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IRISH POLITICIANS BETRAY GAZA
Irish political representatives shamefully abstain in crucial UN vote on Gaza

Ireland and 16 other EU countries abstained from the UN Human Rights Council resolution to set up a commission of inquiry into Gaza. Apparently over "concerns that the draft text was unbalanced, inaccurate and prejudges the outcome of the investigation." The resolution was approved with 29 votes in favour, one against (the United States) and 17 abstentions. More details see here
Ireland's ambassador to the UN Patricia O'Brien today said Ireland had
"a very valid reason not to support the resolution."
Yeah right Patricia, and the reason was our masters in the US embassy told us not to vote in favour and our spineless politicians meekly obeyed.

Update 03/08/2014:Just hours after an attack on a United Nations-operated school took the lives of 20 civilians last week, the US announced it would resupply Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city. Only several days later, the US Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure to grant Israel $225 million in additional funding to boost the country’s missile defense capabilities. "

UPDATE 12th August: So far Israel has killed over 1949 Palestinians including
449 children. 9891 injured, including over 3000 children.
This count is increasing by the hour.

For a list of all names, see http://www.imemc.org/article/68429
- the website of the International Middle East Media Center.

PEOPLES NEWS
national / eu / other press Friday August 15, 2014 09:19 by Gary Boyne   image 1 image
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national / anti-war / event notice Thursday August 07, 2014 00:06 by ipsc   text 1 comment (last - sunday august 10, 2014 20:52)   image 1 image
NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION - “It is time for freedom and justice for Palestine"

The IPSC has put out a call to make the 5th protest for Gaza to take place on a Saturday in Dublin a national demonstration. Details are below.

As the death toll in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza surpasses 1,800, actions have been called around Ireland taking place this week and next. It’s important that as many people as possible turn out to show their solidarity with the Palestinians people under attack, their opposition to this latest round of brutal attacks on Gaza, and their anger at political inaction and media misreporting of the issue.
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national / anti-capitalism / press release Tuesday August 05, 2014 14:09 by Campaign for Skellig   image 1 image
The filming of scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII began yesterday on Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Many have expressed outrage at the underhanded way in which this information was kept from the Irish public until a few days ago. The Irish Independent has learnt that when negotiations began over six months ago it was feared if news of the proposed filming leaked out it could attract opposition from conservation groups. Also, At a time when Gaza is suffering a genocide at the hands of the Israeli government, the Irish government has underhandedly permitted Disney, (a company which is on every boycott list of companies which support Israel), who acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.05 billion (wiki), to come into Ireland and film on one of our most sacred and ancient sites. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / news report Monday August 04, 2014 14:34 by Mick MacThomais   text 1 comment (last - thursday august 14, 2014 19:32)
Der Spiegel have recently uncovered evidence of spying from within the European Union by figures in authority whom leak confidential information to the FBI whom give it to the NSA.

The Garda Commissioner in Ireland Noreen OSullivan is a graduate of this foreign security agency which have an atrocious human rights record ,which range from the "injecting of prisoners with syphllis experiments" and possibly the most scandalous, the refusal to act and save New York from the attacks of September 2001. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Monday August 04, 2014 13:39 by fred   image 1 image
the NCT was brought in to inject life into the flagging motor sales industry in celtic tiger days, and to create lucrative business opportunites for some lucky people who happened to well connected and in the loop. It's all a bit of a money making scam, which targets the poor disproportionally, gives gardai draconian powers of seizure. Chronic delays in the test system, not to mention reports of corrupt practices make the thing a nightmare for the less well off trying to keep a vehicle on the road in order to increase their chances of finding work. Just another obstacle put in the way of the poorer classes which serves to limit their possibilities and their movements. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Friday August 01, 2014 12:51 by Mick MacThomais   text 1 comment (last - friday august 01, 2014 13:38)
The average Iris person is presumed to create 17 tonnes of carbon a year. This is called our carbon footprint. Since the ratification of the Kyoto agreement by Ireland 2002 which seen quotas on carbon been produced,the value of the carbon credit has realised real wealth.

