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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Hell at the Gates: A propaganda exercise

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offsite link Irish media should be fighting gagging law Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Latest Saker Podcast # 12 (Q&A with readers) is out! Tue Oct 25, 2016 18:12 | The Saker
Dear friends, As promised recently, I am happy to announce the posting of my 12th podcast today.  You can pick one of two formats to listen to it: YouTube or

offsite link Syria & Iraq War Report ? October 25, 2016: Militants Suffer Major Losses in Western Ghouta Tue Oct 25, 2016 17:57 | The Saker

offsite link «America Has Lost» in the Philippines Tue Oct 25, 2016 14:07 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar for Strategic Culture «Your honors, in this venue I announce my separation from the United States? both in military and economics also». Thus Philippines President Rodrigo «The

offsite link Making sense of the Russian naval task force off the coast of Syria Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:52 | The Saker
This article was written for the Unz Review: The AngloZionst Empire’s propaganda machine, otherwise known as the corporate media, has had great difficulties deciding what it should say about

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/10/24 ? Open Thread Mon Oct 24, 2016 17:00 | Herb Swanson
2016/10/24 16:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

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Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link Benefit Sanctions and Coercion Within the Irish Welfare System Thu Sep 22, 2016 13:38 | Cliodhna Murphy

offsite link The rights of the unborn: a troubling decision from the High Court? Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:42 | Máiréad Enright

offsite link Progress Report on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. Mon Jul 11, 2016 13:40 | admin

offsite link The UN and the Eighth Amendment Thu Jun 23, 2016 09:46 | admin

offsite link Call for Papers: State Accountability for Vulnerability Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:29 | admin

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link What you want to say ? 26th October 2016 06:18 Wed Oct 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Waste story? 00:38 Wed Oct 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Ireland and the Spanish Republic. Speaker: Dr Sean Byers. (Part 3) 22:43 Tue Oct 25, 2016 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link US Elections: Politico podcast 15:18 Tue Oct 25, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Free trade at any cost 12:45 Tue Oct 25, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

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louth / arts and media / event notice Monday May 16, 2016 12:24 by Eamonn Quinn
Louth Contemporary Music Society
presents MUSIC BOOKS

Dundalk — 17-18 June 2016

Open the pages. Hear the sounds.

Over an evening and a day, musicians of the highest international calibre, many of them making return visits, come to Dundalk to perform five books of music, including contemporary classics and works specially created for this unique occasion. read full story / add a comment
antrim / environment / press release Sunday May 15, 2016 21:17 by pbp
MLA and TD hit out at ‘cloak and dagger’ tactic by authorities in allowing this drill to take place; implications for South

People Before Profit to move Bill to ban fracking in the Dáil once it resumes

People Before Profit MLA, Gerry Carroll and TD, Richard Boyd Barrett condemn moves to initiate fracking in Co Antrim and warned if test drills go ahead it could open the door for fracking North and South. The statement comes after NI Water’s decision to allow Infrastrata to begin drilling for oil just 380 metres away from Woodburn reservoir in Co Antrim. This could lead to UK company, Tramboran, attempting to drill in Fermanagh, which in turn, could lead to fracking in Leitrim and Cavan. read full story / add a comment
Margaretta D'Arcy with Connolly Show citizen actors
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday May 14, 2016 19:24 by Jake Arden   image 5 images
100 years ago, if a Dublin Castle tout had entered the Connolly Books building on Essex Street, Temple Bar, he would have been quids in. Sitting hugger mugger around a huge table in the centre of the room are more than 20 of the most subversive characters in Ireland, spouting socialist verse and preaching revolution and rebellion. They include communists, trotskyists, anarchists, republicans, trade unionists, anti-austerity activists, pacifists, militant feminists, internationalists, environmentalists, ex political prisoners, independent TDs, writers, poets, singers, artists, and actors. They have banded together in one bold adventure: to read, over a series of lunchtimes, the entire, epic, 24-hour Non Stop Connolly Show. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Saturday May 14, 2016 13:31 by Tony Lowes
The environmental group friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have published on their website photographs of young birds killed in their nests by tree felling during this bird’s breeding season at a County Longford estate.

An investigation into felling at Castleforbes Estate County Longford by the Forest Service after a complaint from FIE in early April confirmed reports of the great spotted woodpecker drumming in the woods scheduled for felling but officials refused to halt the work because no nests were found. Other bird recorded in the Castleforbes Estate include the owl and the kestrel, harrier, and the cuckoo[TL1] . The badger, fox, pine martin, hedgehog, stoat and red squirrel are also present, the latter returning and flourishing only in the last 10 years. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Wednesday May 11, 2016 22:28 by cd   text 3 comments (last - thursday june 02, 2016 22:47)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A cross party group of TDs have expressed concern at the jailing of two political activists, Sean Doyle and Eamonn McGrath. Both men have been remanded in custody until the 21st of May and 24th of June respectively for taking part in a peaceful protest in Kilcoole. Sean was arrested after being assaulted by an individual in front of Gardai while his attacker went unpunished. The same attacker then viciously pushed a woman to the ground. The Gardaí present saw fit to arrest the protesters for trespass while they gently escorted the assailant away. No charges have been brought against this man. The continuation of the political policing of the Irish Water protests exposes the Garda, yet again, as a force used to protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people. read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Wednesday May 11, 2016 12:05 by Dublin Film Qlub

