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national / environment / press release Dé Céadaoin Iúil 29, 2015 09:37 byfoie
The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an 'internal communication' and that the public ‘interest would not be served by the disclosure’.

In its appeal to the Information Commissioner, FIE claimed the release is ‘a matter of extreme public importance not only in the light of the circumstances of the Gerahies incident, but also because of the failure of the Department to carry out its regulatory functions properly in ensuring compliance with aquaculture licensing conditions aimed at preventing the escape of fish.’ read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Iúil 28, 2015 17:20 byInternational Communst Party
At the end of yet another «historic» marathon session Brussels negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors, a «definitive» agreement has yet again been found to «resolve" the Greek crisis: Greek Prime Minister Tsipras and his team have come to accept as a condition for new loans to the virtually bankrupt Greek government, a plan of austerity measures significantly harsher than he had rejected a week earlier and against which he had, supposedly, held a referendum! The only point where he apparently got something concrete, is that of the reduction in military spending: the creditors have accepted that it is weaker than what they asked for... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / other press Dé Luain Iúil 20, 2015 21:27 bypostman   text 2 comments (last - dé domhnaigh meán fómhair 20, 2015 13:53)
The controversy over NAMA's sale of the Nothern Ireland loan portfolio, Project Eagle, has not gone away. It suited the Government just fine when the PAC said they would bring NAMA before the committee. - It also suited NAMA, whose polished performance was always going to give them some breathing space, given that the PAC, - no disrespect to any of it's members - just doesn't have the wherewithal to hold them to account. Here is a part of my piece on the workings of NAMA from last Tuesday, when we were debating a Housing Bill . - read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Déardaoin Iúil 16, 2015 05:06 byAstrid Essed   text 5 comments (last - dé sathairn meán fómhair 12, 2015 11:24)
The die has been cast. The Geek prime minister Tsipras, who won the elections
because of his promise to make an end to Trojka austerity measures, has capitulated,
accepting the hardest EU deal with Greece ever. Shame on him and his party
Syriza, which has lost every credibility. It's a horrible betrayal of OXI, plunging
the Greek people in still worse misery. People of Greece, fight for Freedom! read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Dé Céadaoin Iúil 15, 2015 16:58 byshannonwatch
As Shannon Airport prepares to stage an air show on July 18th to celebrate its achievements in the world of aviation, peace groups in Ireland issue a reminder that its recent history is not one to be proud of. Since 2001 the airport has been used by the US military as a gateway to wars in the Middle East. These wars have resulted in the death of innocent men, women and children, left millions of people homeless, and destroyed communities and entire countries. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Dé Luain Iúil 13, 2015 12:49 byJack Lane
The “Irish Bulletin” was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was the provide those outside Ireland with the Government’s case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression of all other outlets by the British authorities that put the Irish Government‘s case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an undergrounds publication despite being the paper of a legitimate government.
It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information. This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful.
It deserves an honoured place in Irish history yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians - and when it is - it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms.
This is the third volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. Other volumes will follow.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Iúil 10, 2015 14:45 byPaddy Hackett   text 4 comments (last - dé domhnaigh iúil 12, 2015 19:35)
The entire debate as to whether Greece should stay within the Euro or not is a bourgeois debate of no real relevance to the working class. read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Iúil 10, 2015 02:48 byPolly Peptide
Recently a major and moral decision was made to quell California legislature as to whether people suffering with terminal illness should have the right to die with dignity. Democrats did not have enough votes although the legislation might come back later in the year? To the extent that there was much of a debate in the news it has been one-sided with a chorus of status quo preventivists. Religion has once again slammed up common sense and compassion.
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national / history and heritage / event notice Dé Luain Iúil 06, 2015 15:33 byMary Muldowney
On Saturday 18th July the East Wall History Group will host the inaugural Sarah Lundberg Summer School. Held in conjunction with the Alternative Visions Oral History Group, the event is in honour of our friend and colleague Sarah Lundberg, an archivist, historian and publisher who tragically passed away last year.

The topic of Kathleen Lynn was chosen because this remarkable woman was the subject of a major publishing project that Sarah had begun at the time of her death. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Kathleen Lynn in September of 1955. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Dé Sathairn Iúil 04, 2015 10:29 byshannonwatch
Shannon Airport will host what they call an "air display extravaganza" on July 18th, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight at the airport. They say the airshow will provide a visual treat from leading aerobatics performers, parachutists, helicopters, jet fighters and stunt fliers. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Dé hAoine Iúil 03, 2015 16:24 byJoe Mcivor
Global Research article on last March's appointment of Roger Carr,Chairman of Europe’s largest arms firm BAE Systems, as Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust.

