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galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday December 17, 2007 21:58 by JohnC   text 13 comments (last - thursday january 03, 2008 18:37)   image 1 image
It has been announced that the Salthill Air Show for 2008 has been cancelled. Organisers attribute the cancellation to difficulties in raising commercial sponsorship, something they blame on the campaigning of the Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW). Potential business sponsors, evidently, do not wish to be associated with something as controversial as this air show. read full story / add a comment
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday December 09, 2007 15:25 by TD   text 4 comments (last - thursday february 07, 2008 09:30)   image 7 images
The Israelis are deepening the cellar further with the Weapon of Mass Starvation; following Israeli cutoffs, the UN World Food Program now reckons that; "Food imports into the Gaza Strip are only enough to meet 41 percent of demand". Against such an obscenity and pleading guilty to what Martin Amis terms a "distorted sympathy" towards the agony of Palestine http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2221615,00....html Galway IPSC, yesterday, took to the streets for seven hours to protest.
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Saturday December 08, 2007 22:49 by Margaretta D'Arcy   text 9 comments (last - tuesday december 18, 2007 01:41)   image 4 images
The ghosts and spirits of the millions of women who have been murdered, violated, oppressed, excluded, driven into exile, denied freedom of speech, denied participation in any decisions concerning their lives, because of war, religion, race, culture, age, disability, sexuality, poverty, bonded slavery, domestic violence or bureaucracy, glided in and out of the shoppers of Galway on Friday afternoon, the 7th of December. read full story / add a comment
Solidarity from Labour Councillor; Collette Connolly (in orange scarf)
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday December 04, 2007 20:18 by TJ   text 18 comments (last - wednesday december 12, 2007 09:23)   image 5 images
Yesterday evening, the Galway Bin Charges Campaign comprising outraged members of the public, activists from the SWP, SP, Sinn Fein and Galway Alliance Against War vented their anger outside and inside Galway City Council buildings against a proposal that, if adopted, would amount to a front frontal assault on the city's poor, thankfully, conscience prevailed, as such, GBCC wholeheartedly applaudes the city councillors for successfully defending the full waiver on refuse charges at the Budget 2008 meeting on Monday night.

Dette Mc Loughlin (SWP), spearhead of the campaign group said it was admirable, decent and right that councillors across party divides stood firmly against the proposed attack on the waiver system.
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday December 04, 2007 15:47 by doug f   text 5 comments (last - saturday december 15, 2007 14:03)
The Galway Alliance Against War has issued a statement in relation to the
announcement by the organisers of the Salthill Air Show to cancel next year’s event. read full story / add a comment
galway / housing / press release Wednesday November 28, 2007 17:33 by Franky
A public meeting is to be held in Galway in December to discuss the opening of a cultural and social centre in Galway.

A number of local charities and community groups have been invited to the meeting and the organisers are hopeful that it will gain support among these organisations.

Independent cultural centres have existed for some years in Dublin and Cork. Now a newly formed association in Galway aims to develop a community orientated and community organised, non-profit, cultural and creative space for Galway. read full story / add a comment
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday November 24, 2007 10:47 by Margaretta D'Arcy
People are asked to contribute to the 16 days live broadcast by Radio Pirate-Woman, giving their own experiences and opinions as to how to end violence against women. read full story / add a comment
galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday November 16, 2007 02:55 by doug
United States Ambassador to Ireland, Thomas C. Foley, gave a talk defending US foreign policy to a public meeting of the NUIG Law Society Wednesday evening. His thesis was that US foreign policy had not changed during the Bush years, but remained based on promotion of democracy and human rights world-wide, opposition to terrorism and proliferation of nuclear weapons, and stabilizing unstable regions around the world. read full story / add a comment
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Thursday November 15, 2007 09:41 by TD   text 59 comments (last - monday december 17, 2007 16:55)   image 11 images
Last night, activists from Global Women's Strike, Shell to Sea, Food Not Bombs, Galway Alliance Against War, Workers Solidarity, SWP, SP, Labour Youth, IPSC and Iranian students from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Malaysian medical students from UCHG and the college Human Rights Society resisted the progaganda visit, of the US Ambassador to Ireland; Thomas C Foley, to Galway University.

