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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 24/08/2014:Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a UN-run school today, killing at least 15 people including children and elderly and UN staff. Ban Ki Moon states "I strongly condemn this act."

24th July: So far Israel has killed over 760 Palestinians including
over 150 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.

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national / anti-war / news report Dé Céadaoin Iúil 23, 2014 10:27 byfred   image 1 image
Yesterday independent TD's Clare Daly and Mick Wallace carried out a protest designed to highlight use of Shannon for military purposes yesterday. They were later released. Daly has vowed to hold the state to account for it's complicity in US military warmongering in the middle east and elsewhere. Fair play to Clare and Mick. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / news report Dé Luain Iúil 21, 2014 09:49 byMairead Calvert
The public and animal welfare organisations feel let down by the Irish judicial system.

E.G A.R (EAST GALWAY ANIMAL RESCUE) Moyglass, Loughrea Run by Sarah Gunther.
Miss Gunther was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and received a fine of 250 euro at Galway District Court.on the 09/07/2014.

Many people have been appalled by the leniency of the judge in passing sentence on Miss Gunther and the state of the dogs found in her care.
Dogs which were removed from her care were ordered to be placed back into her care.With no surety that this will never happen again.

Miss Gunther in her own words called it an "Error of judgement".
Many believe she has showed no/little remorse for her actions and many worry that this will happen again and again.
It cannot be allowed to happen. What message has this just sent to the Irish public?

Miss Gunther has been very outspoken regarding individuals and rescues in the past and has been quick to point the finger at many Irish rescues regarding their standard of care.
She was also implicated in an on-line hate campaign directed at the family of Lennox. dog seized and destroyed by Belfast council on the 12/07/2012.

There are questions to be answered and larger issues to be addressed.Why was her fine so small? Why was she not banned from keeping animals? Why can she continue as a charity and receive public donations?

This case highlight the need for regulation within Irish animal welfare groups, qualifications, transparency, adequate support and perhaps a sentence that fits the crime of animal abuse.
And that Miss Gunther closes her rescue for good.
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national / anti-war / press release Dé hAoine Iúil 18, 2014 21:23 byispc   text 1 comment (last - dé domhnaigh iúil 20, 2014 08:13)   image 1 image
As the death toll in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza surpasses 260, actions have been called around Ireland taking place this week and next. It’s important that as many people as possible turn out to show their solidarity with the Palestinians people under attack, their opposition to this latest round of brutal attacks on Gaza, and their anger at political inaction and media misreporting of the issue. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Dé Domhnaigh Iúil 13, 2014 23:25 byfoie
PRESS RELEASE - FRIDAY 11 JULY 2014 - ACCIDENT REPORT REFUSED

Simon Coveney has refused to release the Department’s Report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.

His decision claims that the work is not completed and that the public interest would not be served by the disclosure of the Department of Marine’s Engineering Division report.

The storm on February 1, 2014, saw a cage break loose from its mooring and upend itself into another cage at Gerahies.

Alex O’Donovan, Secretary of Save Bantry Bay [SBB] said in March of this year that after the official count on 19 February 2014 they understood that the farm had been ‘virtually wiped out’.

Minister Simon Coveney subsequently confirmed the loss of 230,000 Salmon in the extreme weather event of 2 February 2014.

Despite repeated requests, Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] and Save Bantry Bay have been refused the Report, breaking Minister Coveney’s previous precedent of releasing such documents regarding salmon farm escapes. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Déardaoin Iúil 10, 2014 00:05 bypbp   text 1 comment (last - dé haoine iúil 11, 2014 10:53)
The ghost of William Martin Murphy is haunting Greyhound, one of Dublin’s largest waste collection companies. In one of the most daring attacks on organised workers in recent years, the company’s owners are demanding that workers accept a pay cut of 35 percent.

One morning in May workers arrived at their depot and were surprised to find new cabins in front of their place of work. Their managers were sitting inside them and, as each worker tried to enter the depot, they were asked to sign a document that would alter their conditions of work read full story / add a comment
Sadness of gentle, loving dogs being treated as disposeable objects by the IGB
national / animal rights / press release Dé Máirt Iúil 08, 2014 13:46 byBernie Wright   image 1 image
A review of the Irish Greyhound Racing Industry by Indecon has said it believed that a “more severe system of sanctions” was needed to prevent animal cruelty in Racing.
We in AFAR however feel that this statement is naive and is based solely on improving the Industry image to raise revenue.

