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Big business out to spend millions on Yes campaign
national / eu / feature Saturday August 29, 2009 13:14 by Joe Higgins MEP   text 18 comments (last - sunday october 04, 2009 01:35)   image 18 images   video 1 video file
The pro-Lisbon political parties do not need to raise funds for the 'Yes' to Lisbon campaign. Big business is directly funding their side of the debate. The announcement that Intel and Ryanair will spend hundreds of thousands of euro to try to achieve a Yes vote in the upcoming Lisbon Treaty represents an unconcealed attempt by big business to shape politics in its favour.

Ryanair alone says it plans on spending over half a million Euro advertising for a pro-Lisbon vote, together with Intel that means up to a million Euro for a 'Yes' by only two private corporations.
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Tuesday August 25, 2009 11:48 by James   text 126 comments (last - friday october 30, 2009 23:10)   image 2 images
The SWP hasn't really engaged in Public debate on the subject of Left Unity but have decided to state our position in relation to recent statements by the Socialist Party.
There are a lot of new people entering into struggle, and radical politics, for the first time and we feel it's appropriate now to make our views known. read full story / add a comment
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offaly / environment / feature Sunday August 23, 2009 23:31 by Paula Geraghty   text 29 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2009 10:53)   image 27 images   video 3 video files
Hundreds participated in Climate Camp at Shannonbridge, which was held under the shadow of the peat burning powerstation.
The Climate Camp organised three events to create better awareness around the industrial use of peat in powerstations. read full story / add a comment
We don't need to be tolled twice (2007)
national / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday August 18, 2009 21:25 by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain   text 22 comments (last - wednesday september 16, 2009 18:42)   image 10 images
The Irish Government will pay compensation for tolls of the M3 if the traffic falls below the established minimum.
A report from Ferrovial dated 2008, on their website, states:

“The concession agreement establishes guaranteed minimum traffic levels and the Irish government has to pay the Concession Company compensation if traffic falls below the established minimums”.
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Aung San Suu Kyi
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday August 18, 2009 13:25 by Niamh Rooney   text 9 comments (last - sunday august 23, 2009 01:08)   image 1 image
Burma Action Ireland welcomes the opening of a Book of Solidarity for imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi by the Lord Mayor Emer Costello. The Book of Solidarity calling for the immediate release of the Nobel Laureate and Freeman of Dublin was opened today in City Hall. BAI urges the public to sign the book in solidarity with Daw Suu Kyi and asks that we "use our freedom to promote hers". read full story / add a comment
Niall with friends and family at Cloverhill Courthouse.
mayo / environment / feature Monday August 17, 2009 20:20 by Carol Weafer   text 26 comments (last - saturday august 29, 2009 18:22)   image 1 image
Niall Harnett has been released from custody following confusing circumstances involving a temporary release of sorts last Friday 14th and a withdrawn 'mute' application at the High Court in Cloverhill today Monday 17th August. read full story / add a comment
dublin / animal rights / feature Friday August 14, 2009 10:03 by Colin Ashey   text 11 comments (last - tuesday september 29, 2009 21:45)   image 1 image
At a hearing in Dublin District Court today, Judge McMahon dismissed the case against two animal rights activists arrested outside Barnardo’s fur shop on Lower Grafton Street in Dublin on 22 May this year. read full story / add a comment
It's time for action
national / anti-capitalism / feature Thursday August 13, 2009 11:52 by Climate Camp   text 7 comments (last - monday august 17, 2009 14:04)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
The Climate Camp is a place where anyone who cares about climate change or social justice can meet, live, learn and take direct action together. It's happening this August 15th-23rd, in Co. Offaly, Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / feature Wednesday August 12, 2009 19:37 by Harry Van Bommel   text 15 comments (last - sunday september 06, 2009 18:55)   image 3 images
In 2005 the Dutch people overwhelmingly said ‘no’ to the constitutional treaty, just as the French had done some days before. In contrast to the Irish, this was the first time the Dutch people had been allowed a say about the future of Europe; and they made it clear that they didn’t like the way it was heading. Did they want to get out of the EU? No - the Dutch are big supporters of EU membership, just like the Irish, but they don’t want Europe to develop into a federal superstate. read full story / add a comment
Meeting in SCR Community /GArden, Dolphins Barn
dublin / environment / feature Wednesday August 12, 2009 16:12 by Gardener   text 7 comments (last - friday october 09, 2009 13:11)   image 2 images   video 6 video files
Nurturing and reclaiming our city, our commons, our communities

Community Gardens are emerging throughout Dublin city. These small projects have large narratives. When we create community gardens we build alternative ways that our cities operate and can be made sustainable. We build positive spaces, social spaces and community. We address land use, workers rights and learn to collectively organise. We seed save, skill share, reclaim lost knowledge and recycle. We re establish a relationship with the cycles of life, with nature and become aware of our deep connection to our environment and each other. Community Gardens are radical spaces and the good news is that they are on the increase.

Over the last 10 years the destructive development of Ireland has been driven by economic greed with little thought for communities, nature and our collective future. Our ecological foot print increased dramatically. In 2006 we were top of the list on our rubbish per capita per year of 31 countries surveyed in the EU. Our resource consumption and our waste creation had increased exponentially.
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Sunday August 09, 2009 13:47 by Gregor Kerr   text 3 comments (last - sunday august 09, 2009 19:26)
When a force of 80 – 100 gardai arrived at the Thomas Cooke office in Grafton Street Dublin at 5a.m. on Tuesday 4th August, smashed the door down, and dragged 28 protesting workers off to the Bridewell Garda Station, the Irish state was attempting to deliver a strong message to all workers. read full story / add a comment
Memers of IFPAL and CAEUC at the successful launch
international / eu / feature Sunday August 09, 2009 13:46 by Michael Gallagher   text 32 comments (last - saturday august 29, 2009 16:40)   image 17 images
Irish (and tourist) people wake up to a sign of the coming times in Dublin.

