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The Saker
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national / arts and media / press release Thursday December 08, 2016 22:13 by pbp
The Irish Times headline recently ran a headline, ‘Imposing French-style wealth tax would only yield €22m.

UCD sociologist Kieran Allen asked for a right to reply but received no response to his request. Here is his exposure of how journalism sometimes functions as propaganda.

The story is based on an ESRI Working Paper entitled ‘Scenarios and Distributional Implications of a Household Wealth Tax in Ireland’. The Irish Times lifts one or two figures from the paper but fails to give any context or critically examine the report. read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday December 02, 2016 01:04 by nbru   image 2 images   1 attached file
The NBRU releases a press release to announce a public information campaign to highlight how government policies will serve to undermine rural bus services.

At threat here is the disappearance of Bus Éireann from Ireland with only city to city services remaining leaving large swathes of the country without a service which would be unprofitable to the private operators. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday December 01, 2016 21:09 by Media Director
Fluoride addition to public water supplies is a government program started in the early 1900's when it was believed that fluoride strengthened teeth without building up in any other organ. Now that we know the brain is a target for fluoride and that fluoride ingestion doesn't reduce tooth decay, it's time for the EPA to stop playing politics, honor the science and ban water fluoridation for good. EPA has been served with a citizens' petition from environmental, health and medical groups that must, by law, be answered in 90 days. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday November 30, 2016 22:58 by pbp   image 1 image
Press Release - 30th Nov 2016

At a press conference this morning on the Dail Plinth, AAA-PBP TDs reacted to the findings of the Expert Commission on Water Charges.

Paul Murphy TD said “The report by the Expert Commission is a political fudge to allow Fine Gael to claim water charges are still in place and for Fianna Fail to say that water charges are gone.

“The report acts as a Trojan Horse to allow for the future re-introduction of water charges. The idea of ‘excessive usage’ and a free allowance keeps the principle of paying for water in place. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday November 28, 2016 22:05 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
The recent article League of Nationalists in The Economist (19-11-2016, pps. 51-54) sets out to answer the question: “All around the world, nationalists are gaining ground. Why?” read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday November 27, 2016 18:30 by 1 of Indymedia   text 2 comments (last - sunday december 04, 2016 20:15)   image 2 images
Indymedia Ireland wish to pay tribute to the late leader Comrade Fidel Castro who died on Fri 25th Nov 2016, aged 90. He was an iconic figure of the 20th century and perhaps most famous for leading Cuba away from the clutches of a dictator and the mafia which ran the country on behalf of the US prior to that and then to events of the CIA backed failed invasion to overthrow him referred to as the Bay of Pigs and then later to the Cuban missile crisis which brought the world to the brink. This came about because the US had placed nuclear missiles in Turkey which were 15 minutes flight time to Moscow and Castro allowed the Soviet Union to respond in kind by placing Soviet missile in Cuba which were 15 minutes flight time to Washington.

Not only that he and Cuba defied the US for many decades simply by existing despite the US openly being hostile including imposing economic and financial sanctions against Cuba since the revolution and an estimated 600 assassination attempts against him and for daring to give the example that there is another way to exist than naked capitalism. A successful example on their doorstep of a state that provided benefits such as education, health and general well-being for their citizens is what the US most feared. Even to this day, the health system and life expectancy exceeds anything in Latin American and including huge swaths of the USA itself and this lesson is surely being brought home to many not just in the US but elsewhere where many are mired in puntative debt and are prey to vulture capitalists and increasing unstable and uncertain existence in their daily lives. read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / feature Thursday November 24, 2016 03:56 by 1 of Indymedia   image 4 images
We are republishing this article by Stephen Donnelly TD who has been doing great work in exposing how Fine Gael have gone out of their away to facilitate vulture funds who are now preying on ordinary people by charging exorbitant rents and fueling the current property and are replacing the English absentee landlord of centuries past, with ruthless vulture funds capitalists of this era and essentially introducing a form of neo-fuedalism as increasing huge swaths of the population are either priced out of buying homes, or are signing up for debt that last close to a lifetime.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 23, 2016 16:47 by Thomas Roberts   text 2 comments (last - thursday november 24, 2016 03:42)
The idea of abolishing high denomination banknotes is more and more present in political talks around the world. The European Central Bank already announced the death of the €uro 500, tomorrow it might be the Benjamin ($100). What is next? Why do our governments want to get rid of cash and why don’t we have a word to say about it? read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / press release Tuesday November 22, 2016 17:37 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   image 4 images
Last Saturday the Irish Council Against Bloodsports captured another shocking piece of video footage exposing cruelty in hare coursing...this time at the Ardpatrick and Kilfinane coursing fixture held in County Limerick. At great risk to herself (there's a strict ban on "authorised photography" at coursing events, enforced with threats and sometimes physical assault), Aideen Yourell of ICABS managed to record part of the fixture.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday November 20, 2016 19:42 by Summayah Kenna
On Monday 21st November 2016, at 2pm, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland welcomes President M D Higgins to the Centre on Roebuck Road in Clonskeagh as part of their 20th Anniversary Celebrations. The President will announce ‘A Celebration of Islamic Art’ that is on exhibit at the Centre as part of 20th Year Neighbourhood Week. read full story / add a comment
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Sunday November 20, 2016 10:34 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM)   image 5 images
The burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB - Heroes Cemetery) was hurriedly and secretively carried out, with military-style logistical support. A military helicopter brought the body from Ilocos Norte, where the former dictator’s body was displayed in the Marcos Museum, to the LNMB. The marines and the police were mobilized to encircle the perimeter of the cemetery. They were placed on ‘red alert’.

