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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Monday February 23, 2015 23:01 by ipsc
Would you like to come along to the next Open Meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 26th February at 7.30pm

Venue: IPSC Office, 18 Capel Street, Dublin 1 read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday February 23, 2015 22:57 by shannonwatch
Shannonwatch are urging their supporters to come to Ennis District Court on Tuesday February 24th to support TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace who attempted to inspect a US military plane at Shannon last July. Their alleged offence is illegal entrance into a restricted area of the airport, and their action was in response to the failure of the authorities to inspect US aircraft at Shannon.

Shannonwatch have repeatedly called for an end to the US military use of Shannon. They also call for inspection of all military and suspected CIA aircraft at the airport for as long as they are being allowed to pass through. read full story / add a comment
kildare / environment / event notice Monday February 23, 2015 16:45 by Tadhg Ó Cruadhlaoich
Cur Crainn i gCill Dara
Meitheal chun crainn darach, cnó capall agus fuinseog a chuir

Teacht le chéile ag Club Gailf Dunmurry Springs,
Bhaile Chill Dara

Satharn 28 Feabhra, 2015

3.30 – 5 p.m. Ag cur na gCrann

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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday February 21, 2015 19:45 by Bernard Moffatt
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture have responded (today) to concerns raised by the Celtic League about arrests of children in dawn raids in Dublin recently. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / feature Friday February 20, 2015 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance   text 8 comments (last - monday march 09, 2015 21:40)   image 3 images
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and meters, which are being imposed by the government despite the massive opposition to them. read full story / add a comment
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national / consumer issues / feature Friday February 20, 2015 16:29 by missing our buses already   text 2 comments (last - wednesday february 25, 2015 13:09)   image 2 images   2 attached files
Just three weeks ago the National Transport Authority (NTA) officially started the tendering for 2016 of initially 10% of Dublin Bus routes and a further 10% of all Bus Eireann routes with most of the routes in Waterford City, and a number of Dublin commuter routes are to be privatised. In the original plan a number of Cork City routes were to go but these will probably happen later. This process has been the culmination of a relentless effort by Fine Gael (FG) in the present government and their predecessors and fellow Neo-Liberal ideologists, Fianna Fáil (FF) in the last government where they have consistently pushed for the break up of both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann so that it can be handed over to their friends in the private sector to run on a profit basis. The NTA is used as a sort of cloak of respectability to give the impression that they will actually be a regulator with teeth of which we know very few regulators have any teeth, with the banking regulator during the Celtic Tiger coming to mind, plus many other examples and the function of NTA is really for propaganda value to convince the middle class. However this whole scheme is about ideology and is NOT about competition but about privatisation. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Thursday February 19, 2015 22:37 by RightToWater   image 1 image
The Right2Water campaign is shocked by the jailing of five water protesters for contempt of court today (Thursday, 19th February). Bernie Hughes, Derek Byrne and Michael Batty were all sentenced to 28 days in prison while Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill were given 56 days each.

Right2Water representatives were in court for the sentencing, which they described as “an unnecessary and provocative decision brought about by an unfair water charge that has already been rejected and cannot work.” read full story / add a comment
limerick / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Thursday February 19, 2015 21:37 by shannonwatch
A human rights lawyer who challenged the Costa Rican government on breaches of neutrality under its Constitution and won will speak at the Mechanics Institute in Limerick on Tuesday 24th Feb at 7pm.

Roberto Zamora works mostly on constitutional affairs and litigation for the protection of human rights. As a college student he challenged Costa Rican President Pacheco's decision to support the US/UK led aggression on Iraq. The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled the support as unconstitutional, and ordered the country's withdrawal from the coalition. He also successfully challenged a presidential decision to allow the manufacture of nuclear fuel and nuclear reactors "for all purposes" in Costa Rica. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday February 19, 2015 14:40 by An Spréach   image 2 images
“No one deserves to live like this”
A poster I came across on a billboard recently, juxtaposed by the wasteland where one of our block of flats used to sit, where working class families used to live happily, side by side, before they were all socially cleansed from the area, and for what? Already a year has passed since they were pulled down to the ground, and all we have to show for it now is a lousy carpark—desperate!