The average carbon credit in "laymans terms" trades on the open market for E20 per tonne. Companies with a big carbon production rate say 40,000 tonnes and a quota for only 10,000tonnes ,must purchase the deficit of carbon credits (30,000 tonnes) on the open market or invest in new carbon reducing machinery. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / press release Thursday July 31, 2014 22:24 by shannonwatch
Niall Farrell of the Galway Alliance Against War is to be arrested on Friday, 1st of August on his return from abroad and sent to Limerick Prison for his involvement in a peace protest with Margaretta D'Arcy last September on the runway at Shannon airport. In June they were found guilty of having "interfered with the proper use" of Shannon airport and given a two week suspended sentence and what approximates to a €100 fine. Both refused to pay the fine or sign a so-called peace bond and Ms D'Arcy has since been imprisoned for her failure to comply with the Ennis District Court's ruling. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Wednesday July 30, 2014 22:23 by Mick MacThomais   text 4 comments (last - tuesday august 05, 2014 10:18)
Disturbing discoveries relating to glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup—keep emerging. No less than two shocking discoveries recently went public on the same day...

Earlier this month, groundbreaking research was published detailing a newfound mechanism of harm of the chemical.

Now, testing shows that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies1, while yet another study reveals that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drive breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range2. As reported by GreenMedinfo.com:

“Does this help explain the massive mammary tumors that the only long term animal feeding study on Roundup and GM corn ever performed recently found?”

Meanwhile, a new EU-US free trade agreement3,4 known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has again cracked the door open for genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods into Europe.

This may effectively negate the hard work Europeans have done to limit the proliferation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food supply, and with genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” crops and the food made from it come increased glyphosate exposure... read full story / add a comment
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national / rights and freedoms / other press Friday July 25, 2014 08:36 by v for vendetta   image 1 image
The Intercept has published the guidelines whereby a person can be labelled a terrorist and
put on a no fly list by the US government. These are very vague and broad and it would be remarkably easy to end up on this list for a principled social activist, merely exercising their democratic right to protest read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / news report Wednesday July 23, 2014 10:27 by fred   text 1 comment (last - saturday july 26, 2014 04:17)   image 1 image
Yesterday independent TD's Clare Daly and Mick Wallace carried out a protest designed to highlight use of Shannon for military purposes yesterday. They were later released. Daly has vowed to hold the state to account for it's complicity in US military warmongering in the middle east and elsewhere. Fair play to Clare and Mick. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / news report Monday July 21, 2014 09:49 by Mairead Calvert   text 1 comment (last - tuesday august 05, 2014 15:08)
The public and animal welfare organisations feel let down by the Irish judicial system.

E.G A.R (EAST GALWAY ANIMAL RESCUE) Moyglass, Loughrea Run by Sarah Gunther.
Miss Gunther was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and received a fine of 250 euro at Galway District Court.on the 09/07/2014.

Many people have been appalled by the leniency of the judge in passing sentence on Miss Gunther and the state of the dogs found in her care.
Dogs which were removed from her care were ordered to be placed back into her care.With no surety that this will never happen again.

Miss Gunther in her own words called it an "Error of judgement".
Many believe she has showed no/little remorse for her actions and many worry that this will happen again and again.
It cannot be allowed to happen. What message has this just sent to the Irish public?

Miss Gunther has been very outspoken regarding individuals and rescues in the past and has been quick to point the finger at many Irish rescues regarding their standard of care.
She was also implicated in an on-line hate campaign directed at the family of Lennox. dog seized and destroyed by Belfast council on the 12/07/2012.

There are questions to be answered and larger issues to be addressed.Why was her fine so small? Why was she not banned from keeping animals? Why can she continue as a charity and receive public donations?

This case highlight the need for regulation within Irish animal welfare groups, qualifications, transparency, adequate support and perhaps a sentence that fits the crime of animal abuse.
And that Miss Gunther closes her rescue for good.
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national / anti-war / press release Friday July 18, 2014 21:23 by ispc   text 5 comments (last - monday july 28, 2014 17:40)   image 1 image
As the death toll in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza surpasses 260, actions have been called around Ireland taking place this week and next. It’s important that as many people as possible turn out to show their solidarity with the Palestinians people under attack, their opposition to this latest round of brutal attacks on Gaza, and their anger at political inaction and media misreporting of the issue. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday July 13, 2014 23:25 by foie
PRESS RELEASE - FRIDAY 11 JULY 2014 - ACCIDENT REPORT REFUSED

Simon Coveney has refused to release the Department’s Report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.

