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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
dublin / arts and media / event notice Thursday March 05, 2015 10:09 by Dublin Film Qlub
The Dublin Film Qlub's Season Five, devoted to LGBTQ Directors, continues with...

KENNETH MacPHERSON's
'BORDERLINE'

sat 21 March 2015
2.30pm
(doors open at 2pm)

Day membership: 8 euro
(free tea and coffee)

The New Theatre
East Essex Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

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national / history and heritage / event notice Thursday March 05, 2015 00:29 by Molotov   image 1 image
Following on from our last successful talk relating to women's role in the Irish struggle, we're following that with a talk from author of Women of the Irish Revolution, Liz Gillis. All welcome and family friendly read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday March 05, 2015 00:18 by Molotov   image 1 image
Panel:

Dee Fennell (1916 Societies)
Cait Trainor (Independent Republicnan
Anthony McIntyre (commentator)

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national / miscellaneous / event notice Wednesday March 04, 2015 18:22 by Laurence Cox
A grassroots gathering is a one-off event run by a local group bringing together people involved in different community campaigns and social movements to learn from each other's experiences, talk about what works and what doesn't, develop networks and make alliances.

Joining the dots - imagines a raising of awareness, a politicisation leading to radical transformation, it may also envision a strategic connection between diverse campaigns and collective actions in order to advance, strengthen, consolidate and collaborate in struggle with unity and purpose. read full story / add a comment
international / education / press release Tuesday March 03, 2015 20:55 by Laurence Cox
Call-out for students for this autumn's MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth - please circulate!

We have a lot going on at the MA - a talk next week "Gypsy rebellion? Leadership, NGOs and activism among Spanish gitanos"; in April John Holloway is giving a two-day seminar "Think Hope, Think Crisis" and not long after that we're co-organising the "Joining the dots" Grassroots Gathering in Dublin - all part of a wider Dublin Spring of resistance and creation bubbling up from below.

Now read on... read full story / add a comment
kildare / racism & migration related issues / event notice Tuesday March 03, 2015 20:46 by Laurence Cox   text 2 comments (last - thursday march 05, 2015 11:56)
Public talk by Antonio Montańés read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday March 01, 2015 23:13 by @
Front line view of the first anti-state riot in Athens under the new government of SYRIZA & ANEL. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 26, 2015 13:01 by fred
Michael Hudson, interviewed on real news network discusses the class war starting in greece and the panic among the Euro rich and powerful that the rich might actually be taxed for a change rather than crippling the labour force and the poor with endless austerity, and how the finance ministers of currently right wing governments of spain, finland, Portugal, Ireland and germany are determined to make an example of greece to avoid contagion of these dangerous ideas which would likely lead to such governments losing upcoming elections to left wing parties read full story / add a comment
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dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Wednesday February 25, 2015 16:51 by FUSION SUNDAYS   image 1 image
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international / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday February 24, 2015 20:10 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.   image 1 image
For years, a number of Irish movements have stood in solidarity with the struggle for justice, dignity, equality and freedom of the popular movements in Colombia. Now, hearing of the case of political persecution against the Water Rights movement, Colombian organisation have expressed their solidarity with the struggle of the Irish people. Peasant organisations of Cauca Valley and a broad coalition of over 50 organisations of indigenous, Afros, peasants, women and workers from the Southern jungle of Putumayo, together with refugees in Europe, have issued two statement expressing their unconditional support with those who struggle and reminding the government of Ireland of their obligation to respect the rights of the people in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 24, 2015 16:31 by Nuala   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 25, 2015 19:57)
It was bad enough in 1966. I'm glad I'll be at a safe distance when The Circus comes to town next year. read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Monday February 23, 2015 23:32 by pfc   1 attached file
On Saturday 28 February the Progressive Film Club presents two film showings where admission is Free! They are in The New Theatre, 43 East Essex street, (in Temple Bar) Dublin 2

They are London is Burning at 2:30pm and The Apples of Golan at 3:30pm.

The Progressive Film Club are a voluntary organisation dedicated to showing progressive films from all over the world. Struggles for people’s rights, for the rights of workers, of immigrants, of women, for national liberation and for social justice are some of the themes of the outstanding films we have selected. Showings—usually one all-day show per month—are at the New Theatre in East Essex Street. read full story / add a comment
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 6 comments (last - sunday march 01, 2015 15:54)   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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