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National Water Charge Protests - Saturday 31st Jan 2015
Community Groups will protest across Ireland



Community Groups around Ireland will protest in towns, cities and villages across Ireland about the water charges on Saturday 31 January. Seek them out and join them!

The government are still planning to privatize Irish Water. If and when this happens, then extra charges will be brought in for your waste water as well. This will be estimated to be equal what goes into your house. After the next election, the government will allow the charges to go up to the target amount of at least €400 to €600 per year per household. This means every time you shower, flush a toilet, clean your hands, wash your clothes, wash your dishes, it will cost you. In poorer areas this will lead to people flushing their toilets less and washing less and cleaning their clothes less and will become a public health issue over the longer run. We must stop this madness now and affirm that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word.


If you care about the future of water for yourself and your children then get out there and make your voice heard on Saturday 31st Jan

LINKS:

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat Jan 31st - Indymedia event notice:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/105223

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mayo / rights and freedoms / news report Wednesday April 03, 2013 13:03 by RSC   text 1 comment (last - friday april 05, 2013 03:29)   image 6 images
On Good Friday the community opposing Shell's Corrib gas project in county Mayo held the 8th annual Good Friday walk to remember the campaigners in Nigeria who were murdered for opposing Shell's destruction of their homeland in 1995. read full story / add a comment
Secret Courts
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Sunday March 31, 2013 14:01 by Brian Clarke   image 1 image   video 1 video file
British human rights group Amnesty International and legal charity Reprieve have condemned the British government's secret courts passed in the House of Lords as a “terrible day for British justice” read full story / add a comment
Secret Courts and Political Internment
international / rights and freedoms / news report Monday March 25, 2013 13:41 by Brian Clarke   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Tory Minister Ken Clarke is this week accused of lying to parliament, with disinformation to confuse British legislators, a few days ahead of the Tory government's plan, to introduce secret courts, before a backdoor critical vote in the House of Lords, to rubber stamp internment, without a proper trial. Currently with the internment of veteran Irish republicans, Marian Price and Martin Corey, the British have been conducting once again experiments, with Irish guinea pigs and the resulting public reaction , once again, in the backwater police state laboratory, that is British Occupied Ireland.
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Southern Brazil
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Friday March 22, 2013 18:49 by Emilio José Lemos de Lima   image 3 images
The core of our proposal is the idea of adding value to agricultural production by conjugation with that of agro-industrial and industrial production, in order to increase farmers' income, the collection of taxes and return on investment of the national state, "deflating" major brazilian centers of all a well-known and extremely costly problem, from the perspective not only of public finances, but also from an emotional and humanitarian angle.
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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
Independent Guide
sligo / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Friday March 22, 2013 14:46 by Seamus Mc Goldrick   text 2 comments (last - friday march 22, 2013 15:43)   image 5 images
The Yes Vote in last year's Children's Rights Referendum began proceedings to change Children's Rights in Ireland. However, a legal challenge to the referendum has suspended the referendum process and, for now, prevents the Irish president signing this amendment into the constitution.

