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national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 15, 2006 23:27 by Liam Mullen   text 2 comments (last - saturday february 18, 2006 15:45)
Perhaps, yes!

However, if Ireland is to establish a press council we should look elsewhere to see what lessons could be learned from such an endeavour. The British press introduced this form of self-regulation in 1953, but Commissions set up to examine the effectiveness of the council were critical.
In their book Power without Responsibility, Curran and Seaton, argue that the council should “embody and promote a professional culture among journalists.” This would be the ideal, but the reality has proved somewhat different. The press council has been criticised by a number of Commissions, which threatened “government legislation,” and brought much needed “reforms”. In 1977, the Commission imposed sweeping changes, which led to further reforms from 1989 to 1990. A new “code of conduct for journalists” was proposed, but the Calcutt Committee recommended that the press council be disbanded and replaced with a more effective body.
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international / irish social forum / news report Wednesday February 15, 2006 00:39 by Liam Mullen
According to a report published by the London School of Economics and written by Joan O’Mahony, the Pope in his position as Cardinal and head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith knew of the existence of married priests in the Czech church in 1990.
The problem arose because Czechoslovakia was under strict Communist rule for 40 years, and launched a crackdown on Catholic clergy. Under the Communist regime, a “secret clergy” or “underground” church developed when Czech bishops took over the clandestine ordination of men whom the state refused to approve for ordination. This was a requirement of the Czech State at the time.
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international / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 14, 2006 22:28 by Liam Mullen
Introduction.
When looking at the reasons why the NGO’s might be up in arms when facing the policies of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, I have decided to focus on Trócaire and Concern, two Irish organisations passionately involved in debt relief for the Third World. Concern has been in existence since the Biafra famine of 1968, and has become internationally recognised in the intervening years. Trócaire was set up by the Irish Catholic Church in 1973 as a response mechanism to combat disasters, famines, and to offer aid to the “world’s poorest and most oppressed peoples”. (http://www.trócaire.org).
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national / irish social forum / event notice Sunday February 05, 2006 20:33 by Barry Finnegan
The first ISF Working Groups meeting of 2006 is on Thursday 9th February from 7.30 to 9.00pm in THE TEACHERS CLUB, PARNELL SQ., DUBLIN 1.

A few Dublin-based activists who worked with the ISF Working Groups for the 2003 and 2004, 1st and 2nd ISFs thought it would be good idea to hold a meeting, talk about the following points (below) and see where we go from there. If you would like to come, please read the WSF Charter Of Principles first and see if you are interested, available at: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4...age=2 read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / news report Friday January 27, 2006 20:04 by Barry Finnegan   text 4 comments (last - wednesday february 08, 2006 22:53)
Its been just over a year now since the last ISF so maybe we should have another one this year. There has been lots of activism since then and the movement for global justice [or whatever we are called] has a lot to link up about. On top of that the ESF is back this year, this time in Greece. Is anyone bothered? A crowd of us think that people should get together and talk about it. Here's the proposal:

The first ISF Working Groups meeting of 2006 is on Thursday 9th February from 7.30 to 9.00pm
NB Change of venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB, PARNELL SQ., DUBLIN 1 .

A few Dublin-based activists who worked with the ISF Working Groups for the 2003 and 2004, 1st and 2nd ISFs thought it would be good idea to hold a meeting, talk about the following points (below) and see where we go from there. If you would like to come, please read the WSF Charter Of Principles first and see if you are interested, available at: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4&cd_language=2 read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / news report Friday October 07, 2005 00:54 by Roger Eldridge   text 39 comments (last - tuesday october 11, 2005 23:58)
The furore surrounding the publication of research on parental versus institutional child care raises some interesting points other the ones that hit the headlines. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 14, 2005 06:52 by observer   text 18 comments (last - sunday september 18, 2005 10:09)   image 1 image
Events in Belfast over the weekend seem to have been missed totally by indymedia. Despite serious violence and rioting, not to mention heavily armed assault on the police, there is nothing to be found on indymedia. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / other press Saturday June 25, 2005 20:07 by James Sorensen
Review of Renewable Energy technologies for the elimination of the energy crisis and for Real Sustainable economic Development. read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / other press Friday June 24, 2005 23:18 by Henk Ruyssenaars
It's not only their genocide in Iraq and Afghanistan: in England twenty-two-thousand old people died as a result of the cold last year. In Brussels however, the British PM shamelessly lied about his country as 'supporting a social Europe'. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / other press Monday June 20, 2005 15:15 by Hans Beckman
Review of Sustainable Technologies for eradicating Hunger and for Real economic Progress.
Many Links to organic and sustainable technology web sites. read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / news report Wednesday April 13, 2005 21:24 by The plain truth   text 22 comments (last - thursday january 03, 2008 15:03)
The unanimous decision by the Derry County Board of the GAA to oppose opening Croke Park to other sports, followed by probable similar decisions by all six northern counties, though not necessarily by the same margin, while disappointing is nevertheless unsurprising. read full story / add a comment
No 2 Tolls protest in Navan
dublin / irish social forum / news report Friday March 18, 2005 18:17 by spokesman   image 1 image
Stop the double tolling! read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / event notice Friday March 18, 2005 00:15 by fresh off the press-   text 9 comments (last - saturday june 18, 2005 12:04)   image 1 image
The First Mediterranean Social Forum will be held in Barcelona from the 16th of June to the 18th of June 2005.

