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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
An currach ag fás!
mayo / miscellaneous / photo-essay Friday August 21, 2015 02:35 by Paul Lynch   image 10 images
Cuid de na photos ón obair agus craic ag féile na saoirse na laethanta seo caite. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / photo-essay Monday April 13, 2015 15:43 by Rita Fagan   image 1 image
Bernie Dwyer will be with the Five and Cuba forever

The rhythmic sound of the waves and the warm sea breeze has harbored the ashes of a dear friend of Cuba, the Irish Bernie Dwyer, where were launched into our sea by Gerardo, Antonio, Fernando and René, along with the families and friends of the beloved social activist, who until her death, and even seriously ill, she continued to fight for the liberation of the Five. (Havana, 7th March 2015)
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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 2 comments (last - friday may 15, 2015 16:46)   image 23 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
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Sunday February 01, 2015 22:53 by 1 of Indymedia   text 3 comments (last - monday february 02, 2015 14:54)   image 20 images
There was large turnout at Saturday's Water Charges protest which the government probably hoped would be smaller but what Saturday shows is that the campaign is very much still alive and there plans for a bigger national march in a few weeks time.

The protest was organised by each of the local campaigns and the plan was for each of the different groups to meet and converge in the centre of Dublin. Those from Dublin West met up at Hueston station marched down the quays to link up with people from Dublin at O'Connell bridge. Meanwhile people from North Dublin met at Connolly and also converged at O'Connell bridge. read full story / add a comment
Outside the barricades on Kildare St.
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Sunday December 14, 2014 19:03 by Luke Eastwood   image 15 images
Ireland is waking up... Despite what RTE and others may say, anyone who was there knows that there were over 100,000 people present. Half of Dublin was brought to a standstill as a result of the rally as ordinary citizens spent the day on the streets, along with the hundreds of homeless people in evidence. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / photo-essay Saturday September 13, 2014 23:39 by 1 of Indymedia   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 16, 2014 18:09)   image 23 images
During the month of 2014 the Israeli stated launched a murderous war against the people of Gaza. They relentlessly bombed the Gaza strip which is perhaps one of the most densely populated areas in the world. People had no where to go and escape. Thousands of men, women and children were murdered by the state -perhaps even more were killed in that one month than they 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland. read full story / add a comment
Sruth Mahda  Chonn Estuary - Special Area of Conservation
mayo / environment / photo-essay Saturday August 31, 2013 18:03 by Shelver   text 6 comments (last - saturday august 31, 2013 19:10)   image 31 images
Project Overview
On a physical level the Corrib project comprises of a gas refinery 8km inland at Ballinaboy, an offshore section of pipeline 80km long from the beach at Glengad to the Corrib field 80km to the west under the Atlantic, and the 8km of onshore pipeline between the two, which is currently under construction.
The infrastructure of the project is spread over this area, while the secondary support infrastructure of roads and quarries etc extends further out.

Two of the images are from a Shell planning application, with some more detail of the project overlaid, to give context to the photographs that follow. read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / photo-essay Friday August 30, 2013 02:33 by Gearoid O Loingsigh   image 5 images
Tens of thousands marched through the capital city Bogotá in solidarity with the agrarian strike. read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / photo-essay Saturday May 25, 2013 16:55 by T   image 11 images
The protest against Monsanto and GM food took place today setting off from the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square in Dublin. Initially numbers were slow to build but by the time it was ready to start a surprising number of people showed up for a campaign organised outside of any the existing Leftist parties or groups and it was great to see that it attracted and drew in a lot of new people who perhaps prefer to not get involved in more overtly political campaigns.

As the crowd set of down towards O'Connell street, there were at least 300 or 400 carrying a number of placards on theme of Monsanto and GM food and GMOs. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Saturday April 13, 2013 21:10 by T   text 2 comments (last - monday april 15, 2013 00:16)   image 21 images
The anti-property tax demo took place today (Sat) assembling at the Garden of Remembrance / Parnell Square and then heading off down O'Connell street and to Dublin Castle. There was a turnout of between approximately 5,000 and 8,000. At Dublin Castle the entrance was sealed off by a line of Garda. Crowds gathered just below where a platform was setup where a number of speakers spoke to the crowd. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / photo-essay Sunday November 25, 2012 14:38 by T   text 7 comments (last - thursday november 29, 2012 22:12)   image 12 images
At yesterday's pre-budget anti-austerity march there was a turnout of up to 10,000 people from a diverse range of groups. The march was due to set off at 1pm but finally set off at 2pm led by Austerity on a horse followed by a colour sea of banners and placards. Groups ranged from SIPTU to community groups, pissed-off citizens and quite a large group of supporters from the Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes. read full story / add a comment
In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis pol
international / rights, freedoms and repression / photo-essay Tuesday November 22, 2011 22:16 by T   image 16 images
This is a photo-essay of pepper spray attacks by 'law enforcers' in a range of countries. The photos are courtsey of the website. The first set of photos are at the new famous Occupy at the University of California Davis that happened just a few days ago. read full story / add a comment
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