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Harry Van Bommel
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
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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 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
Unite to Fight
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
Michael Dwyer posing with four pistols in Bolivia
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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