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Saturday November 19, 2016 23:38 by pbp   image 1 image
The government want to sack librarians and introduce staffless libraries. Many people depend on the assistance that a librarian provides. This is all part of the government’s overall austerity drive- we lose out on services, workers get a bad deal meanwhile Apple gets away with €13 Billion in unpaid tax. read full story / add a comment
cork / gender and sexuality / press release Thursday November 17, 2016 16:42 by Matt O'Connor
Fathers’ rights organisation Fathers4Justice (F4J) is to enter the debate around the Eighth Amendment with a media campaign calling for the recognition and protection of the rights of the father in relation to the unborn child. read full story / add a comment
wicklow / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday November 15, 2016 21:46 by Margaret Maguire
A privately owned, UK company called Working Links (in connection with an Irish company call FRS Recruitment), is operating a subsidiary in Bray (JobPath). read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / press release Monday November 14, 2016 22:35 by pbp   text 4 comments (last - thursday november 17, 2016 16:34)   image 1 image
The shock victory of Donald Trump in defiance of both the polls and most of the US establishment is testimony to the deep anger felt by many millions of working class Americans at their abandonment by the system.

The defeat of Bernie Sanders by the Democratic Party elite made it possible for a billionaire racist and sexist to present himself as the voice of that anger. There is much evidence that if Sanders had been the candidate he would have beaten Trump comfortably. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / press release Saturday November 12, 2016 23:45 by People's Movement   image 1 image   1 attached file
The Nov 7th Issue, No .156 of People's News is now available.

The People's News is News Digest of the People's Movement and comes out approximately every two weeks.

The latest issue focuses on the CETA agreement and also takes a look at so called Humanitarian intervention
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national / housing / press release Tuesday November 01, 2016 22:05 by anon
Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow has raised serious concerns that changes announced in this month’s Finance Bill will lead to large domestic and foreign commercial landlords operating completely tax free in Ireland.

This would lead to higher rents for families and businesses, bigger mortgages, less public money for investment in services & infrastructure and an even bigger commercial property bubble in Dublin. read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Monday October 31, 2016 19:09 by aaa   image 1 image   1 attached file
The Anti-Austerity Alliance have produced their own budget statement titled ‘From Corporate Tax Haven to Socialist Green Economy.’

This document stands alongside and compliments the joint statement issued by AAA-PBP. It outlines a detailed vision for the steps which need to be taken economically to transform the economy and society into one which puts the needs of people and the environment before the profits of big business and the capitalist system. read full story / add a comment
Hare coursing badly exposed by latest film footage...
international / environment / press release Monday October 31, 2016 13:37 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   image 1 image
Damning new film footage from Offaly and and Galway hare coursing events in the past week prove "regulations" to protect hares in the bloodsport are worthless!

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cork / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Wednesday October 26, 2016 22:24 by CHASE   image 1 image
A decision by An Bord Pleanala on the planning application by Indaver Ireland to build a 240,000 tonne hazardous and municipal waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy Co Cork has been extended again with the case now scheduled for a decision by 24 January 2017.

Following a month long Oral Hearing at the Carrigaline Court Hotel (19 April – 17 May 2016), the decision deadline was originally set for 12 July 2016 to meet Strategic Infrastructure Application guidelines, but was extended by An Bord Pleanala in July to 26 October 2016 on the grounds of the complexity of the case.
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