His decision claims that the work is not completed and that the public interest would not be served by the disclosure of the Department of Marine’s Engineering Division report.

The storm on February 1, 2014, saw a cage break loose from its mooring and upend itself into another cage at Gerahies.

Alex O’Donovan, Secretary of Save Bantry Bay [SBB] said in March of this year that after the official count on 19 February 2014 they understood that the farm had been ‘virtually wiped out’.

Minister Simon Coveney subsequently confirmed the loss of 230,000 Salmon in the extreme weather event of 2 February 2014.

Despite repeated requests, Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] and Save Bantry Bay have been refused the Report, breaking Minister Coveney’s previous precedent of releasing such documents regarding salmon farm escapes. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Thursday July 10, 2014 00:05 by pbp   text 1 comment (last - friday july 11, 2014 10:53)
The ghost of William Martin Murphy is haunting Greyhound, one of Dublin’s largest waste collection companies. In one of the most daring attacks on organised workers in recent years, the company’s owners are demanding that workers accept a pay cut of 35 percent.

One morning in May workers arrived at their depot and were surprised to find new cabins in front of their place of work. Their managers were sitting inside them and, as each worker tried to enter the depot, they were asked to sign a document that would alter their conditions of work read full story / add a comment
Sadness of gentle, loving dogs being treated as disposeable objects by the IGB
national / animal rights / press release Tuesday July 08, 2014 13:46 by Bernie Wright   image 1 image
A review of the Irish Greyhound Racing Industry by Indecon has said it believed that a “more severe system of sanctions” was needed to prevent animal cruelty in Racing.
We in AFAR however feel that this statement is naive and is based solely on improving the Industry image to raise revenue.

What is obviously excluded from the report is the DEATH RATE of ex-racing Greyhounds that is conveniently overlooked. The suffering of ‘raced’ dogs is immeasurable and has only been documented due to the reports of people rescuing these unfortunate animals. Greyhounds have been butchered, drugged, abandoned, vivisected on in our collages,shot and mutilated when their money making days are over. Pits have been uncovered with buried dogs and a slaughterhouse using Bolt-guns to legally kill these dogs was also exposed.
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national / education / press release Friday July 04, 2014 10:13 by ISPAI Hotline.ie
A recent ISPAI Hotline.ie Nationwide Public Survey shows that Irish adults’ predominant online daily behaviour revolves around online conversations: eMail usage (88%), followed by social networks related activities (63%) and news browsing (54%). read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / feature Saturday June 28, 2014 20:16 by Justin Morahan   text 7 comments (last - monday july 14, 2014 16:00)   image 5 images
SUMMARY: I arrived in Ennis without pen or notebook to support the action of Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell who protested on the runway of Shannon against the US military use of the airport. The following is a colour story of happenings on the day relying on memory only. I hope that someone else may provide a fuller report and my apologies for any errors in this report which are entirely my responsibility. read full story / add a comment
The Peoples News
national / eu / other press Monday June 23, 2014 16:38 by Gary Boyne   image 1 image
The Peoples News contains comment on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective

Back issues over 10 years are available from the website

The Peoples Movement Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/peoplesmovementireland?ref=hl read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Saturday June 21, 2014 00:39 by V Marplot
Fine Gael relentlessly circles the wagons, to put a pretty new face on an ugly scandal, and baffle us with bull. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights and freedoms / news report Monday June 16, 2014 13:50 by Brendy c   image 1 image
Last week on June 8th volunteer Seamus McLaughlin died in his adopted city of Dublin. Seamus was born in Ardoyne on February 22nd 1938. ", At an early age Seamus joined the ranks of the IRA and soon became OC of his local unit. England's difficulty, Ireland’s opportunity had always been the rallying cry of Irish Republicans and this young soldier of the l.R.A took Ireland's fight for freedom to the 'belly of the beast' in England, where he and his family endured many hardships including the loss of close comrades. Forced to live for decades on the run and his love for his family, community and country never wavered.

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