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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 11 Days

Free the Protestors - Jail the Bankers


The Government acting on behalf of corporate and financial power who have set their eyes on our Water have disgracefully jailed 5 citizens of this country because they said No to Austerity. We demand their freedom immediately. The five are: Derek Byrne, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty who are imprisoned for 27 days and Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill who are imprisoned for 56 days.

There is clearly one law for the rich and one law for the rest of us. Where are the bankers and developers who bankrupted this country and led to widespread hardship and a huge increase in suicides in this country, deaths which have devastated families. And what of the people who have died for lack of resources in our health system and of those evicted from their homes. It is time we stood up to this undemocractic sham and demand our country back from the claws of the elite.


Keep an eye out on social media and any websites related to the campaign against water charges for info on upcoming protests against the jailed 5.

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat March 21st
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday February 23, 2015 22:57 by shannonwatch
Shannonwatch are urging their supporters to come to Ennis District Court on Tuesday February 24th to support TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace who attempted to inspect a US military plane at Shannon last July. Their alleged offence is illegal entrance into a restricted area of the airport, and their action was in response to the failure of the authorities to inspect US aircraft at Shannon.

Shannonwatch have repeatedly called for an end to the US military use of Shannon. They also call for inspection of all military and suspected CIA aircraft at the airport for as long as they are being allowed to pass through. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / feature Friday February 20, 2015 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance   text 6 comments (last - sunday march 01, 2015 15:54)   image 3 images
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and meters, which are being imposed by the government despite the massive opposition to them. read full story / add a comment
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national / consumer issues / feature Friday February 20, 2015 16:29 by missing our buses already   text 2 comments (last - wednesday february 25, 2015 13:09)   image 2 images   2 attached files
Just three weeks ago the National Transport Authority (NTA) officially started the tendering for 2016 of initially 10% of Dublin Bus routes and a further 10% of all Bus Eireann routes with most of the routes in Waterford City, and a number of Dublin commuter routes are to be privatised. In the original plan a number of Cork City routes were to go but these will probably happen later. This process has been the culmination of a relentless effort by Fine Gael (FG) in the present government and their predecessors and fellow Neo-Liberal ideologists, Fianna Fáil (FF) in the last government where they have consistently pushed for the break up of both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann so that it can be handed over to their friends in the private sector to run on a profit basis. The NTA is used as a sort of cloak of respectability to give the impression that they will actually be a regulator with teeth of which we know very few regulators have any teeth, with the banking regulator during the Celtic Tiger coming to mind, plus many other examples and the function of NTA is really for propaganda value to convince the middle class. However this whole scheme is about ideology and is NOT about competition but about privatisation. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Thursday February 19, 2015 22:37 by RightToWater   image 1 image
The Right2Water campaign is shocked by the jailing of five water protesters for contempt of court today (Thursday, 19th February). Bernie Hughes, Derek Byrne and Michael Batty were all sentenced to 28 days in prison while Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill were given 56 days each.

Right2Water representatives were in court for the sentencing, which they described as “an unnecessary and provocative decision brought about by an unfair water charge that has already been rejected and cannot work.” read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday February 19, 2015 14:40 by An Spréach   image 2 images
“No one deserves to live like this”
A poster I came across on a billboard recently, juxtaposed by the wasteland where one of our block of flats used to sit, where working class families used to live happily, side by side, before they were all socially cleansed from the area, and for what? Already a year has passed since they were pulled down to the ground, and all we have to show for it now is a lousy carpark—desperate!

Currently, there are over 80 unused empty units in Tom Kelly Flats, some of which have been empty for over five years or more, 3 and 4 bedroom flats too. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday February 18, 2015 13:06 by Fenian
The courts decision today to further remand Seamus Daly into custody, based on the assertions by the prosecution that a further 6 weeks was needed to obtain analytics and perhaps up to a further 4 months to obtain other material from the 26 Counties can only be viewed as a stalling tactic and disingenuous. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Tuesday February 17, 2015 21:57 by An Spréach   text 1 comment (last - monday february 23, 2015 11:45)   image 1 image
Eight housing activists were today acquitted by the Dublin Criminal Court of Justice, relating to a case spanning back seven months ago, when the charge against them of trespass was thrown out of court.

All eight accused had initially set about into investigating whether or not it was feasible to open up, and re-do, one of the 80 unused flats on Charlemont Street, that had been lying empty for over two years or more. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Tuesday February 17, 2015 21:55 by An Spréach   image 1 image
Eight housing activists were today acquitted by the Dublin Criminal Court of Justice, relating to a case spanning back seven months ago, when the charge against them of trespass was thrown out of court.

All eight accused had initially set about into investigating whether or not it was feasible to open up, and re-do, one of the 80 unused flats on Charlemont Street, that had been lying empty for over two years or more.

