been affected by 50 years of ‘non stop hostility from the world’s most powerful nation’. He offers extensive historical analysis, firsthand interviews and expert comment.

Most significantly, perhaps, Bolender puts the blockade of Cuba into the historical military context of the tactic of siege and analyses the psychological impacts of this on the besieged population, with some remarkable insights from historical parallels. Through this contextualisation, the potential of American policy to deliver its stated intentions is evaluated with uncomfortable conclusions for policy makers. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Thursday September 26, 2013 12:21 by Margaretta D'Arcy
Submission to the White Paper on Defence Government should be tried under Nuremberg Charter.

We are a collective of women; some of us very elderly. Some of us directly experienced wars; some of us have spent time in jail opposing war; the build up to war. We have buried our dead because of war. We have looked after and cared for those physically and psychologically damaged by war. We have experienced domestic violence by men, who have been traumatized by their time in war. We have suffered through the growth of the armed industry and the cost of filling the coffers or the armament industry merchants; the rough the devastation of the social services of our country. This is not only in our Country; this is worldwide read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday September 26, 2013 09:53 by Victor
To accurately meter liquids one must perform an after-installation test.

The meter’s calibration system should be checked after installation.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday September 24, 2013 14:11 by B O'Neill   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 24, 2013 18:26)
We are running a campaign to encourage people to boycott certain newspapers on the grounds that they are not only anti-Republican but indeed anti -Irish in their political views. Independent Newspapers will be the focus of our attention this week. This company publishes the Irish Independent. Evening Herald, the so called Irish Daily Star and The Sunday World. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday September 24, 2013 12:42 by dave   text 6 comments (last - wednesday september 25, 2013 17:13)   video 1 video file
Joan burton minister for social protection has set up what has been called a new carrot and stick approach to the unemployed masses of ireland.

The carrot is not suffficient ,and either is the stick for that matter,the carrot being jobbridge,and the stick being that social welfare can withhold your welfare for up to 63 days,and having the powers to reduce your social welfare payment..As far as i can see there is no new thinking on how to approach those who have lost their jobs,or are not adequately qualified or experienced to take up jobs..
Jobridge has been uncovered as a scam,to bolster up employers staff without expense,and can re-hire more job bridge workers as they please.Where is the incentive to employ people,take on paid work when job bridge is in the way of that.What employer is going to pay people to work when job bridge is for free?
It is clear the government have not thought this through properly for whatever reason.

Below is an article on this issue by Tom Boland.
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Fine Gael's latest mobile misinformation
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday September 22, 2013 18:57 by nmn   image 2 images
Once again the grisly pundits are promoting their misinformed misinformation ... read full story / add a comment
Referendum will result in: The possibility of the reference of Bills to the people by the President will be removed from the Constitution
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday September 20, 2013 16:14 by nmn   text 20 comments (last - wednesday november 27, 2013 23:12)   image 2 images
The coming referendum on the abolishment of Seanad Éireann would, if passed, remove the existing constitutional right of the President to refer proposed Bills to the people for a referendum. It would pass the initial responsibility of passing Bills into law onto the Dáil alone - a dangerous development, particularly where any ruling party might hold an overall majority. read full story / add a comment
Republicans Leading last months Henry Joy McCracken march in Belfast.
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 18, 2013 15:45 by RNU PRO   image 4 images
‘Unity’, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Ireland, on the 24th of August carried a front page article entitled “Facing up to Sectarianism”. The article addressed question of public protests.

Despite the glaringly obvious presence of a current and existing Orange threat, more than half the article, written by Lynda Walker dealt instead with republican parades- and specifically RNUs Henry Joy McCracken commemoration which (as it turned out) was re-routed out of existence the day after the article appeared.

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Monday September 16, 2013 23:55 by Socail Justice
Ireland could and should have a Universal Pension for everyone over 65. it could be paid for principally by standard rating the current tax-break for private pensions. More than 80% of benefit of the current tax break goes to the 20% with highest earnings. A Universal Pension would be simpler, fairer and more just as well as being sustainable in the decades ahead.

No existing pensioner would lose out and many would experience an increase in the Universal Pension. In particular, those adults aged 66 years and older, in respect of whom reduced payments are now made due to their status as ‘Qualified Adults’, would receive a Universal Pension in their own right. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / press release Friday September 13, 2013 12:50 by Turing   text 7 comments (last - monday september 30, 2013 11:21)   image 1 image
In 2012 the attempt by the government to Quebec to introduce a 75% fee hike was defeated by the organisation of a mass student strike that lasted over 6 months. That fee increase was part of the global process of imposing the privatisation and commodification of education. Since the victory, organisers of the strike have been being doing speaking tours to aid the process whereby "youth and students everywhere are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to organize as a means to defend education as a social right". In September this tour reaches Ireland where we need to hear how a sustained and militant student movement that can win is built. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / press release Wednesday September 11, 2013 23:22 by ShellToSea   image 1 image
Eight campaigners are due to appear in Belmullet District Court this Wednesday (11th Sept) charged in relation to protesting against the Corrib Gas project.

Included among the eight campaigners are both Shell to Sea spokespersons Maura Harrington and Terence Conway along with Pobail Chill Chomáin spokesperson John Monaghan.

Also due to appear in court is Gerry Bourke, the farmer who provided the field for the Rossport Solidarity Camp for the last two years. [1] read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 09, 2013 20:25 by one of NFI   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 17, 2013 12:32)
Protest taking place on Wednesday September 11th from 11.30am at the Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road Blackrock / Gathering for public awareness raising at 3.30pm at the Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street

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national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday September 08, 2013 21:38 by I.Green
The British and Irish governments are facing fresh demands for a new inquiry into their police and intelligence agencies including the involvement of the FBI in the withholding vital information on the Omagh bombing. One of the most disturbing pieces of information to emerge refers to an e-mail sent between David Rupert and his MI5/FBI handlers which warned of a bomb attack in Omagh. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday September 08, 2013 08:20 by M. O’ hAnluain
Unfortunately, it appears that Ireland has become increasingly more interested in hanging onto the shirt tails of the US than ever before, allowing agents from that country to work within the boundaries of this ‘state’ without adequate clearance. For years, this so called ‘neutral state’ has continuously been abused by the covert activities of the British Security Services and now we have additional interference by the US, impinging here at will. The rendition flights at Shannon are one typical example, another case in point was the involvement of US agents in the McKevitt trial in 2003, where it emerged that MI5 and the FBI were running an informer within the jurisdiction for up to a decade. read full story / add a comment
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