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Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Electoralism vs Abstentionism (Or: Why You Should Run For Office) Fri Aug 26, 2016 17:07 | Slyvia Smith

offsite link Centrism extremism: how horseshoe-politics silences brutality Sat Jul 02, 2016 18:25 | yeksmesh

offsite link Of Tankies, Trots and Social Democrats Thu May 12, 2016 23:41 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Avatars of the Advanced-Capitalist Psyche – Capitain America: Civil War Mon May 09, 2016 00:07 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Hell at the Gates: A propaganda exercise

offsite link Breaking: New minister for investigative judges to be appointed Anthony

offsite link Michael O’Regan: A ‘surface’ journalist Anthony

offsite link Brendan Howlin: A political leprechaun Anthony

offsite link Irish media should be fighting gagging law Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/10/24 ? Open Thread Mon Oct 24, 2016 17:00 | Herb Swanson
2016/10/24 16:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Bullhorns: On Offense (CrossTalk) Mon Oct 24, 2016 16:52 | The Saker

offsite link Syrian War Report ? October 24, 2016: Only Options Are Assad in Damascus or Al-Nusra in Damascus Mon Oct 24, 2016 16:50 | The Saker

offsite link Why Gun Control Won?t Fix Inner City Violence Mon Oct 24, 2016 16:39 | The Saker

offsite link How Gun Control Fails Single-Parent Mothers Mon Oct 24, 2016 16:07 | The Saker

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national / economics and finance / press release Monday September 12, 2016 22:00 by pbp   text 3 comments (last - wednesday september 14, 2016 21:59)   image 1 image
The political establishment have been left reeling by the size of the award made against Apple. They have launched an all-out propaganda war to try to recover ground.

Here are some of the lies and half truths:

‘The EU is attacking Ireland’s sovereignity’ . The same politicians who meekly accepted orders from the European Central Bank to pay out €64 billion in bank bail-outs have suddenly discovered nationalism.

When it comes to water charges or the privatisation of Aer Lingus they tell us to obey the Brussels bureaucracy. But it is a different story when there is a threat to the ‘tax planning’ industry that is staffed full of accountants and lawyers. Then all of a sudden it is time for the green jersey.

The global elite are under pressure and this is leading to splits and divisions. When this happens they spill the beans on how their system really works. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Monday September 12, 2016 21:09 by wsm   image 1 image
September 17th sees the next major national march against the 'we can't believe they are not dead already' water charges. We respect that many anarchists will be marching with their local groups but for those who are not we thought it would be good to have an anarchist bloc and march together, everyone can then meet up at the end. read full story / add a comment
The fate of many an Irish greyhound...
international / animal rights / press release Saturday September 10, 2016 20:08 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   image 3 images
A few months after the defeat of Bill to ban hare coursing in Ireland’s parliament, an extraordinary statement from the Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation (IGOBF) has come to light.

The IGBOF is the main body representing those involved in greyhound racing and hare coursing in Ireland.

The statement claims that Ireland's greyhound industry is a "failure", with rising debts and plummeting attendance and sponsorship - and that the decline looks set to continue.
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national / arts and media / event notice Thursday September 08, 2016 13:53 by Dominick O'Cruadhliocht
Place To Rest Your Head is a multi media project raising issues of the female breast and male chest. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday September 06, 2016 21:04 by foie
The cancellation of a planned balloon releases this Sunday by the Cork Autism Society has been welcomed by the environmental lobby group Friends of the Irish Environment. Balloons released into the environment will burst and the fragments can become lethal 'marine debris', a hazard for sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds who mistake them for jellyfish or other natural prey.
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national / environment / press release Monday September 05, 2016 23:51 by foie
The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport has been accused of ‘mocking’ the Paris Accord in ignoring national policy and legislation on climate change.