As was the case last year with the 4th October visitation of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland; Zion Evrony to the college, http://www.indymedia.ie/article/78807 this visit was facilitated by the student Law Society. read full story / add a comment
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday October 29, 2007 15:54 by Katrina   text 3 comments (last - wednesday october 31, 2007 00:23)   image 5 images
Yesterday, Galway Food Not Bombs in its ongoing campaign to attenuate the slaughter and war mongering of this world fed people for free in Shop street rather than murdered them with bombs. However, based on Fareed Zakaria opinion, next Sunday's banner will read; Tranquillisers Not Bombs : "the American discussion about Iran has lost all connection to reality. . . . Iran has an economy the size of Finland's. . . . It has not invaded a country since the late 18th century. The United States has a GDP that is 68 times larger and defense expenditures that are 110 times greater. Israel and every Arab country (except Syria and Iraq) are . . . allied against Iran. And yet we are to believe that Tehran is about to overturn the international system and replace it with an Islamo-fascist order? What planet are we on?." http://counterpunch.org/moayedian10272007.html
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday October 22, 2007 13:04 by Fan O' Ri   text 6 comments (last - wednesday october 24, 2007 00:23)   image 14 images
Yesterday, Galway Food Not Bombs were at it again in Shop Street, this time beneath the shelter of green canvas, sporting a freshly painted flourescent banner and augmented with three new activists.

From our tentative start some months back, we are now riding the crest of a wave of goodwill; from the city's Community Wardens who no longer harrass us, to the plethora of shops who, in empathy, donate not unsubstantial amounts of food to us every Saturday evening. read full story / add a comment
galway / environment / press release Tuesday October 09, 2007 20:37 by Brian Guckian   text 3 comments (last - wednesday october 10, 2007 19:41)
City-wide Sustainable Transport Network could be Provided for Two-thirds the Cost
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday October 08, 2007 18:26 by Margaretta D'Arcy   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 09, 2007 23:28)
A poignant and moving event at the Spanish Arch last Saturday 6th October – Galway was one of the 100 cities taking part in the solidarity events round the world. read full story / add a comment
Doyenne of the anti-war movement, Margaretta D'Arcy ( her powerful documentary on the Greenham Common protests; Yellow Gate Women, is shortly  going to be screened by Galway Alliance Against War. details on Indymedia "Events,"soon?)
galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday October 08, 2007 16:54 by Withnail and "ri"   text 2 comments (last - monday october 08, 2007 17:59)   image 6 images
Again, Galway Food Not Bombs had a succesfull day yesterday. read full story / add a comment
UCHG'S some 120 Malaysian, Sunni Muslim, medical students are strong in their support for Palestine
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday October 01, 2007 18:16 by TD   text 26 comments (last - saturday july 26, 2008 13:44)   image 13 images
Last Saturday week, on account of its unethical selling of Israeli manufactured goods, mainly Keter garden plastic sheds, storage containers, etc, 9 Galway IPSC activists picketed the Atlantic Homecare DIY store on the east side of the city. Last Saturday, switching tactics, we did a gruelling 8 hour slog outside Lynch's castle in Shop street gathering signatures for our "Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds" petition and urging people who stopped at our stall to also ... read full story / add a comment
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday October 01, 2007 12:25 by Ri   text 5 comments (last - monday october 01, 2007 20:09)   image 18 images
Yesterday, Galway Food Not Bombs offered fresh organic vegetarian food to Galwegians again. But what's even more important, new ideas were realized and more activists recruited in the form of Gala, a FNB activist from New York city and Qanita, a Pakistani woman, living in Galway, who after contacting us, kindly showed up with her own home-cooked traditional Pakistani food and two young sons to dispense it. Qanita was pleased and excited with the idea of Food Not Bombs and promised to join us every Sunday. read full story / add a comment
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galway / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Friday September 28, 2007 00:08 by Tribe 14   text 6 comments (last - thursday october 30, 2008 15:52)   image 1 image
Workers at the Eye Cinema, Galway, members of SIPTU’s Galway No 1 branch, are in dispute with their employer. read full story / add a comment
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Saturday September 22, 2007 18:34 by TD   text 5 comments (last - monday october 01, 2007 23:47)   image 8 images
On its website Grafton Group plc purports to recognise "the importance of conducting its business in a socially responsible manner" claims, however, best daubed on a whited sepulchre and then power hosed off to reveal the cynical profiteering and hypocrisy beneath:
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galway / anti-capitalism / news report Thursday September 20, 2007 18:59 by ri   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 25, 2007 14:03)   image 10 images
Just as every Sunday now, Galway's Food Not Bombs set up a stall with loads of free, fresh, nice and mostly organic vegetarian/vegan food last weekend. read full story / add a comment
galway / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday September 20, 2007 14:04 by Labour Youth   text 10 comments (last - monday october 01, 2007 12:04)
Ten students who are SIPTU members working in Eye Cinema at Wellpark in Galway have been suspended after voting for industrial action. The SIPTU shop steward has been sacked following the ballot.
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