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Video from the Villa Park eviction in Dublin 02:09 Jan 24 0 comments
Irish Water: Killing off conservation and the real agenda behind water charges 12:03 Jan 18 2 comments
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Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
Time for an Honest Conversation Fri Feb 12, 2016 15:13 | Michael Taft
The Investment Deficit Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:42 | Michael Taft
In Praise of Ungovernability Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:23 | Laurence Cox
Book Launch: Margaretta D?Arcy?s Memoir, Ireland?s Guantanamo Granny Thu Feb 11, 2016 13:09 | Irish Left Review
A Costly Health Service? Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:51 | Michael Taft
The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren
Kautsky â€“ The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien
How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus
Syriza and Israel: Syrizaâ€™s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh
What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Ukraine SITREP February 11th, 2016 by Scott Thu Feb 11, 2016 17:09 | Scott
International Military Review ? Syria, Feb. 11, 2016 Thu Feb 11, 2016 14:54 | The Saker
Most interesting statement of Major General Igor Konashenkov (MUST SEE!) Thu Feb 11, 2016 13:07 | The Saker
International Military Review ? Syria & Iraq ? Feb.10, 2016 Thu Feb 11, 2016 00:41 | The Saker
Foreign Policy Diary ? Turkey?s Military Intervention to Syria Thu Feb 11, 2016 00:04 | The Saker
dublin / history and heritage / feature Thursday January 28, 2016 20:38 by 1 of Indymedia 8 comments (last - monday february 01, 2016 22:17) 8 images 2 video files
#SaveMooreStreetfromDemolition This is an important call to you to take part in this crucial show of support of the 1916 Moore Street Markets Battlefield site, on this Saturday. We are asking people to come in 1916 uniform or clothes, to bear one of the flags of the 1916 Easter Rising, to tell and bring your friends and comrades. #SaveMooreStreet Please share this post.
The march assembles at Liberty Hall at 1pm on Sat 30th and then proceeds to Moore Street.
Government sides with Corporate Creed to wipe out our revolutionary memory for good. Later this year or next they will sign away ALL our sovereign rights via the EU-US TTIP treaty read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Thursday January 28, 2016 20:02 by aaa 2 images
This Saturday Kshama Sawant, an elected socialist for Seattle council, will speak at our election launch rally about breaking the power of the two parties of Wall Street in the US and the movements that won $15 minimum wage.
The AAA wants to use the election to start a political revolution to take on the power and wealth of the 1% to deliver radical change for the majority. Come along and hear Kshama and support our campaign. read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / event notice Thursday January 28, 2016 18:47 by Sharon. 1 comment (last - friday february 05, 2016 17:37) 2 images
From Garden of Remembrance (Parnell Square) to the GPO (O'Connell Street). read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Thursday January 28, 2016 11:53 by Laurence Cox
Ian Manborde of Ruskin College's MA in Global Labour and Social Change discusses their experience in working with union organisers and activists from other social movements. read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Wednesday January 27, 2016 14:30 by T 1 comment (last - thursday january 28, 2016 19:00) 10 images
There was a reasonable turnout at Saturday's Water Charges protest in Dublin. There were two main assembly points, Christchurch and Connolly station and both groups met up on O'Connell street outside the GPO where the speeches were given and crowd generally entertained with music at the start and end.
Estimates for the numbers are hard to come back as it seems RTE, the government and media like to play down the numbers while the estimate from Right2Water seemed a bit high but it was probably somewhere between 10,000 and 20,00 in Dublin. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Monday January 25, 2016 20:30 by Ban Fox Hunting in Ireland 1 comment (last - friday january 29, 2016 22:09) 2 images
High Profile foxhunter caught redhanded assaulting two farmers...dramatic video footage exposes bullying and thuggery!
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Homeless has steadily risen in the last few years and is now at crisis level. However the state is not interested and likes to imply high rates means the economy is doing well. It actually means we're just being screwed even more. The eviction last week with the full support of the Garda shows where the State's loyalty is and that is with landlords. In this case we have a house abandoned for years, but once they realize there is a squat there no resources are spared to evict people out on the street even if they have to smash up the place to do so. Bottom line is that they would rather wreck a house than have people paying no rent. Notice also how the law doesn't apply to them. See the report below from the WSM.
Monday (Jan 18th) saw an eviction without court order in Dublin involving Garda and private security / builders at Villa Park, Dublin 7. The house had been left abandoned for at least two years according to neighbours before being brought back into use last October by people who needed a home. One of them told us that it was a “Beautiful house that was to be demolished in order to make a new route to warehouse / bakery behind it but neighbours objected and planning permission was refused. The person claiming ownership seemed to be very wealthy and is listed as a director of over 28 companies.” read full story / add a comment
dublin / economics and finance / event notice Friday January 22, 2016 14:22 by 1 of Indymedia 1 image
A coalition of 40 Irish Civil organisations are launching the Robin Hood Tax Campaign Ireland, united in the belief that it is time to make Irish financial institutions pay their fair share in tax to help clean up the mess they have helped create, and to help avoid another financial crash happening by curbing speculative trading.