‘Just as two superpowers agree to the Paris Accord, our country is manifestly not on track to meet those targets’, a statement from the group said, ‘as the main elements of expenditure identified in the strategy will all lead to increased - not decreased - emissions’. read full story / add a comment
Artur Widak
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday September 04, 2016 23:31 by Michael O'Dea   image 1 image
Culture Night, Friday Sept 16th, will see a major exhibition of photographs relating to the current refugee crisis in Europe take place in Rathmines Town Hall. The exhibition 'The Path to Freedom: pictures illustrating the journey refugees are taking from war-torn countries to Europe' is presented by photojournalist Artur Widak and will be accompanied by an illustrated talk, 'Experiences of Artur Widak' by Fiona Bennett. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Sunday September 04, 2016 22:55 by DDCI   image 1 image   1 attached file
DDCI Calls for Oireachtas Debate; Full Review of Tax Ruling Practices by the Revenue Commissioners Following Today’s EC Apple State Aid Ruling

Following today’s decision by the European Commission that Apple was granted illegal state aid, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) is calling for a full Oireachtas debate to take place before any decision is made to contest the ruling in the European Courts.

The details of the revenue seemingly voluntarily foregone by the Irish state are truly astonishing, with Apple paying an effective tax rate of 0.005% in 2014 and reports of 13 billion EUR foregone in the period 2003-2014. This is particularly remarkable given the austerity policies ordinary Irish citizens were facing during much of this period. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday September 04, 2016 22:40 by wsm   video 1 video file
The 5th annual march for Choice takes place September 24 and once more we are bringing together an anarchist bloc for the march, which is organised by the Abortion RIghts Campaign.

It's going to be an important march as the governement are desperately trying to delay calling a referendum to Repeal the 8th Referendum and a huge turnout will help to force them to abandon their delaying tactics. And with Repeal even being raised by Rose of Traless contestants (to RTE's horror) there is a real mood of urgency for change that must be expressed on the streets. We can't wait when 12 people a day are forced to travel to access abortion and more use pills at home under the theoretical threat of a 14 year jail term. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday September 04, 2016 21:35 by pbp   image 1 image
Dalradian Gold, the Canadian based mining firm, are planning to set up a gold mine and processing plant in the beautiful Sperrin Mountains, County Tyrone. Described as a potential “gold rush”, Dalradian claim their survey shows there are up to four million ounces of gold in the Sperrins. Officials claim it could produce 120,000 ounces per year for decades and tens of millions in profits. Michael Arthur reports.

However, to remove the gold, Cyanide will be pumped into the mountains. This process is extremely dangerous for the public health of people living in the area and the local ecosystem, the nearby Owenkillew River is the home of the protected Freshwater Pearl Mussel. read full story / add a comment
dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Saturday September 03, 2016 23:43 by Fusion Sundays   image 1 image
International Stalls, Pop-up Workshops, Street-Food, Live Music and Entertainment! Dublin's only Ethnic Bazaar! read full story / add a comment
cork / racism & migration related issues / news report Saturday September 03, 2016 17:44 by Irish ANTIFA   text 9 comments (last - monday september 19, 2016 13:47)   image 10 images
#ANTIFA : - Whilst Gaelic Football is the sport of those who oppose discrimination, football (soccer) in Ireland is inhabited by the racist and homophobic far right who glorify assaults on LGBT men and women, and foreigners, following a recruitment campaign by the openly national socialist Ireland First, represented on Twitter by Futboi (i) Adam @futboiadam and Futbol (l) Andrew @futbolandrew. Adam's Twitter timeline openly tweets about murdering black people, and Alan tweets to incite the burning of mosques, all fully aware Ireland's rightwing police force do not police internet hate crimes, not even blatant incitement to murder, nor do Twitter remove most racist accounts.

Following the demise of Pegida Ireland, the miserable failure that it was, Ireland First have copied the EDL in gathering both young and middle aged football hooligans from Ireland's soccer scene, aiming for a menacing political band of thugs who are prepared to use violence on minorities. Many of their trolling Twitter accounts masquerade under the premise of pseudo-parody, while tweeting out language designed to spur-on violent hate crimes, even murder.

