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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Wednesday September 02, 2015 23:32 by T   image 15 images
The Right2Water campaign had called for a national demonstration on Sat Aug 31st and quite a lot of effort had gone into publishing this with tens of thousands of leaflets distributed throughout the country and buses laid on to many of the major towns.

There was a fair bit riding on this because figures show that significant percentage of households had still not paid and during the summer the government plans were upset when EuroStat came back and said Irish Water had to appear on the government accounts.

In the meantime government ministers have been claiming it would not be privatized but when pressed on whether this is rock solid, they turn out to be quite slippy on this. And there is reason for this because the TTIP treaty between the USA and EU currently being negotiated in secret is a corporate wishlist that will allow corporations to sue governments through the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which are corporate courts run by corporate lawyers and take precedence over national laws and there is no right of appeal. It will allow corporations to say that it is unfair competition to have things like our health, education and of course Irish Water in state hands and therefore it should be privatized. This is not some myth because the ISDS mechanism has already been used at least 500 times in other countries for basically lowering health standards and environmental protection. If TTIP is passed and so far Fine Gael have been in favour of it, including the ISDS, then they will say their hands are tied and they had to privatize Irish Water and of course every other thing. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / event notice Friday August 28, 2015 23:56 by beachcomber
Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean weekend will be taking place on the 18th, 19th & 20th September. This year they are teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy again for the International Coastal Clean-up event. Last year 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries removed 7,257 tonnes of marine litter from the world's oceans. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Sunday August 23, 2015 20:49 by right2water   text 2 comments (last - thursday september 03, 2015 16:22)   image 1 image
The Right2Water campaign has called another major demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 29th August 2015 at 2pm.

The government is still on the hop because not enough people have paid their water bills and we can still beat them. This is why they have now said they have capped the amount out for another couple of years but don't be fooled, we need to keep the pressure on. They are also in negotiations for the TTIP treaty which between Europe and the US and is a corporate wishlist and includes provisions to allow them to sue governments if they do NOT privatise public services including of course water. At this point they will claim they had no choice and the "decision" was taken out of their hands. So integral to winning the Right to Water is to defeat the TTIP and ensure it never gets passed. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Friday August 21, 2015 11:06 by Sharon.   image 1 image
Annual Eve of All-Ireland Rally , Dublin : 19/9/15 , at 2pm, GPO. read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / other press Friday August 21, 2015 10:23 by Eugene McCartan   image 1 image
The August Socialist Voice is now available online.

In this issue:
Greek and all European workers paying a heavy price
As events unfold in Greece it’s clear that the EU is determined to make Greek workers pay for the crisis now engulfing the country.
The Greek debt, like the Irish debt, is simply unsustainable and unpayable. The impact and renewed assault on Greek workers will be felt throughout the European Union: it will not be confined or contained within the borders of Greece read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday August 17, 2015 13:02 by foie
Bord na Mona’s right to extract peat for horticultural use is being challenged by an environmental group.

Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have written to Offaly County Council stating that ‘unauthorised development has been, is being and may continue to be carried out near Derrinboy, Co. Offaly, comprising the drainage of peatland and extraction of peat without planning permission or environmental impact assessment.’

The site, located north of Birr, is more than 200 hectares in size. It was previously an Area of Scientific Interest and a proposed Natural Heritage Area. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday August 12, 2015 01:31 by Martin o' Héalaigh   text 9 comments (last - monday august 24, 2015 22:39)
An analysis of the reports revealed that the number of Adverse Reaction Reports for the HPV Vaccine Gardasil (839 reports) are almost double those of the second most reported injection (the '4-in-1' shot with 428 reports) over a 5 year period.
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national / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday August 12, 2015 01:24 by Mairtin o H'ealaigh   text 3 comments (last - monday august 24, 2015 13:27)
Regret.ie has published personal testimony from one 15 year old girl from Dublin.
She is not the only one..
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There is always hope.
national / education / opinion/analysis Tuesday August 11, 2015 19:01 by By Wayne Flanagan Tobin (personal capacity nb)   image 1 image
DSPP provides some useful tips for young people who may feel stressed after tomorrow's results for young people. This article is solely associated with Dublin Suicide Prevention Project and our policy towards young people and not any other associations (Professional, family or other) that that founders Mary Cullinane or Wayne F. Tobin may have. It is merely advice to young people from a personal perspective in line with DSSP guidelines. Thank-you read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday August 07, 2015 15:51 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
Anti-water charge campaigners had a major moral victory over government plans to make the people pay for the financial crisis when Eurostat determined that Irish Water had failed the Market Corporation Test.[1] read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday July 29, 2015 09:37 by foie
The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an 'internal communication' and that the public ‘interest would not be served by the disclosure’.

