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national / miscellaneous / press release Sunday March 29, 2015 14:33 by Bernard Moffatt
Despite three reports on this mysterious, the last of which was the 'final word', ambiguities still persist and the most credible version of events would still seem to be the original report from1970 which drew on eye witness accounts. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday March 28, 2015 17:46 by Red Banner
Issue 59 of
Red Banner: a magazine of socialist ideas
is out now
€2 / £1.50 from bookshops or the address above read full story / add a comment
national / education / event notice Wednesday March 25, 2015 09:05 by Laurence Cox   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 25, 2015 15:58)   1 attached file
Presentations of two remarkable research projects on social movements in Ireland and beyond read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Monday March 23, 2015 20:57 by Grangegorman   image 1 image
This Morning at 6.30am we were woken from our beds.Private security working for NAMA were breaking into our homes. We live in a flourishing squatted community in Grangegorman.This space which was once disused warehouses filled with rubble, asbestos and broken glass has been turned into an inspiring and beautiful place to be.The place is coved with artwork, and the community garden has begun to blossom.We have a circus space, poetry nights, folk gigs, Art Exhibitions, Fairs and a community Kitchen.

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Sunday March 22, 2015 23:27 by Zero hours worker   image 1 image
Many Dunnes Stores wrorkers are being screwed over by the company because they are on zero-rated hours which means you don't know until each given day how many hours you will be working and it can vary alot from week to week. This means you have no idea how much you will be earning from week to week and therefore it becomes almost impossible to budget for anything, let alone pay bills, rent, food etc from one week to the next. And this practice is widespread with other employers.

On Thursday, 2nd April 2015 (Holy Thursday) Mandate members in Dunnes Stores will stage a one day strike in 107 stores across the Republic of Ireland unless senior management in the Company agree to a meeting with the workers through their trade union in order to discuss all of the issues in dispute. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Sunday March 22, 2015 22:49 by Water is a right   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 22, 2015 23:53)   image 22 images
There was a good turnout yesterday, Sat 21st in Dublin for the anti-water charges demonstration. The plan was for the various groups to assemble at Heuston Station, Connolly Station and Merrion Square and converge at O'Connell brigde which they did. There were groups from all over the country, from Navan to Clonakility to Galway to Dundalk as well as thousands of people from the various communities in the greater Dublin area. Thousands and thousands arrived with banners, flags and placards of all types adding a lot of colour to the demonstration clearly showing this movement is still very much alive and vibrant and gives us all hope and confidence that we can still win. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / news report Sunday March 15, 2015 01:00 by John Keats   text 8 comments (last - sunday march 29, 2015 22:39)   image 1 image   video 1 video file

The Poet, Satirist and Political Activist Kevin Higgins has announced his candidacy for President of Ireland.

"At any poetry readings I do between now and the next Irish Presidential Election in November 2018, I will insist on being introduced as "Kevin Higgins, next President of Ireland".

My presidency would be a presidency of reform and renewal; mostly for me, I badly need it. " read full story / add a comment
national / environment / event notice Thursday March 12, 2015 23:19 by spud
Potatoes are not only very versatile as a food in dishes, they are good for the soil and will grow in just about any soil. They dislike soggy soil though, because they do all their growing underground. Our annual potato day will again showcase how easy it is to grow potatoes as a pioneer or start-up crop for new gardeners, breaking up heavy soils and also various new ways to grow them more easily with no dig under plastic, under thick mulch and in loose, loamy soil in ridges and beds.

Our main guest speaker Trevor Sargent and Admission is Free read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Wednesday March 11, 2015 16:39 by Rua
RNU expose criminals masquerading as Republicans in North Belfast. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / other press Wednesday March 11, 2015 00:42 by Gaye Dalton   video 1 video file
Has an NGO campaign to abolish prostitution without mandate or consultation with those it claims to "save" reached the point of standing above the law? read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Tuesday March 10, 2015 23:09 by Right2Water   image 1 image   2 attached files
The next national demonstration for the Right to Water takes place on Sat 21st March at 1pm

Assembly points are:
Connolly Station
Merrion Square
Heuston Station

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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday March 09, 2015 22:02 by ShannonWatch
TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly are back in court in Ennis at 2pm on Tuesday March 10th as a result of their attempt to inspect a US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.

This is the second day of a case that has already heard evidence from a number of witnesses who outlined the problematic nature of the US military presence at Shannon. These witnesses included Irish Times Security Analyst Dr Tom Clonan, former UN Deputy Secretary Denis Halliday, international lawyer and neutrality expert Roberto Zamora, and Dr Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Saturday March 07, 2015 21:40 by ep   image 1 image
The Environmental Pillar is calling on the government to strengthen the Climate Bill in light of sharp criticism for lack of action.

The Environmental Pillar, which is made up of 28 Irish environmental NGOs, is calling on TDs and Senators to amend the Climate Bill.

Today a European Commission working document was published which described Ireland’s climate change commitments as ‘insufficient’.

The EC Country Report Ireland 2015 working document states:

“No progress was made in identifying how Ireland commits itself to meeting its existing, binding climate and energy targets for the period up to 2020 in an integrated way and how best to use the earmarked, available EU support for the structural development needed in the different areas.” read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / event notice Thursday March 05, 2015 00:29 by Molotov   image 1 image
Following on from our last successful talk relating to women's role in the Irish struggle, we're following that with a talk from author of Women of the Irish Revolution, Liz Gillis. All welcome and family friendly read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday March 05, 2015 00:18 by Molotov   image 1 image
Panel:

Dee Fennell (1916 Societies)
Cait Trainor (Independent Republicnan
Anthony McIntyre (commentator)

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national / miscellaneous / event notice Wednesday March 04, 2015 18:22 by Laurence Cox   text 2 comments (last - friday march 27, 2015 09:23)
A grassroots gathering is a one-off event run by a local group bringing together people involved in different community campaigns and social movements to learn from each other's experiences, talk about what works and what doesn't, develop networks and make alliances.

Joining the dots - imagines a raising of awareness, a politicisation leading to radical transformation, it may also envision a strategic connection between diverse campaigns and collective actions in order to advance, strengthen, consolidate and collaborate in struggle with unity and purpose. read full story / add a comment
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 8 comments (last - monday march 09, 2015 21:40)   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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