Currently, there are over 80 unused empty units in Tom Kelly Flats, some of which have been empty for over five years or more, 3 and 4 bedroom flats too. read full story / add a comment
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fermanagh / environment / event notice Wednesday February 18, 2015 13:41 by Anti-fracking   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 18, 2015 10:49)   image 1 image
The Impact of Fracking Conference

Hosted by Martina Anderson (SF), MEP
Key Note Speaker: Andy Gheorghiu

Venue: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday February 18, 2015 13:06 by Fenian
The courts decision today to further remand Seamus Daly into custody, based on the assertions by the prosecution that a further 6 weeks was needed to obtain analytics and perhaps up to a further 4 months to obtain other material from the 26 Counties can only be viewed as a stalling tactic and disingenuous. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 18, 2015 05:14 by Anthony Ravlich.
Some of the gifted and highly intelligent victims of the UN's and State's cultural cleansing of individual self-determination may seek accountability. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Tuesday February 17, 2015 21:57 by An Spréach   text 1 comment (last - monday february 23, 2015 11:45)   image 1 image
Eight housing activists were today acquitted by the Dublin Criminal Court of Justice, relating to a case spanning back seven months ago, when the charge against them of trespass was thrown out of court.

All eight accused had initially set about into investigating whether or not it was feasible to open up, and re-do, one of the 80 unused flats on Charlemont Street, that had been lying empty for over two years or more. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Tuesday February 17, 2015 21:55 by An Spréach   image 1 image
Eight housing activists were today acquitted by the Dublin Criminal Court of Justice, relating to a case spanning back seven months ago, when the charge against them of trespass was thrown out of court.

All eight accused had initially set about into investigating whether or not it was feasible to open up, and re-do, one of the 80 unused flats on Charlemont Street, that had been lying empty for over two years or more.

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national / miscellaneous / event notice Monday February 16, 2015 20:59 by Laurence Cox   text 1 comment (last - sunday february 22, 2015 10:44)   image 1 image
The following groups, Gluaiseacht for Global Justice, We're Not Leaving, ATTAC Ireland, Third Level Workplace Watch, and Marea Granate Dublin invite you to a

Grassroots Strategy Weekend

Evening debate, Friday 6th March, 7 pm - 9 pm
All day workshops, Saturday 7th March, 10 am to 5 pm
Teacher's Club, Dublin 1 read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Sunday February 15, 2015 21:54 by William Wraithwrite
We Americans (conditioned in the Hebrew tradition) have learned to see enemies in Biblical terms as one-sidedly evil as Satan. It takes a mass media of some very sophisticated accomplishment to continually portray people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, several Middle Eastern leaders as Satan. One needs to be somewhat steeped in the Biblical Literature to create such black and white conclusions. This is one legacy the Bible has bequeathed to modern politics—the absolutism of naming enemy in terms of good versus absolute evil. Israel plays a master game of such portrayal of their supposed enemies. The current leader of Syria, Bashar al-Assad is the new version of Zionist Satan, but even this casting of totally evil Muslim figure is not good enough—we have a new entity that does the most obviously sensational sins—behead journalists and engage in egregious forms of violation—the ISIS/ ISIL phenomenon that America magically armed and some claim even trained (see in alternative media) and magically uses to create even more authoritarian war powers to an already criminal torture state that Barack Obama has no power to quell. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday February 11, 2015 12:56 by No Water Tax Activist   text 2 comments (last - thursday february 12, 2015 14:40)   image 1 image
An anti-water charges meeting in Ard Mor tonight in West Tallaght has called this protest for Thursday in response to the arrests of anti-water charges protesters and other communities have taken up the call.

Join us at the Department of Justice and Equality, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 at 18.30. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday February 10, 2015 23:39 by WISE Up Wales   image 2 images   video 3 video files
On the weekend of 23-25 January, Irish actors, musicians and activists descended on Wales for a weekend of solidarity with WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) and her family.

The first Truthfest in January 2014 was the brainchild of Irish actor and activist Donal O'Kelly, an idea hatched after he met members of Manning's family during a visit to Dublin organised by Irish Australian activist Ciaron O'Reilly in collaboration with Afri (Action from Ireland) in November 2013. The links forged during that visit have been maintained and strengthened through a series of exchange visits since that time, most recently this 2nd Manning Truthfest.

Ciaron O'Reilly was one of five Pitstop Ploughshares activists who disabled a US Navy war plane at Shannon airport in 2003. Read about Chelsea Manning and Shannon Airport here: http://wp.me/P42I6Q-iF read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday February 10, 2015 23:15 by wsm   image 1 image
The WSM have written the following article which neatly sums up the various things happening in the news today and brings them together.

This morning squads of Garda around Dublin mounted dawn raids on the houses of water charges protesters over a sit in 3 months ago in Jobstown. At the same time across the city bankers and other speculators named in the HSBC Geneva Private Bank leaks slept soundly in their beds knowing no one was going to be knocking down their door. If you want to understand the nature of power the contrast provides an excellent example.

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dublin / eu / event notice Tuesday February 10, 2015 23:00 by People's Movement   text 2 comments (last - monday february 16, 2015 22:45)   image 1 image
A debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

With Constantin Gurdjiev, Economist and
Frank Keoghan, General President, TEEU.
Hosted by Joan Collins TD
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