The Nevin Economic Research Institute is estimating a net gain in the range of 320 to 360 million Euro each year from the Financial Transaction Tax to the Irish exchequer. Ten other European countries are about to introduce the tax while the Irish Government is NOT taking this opportunity. The campaign aims to change this Government position and campaigns for Ireland to join the other European countries and introduce a Financial Transaction Tax.
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday January 22, 2016 12:58 by Paddy Hackett 5 comments (last - sunday january 31, 2016 23:46)
Utilitarianism is the hidden basis for the moral and philosophical basis of much of the Irish Left read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday January 21, 2016 18:21 by Justin Morahan 9 comments (last - monday february 01, 2016 14:05)
Mary-Anne Grady Flores a grandmother from upper State New York was jailed for six months and started her sentence on Tuesday last for taking pictures of an anti-drone protest. The letter below has been sent to the US Ambassador along with the Democracy Now account of the jailing read full story / add a comment
The Annual Assembly of Claiming Our Future organisation takes place this Sat 23rd Jan in the Teachers Club in Parnell Square from 11am to 2pm.
The agendas that concern us are changing and proliferating in every direction. To name a few...
At a global level there are: Climate Change and COP 21; permanent war zones; refugee and migrant flows and the failure to respond to these; UN Sustainable Development Goals; the need to reclaim EU values and solidarity to agree on strategies for the refugees and threats of EU downsizing or breakup
At a national level there are: growing homelessness; inadequate health care; an uneven economy; privilege for the 1%;; the constant stop/go of the Good Friday Agreement; political corruption and political disaffection.
How does civil society respond? Do we work harder in our own areas or improve interconnection with other movements? Do we concentrate on lobbying the state, especially in election periods, or give up on t failing states and advocate community solutions? read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday January 20, 2016 22:29 by lasc
In the northern highlands of Peru, in a region known as Cajamarca, indigenous-campesino communities are struggling to protect their land and their water supply from destruction. A multinational mining corporation, backed up by the World Bank, wants to turn the mountain lakes, the source of water for tens of thousands of subsistence farmers, into immense open pits. This would be the biggest extractive project that Latin America has ever seen.
Speaker: Lynda Sullivan
Weds 27th Jan @ 7pm read full story / add a comment
Urging a high turnout at Saturday’s Right2Water protests, Campaign says household Water Charges are Subsidy to Business
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday January 20, 2016 21:53 by right2water 1 image 1 attached file
The Right2Water campaign said today (Wednesday January 20th) that water charges are being used to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest in our society. Pointing out that households only use 10 percent of water but are now expected to pay up to 78 percent of all costs while corporations and agriculture use 90 percent of all water but will only pay 22 percent of the costs, Right2Water said that water charges amount to a ‘transfer of wealth’. read full story / add a comment
Social movements and communities can seem to be up against overwhelming odds at times. Personal burnout, organisational collapse and movement decline are all familiar experiences – taking energy, skills, networks and whole communities out of the fight. How can we sustain ourselves and our movements so as to bring about the really big transformations that are needed? And how can we bring more creativity, solidarity and liberation to our relationships with others who are struggling for change? read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Monday January 18, 2016 16:05 by Una Feely 1 image
Rare visit by international peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Professor Jeff Halper, to Cork, Limerick and Dublin.
Dr. Jeff Halper (below) will speak and launch his new book ‘War Against The People – Israel, the Palestinians and Global ‘Pacification’ at the following locations in Ireland:
Tuesday, January 19th at 8pm Clarion Hotel Cork
Wednesday, January 20th at 7.30pm, The Absolute Hotel, Limerick
Thursday, January 21st at 7.00pm, The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin
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national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday January 18, 2016 12:51 by Billy Fitzpatrick
The level of involvement by women in the 1916 Rising is historically unprecedented. This is recognised and welcomed in the Proclamation. The Rising, and the Proclamation which attempted to explain it, is of international significance. read full story / add a comment
From Cavan to Cork: Right2Water announces details of local Water Charges Demonstration Events on Jan Saturday 23rd
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Monday January 18, 2016 12:38 by right2water 1 image 1 attached file
Campaign warns public opposition to water charges will be reflected in ballot boxes
The Right2Water campaign has announced details of local events planned for Saturday January 23rd to highlight the campaign’s ongoing demand for the abolition of water charges. Nearly 30 different events are planned in a range of locations from Cavan to Dublin to Cork. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Monday January 18, 2016 12:03 by 1 of Indymedia 2 comments (last - wednesday february 10, 2016 09:57) 3 images
This article by David Gibney from the Right2Water website has been republished here in light of the upcoming water charges protest on this Sat 23rd Jan in advance of the election due in the next few weeks. It highlights the scam and lies around Irish Water and how it is fully intended to privatise it. If and when the TIPP agreement is signed between the EU and USA, privatisation will be unstoppable not just for our water but for all services right across the board.
THERE are three obvious agendas behind the imposition of domestic water charges. If you were to believe the government spin, you’d think it was about conservation.
But the three real reasons are:
Shifting the burden of paying for water from commercial enterprises to households;
Giving tax breaks to the wealthy while imposing water charges on everyone else; and
Lining up the future privatisation of our water industry.
There are a number of ways we can prove the conservation argument is a farce. The first and most obvious is through direct comparison with other countries that already have domestic water charges in place. read full story / add a comment
International Stalls, World Street-Food, Interactive Workshops, and Live Music read full story / add a comment