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Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on resolution
'Europen Stop TTIP' alliance sends open letter



The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country: https://stop-ttip.org/open-letter/

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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Deireadh Fómhair 31, 2014 20:10 byPaddy Hackett   text 1 comment (last - dé haoine deireadh fómhair 31, 2014 21:17)
The anti-water charges campaign is a populist campaign driven by the opportunist politics of the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party and other organisations including the UNITE trade union. The Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party merely view the campaign as a means to enhance their popularity within the working class while opportunistically impeding the development of communist consciousness among the working class. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Déardaoin Deireadh Fómhair 30, 2014 11:26 byjohn throne   text 5 comments (last - dé sathairn samhain 01, 2014 16:01)
By John Throne. The so-called workers party which has recently had its conference played a major role in derailing the movement of the 1968/1970 period.
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 25, 2014 12:17 byCharlie   text 1 comment (last - dé domhnaigh deireadh fómhair 26, 2014 02:10)
Republican Network for Unity activists discovered water meters in Belfast despite NI Water denying their installation. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Deireadh Fómhair 21, 2014 22:43 byjohn throne   text 1 comment (last - dé máirt deireadh fómhair 28, 2014 22:54)
The degrees of violence against women and children and the slave labor inflicted on Irish women in the laundries are not caused by some flaw in the Irish character but by the nature of Irish capitalism and its relationship to the anti women dictatorial Catholic church. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Dé Domhnaigh Deireadh Fómhair 19, 2014 01:47 byjohn throne   text 4 comments (last - dé luain deireadh fómhair 20, 2014 17:14)
Sinn Fein I believe are rightly under attack for the issues around the Cahill case and the way they are said to have handled this. Abuse of women (and Men) exists in the revolutionary left also. When this comes up the leadership of these organizations usually try to cover this up by citing the supposed interests of the organization concerned and the revolution. This puts enormous pressure of the victims of assault and has to be condemned. read full story / add a comment
derry / housing / event notice Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 18, 2014 21:16 byRadical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

Derry, Sunday 2nd November, Sandinos, 3 - 6pm. read full story / add a comment
galway / housing / event notice Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 18, 2014 21:14 byRadical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

16:30-17:30, Saturday 1st Nov, Galway Bay Hotel, Galway. -The latter time is to accomodate Water Charges protest. read full story / add a comment
cork / housing / event notice Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 18, 2014 21:12 byRadical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Déardaoin Deireadh Fómhair 16, 2014 20:33 byPhilip and Zhyan   text 1 comment (last - dé domhnaigh márta 08, 2015 13:53)
Protest to support the Kurds in Kobane and Kurdistan against the terror of ISIS A Public protest to raise awareness of the crisis in Kobane and Kurdistan and to highlight escalation of power of IS (the Islamic State otherwise known as ISIS) will take place on Saturday October 18th at 2pm at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin City Centre read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Deireadh Fómhair 14, 2014 11:40 byPaddy Hackett   text 8 comments (last - dé céadaoin deireadh fómhair 15, 2014 23:58)
Single issue demands such as the movement against water rates hold back the class struggle by suggesting that capitalism can continue in the absence of these charges or taxes. This is because such demands are not embedded in a programme of an interlinked series of demands that challenges the capitalist system. read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / event notice Dé Luain Deireadh Fómhair 13, 2014 13:36 byGuth Gafa
Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

Guth Gafa (meaning ‘captive voice’) is Ireland’s only independent documentary film festival. We focus on showcasing the latest award-winning International and Irish documentary films on thought-provoking subjects, and promoting the art of great story-telling, through film, to rural Irish communities.

The festival returns this year in not one, but two magical locations, in Counties Donegal and Meath. It will get underway on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday October 26th in the unspoilt 17th century village of Malin, Co Donegal, its spiritual home. Over the following weekend, November 1st and 2nd, it will move to the magnificent and tranquil grounds of the 18th century Headfort House, a hidden gem close to the historic village of Kells in Co Meath. The objective of bringing a second location to the festival is about creating opportunities for as wide an audience as possible to see human rights and social issue documentary films.

Documentaries screened arouse great debate and discussion, and Guth Gafa’s trademark of inviting all filmmakers to present their films and discuss them with the audiences, makes the festival a unique experience for film lovers. There are few film festivals in Europe quite like Guth Gafa.

Every year, the festival brings an intimate but intense hotbed of documentary film to Ireland. With family screenings and workshops running in parallel, the 8th Guth Gafa promises to be another great festival. Guth Gafa is proudly presented with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Honeycomb – Creative Works, Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council, and Meath County Council. read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / event notice Dé Luain Deireadh Fómhair 13, 2014 11:07 byGuth Gafa   text 1 comment (last - dé luain deireadh fómhair 13, 2014 18:38)
Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

Guth Gafa (meaning ‘captive voice’) is Ireland’s only independent documentary film festival. We focus on showcasing the latest award-winning International and Irish documentary films on thought-provoking subjects, and promoting the art of great story-telling, through film, to rural Irish communities.

