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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
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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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dublin / eu / feature Saturday July 25, 2009 - 12:11 by Raymond Deane   text 7 comments (last - sunday october 04, 2009 - 01:34)   image 6 images   video 2 video files
For the last three days, several activists from the recently formed campaigning group IFPAL (Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon) manned a stall at the top of Dublin's Grafton St, conspicuously decorated with Palestinian flags billowing freely in the breezy, showery weather. ... read full story / add a comment
Steve McGiffen
national / eu / feature Saturday July 11, 2009 - 19:18 by Steve McGiffen   text 42 comments (last - saturday september 26, 2009 - 15:24)   image 5 images
Steve McGiffen is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris. He is editor of the radical left website Spectre [www.spectrezine.org] and, with Kartika Liotard, MEP, the author of Poisoned Spring: The EU and Water Privatisation (Pluto Press, 2009). Steve can be contacted at spmcgiffen [@] yahoo.co.uk

The Lisbon Treaty is the latest step in a process which, though its conception can arguably be traced to the Treaty of Rome itself, was born at Maastricht. This process is one of removing what is truly of fundamental importance to capitalism – principally, the way in which it manages its economy – from the realm of an at least partially democratised politics.

This is, moreover, not an exclusively European process, but one which is global. As parliamentary institutions have spread following the collapse of authoritarian systems of 'left' and right, they have simultaneously been deprived of a range of powers once considered proper to them. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / feature Wednesday July 08, 2009 - 00:03 by Andrew   text 10 comments (last - thursday july 09, 2009 - 15:05)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
I arrived in occupied Erris on Friday evening having travelled down to take part in a national meeting of Shell to Sea groups. It had been a busy week for the campaign as the state had reacted to the ongoing resistance to Shell in Erris by seizing fishing boats, sending 7 people to jail without trial and banning two more from Co. Mayo. Not only had hundreds of state forces including the police, navy, air force and possibly the army been deployed to suppress protest in Erris but those of us doing solidarity work elsewhere had found from time to time that we were being followed by the secret police. ... read full story / add a comment
Independent?
national / environment / feature Tuesday July 07, 2009 - 14:10 by Joe Higgins MEP   text 11 comments (last - tuesday july 07, 2009 - 23:20)   image 2 images
The sinking of fisherman Pat O Donnel’s boat and the arrival of Shell Oil’s pipe laying ship, The Solitaire, in Broadhaven Bay, Mayo, has brought the Corrib Gas field very much back into the news.

Some media are once again highlighting the high costs of the Garda operation to protect the Shell operation. Occasional articles appear denigrating those who are opposing the Shell operation in its current form. There are frequent dark hints about ‘subversive’ forces driving the opposition.

It was always thus when mere peasants or proletarians dared to oppose the powerful vested interests of the economic and political establishment . One hundred years ago when Big Jim Larkin arrived from Liverpool to organise the downtrodden manual labourers of Belfast and Dublin, his message of hope to them was demonised as a subversive plot to destroy society. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / feature Monday July 06, 2009 - 23:35 by MAOR Derry - Donegal   text 3 comments (last - tuesday july 07, 2009 - 00:30)   image 1 image
New licences are about to be issued for the Oil and Gas fields off Donegal without resolving the terrible situation in Rossport. Demand a freeze on the Corrib Gas refinery project until the people of Ireland are consulted about whether we want to continue giving our gas and oil away to Shell. ... read full story / add a comment
Raymond Deane
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday July 01, 2009 - 18:24 by Raymond Deane   text 33 comments (last - monday may 31, 2010 - 19:16)   image 9 images   1 attached file
My complaint to the Israeli Embassy elicits a remarkably informal and rude reply, to which I respond as politely as I can under the circumstances... ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / feature Tuesday June 30, 2009 - 01:40 by Rudiger   text 51 comments (last - monday july 06, 2009 - 18:58)   image 2 images
This evening, Judge Mary Devins jailed seven Shell to Sea protesters at a special sitting of Ballina District Court. The seven protesters were arrested yesterday along with two others who were released on bail. The four women and three men who were jailed were remanded to appear at court this Friday, 3 July at 10:30 in the morning. The four women's cases will next be held in Court 44 in the Four Courts, while the three men's cases will be held in Harristown. Of the nine arrested yesterday, five were arrested for a lock-on, one for a climbing a tripod and thee others for walking across a road. For a report on these arrests read Indymedia article: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/92934 ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday June 26, 2009 - 14:04 by Andrew   text 63 comments (last - monday august 19, 2013 - 11:05)   image 26 images   video 3 video files   1 attached file
In any country with a half way critical media, the last few months would have been disastrous for Shell. In a crucial period in Shell’s imposition of an experimental gas pipeline on the people of Erris it emerges that Michael Dwyer, one of the security guards on this project, was part of an attempt to trigger a civil war in Bolivia. Soon after that it became clear that at least three others who had worked as security guards at the Shell compound had travelled to Bolivia with Dwyer and were wanted there for questioning. Some, it emerged, had links to fascist organizations in Eastern Europe. ... read full story / add a comment
Joe Higgins & the Socialist Party fought Lisbon I, now an MEP he hopes to play an even more crucial role in defeating Lisbon II
national / eu / feature Sunday June 21, 2009 - 07:19 by Joe Higgins MEP   text 33 comments (last - wednesday july 01, 2009 - 16:55)   image 3 images   video 3 video files
Joe Higgins MEP on why he'll be campaigning against the rerun of the Lisbon Treaty and how this provides a real challenge and opportunity for the left.

