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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 What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

offsite link Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Are the mainstream U.S. ?news?media evil? Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:36 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog William Binney, the U.S. National Security Agency?s former technical director for global analysis, has, for the past year, been globe-trotting to investigate the

offsite link Turkey?s Economic Crisis: Limited Options Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:28 | The Saker
by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog It is said that when Groucho Marx was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied ?Slowly at first, and then much more quickly?.

offsite link The Russian ?soft power? is total crap (Anna Sochina) Wed Aug 15, 2018 15:56 | The Saker
(please click on ‘cc’ to see the English language subtitles) A big THANK YOU to Eugenia for translating and subtitling this excellent video!

offsite link All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration Tue Aug 14, 2018 23:59 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The five states surrounding the sea ? Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan ? have reached

offsite link What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador Tue Aug 14, 2018 02:52 | The Saker
by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at

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national / environment / press release Friday December 23, 2016 23:50 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
A campaign which has called on consumers to boycott farmed salmon this year have included ‘organic’ farmed salmon because of the use of chemicals.

The campaign by 10 environmental groups under the banner of WildFish.ie takes aim at the appalling environmental impact of salmon farms as well as the human health risks of this practice.

The Boycott Farmed Salmon’s 2016 Christmas campaign has added the word ‘ORGANIC’ to its campaign’s name after the Minister refused to enforce the EU Regulations which require that whenever chemical medicines are used on organic products ‘treated stock shall be clearly identifiable’. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Friday December 23, 2016 23:33 by wsm   video 1 video file
This video was shot on the morning of the Apollo House injunction hearing at the High Court, 21st December. As well as footage from outside the courts on our way there we had earlier visited the sites of other occupied buildings evicted in the last 20 months. We discovered all of them were still vacant and in most cases no visible work at all had been done on them. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Friday December 23, 2016 22:44 by 1 of Indymedia   image 4 images
BirdWatch Ireland remains steadfast in calling for the sustainable management of Ireland's fish stocks. Our recently-published report, Life on The Edge, provides the background to some of the key issues and concerns we have regarding management of fisheries and protection of seabirds in Irish waters.

With mixed outcomes from this year's December Council in Brussels, in 2017 BirdWatch Ireland will continue to urge Minister Michael Creed to listen to the science and set sustainable catch limits for all stocks. He must provide justification for any decisions not to listen to the science, including the longer-term impact on the health of fish stocks and the social and economic well-being of coastal communities. read full story / add a comment
Table 1 Details of the 20 largest Water/WasteWater PPP Projects in Ireland, 2015
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Monday December 19, 2016 13:00 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
We reproducing this article by Dr Rory Hearne, Researcher & Author of "Public Private Partnerships in Ireland: failed experiment or the way forward ?" to highlight some important background and context to this issue

Fears about the privatisation of public water provision was a central motivating factor behind the Right2Water protest movement but concerns about the privatisation of water are held by many other political and civil society groupings. The recently published Expert Commission on Water Services Report highlighted a widespread public “concern about the potential privatisation of Irish Water”. They stated that public responses to their consultation “expressed concerns that water charges, and metering of domestic households, could eventually lead to privatisation”. The Report notes that this “was sometimes set in the context of wider concerns about privatisation of public services, and the commodification of water”. However, it is widely known that various public and private interests have been preparing the ground for the potential privatisation of the Irish public water system. In this article I provide evidence that should concern all those worried about the potential privatisation of Irish public water. This centres on the on-going implementation of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the provision of public water infrastructure in Ireland. These PPPs are a form of ‘creeping privatisation’ that makes the full privatisation of our public water system a real possibility in the future. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Sunday December 18, 2016 19:54 by sp   text 3 comments (last - friday december 23, 2016 23:23)   image 1 image
Statement from AAA councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien on the occupation of Apollo House by housing rights activists with “Home Sweet Home”

Press statement: Councillor Michael O’Brien, Anti Austerity Alliance, Beaumont Donaghmede ward, Dublin City Council

Emergency motion submitted for tomorrow’s Dublin City Council North Central Area Committee meeting in Coolock calling for official recognition of Apollo House emergency accommodation and withdrawal of injunction read full story / add a comment
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
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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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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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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
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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
national / elections / politics / event notice Saturday October 29, 2016 16:59 by JACK LANE
While the 1914 Howth gun running that made the 1916 Rising possible is well known, even in Howth itself very little until now was recalled of the part played by local peopl in the Rising, the rise of Sinn Fein and the War of Independence. This story is now told in great detail in what a local community newsletter described as the ""new and magnificent book", Road to Independence – Howth, Sutton and Baldoyle Play Their Part, researched and written by Philip O’Connor over 310 pages, illustrated by 120 photographs mostly from family and private collections. Though its sources are meticulously referenced, the book has been described by detective novelist and former Irish Times journalist, Eugene McEldowney, as a "marvellous read ... written with all the pace of an adventure story, which is really what it is." read full story / add a comment
Police spy Mark Kennedy (centre), at the Ballinaboy terminal in County Mayo, was involved in the Shell to Sea protests about the Corrib gas pipeline
national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday October 21, 2016 21:44 by John Hedges - An Phoblacht   image 2 images
GARDA CHIEFS and Scotland Yard commanders allowed British undercover policeman Mark Kennedy to spy on environmental groups in Ireland, including the Shell to Sea campaign in Mayo. Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan wants Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to get some long-overdue and straight answers from her British counterpart when she meets Home Secretary Amber Rudd this month. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday October 21, 2016 21:29 by foie
The confirmation by the courts that the Edenderry Power plant permission should have considered the indirect impacts of the extraction of 1.2 million tons of peat a year vindicated environmentalists’ legal challenges to the continued operation of the plant. read full story / add a comment
Our pic shows the CABHAIR Swim, 1979 - the 40th consecutive swim will be held at the 3rd Lock, Inchicore, Dublin, on the 25th December 2016.
national / history and heritage / event notice Thursday October 20, 2016 16:23 by Sharon.   text 3 comments (last - wednesday december 28, 2016 22:39)   image 4 images
This coming December 25th (2016) will mark the 40th consecutive CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim in the Grand Canal , Dublin !
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday October 18, 2016 10:49 by Anti-fracker   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 25, 2016 11:15)
On Thursday, 27th October the Dáil will discuss the Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016. This article highlights the issues surrounding the bill and traces the history of community action against fracking in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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