In its appeal to the Information Commissioner, FIE claimed the release is ‘a matter of extreme public importance not only in the light of the circumstances of the Gerahies incident, but also because of the failure of the Department to carry out its regulatory functions properly in ensuring compliance with aquaculture licensing conditions aimed at preventing the escape of fish.’ read full story / add a comment
national / housing / other press Monday July 20, 2015 21:27 by postman   text 1 comment (last - thursday july 23, 2015 23:28)
The controversy over NAMA's sale of the Nothern Ireland loan portfolio, Project Eagle, has not gone away. It suited the Government just fine when the PAC said they would bring NAMA before the committee. - It also suited NAMA, whose polished performance was always going to give them some breathing space, given that the PAC, - no disrespect to any of it's members - just doesn't have the wherewithal to hold them to account. Here is a part of my piece on the workings of NAMA from last Tuesday, when we were debating a Housing Bill . - read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / other press Sunday July 19, 2015 23:09 by No to Fracking   image 1 image
For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its "risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health." The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.

However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on "any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers" will not take effect. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday July 15, 2015 16:58 by shannonwatch
As Shannon Airport prepares to stage an air show on July 18th to celebrate its achievements in the world of aviation, peace groups in Ireland issue a reminder that its recent history is not one to be proud of. Since 2001 the airport has been used by the US military as a gateway to wars in the Middle East. These wars have resulted in the death of innocent men, women and children, left millions of people homeless, and destroyed communities and entire countries. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Monday July 13, 2015 12:49 by Jack Lane
The “Irish Bulletin” was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was the provide those outside Ireland with the Government’s case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression of all other outlets by the British authorities that put the Irish Government‘s case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an undergrounds publication despite being the paper of a legitimate government.
It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information. This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful.
It deserves an honoured place in Irish history yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians - and when it is - it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms.
This is the third volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. Other volumes will follow.

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national / economics and finance / event notice Wednesday July 08, 2015 15:22 by People's Movement   image 1 image
The negotiations on the proposed Transatlantic and Investment Partnership were begun in July 2013, and nine rounds of negotiations have taken place since. The tenth round is due to take place in Brussels on 13 -17 July. The People’s Movement will be holding a demonstration against TTIP at 1 p.m. on Wednesday 15 July outside the EU Parliament offices in Dublin to mark the tenth round of negotiations. All are welcome. Please put it in your diary. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Monday July 06, 2015 15:33 by Mary Muldowney
On Saturday 18th July the East Wall History Group will host the inaugural Sarah Lundberg Summer School. Held in conjunction with the Alternative Visions Oral History Group, the event is in honour of our friend and colleague Sarah Lundberg, an archivist, historian and publisher who tragically passed away last year.

The topic of Kathleen Lynn was chosen because this remarkable woman was the subject of a major publishing project that Sarah had begun at the time of her death. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Kathleen Lynn in September of 1955. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday July 04, 2015 10:29 by shannonwatch
Shannon Airport will host what they call an "air display extravaganza" on July 18th, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight at the airport. They say the airshow will provide a visual treat from leading aerobatics performers, parachutists, helicopters, jet fighters and stunt fliers. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 24, 2015 16:37 by Pat Waine
The very clear lessons on coalition with the right that now must be re learned by the left in Ireland all over again. The failure so far to rule out a coalition involving Fianna Fail, Labour and Fianna Gael is a failure to learn the lessons of historical compromises of the past. The left in Ireland must set out to build a real alternative to the narrative of austerity propagated by the capitalist parties in Ireland and supported by Labour.
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national / economics and finance / opinion/analysis Tuesday June 23, 2015 23:17 by postman
The drip feed of questionable deals carried out by NAMA is well under way. Regularly now, we see information reaching the public domain whereby NAMA have sold stressed assets at less than their real value and the purchasers are turning them over within 2 years, at profit ranging from 30% to 40%/ The purchasers are mostly foreign investment funds – ‘vulture funds ‘ – who have picked on the carcass of the stressed Irish property market. Many of them have retained the assets, and become serious players in the residential rental market in Ireland, especially Dublin, and have developed a controlling influence, managing to drive up rents astronomically in our capital city. This all doesn’t make them evil people – they just do what they do, it’s called unfettered Capitalism - our problem as Irish citizens is that our Government have allowed a situation to develop whereby the vulture funds win and the Irish tax payer loses. And our present Neo Liberal Government think that this is all fine. I believe otherwise. Here’s my Leader’s Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week, who knows that all is not well. - read full story / add a comment
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