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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday May 28, 2017 18:02 by séamas carraher
“It is a hate campaign. Never was there a campaign like it coming after a period of austerity.”
— Bernadette Gorman, former social welfare inspector, (Irish Times, May 2017)

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national / environment / press release Saturday May 13, 2017 23:39 by fie
A Judicial Review brought by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) alleges that the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council failed to provide satisfactory explanatory reasons for granting the extension to the original decision to allow a third runway at Dublin Airport. FIE alleges that the record shows that the Chief Executive was fully aware that the extra runway would result in increased greenhouse gas emissions, in contravention of the objectives of the 2015 Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Monday May 01, 2017 21:15 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
This is opinion & analysis piece comes from Integrity Ireland who are attempting to fight corruption in the legal system and face an uphill struggle in their task and this piece illustrates well what they are up against.
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Well, it has been an interesting few weeks again, with reports of increasingly odd and bizarre ‘developments’ – especially regarding decisions being made by Gardaí, by Courts Service Staff and by senior personnel at the DPP’s Office. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / feature Monday April 24, 2017 10:42 by 1 of indy   text 5 comments (last - saturday may 20, 2017 22:30)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
To help highlight the case of the Jobstown 18 we are republishing an open letter by Irish Writers.

We write as writers concerned with the impact of proposed jury restrictions in the case of the Jobstown 18 on freedom of expression in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday April 20, 2017 23:55 by 1 of indy   text 7 comments (last - friday april 28, 2017 05:11)
In an article published in the Irish Times on April 8th, the paper's former foreign correspondent Patrick Smith claimed that the concept of neutrality was obsolete for Ireland. In a response published on April 14th John Maguire outlines why that is not the case. ShannonWatch has reprinted his excellent letter in full on their website and it is reprinted here too. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Thursday April 20, 2017 22:21 by pbp
Richard Boyd Barrett- Dramatically rising house prices further evidence of the fundamental failure and incompetence of Fine Gael Housing policy

Inflated personal debt and further evictions will now compound the already dire housing and homelessness crisis

In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, for the People Before Profit Alliance has said the latest figures showing a continuing and dramatic rise in house prices was “further evidence of the fundamental failure and incompetence of Fine Gael’s housing policy.” read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Monday April 10, 2017 20:34 by Still Waiting   image 2 images
Still Waiting Ireland Health Campaign are holding nationwide vigils to highlight the ongoing crisis within our health service on April 14th @ 5pm

Locations: Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Kildare, Kilkenny, Kerry, Cork, Louth:, Waterford, Dublin, Wexford
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national / history and heritage / event notice Saturday April 01, 2017 16:33 by Sean Ó Murchú
The 101st Easter 1916 Commemoration will take place in St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Sunday 16th April 2017. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday March 28, 2017 21:20 by nbru
The National Rail and Bus Union has written to the Minister for Transport Shane Ross who has decided to stand back and watch Bus Éireann collapse even though it is a state company.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday March 28, 2017 21:04 by 1 of indy   video 1 video file
Andrew (WSM) spent the day of March 8th 2017 recording #Strike4Repeal and has edited this 20 minute video account of how the day went down in Dublin. Below you will also find a text transcript of his account. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Monday March 13, 2017 15:57 by Dougie
As we mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Jarama, fought in the defence of Madrid from the onslaught of Franco's forces backed by Hitler and Mussolini, we remember those from the Dundalk area who died in the Spanish Civil War as part of the global struggle against fascism. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Monday March 06, 2017 22:54 by anon   video 1 video file
The Strike for Repeal is a direct action that will take place on the 8th March 2017.

Our demand is that the Irish government call a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment by the 8th of March. If not, we will strike. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday March 05, 2017 00:14 by ipsc   text 1 comment (last - friday april 14, 2017 15:52)   image 1 image
Celebrating 13 years! Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, performances, films, multimedia displays and protest actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe.

Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people. IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Please join us in making the the 13th Israeli Apartheid Week one of the biggest yet. read full story / add a comment
Taken from Pg 50 of Vermilions Annual Financial Report 2016: available
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday March 03, 2017 23:32 by shell2sea   image 1 image
[Shell to Sea]The Oil & Gas giveaway in action: The Corrib Gas partners made $589m (estimated €532m) last year and yet paid no royalties or tax.

The Corrib Partners are benefiting from a relatively high gas-priced product and recorded estimated sales of over €420m in the first full year of production at the Corrib gas field.

Production started on the field at the end of 2015. For the 12 months of last year, the Corrib Partners, including Shell Ireland, recorded estimated revenues of (Canadian) $589m from the production of gas from the field. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Monday February 27, 2017 22:49 by nbru
BRU TO ENGAGE IN ALL OUT INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM MONDAY 6TH MARCH

General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:

“Bus Éireann Management are determined to steer a course towards conflict by issuing ultimatums to staff, before they have had the opportunity to digest, never mind analyse the detail contained in this latest missive. Placing an emphasis on, as it were, parking the race to the bottom agenda for now, and replacing it with broad sweeping generalisations under insider specific language, is obviously designed to create an impression that there has been a major shift in policy, away from raiding workers’ pay packets to plug the policy induced financial gap at Expressway.” read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Monday February 27, 2017 22:18 by 1 of Indyy   image 1 image
The latest issue of People's News -for 15th Feb carries a lead article on the current housing bubble.

The free movement of capital has become one of the maxims of global capitalism. Along with the free movement of people, goods and services it is also one of the “four freedoms” of the EU’s single market.

But the removal of the policy instrument of capital controls has probably contributed to a succession of financial crises. Three decades ago, many people in the EU invested their hopes in a combination of free trade, free mobility of capital, a fixed exchange rate, and an independent monetary policy — dubbed an “inconsistent quartet.” read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Sunday February 19, 2017 23:19 by pbp
Garda Maurice McCabe was an honest Garda who was horrified by the way that ‘respected’ and well connected people got their penalty points written off.

When he reported this practice, he was immediately ostracised. Senior officials saw him as a dangerous outsider who was upsetting local networks of privilege. Far from being ground down, Maurice McCabe started to look at other malpractices.

He blew the whistle on how Gardai in the Cavan –Monaghan area deliberately reduced a charge against Gerard McGrath who had viciously assaulted a female taxi driver. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday February 11, 2017 21:54 by shell2sea   image 2 images
Earlier today three people targetted by members of the UK National Public Order Intelligence Units (NPOIU) in Ireland held a press conference. They want to build pressure on the Irish government to open up about the role of British spies in Ireland.

The three, Kate Wilson, Kim Bryan and Jason Kirkpatrick travelled from Spain,Wales and Germany. Kate is one of a number of women who brought cases against the Metropolitan police in London because of being decieved into long term relationships with men who turned out to be undercover officers.
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national / environment / news report Saturday February 11, 2017 20:56 by ffi   text 1 comment (last - saturday february 11, 2017 22:16)
Minutes of Joint Committee meeting from DEC 6th 2016 – minutes confirm that the Fracking Bill is with the Select Committee (supposed to be) rather than the Joint Committee (141 -2). These minutes are not available on Oireachtas website, only internally within Leinster House… read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Saturday February 11, 2017 00:11 by Justin Morahan
The rejection of a judicial review request could not be appealed because of the backdating of the High Court Order. Now the appeal is allowed. read full story / add a comment
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