Less than two weeks after the Euro Election campaign a Euro related charade is about to be visited on the Irish people. We are now being told that the FiannaFail/Green Party Coalition Government will present us with the Lisbon Treaty for a vote in late September or early October as soon as the EU Heads of State agree ‘legal guarantees’ apparently clarifying what the Treaty really means.

Lest anybody forgot, we voted on this Treaty in June of last year and by a convincing majority the Irish electorate rejected it. However, that did not please the Euro elite which was shocked at our insolence in daring to take a view different to what it has determined in our interests. ... read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / feature Saturday June 20, 2009 - 15:23 by Azadi   text 23 comments (last - monday june 29, 2009 - 18:10)   image 11 images   video 3 video files   audio 1 audio file
The Iranian government’s campaign to mold ‘model’ Islamic citizens has not only fashioned a profound crisis of loyalty to the religious ‘ideals of the revolution’, it has nurtured action that many have silently prayed for - as the public sphere, the last bastion of the religious elites grip on power, was shot open by their own guns Sunday. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / elections / politics / feature Saturday June 13, 2009 - 11:29 by Paula Geraghty   text 38 comments (last - tuesday june 16, 2009 - 18:43)   image 22 images   video 1 video file
The election of Joe Higgins as the third MEP elected from Dublin has marked a significant shift in Irish politics. With the Greens now wiped out clinging desperately to a dying government the election results have shown there is an alternative and hope for another Ireland. ... read full story / add a comment
Massacre of Indigineous Amazonians in Peru
international / environment / feature Monday June 08, 2009 - 20:28 by Dunk   text 46 comments (last - tuesday april 12, 2011 - 10:57)   image 38 images   video 6 video files
Oil and Gas multi-nationals always get what they want. That is, the resources for next to nothing. And nothing will stand in their way. This week 25 Peruvian Indians were massacred by the military. The same thing has happened elsewhere in South America in other countries and in Africa a-la Nigeria. In our own country, to avoid bloodshed, our politicians just handed over the resources for free. In Bolivia where Evo Morales nationalised their Natural Gas, death squads were sent out to kill him, with one of their own being Irishman Michael Dwyer who worked for a large oil company in Mayo. Anyone notice a trend here? So read on to find out what happened in Peru this past week...

Awajun, Wampis, mestizos y blancos unidos en defensa del territorio, luchando para derogatoria de los DS
Awajun, Wampis (native tribes), mestizos (mix of native and Spanish blood) and whites united in defence of the land, Struggling to repeal the Court Orders


An ongoing, many month old peaceful protest in the Bagua region of the north western area of Peru was brutally attacked this week by state forces, resulting in the deaths of, at least, 25 native Indigenous Amazonian Peruvians. A motorway in the "curve of the devil" region had been blocked by local communities of the area who feel their land, health, livelihood and community is threatened by the government's giveaway of the area, and its precious resources, to multinational oil and gas exploration. They are perhaps right to feel sad, threatened and terrified, knowing how things have faired in neighbouring areas with a similar story, Sion, Equador and beyond... Perhaps even as far a field as Rossport. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / elections / politics / feature Saturday May 30, 2009 - 20:34 by Erik Eblana   text 5 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2009 - 15:01)   image 1 image
Independent candidate Erik Eblana, has called for a complete overhaul of the system of payments to councillors. Mr Eblana, from the Pembroke-Rathmines ward, also stated that any review must be done by an independent body, not including councillors or the council itself.

‘Appearances and transparency are critical when it comes to spending public money and getting best value for all expenditure incurred including over €400,000 on expenses alone for the 52 councillors on Dublin City Council, ’ Mr Eblana said.

‘In my view, as an outsider to the current political consensus, I would abolish the attendance payments to councillors for example. This is a tax free payment of €8406 paid for attending city council meetings in addition to the €17,604 salary and other expenses.

‘This is just wrong. As a councillor you are supposed to attend meetings. It’s your job! And if you can’t attend them or need a lure to get you there well then I’d question why you would go for the job of councillor in the first place.
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday May 26, 2009 - 22:39 by hatboy   text 21 comments (last - friday may 29, 2009 - 14:16)   image 5 images   video 2 video files
Shell to Sea Galway pulled off a great publicity stunt last Saturday on the first night of the Galway ocean races of which Topaz is a main sponsor. The aim was to inform people that Topaz is Shell and encourage people to boycott Topaz. They arranged for a Kila member to wear a Shell to Sea t-shirt while playing on the Topaz mainstage, handed out fliers in the crowd and had several anti-shell/anti-topaz banners in the area. One banner which read 'Let's Do It Galway, Send Shell to Hell, Corribsos.com' was unfurled at the foot of the stage while Kila was playing, and when security attempted to take the banner from Shell to Sea and Climate Camp activists in the crowd, a Kila member came down from the stage, retrieved the banner from the security guard, and put it up on stage for everyone to see! ... read full story / add a comment
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