Our new season continues with...
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galway / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Tuesday May 10, 2016 23:11 by on your bike
Our monthly social will be this Friday (13th May) at the usual time and usual place (18:30 in Massimo). Come along and feel free to bring a friend or two. Everyone is real nice, promise! A very loose theme/discussion for the social will be 'how to encourage private businesses to install bike parking' but we won't be limited to just that. See you there, with bells on;) read full story / add a comment
dublin / racism & migration related issues / event notice Monday May 09, 2016 14:05 by pbp   text 5 comments (last - sunday may 15, 2016 22:43)   image 1 image
Stop Racism in its tracks. United Against Racism are holding a protest
demonstration at the garage entrance to Nutgrove Shopping Centre to show
solidarity with the three young Afghani people who were subjected to a racist attack on Nutgrove Way
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday May 08, 2016 11:38 by Jake Arden   image 2 images   video 1 video file
In Dublin’s Temple Bar, within gunshot of the General Post Office, a diverse band of Irish citizen actors are planning to strike a blow against war and imperialism and for Irish freedom. This is not a costumed re-enactment of the 1916 Easter Rising but an act of contemporary revolutionary theatre, where the audience for the epic 1970s play the Non Stop Connolly Show, by Margaretta D’Arcy and John Arden, become the cast. Each lunchtime between 27 April and 12 May, volunteers muster at Connolly Books to take reading parts in the play which covers the life, struggles and death of James Connolly. Not only has the fourth wall been broken down, but the spirit of text has spurred solidarity action by the players in support of Maura Harrington, jailed in Mountjoy on Friday for her opposition to Shell’s rape of the the West of Ireland countryside. read full story / add a comment
Ireland's resource giveaway.
national / economics and finance / press release Saturday May 07, 2016 19:38 by Shell to Sea   text 3 comments (last - wednesday may 18, 2016 13:39)   image 1 image
Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington was arrested in Belmullet on Friday afternoon and jailed for 10 days in Mountjoy prison for the non-payment of a court fine of E300.
It is thought that the jailing relates to a 2012 protest attempting to block construction of the disputed development. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / news report Saturday May 07, 2016 08:31 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM)   image 5 images
Like it or not, Rodrigo Duterte has been leading the presidential polls in successive surveys. read full story / add a comment
dublin / housing / event notice Friday May 06, 2016 23:53 by D7HousingAction   image 2 images
As part of the 'Housing Land Initiative' Dublin City Council is threatening to hand land across Dublin - in O'Devaney Garden, St. Michael's Estate and Oscar Traynor Road -over to private developers.
We Want to Stop This.

Help us protest public land and housing across our city.
Protest - Dublin City Hall on Monday May 9th 5pm read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Friday May 06, 2016 22:29 by ipsc   image 1 image
To mark Nakba Day 2016 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to present a speaking tour with Lubna Shomali and Nidal Al-Azzah from BADIL, Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights.

They will tour Ireland from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th May. read full story / add a comment
limerick / housing / news report Friday May 06, 2016 21:09 by aetf   image 6 images
Today in Limerick Court, the Irish state on behalf of capitalism and property in favour of its own citizens
and the original ideals of the 1916 proclamation, was planning to use the resource of the state to
carry out 170 home evications throwing potentially hundreds more citizens onto the streets. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday May 04, 2016 22:45 by greenpeace   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 04, 2016 23:27)   image 1 image   2 attached files
Amsterdam, 2 May 2016 - Today Greenpeace Netherlands releases secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations. On the documents will be made available for everyone to read, because democracy needs transparency.

“These documents make clear the scale and scope of the trade citizens of the United States and the European Union are being asked to make in pursuit of corporate profits. It is time for the negotiations to stop, and the debate to begin.

Should we be able to act when we have reasonable grounds to believe our health and wellbeing is at risk, or must we wait until the damage is done?

Were our governments serious in Paris when they said they would do what was necessary to protect the planet, and keep climate change under 1.5 degrees?

Environmental protection should not be seen as a barrier to trade, but as a safeguard for our health, and the health of future generations. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday May 03, 2016 23:44 by Inga
Polish organizations in Ireland are holding a solidarity rally with the events in Poland. We invite all political parties and organizations in Ireland with a commitment to civic freedoms to join us in this positive event promoting full equality and inclusion for everyone. On that day, we want to stand together, above nations, borders and political divisions, in a common quest for a just and democratic society.
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national / housing / event notice Tuesday May 03, 2016 23:09 by DDCI   image 1 image
Vulture Funds have been a key player in the Global South for years, but more recently their focus on the Irish property market has been a subject of concern closer to home.

Join DDCI on Wednesday May 4th at 18:30 in the Teacher's club for the launch of our research paper, 'From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands: Vulture Funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South.' read full story / add a comment
Table of top ten vulture funds operatoring in Ireland
national / housing / press release Tuesday May 03, 2016 23:00 by DDCI   image 1 image   1 attached file
DDCI calls on incoming Government to prioritise strict regulation of controversial funds

A new report released today (Tuesday May 3rd) by Debt Development Coalition Ireland highlights the manner in which vulture funds have aggressively bought up large volumes of debt in recent years, and how this form of financial speculation has had hugely negative social impacts both in Ireland and the Global South.

Entitled "From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands: Vulture Funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South" the report shows how the Irish government has actively facilitated vulture funds through both the IBRC and NAMA. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday May 03, 2016 19:17 by Mack MacThomais
Recenly the emergence of a "new party" in Ireland made headlines, however social democracy is not new whatsoever. The legacy of this idealogy has left millions dead across the world however this article will focus on its impact in Mexico and how the Irish government were the only government in the world at the time to break off diplomatic relations with Mexico and its social democracy policies. read full story / add a comment
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