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national / miscellaneous / event notice Monday February 16, 2015 20:59 by Laurence Cox   text 1 comment (last - sunday february 22, 2015 10:44)   image 1 image
The following groups, Gluaiseacht for Global Justice, We're Not Leaving, ATTAC Ireland, Third Level Workplace Watch, and Marea Granate Dublin invite you to a

Grassroots Strategy Weekend

Evening debate, Friday 6th March, 7 pm - 9 pm
All day workshops, Saturday 7th March, 10 am to 5 pm
Teacher's Club, Dublin 1 read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday February 10, 2015 23:15 by wsm   image 1 image
The WSM have written the following article which neatly sums up the various things happening in the news today and brings them together.

This morning squads of Garda around Dublin mounted dawn raids on the houses of water charges protesters over a sit in 3 months ago in Jobstown. At the same time across the city bankers and other speculators named in the HSBC Geneva Private Bank leaks slept soundly in their beds knowing no one was going to be knocking down their door. If you want to understand the nature of power the contrast provides an excellent example.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Monday February 09, 2015 18:23 by Bernard Moffatt
Follow up correspondence to Council of Europe CPT and UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendaz OHCHR read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Monday February 09, 2015 18:16 by Bernard Moffatt
Concerns about reported events at Maghaberry Prison lead to call for International Rights Groups to become involved read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Monday February 09, 2015 11:36 by no to Irish Water   text 3 comments (last - thursday february 12, 2015 15:50)   image 3 images
After the relatively large turn-out to the Anti-Water charges protests over a week ago on Saturday the 31st, the government is worried that their propaganda hasn't worked as well as it should so in response they have launched a new dirty tricks campaign to discredit the Anti-Water charges campaign. They are using the same strategy as that used in the Corrib Gas issue in Mayo over the past decade where the strategy was to criminalise the protests in the eyes of the public. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday February 07, 2015 17:28 by Bernard Moffatt   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 10, 2015 22:28)
Documents released by the ‘whistleblower’ Edward Snowden in late November 2014 revealed that the UK spy facility at GCHQ was targeting undersea cable communications between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

As is usual when such revelations emerge the Irish government (i.e. its Departments of Justice and Communications) wanted to say as little as possible about the issue. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Wednesday February 04, 2015 11:06 by Charlie
International Brigades commemoration. Brian Hanley - well known author, will speak on the "Blueshirts, the Irish Christian Front aqnd the Right in Ireland" - Falls Road Library, Belfast, Sat 7th, 11am.

This is part of the AGM/Annual Lecture of the IBCC, the local committee ensuring that the memory of the International Brigadiers is kept alive.
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Foreign military plane landed at Shannon this evening (1st Feb 2015). No government or media outcry about this.
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday February 02, 2015 19:48 by shannonwatch   image 1 image
Press Release - Feb 1st - The Irish Government and media appear to be in a panic about two Russian TU-95 bomber aircraft that flew down the west coast of Ireland at least 50 miles out to sea, and not through Irish sovereign airspace. A statement issued by the Irish Department of Defence said "non-controlled and non-notified flight activity by Russian aircraft is not acceptable". This same Department of Defence of a supposedly neutral Irish state has issued no such statements about the transit of almost two and half million US troops through Shannon airport since 2001, and provides Irish soldiers to guard US military aircraft at Shannon. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Monday February 02, 2015 19:41 by Seán Ó Murchú   text 1 comment (last - sunday february 22, 2015 19:11)
Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration Committee, Republican Sinn Féin Poblachtach - Cork and the Cork Republican Movement, relatives and friends met recently in Midleton to organise the Annual Commemoration for Sunday 22nd February 2015 at Midleton. read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / other press Monday February 02, 2015 00:22 by wsm   image 1 image
The WSM have written a timely article covering the recent sickening spectacle of the mainstream media expressing their moral outrage at a recent protest against the President after he signed into law another batch of laws to serve corporate interests and steal away the resources which belong to the Irish people, but they did not express any moral outrage over any of the austerity measures of the past 7 years which has resulted in people losing their homes, going without, committing suicide, dying for lack of proper care and treatments and waiting lists and the general misery inflicted upon the population. No, it is simply an opportunity to viciously attack and condemn anyone who dares challenge the ideology that everything must be sold off and run for profit and screw peoples needs and lives. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Wednesday January 28, 2015 23:30 by ii   video 1 video file   1 attached file
Today we are publishing a copy of an open letter sent to the Judges of Ireland by Integrity Ireland relating to corruption in the legal system.

Dear JAAB / Courts Service Staff;

Please ensure that the attached email letter (also by recorded post) is
brought to the personal attention of each of the persons listed on page
3, and that the contents are made known to any and all Courts Service
Staff members, solicitors, barristers and Registrars, who may in any way
be implicated in facilitating the criminal activities as referenced
herein. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday January 28, 2015 16:08 by Kieran O'Sullivan   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 29, 2015 16:53)
Charlie Hebdo - How Should We Respond? read full story / add a comment
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