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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 14 Days

Free the Protestors - Jail the Bankers


The Government acting on behalf of corporate and financial power who have set their eyes on our Water have disgracefully jailed 5 citizens of this country because they said No to Austerity. We demand their freedom immediately. The five are: Derek Byrne, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty who are imprisoned for 27 days and Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill who are imprisoned for 56 days.

There is clearly one law for the rich and one law for the rest of us. Where are the bankers and developers who bankrupted this country and led to widespread hardship and a huge increase in suicides in this country, deaths which have devastated families. And what of the people who have died for lack of resources in our health system and of those evicted from their homes. It is time we stood up to this undemocractic sham and demand our country back from the claws of the elite.


Keep an eye out on social media and any websites related to the campaign against water charges for info on upcoming protests against the jailed 5.

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat March 21st
cork / housing / event notice Saturday October 18, 2014 21:12 by Radical 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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dublin / environment / event notice Saturday October 18, 2014 16:29 by SparkyD   image 1 image
The Progressive Film Club will be hosting a free screening of 'The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community' on Saturday 25th October at the New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2. The club's 'Green Day' programme begins at 3pm, with a short, 'The Last Ice Merchant', followed by the main feature at 3.30pm. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday October 16, 2014 20:33 by Philip and Zhyan
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
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international / gender and sexuality / news report Wednesday October 15, 2014 14:49 by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)   image 1 image
Akbayan sends letter to US Ambassador demanding the surrender of PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 22:34 by fred   text 3 comments (last - friday october 17, 2014 00:18)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A pre election sleight of hand giving out a few pennies to the poor with one hand while taking them back with the other via water charges? Here is some information on some of the changes read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 11:40 by Paddy Hackett   text 8 comments (last - wednesday october 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 Monday October 13, 2014 13:36 by Guth 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 Monday October 13, 2014 11:07 by Guth Gafa   text 1 comment (last - monday october 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
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dublin / housing / event notice Monday October 13, 2014 11:03 by Radical Routes   text 1 comment (last - monday october 13, 2014 16:33)   image 1 image
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."

15.00-18.00, Sunday 26th October, The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square W, Dublin 1 read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday October 12, 2014 12:34 by Travel Warning EU 13th -26th OCT   text 1 comment (last - wednesday october 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 Saturday October 11, 2014 21:28 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - monday october 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 Friday October 10, 2014 23:46 by john throne
Benny was a Comrade and example. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday October 10, 2014 16:05 by Anthony 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 Friday October 10, 2014 12:43 by Dublin 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
A walk with Chelsea Manning's Mum out along Dun Laoghaire east pier
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday October 09, 2014 22:53 by Genny   image 5 images   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
Last month, the Manning solidarity crew in Wales and Ireland were back in action, organising a visit to Dublin for Chelsea Manning's Welsh-Irish mother during which Afri (Action from Ireland) hosted a memorial evening for the late Gerry Conlon who died this summer and who met members of Manning's family during a previous trip to Dublin last year. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday October 08, 2014 22:21 by Political 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
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international / housing / news report Wednesday October 08, 2014 19:01 by An Spréach   text 1 comment (last - tuesday november 18, 2014 21:27)   image 1 image
Well done to everybody who turned out in Cabra today and prevented the sheriff from evicting a family from their home. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 17:50 by Paddy Hackett   text 7 comments (last - sunday october 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
protest against coursing cruelty
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 16:54 by Against animal cruelty   text 3 comments (last - thursday october 16, 2014 08:05)   image 3 images
I have to ask: does the Catholic Church have a death wish?

Hare coursing is a horribly cruel “sport” that is a crime in many jurisdictions. It’s bad enough that the Irish government allows it…but this week pictures circulating on social media (twitter and facebook) clearly show a Catholic Priest officially BLESSING a hare coursing venue. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 14:30 by Luke Eastwood   text 3 comments (last - monday october 13, 2014 22:14)   image 1 image
The Irish government is charging for public water as part of its TISA signup. This is just the start, we will all pay for all water if they have their way, even if we don't get any services from Irish Water. The eventual plan will be to privatize all resources so that absolutely nothing will be free in this country. read full story / add a comment
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