The festival returns this year in not one, but two magical locations, in Counties Donegal and Meath. It will get underway on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday October 26th in the unspoilt 17th century village of Malin, Co Donegal, its spiritual home. Over the following weekend, November 1st and 2nd, it will move to the magnificent and tranquil grounds of the 18th century Headfort House, a hidden gem close to the historic village of Kells in Co Meath. The objective of bringing a second location to the festival is about creating opportunities for as wide an audience as possible to see human rights and social issue documentary films.

Documentaries screened arouse great debate and discussion, and Guth Gafa’s trademark of inviting all filmmakers to present their films and discuss them with the audiences, makes the festival a unique experience for film lovers. There are few film festivals in Europe quite like Guth Gafa.

Every year, the festival brings an intimate but intense hotbed of documentary film to Ireland. With family screenings and workshops running in parallel, the 8th Guth Gafa promises to be another great festival. Guth Gafa is proudly presented with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Honeycomb – Creative Works, Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council, and Meath County Council. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Dé Domhnaigh Deireadh Fómhair 12, 2014 12:34 byTravel Warning EU 13th -26th OCT   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin deireadh fómhair 15, 2014 01:28)
+++ travel warning +++ Reisewarnung +++ Avertissement de voyage +++ SEYAHAT UYARISI +++ Alerta para los migrantes +++ Utazási +++ DIGNIIN +++poliţia va efectua controale mari în Europa +++Uwaga – Ostrzeżenie dla podróżnych +++ Lưu ý ­ cảnh báo đối với du khách +++ figyelmeztetés +++ Kujdes Qarkullimi/Udhëtimi +++ Внимание +++ تحذير سفر +++ عملیات گسترده
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 11, 2014 21:28 byjohn throne   text 1 comment (last - dé luain deireadh fómhair 13, 2014 18:59)
How can this mass movement against the water charges be developed into a lasting mass movement against austerity and capitalism. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Deireadh Fómhair 10, 2014 23:46 byjohn throne
Benny was a Comrade and example. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Deireadh Fómhair 10, 2014 16:05 byAnthony Ravlich
Describes the UN's gross deceit e.g. human rights omissions creating the IMF which discriminates on ground of intellectual property. Also, activists' lack of understanding of political globalization which has led to the dominance of the bureaucracy. In addition, the decimation of animal populations. read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Dé hAoine Deireadh Fómhair 10, 2014 12:43 byDublin Film Qlub
A critical take on "Postcard Barcelona", and a funny, sunny portrait of a lesbian anti-hero, by the brilliant Catalan filmmaker Marta Balletbó-Coll. MARTA BALLETBO-COLL: 'COSTA BRAVA' sat 18 October 2014 2.30pm (doors open at 2pm) read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 08, 2014 22:21 byPolitical Hostage
The Judicial Review of the Minister of Justice’s refusal to grant Michael McKevitt enhanced remission was scheduled to commence this morning in Court 4 of the High Court. However, upon arrival at court McKevitt’s legal team was informed that his case was being removed from the immediate hearing list and being placed instead on the Administration List – with a new date yet to be scheduled.

Michael McKevitt’s legal team protested that today’s date had been scheduled by a High Court judge before the summer break; that the case concerned the potential unlawful detention of a prisoner and a citizen’s deprivation of liberty, and that the case should be given priority and should commence as previously scheduled. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 08, 2014 17:50 byPaddy Hackett   text 7 comments (last - dé domhnaigh deireadh fómhair 12, 2014 10:29)
The rhetoric by the Sinn Fein, the Anti Austerity Alliance and the People Before Profit Alliance featuring on RTE's Prime Time programme amounts to nothing but illusion. Their election candidates showed no understanding of the need for revolution. Their rhetoric suggested that capitalism can be managed or reformed to the benefit of the working class by effectively taxing the rich and not the working class. Indeed the entire show confined itself to suggestions as to how to reform capitalism in one way or another. In that way the participants sought to effectively defend the capitalist system. Essentially all contributors were essentially advocating bourgeois politics. If the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party were genuinely revolutionary they would have challenged RTE and its other contributors by advocating the need for revolution. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Dé Máirt Deireadh Fómhair 07, 2014 15:16 byAIMS Ireland
The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS Ireland) are demanding an immediate response from the Government in budget 2015 on calls for a review into patient safety and appropriate care models in Irish maternity services. read full story / add a comment
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