Your attendance is requested.
Your colaboration is requested. read full story / add a comment
louth / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Friday February 25, 2005 14:21 by murphys   text 16 comments (last - wednesday march 09, 2005 12:44)
DUBLIN, Ireland (Reuters) -- They hit the headlines when there were too few. And now the humble spud is back in the limelight ... because there are too many. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / event notice Thursday February 10, 2005 17:25 by Barney Hartnett
Barney Hartnett is a Socialist. He is also an active member of his union. In Ballymun on the north side of Dublin he has been editor of the local community paper "The Ballymun Echo" for over 22 years. Barney is also a member of the Retired Workers Committee of Congress.
In the April election of last year he was only one vote short of being elected to the Executive Committee. Barney will fight for a fair deal for all senior citizens. His record proves he is the man for the job.
Pensioners who are dissatisfied with the recent budget increase of a miserable €12 per week should vote for Barney Hartnett for the Executive Committee.
If you are a trade unionist, community activist and senior citizen support Barney in the important election.
Lets fight back now! read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / event notice Thursday January 20, 2005 03:24 by p   text 5 comments (last - monday february 07, 2005 18:12)
Themes

1. Assuring and defending Earth and people’s common goods – as alternative to commodification and transnational control (E):

2. Arts and creation: weaving and building people’s resistance culture (C):

3. Communication: counter-hegemonic practices, rights and alternatives (D):

4. Defending diversity, plurality and identities (B):

5. Human rights and dignity for a just and egalitarian world (J):

6. Sovereign economies for and of people – against neoliberal capitalism (I):

7. Ethics, cosmovisions and spiritualities – resistances and challenges for a new world (K):

8. Social struggles and democratic alternatives – against neoliberal domination (F):

9. Peace, demilitarisation and struggle against war, free trade and debt (G):

10. Autonomous thought, reappropriation and socialisation of knowledge and technologies (A) :

11. Towards construction of international democratic order and people’s integration (H):

*Cultural and artistic events: read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / news report Tuesday January 11, 2005 20:44 by Barry Finnnegan
Dublin Social Forum (DSF) Working Group minutes from post October 2004 ISF and December meetings.

NEXT MEETING: 7.00 to 8.30 p.m., Thursday 13th January 2005, in the Comhlámh offices, 10 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2.

In general it was agreed that the October 2004 ISF was actually more of a DSF. That is to say that the groups, organisations, collectives and individuals that participated and did the background preparatory work were primarily Dublin-based and were not in fact reflective of the global justice movement / anti-neoliberal forces on the island as a whole. In light of this and in conjunction with the learning experience a number of us had in Workshops with Local Social Forums from around Europe during the European Social Forum (ESF) in London last October, we decided to bring the focus down to a more local, Dublin-based level. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Monday December 27, 2004 17:43 by Cathal Campbell-Shaw   text 56 comments (last - tuesday march 28, 2017 17:47)   image 2 images
A paper on the subject entitled “The origins of the Irish Travellers and the genetic structure of Ireland” concludes that “the Travellers are undoubtedly of Irish ancestry, due to their proximity to the centroid. Furthermore, the Travellers clustered with several heterogeneous counties in Ireland, including Wexford and Westmeath. Therefore, these data support that the origin of the Travellers was not a sudden event; rather a gradual formation of populations. Indeed, the Travellers probably originated with craftsmen and artisans forced to leave their monasteries (Crawford 1975). Later, their population grew as they were joined by various Irish groups that were forced to leave their homes because of various calamities and political upheavals (i.e. the potato famine and the repression of British occupation) (Crawford 1975). However, the timing of the Traveller origin is not certain and may have predated the historical period (e.g. Ni Shuinear 1996).” read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Thursday November 25, 2004 02:39 by Mary Kinane   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 25, 2004 11:13)
Two successfully organised Irish Social Forums later, and now where do we stand? Already a debate has begun amongst those involved in the current organising structures around the future direction and vision of the Irish Social Forum process. This discussion is to be continued this Saturday, Nov 27th. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / event notice Tuesday November 23, 2004 18:49 by Barry Finnegan
This public meeting is a follow on from ESF Feedback / ISF Discussion meeting co-hosted a few weeks back by the ISF Outreach Working Group, DAPSE (Democracy and Public Services in Europe) and AEIP (Another Europe Is Possible).

2.00 to 4.00pm, Saturday 27th Nov. 2004,
Teachers Club,
Parnell Sq.,
Dublin 1. read full story / add a comment
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