Last March the Chairman of Europe’s largest arms firm BAE Systems, Roger Carr, was appointed Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust. Will Carr’s close ties to the arms industry “get the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers” as its mission statement promises?

On the trust’s web site we can read the following:

“The BBC exists to serve the public, and its mission is to inform, educate and entertain. The BBC Trust is the governing body of the BBC, and we make sure the BBC delivers that mission.”

For many years, however, the BBC has been caught delivering weapons of mass deception, lying, censoring important stories and engaging in war propaganda on more than one occasion. Here are just a few articles we published about BBC lies and propaganda: read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Dé hAoine Iúil 03, 2015 12:56 byDublin Film Qlub
The Dublin Film Qlub's Season Five, devoted to LGBTQ Directors, concludes with...

XABIER DOLAN: I KILLED MY MOTHER
sat 18 July 2015
2.30pm
(doors open at 2pm)

The New Theatre
East Essex Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

Day Membership: 8 euro
(free tea and coffee)
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international / eu / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Meitheamh 30, 2015 20:45 byPaddy Hackett   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin iúil 15, 2015 14:55)
The various programmes advanced by much of the radical left are lodged within the limits of capitalism. But it these very limits that the Greek financial crisis is manifesting. Leftists proposing the limits of capitalism to solve those very limits is a contradiction.
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Dé Máirt Meitheamh 30, 2015 11:10 byno to Irish Water
Dublin South Build The Boycott have organised a local community protest march against the unjust water charges in Dundrum D.16.

Dublin South Build The Boycott is a non-party political group who collectively oppose the unjust water charges. It is made up of people who are affiliated to political parties and those with no affiliation to any party. If you like to get involved with this group please don't hesitate to get in touch - Dublin South Build The Boycott of Water Charges. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Déardaoin Meitheamh 25, 2015 00:40 byauntiewar   text 2 comments (last - dé sathairn meitheamh 27, 2015 13:50)
It’s a rich irony – in fact a richness worth about $7.4 billion, and counting. In the same week that European Union envoys voted to extend trade sanctions on Russia, news emerges from the Paris Air Show that American aviation giant, Boeing, is moving ahead to sell a fleet of its 747 cargo planes – to Russia. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Déardaoin Meitheamh 25, 2015 00:30 byauntiewar
Veterans for peace have launched a series of short films as part of a new campaign to highlight the fact that 16 year olds can still be recruited into the army in the UK. They are based on the "action man" character and depict several aspects of war not shown in ordinary adverts. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 24, 2015 16:37 byPat Waine
The very clear lessons on coalition with the right that now must be re learned by the left in Ireland all over again. The failure so far to rule out a coalition involving Fianna Fail, Labour and Fianna Gael is a failure to learn the lessons of historical compromises of the past. The left in Ireland must set out to build a real alternative to the narrative of austerity propagated by the capitalist parties in Ireland and supported by Labour.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 24, 2015 11:12 by1 of Indymedia
A new Trade Secrets law to be voted on next week by the European Parliament threatens a massive clampdown on journalists and whistle-blowers, write Anne Friel & Anaïs Berthier, giving corporations the right to sue those who disclose private information even in the public interest to protect health, safety and environment.
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national / anti-capitalism / other press Dé Luain Meitheamh 22, 2015 13:18 byRed Banner
Issue 60 of
Red Banner: a magazine of socialist ideas
is out now
€2 / £1.50 from shops or the address above read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Dé Domhnaigh Meitheamh 21, 2015 23:26 bypostman
Privatisation of Postal Services - A great little neoliberal country to do business in…

Yesterday afternoon in the Dáil, we discussed the Communications Regulation (Postal Service) (Amendment) Bill 2015 – a piece of legislation that represents the latest push by this Government to further its neoliberal agenda through the privatisation, or “outsourcing,” of public services in this country. Under this new legislation, our new national postcode system – Eircode – will be privatised and administered by Capita Ireland, which is part of the £7bn Capita multinational corporation, a global conglomerate with vast experience of snapping up lucrative state contracts around the world.
I asked the Minister why at least €27m of taxpayers’ money is being pumped into a postcode system that many in the delivery industry have described “lacking vision” and utterly useless, while at the same time, rural post offices are being closed down, further isolating the communities they serve. Rural Ireland, and in particular those most vulnerable, are being abandoned in favour of big business. Here’s my contribution in the Chamber. – read full story / add a comment
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