Ireland First's Twitter Account (far worse than Britain First): -

Cork's football casuals have heeded the messages of hate from Andrew and Adam, joined by newcomers like Alan, who seems to think that hanging around a gymnasium makes him invincible, and pretending to be "not serious" frees them from all responsibility for their actions.

Bonehill himself, pretended to be parody, when calling for Jewish people to be murdered, but the judge dismissed his conjecture, and quite rightly took his violent anti-Semitic words at face value. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Saturday September 03, 2016 12:46 by ipsc   image 1 image
On Thursday September 8th 2016 you are invited to spend an unforgettable evening with acclaimed Palestinian author, academic and activist Ghada Karmi as she launches her latest book, ‘Return: A Palestinian Memoir‘ (Verso, 2016).

The event, jointly hosted by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Academics for Palestine, will take place in the Ballroom in Wynn’s Hotel, 39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1 at 7pm. Entry is free.

Ghada Karmi will be in conversation with well-known academic and journalist Harry Browne, and there will be time for questions from the audience. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Thursday September 01, 2016 23:45 by wp   image 1 image
WP says tax windfall must be used for ‘public compensation fund’ to build public housing

Apple revenue could build 72,000 houses in Ireland

The Workers’ Party has today (30th August) issued a call for the government not to appeal the European Commission’s Apple tax decision, but to establish a ‘Public Compensation Fund’ with money recouped from Apple’s unpaid tax bill. read full story / add a comment
mayo / crime and justice / event notice Thursday September 01, 2016 22:25 by anon   1 attached file
On Sept 6th - Tuesday in Castlebar District Court, latest hearing in the State’s attempt to criminally prosecute two prominent I-I members for speaking up in Court when a judge, aided and abetted by others in the pay of the State, broke just about every rule in the book! read full story / add a comment
mayo / crime and justice / event notice Thursday September 01, 2016 21:52 by actf
We will assemble outside SuperValu Car Park in Westport town at 11am on Sunday 4th September.

Judge Seamus Hughes had a total of six penalty points wiped from his driver’s licence on three separate occasions between 2011 and 2012, Phoenix Magazine claims.

The Wesport native, who is also a former Fianna Fail TD, clocked up the first offence on March 28 2011, shortly after taking over from retired judge, John Neilan in District Number Nine. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / news report Monday August 29, 2016 23:02 by 1 of Indymedia   video 1 video file

Even though launch was two week ago, we are reposting this report from Mick Wallace about it to help raise awareness of its goals., the secure and anonymous whistle blowing platform has launched today, Friday August 12th 2016. will allow for anyone who has been unfairly treated or who has witnessed poor practice by NAMA, or by any Investment Funds currently operating within Ireland, to securely and anonymously deliver information relating to same, to This project is supported by Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Frank McDonald, Julien Mercille, and Cormac Butler.

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national / housing / press release Monday August 29, 2016 22:38 by pbp   image 1 image
After the launch of the Irish government’s “Rebuilding Ireland” programme, TV3’s “Tonight with Vincent Browne” on 19 July 2016 discussed the plan and the general issue of housing. One of the main points discussed was whether houses should be built by the state or by the private sector — and who could do it at lower cost. Rob Winkel People Before Profit Cork reports. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 28, 2016 22:59 by 1 of Indymedia   video 1 video file
For those still naive about nature of the US state and it's foreign policy and the sinister and corrupting role of corporate power then this interview of U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson who served at the very top of the US war machine should leave them under no further illusions after listening to him.

Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Today, he is honest about the unfixable corruption inside the establishment and the corporate interests driving foreign policy.

Hear a rare insider's view of what interests are behind U.S. wars, the manipulation of intelligence, the intertwining of the military and corporate world, and why the U.S. Empire is doomed. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday August 26, 2016 20:36 by ien   image 1 image
Waste Campaigning organisation Zero Waste Ireland is making an appeal for support from the public and organisations for Zero Waste Week, from the 5th-9th September, 2016. read full story / add a comment
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