Ever wanted to know more about the Children's Rights Referendum and amendment 42a? Read on to find out.
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dublin / rights and freedoms / press release Thursday March 21, 2013 20:26 by Jim L
The lecture entitled 'Solidarity and the Responsibility to Protect' will be chaired by RT's Bryan Dobson, and will explore the issues faced by human rights defenders and activists trying to make their independent voices heard among the competing agendas of state, media and corporate or political interests. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / news report Wednesday March 20, 2013 15:52 by Justin Morahan
A hunger strike in the infamous Camp Delta in Guantanamo has been ongoing for over four weeks by a large number of prisoners who are protesting their mistreatment and abuse by US military authorities and the Obama administration’s refusal to repatriate prisoners who have been cleared for release. read full story / add a comment
Prisoner solidarity demonstration, Bilbao, January last year -- this year's was even bigger
international / rights and freedoms / news report Friday March 15, 2013 17:06 by Cormac Mac Gall   text 1 comment (last - saturday march 16, 2013 02:39)   image 3 images
Over six hundred political prisoners, along with thousands of relatives and friends, are subjected to systematic abuse of human rights within the Spanish and French states. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / press release Tuesday March 12, 2013 10:00 by AIMS Ireland
This past weekend, as the nation celebrated International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, an Irish Maternity Hospital initiated an invasive procedure on a pregnant woman against her will. ‘Mother A’ was denied patient autonomy and the right to informed refusal when the drastic and unprecedented measure of an emergency High Court sitting was called in order to compel her to undergo a Caesarian section. The risk of uterine rupture was cited as one of the main reasons for the urgency in this case but this risk is widely reported as being 0.1% or 1/1000. This is what Dr. Michael Turner, Obstetrician at the Coombe Hospital has called: “exaggerated, professional scaremongering...and it must stop”. (VBAC Conference, 2012) read full story / add a comment
International Women's Day Queen of Ireland
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Wednesday March 06, 2013 08:32 by Brian Clarke   text 3 comments (last - saturday march 09, 2013 03:53)   image 4 images   video 3 video files
The time has come to elect a Queen of the Claddagh on International Women's Day . I propose Marian Price as our first Irish Republican Queen, who represents love, loyalty and honour. Who does not permit the perversion of the course of justice allowing Royal Prerogatives to be shredded by minions that usurp or pervert the law, with theft, wanton destruction and kidnap. 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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international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Monday February 25, 2013 22:30 by Anthony Ravlich
Video available: discusses the Captured UN's 'permanent' rebalancing of global power from the West to Developing Asia (including China and India), the 'grassroots-up rather than Beehive-down' approach to rebuilding Christchurch and the cowardice of the domestic and global establishments in refusing to discuss the ethical approach to human rights, development and globalization for World Peace - to replace neoliberalism. read full story / add a comment
kildare / rights and freedoms / press release Monday February 25, 2013 11:55 by Saoirse
Kildare Republican Sinn Féin held a picket at the Town Hall in Naas, Co Kildare on Saturday February 23 to highlight the ongoing internment without trial of veteran Republican Martin Corey by the British Government as well as the ongoing struggle for political status being waged by the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim. read full story / add a comment
Back amongst friends :)
mayo / rights and freedoms / news report Saturday February 23, 2013 22:00 by Shelver   text 7 comments (last - thursday february 28, 2013 19:53)   image 5 images
After a week and a half in custody, Shell to Sea activist Izzy Ní Graidim left Mountjoy prison yesterday at 1.30pm on temporary release! We'd expect that to turn into full release in a week's time when she's due back in there. read full story / add a comment
Bethany Home Survivors, family and supporters, gather at Mount Jerome Cemetery September 2012 - at site of 40 unmarked graves of Bethany children - cemetery contains unmarked graves of 219 Bethany children (one third died 1935-9, three fifths 1935-44)
dublin / rights and freedoms / news report Wednesday February 20, 2013 10:34 by Niall Meehan   image 1 image
PRESS STATEMENT

Survivors of the Dublin's Protestant run Bethany Home today welcomed Taoiseach's apology to Magdalen survivors and the plan to institute a system of compensation and redress. They especially welcomed the government's decision to include Stanhope Street Magdalen laundry that had been excluded from consideration by the Martin McAleese enquiry into the laundries.

Bethany Survivors Chairperson, Derek Leinster said he "hopes the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will act on his long-expressed promise to TDs, senators and northern MLAs to give justice to Bethany survivors". Mr Leinster noted, "Alan Shatter's first response to publication of the McAleese Report was to apologise for the delay in recognising the injustice done to the Magdelen women. We now suffer the same delay. Now would not be too early to give Bethany survivors the same apology and consideration as the Magdalen women". read full story / add a comment
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national / rights and freedoms / press release Monday February 18, 2013 19:40 by Elric   image 1 image
Last month, the De Silva report into the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane highlighted the scale of collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and undercover units of the British Army in the late 1980s.

A new report published today by Spinwatch and the Pat Finucane Centre traces the roots of this covert relationship to the earliest days of the Northern Ireland conflict.

COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern Ireland 1971-1976 shows how the application of colonial counter-insurgency theory led to the recruitment of paramilitaries by plain-clothes army units in the early 1970s read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / feature Monday February 18, 2013 11:06 by Diarmuid Breatnach   text 13 comments (last - wednesday march 06, 2013 01:41)
The anti-abortion movement was not cowed by the outcry over Savita's tragic death nor by the huge popular response marching in November. The Government plans legislation only to allow abortion when the woman's life is danger and the criteria for establishing that are not yet known. All opinion polls on the subject show a huge majority in favour of liberalisation of the laws -- a majority which is also rising over the years. The abortion rights movement has been publicly quiet for some time now while the opposition is loud and in public view. Can the movement for abortion rights summon the necessary militancy to achieve its objectives? read full story / add a comment
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national / rights and freedoms / news report Thursday February 07, 2013 23:49 by T   text 1 comment (last - friday february 08, 2013 13:02)   image 1 image
The government inter-departmental committee setup to establish the facts into State involvement of the Magdalen Laundries was published on Tues 5th Feb in an attempt to deal with the issue for once and for all. What the findings show is that there was significant involvement and the laundries seem to have been used by a variety of state institutions for dealing for young women in terms of the justice system and social services that the state was unable or unwilling to deal with and the interface with reformatories and industrial schools.

In the aftermath the government has only offered a partial apology to the victims and they feel this is not good enough read full story / add a comment
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