Hello friends,

This Morning, Saturday the 8th August at 7am, Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon (IFPAL) launched the Vote No To Lisbon raft on the River Liffey in Dublin City Centre.

Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon are calling for Irish voters to oppose the Lisbon Treaty in the forthcoming re-run of the Lisbon Treaty Referendum, a referendum that is exactly the same as the one they have rejected already. VOTE NO to Lisbon on October 2nd.

Issued on behalf of IFPAL.
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Sunday August 09, 2009 13:46 by pat c   text 16 comments (last - saturday august 15, 2009 17:51)   image 9 images
• Do you remember when Dublin Port was a key local employer, and the Docklands were the location of thriving industries?

• Do you support workers rights, hard fought for and won for us by previous generations?


These are now under threat at Marine Terminal in Dublin Port. The owners, the UK based Peel Group, have targeted Dublin workers, some of whom live locally in Dockland communities. read full story / add a comment
Afri - Aid From Ireland
national / miscellaneous / feature Sunday August 09, 2009 13:46 by J.F.   text 11 comments (last - friday august 07, 2009 03:06)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
Afri expressed dismay today after RTE refused to broadcast an advertisement submitted by them on the grounds that it ‘references persons involved with the Rossport/Shell campaign’ The 20 second advertisement, is promoting an Afri gig entitled ‘That’s Gas…’ read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Wednesday August 05, 2009 07:58 by K.Nikolaisen   text 57 comments (last - sunday august 09, 2009 15:17)   image 22 images   video 2 video files
At 5 AM this morning, over 150 Garda took part in an opperation to remove Thomas Cook workers who had occupied the building.They sealed off the street, dragged peaceful demonstrators away from the front door,and smashed their way in with a battering ram. read full story / add a comment
Mr. Binman Workers Protest
national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Tuesday August 04, 2009 21:29 by Ann-Katrin Orr   text 1 comment (last - friday august 07, 2009 15:22)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
On March 25th workers at Mr. Binman’s Carrick-on-Suir depot in Tipperary were called into a general meeting. The privatized bin company wanted pay cuts of 10% across the board from the workers. The following day workers were called one by one into management offices and told that for them, 10% would not be enough. Wage cuts of 20, 30, 40 or even 49% were demanded.

In response, the workers organized a meeting of their own. They quickly learned that, not only were there different pay cuts for different workers – there was also different pay rates, different work hours and different conditions. They decided to fight these pay cuts, and get unionised, joining SIPTU. The company refused to recognize the union, or negotiate with them, and strike notice was served. read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday August 04, 2009 13:51 by RSC   text 20 comments (last - wednesday august 05, 2009 09:24)   image 5 images
Shell to Sea campaigners Maura Harrington and Niall Harnett were sentenced to four and eight months in jail respectively at Bellmulet district court today. Both protesters have been convicted for taking action as part of a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience against the ill-fated Corrib Gas Project. Maura was given her four month sentence under Section 8 of the Public Order Act; 'failing to comply with the directions of a Garda'. The sentence was handed down in relation to an incident that occurred duing a protest at Shell's 'landfall' compound gate on 30th August 2008. Niall was sentenced to eight months in relation to two separate incidents. He was given a four month sentence under Section 8 of the Public order act, and another four months under Section 2, for the supposed assault of a Garda. read full story / add a comment
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limerick / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Tuesday August 04, 2009 13:34 by Cian Prendiville   text 2 comments (last - thursday july 30, 2009 20:23)   image 1 image
Element Six/De Beers’ plan to shut their Shannon plant, sacking 370 workers, and move production elsewhere is a disgusting stab in the back of the workers whose hard work has made them billions in profits over the years.

After huge sacrifices, including working part time on the promise that this would save jobs, the company now want to pack up and jump ship, with only a pittance of a redundancy. The entire cost of the redundancy scheme to the company is only €6.6m, about one week’s turnover for the factory, according to the Irish Independent!

Note: This article was written before management started discussing an "alternative" proposal saving "some" jobs, probably only a stay of execution, and demanding much reduced wages and terms and conditions. Therefore, the need for a fight still very much stands. read full story / add a comment
No to War: No to Lisbon
national / anti-war / imperialism / feature Thursday July 30, 2009 21:04 by Shannonwatch   text 11 comments (last - friday august 07, 2009 18:25)   image 1 image
The abject disregard of the Irish political elite for Ireland's neutrality has been demonstrated by the routine transit of US military planes and troops through Shannon Airport for most of this decade. With the re-run of the Lisbon Treaty referendum we are now being asked to accept EU promises that it will not affect or prejudice Ireland's traditional policy of military neutrality. But the ongoing support of the Irish government for US-led NATO exercises around the world clearly shows that we cannot trust our leaders to uphold Irish neutrality, with or without the non-binding decisions that have been tagged onto the Treaty in an attempt to have it accepted by the people of Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Thursday July 30, 2009 13:21 by Paddy Hackett   text 5 comments (last - thursday july 30, 2009 16:37)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
The Fianna Fail government, by frantically rushing criminal legislation through the Oireachtas, is hoping to exploit "the law and order" issue ... read full story / add a comment
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