What is obviously excluded from the report is the DEATH RATE of ex-racing Greyhounds that is conveniently overlooked. The suffering of ‘raced’ dogs is immeasurable and has only been documented due to the reports of people rescuing these unfortunate animals. Greyhounds have been butchered, drugged, abandoned, vivisected on in our collages,shot and mutilated when their money making days are over. Pits have been uncovered with buried dogs and a slaughterhouse using Bolt-guns to legally kill these dogs was also exposed.
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national / education / press release Dé hAoine Iúil 04, 2014 10:13 byISPAI Hotline.ie
A recent ISPAI Hotline.ie Nationwide Public Survey shows that Irish adults’ predominant online daily behaviour revolves around online conversations: eMail usage (88%), followed by social networks related activities (63%) and news browsing (54%). read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / feature Dé Sathairn Meitheamh 28, 2014 20:16 byJustin Morahan   text 7 comments (last - dé luain iúil 14, 2014 16:00)   image 5 images
SUMMARY: I arrived in Ennis without pen or notebook to support the action of Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell who protested on the runway of Shannon against the US military use of the airport. The following is a colour story of happenings on the day relying on memory only. I hope that someone else may provide a fuller report and my apologies for any errors in this report which are entirely my responsibility. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Dé Sathairn Meitheamh 21, 2014 00:39 byV Marplot
Fine Gael relentlessly circles the wagons, to put a pretty new face on an ugly scandal, and baffle us with bull. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights and freedoms / news report Dé Luain Meitheamh 16, 2014 13:50 byBrendy c   image 1 image
Last week on June 8th volunteer Seamus McLaughlin died in his adopted city of Dublin. Seamus was born in Ardoyne on February 22nd 1938. ", At an early age Seamus joined the ranks of the IRA and soon became OC of his local unit. England's difficulty, Ireland’s opportunity had always been the rallying cry of Irish Republicans and this young soldier of the l.R.A took Ireland's fight for freedom to the 'belly of the beast' in England, where he and his family endured many hardships including the loss of close comrades. Forced to live for decades on the run and his love for his family, community and country never wavered.

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national / rights and freedoms / press release Dé Máirt Meitheamh 10, 2014 23:37 byiccl   text 1 comment (last - déardaoin meitheamh 12, 2014 18:13)
Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has described the 65-page Cooke report into the possible bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), released by the Government late this evening (10 June 2014), as “an exercise in smoke and mirrors”. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / press release Dé Máirt Meitheamh 10, 2014 12:40 bySheila Ó Murchú
The Cork Cumann na mBan 100 years Anniversary Commemoration took place in St. Joseph's Cemetery on Sunday 8th June.

Cumann na mBan, lead the Colour party carrying the Tri-Colour, and flying the Cumann na mBan Cork and Cumann na Cailíni Cork flags. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / opinion/analysis Dé Luain Meitheamh 09, 2014 10:41 byPat Waine   text 2 comments (last - dé luain meitheamh 09, 2014 23:49)
Huge gains for the Anti Austerity Left - Where now and what will Sinn Fein do with this power. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / opinion/analysis Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 04, 2014 15:18 byLuke Eastwood   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin meitheamh 04, 2014 22:13)
Water is becoming a corporate resource - the sell off of Irish Water is almost certain Call me a cynic, but I am absolutely convinced that the current Irish government has created Uisce Éireann (Irish Water) with the sole purpose of selling Ireland’s water rights to the private sector within the next decade. Already Uisce Éireann has wasted over €80 million euro in consultancy fees paid to the private sector and it will continue to use private sector contractors to carry out its work, at as yet unknown cost. It is only the fact that it would be political suicide for the government right now that prevents a share issue in the near future. read full story / add a comment
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national / migration / news report Dé hAoine Bealtaine 30, 2014 15:28 byAndrew   text 14 comments (last - dé sathairn meitheamh 07, 2014 15:41)   image 1 image
Are the Direct Provision Asylum Seeker centres our generations equivalent of the child detention centres of the 1930's? Some 4,360 people were stuck in this misery at the start of the year. Over 1,600 of these people have been trapped in the system for 5 or more years. Meanwhile those running the centres who are frequently connected to the ruling parties pocketed €62 million in 2012 alone. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Dé hAoine Bealtaine 30, 2014 00:27 bySaoirse
The inaugural Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School will take place at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on June 6,7, and 8. The event will involve discussion and debate covering a range of topics and issues which were central to the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh such as the history and development of Irish Republicanism, the Irish language, the international dimension of the Irish struggle in the context of global anti-imperialism and the Éire Nua programme for a New Ireland of which Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was an architect and champion. The summer school will also include a reflection on the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh by people who were comrades and friends over many decades. Among the speakers are Professor Robert W. White, biographer of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Desmond Fennell, Dr Kevin Bean, Dr Marisa McGlinchey, Maura Harrington and the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Dé hAoine Bealtaine 30, 2014 00:06 byMW   text 2 comments (last - dé luain meitheamh 02, 2014 12:47)   video 1 video file
Mick Wallace finished his speech to the Dáil on his submission to the Garda Amendment Bill 2014 saying "The citizen has a right to protest peacefully, but that is not what happened at Rossport, where democracy was suspended to facilitate the interests of Shell. Civil liberties were eroded, and repression, criminality and a lack of accountability became the order of the day. The people of Corrib deserve justice. The people of Ireland also deserve justice. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Dé Luain Bealtaine 26, 2014 17:25 byJosé Antonio Gutiérrez D.   text 2 comments (last - déardaoin meitheamh 26, 2014 11:34)
Christian Aid Ireland, Grupo Raíces (Grúpa Fréamhacha), Justice for Colombia Ireland, LASC and Trócaire are calling the Irish Parliament not to ratify an EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement which could probably be voted in June this year.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/tds-and-senators-...ombia read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / news report Dé Luain Bealtaine 26, 2014 16:12 byAndrew   text 2 comments (last - dé céadaoin bealtaine 28, 2014 21:58)   image 1 image
Labour Party spokespeople after the enormous rejection their policies received in the elections have been trying to spin this as being down to some flaw in leadership. The implication being that there was no real problem with their role in imposing savage cuts on workers and marginalised people. No, instead we are to believe it was all a problem of the current Labour leaders not being skilful enough at 'selling' these cuts to the electorate. read full story / add a comment
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