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Complaint, RTE response and Tom Cooper reply attached as PDFs below
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 25, 2012 - 09:58 by Tom Cooper   text 8 comments (last - friday july 06, 2012 - 10:05)   image 2 images   3 attached files
RTE has upheld a complaint against Eoghan Harris and Gerry Gregg's short television documentary An Tost Fada ('The Long Silence') on two counts (Sunday Times, 24 June 2012 - see article below and letters back and forth to RTE).

The complaint, RTE’s response and reply to RTE are attached here as separate PDF files - right-click and save them to read.

At least one programme mistake resulted from suppression of information.

Other very serious errors in the programme were not addressed by RTE. I have asked RTE to address them and to make a balancing programme. I have also asked RTE to bring back its abandoned policy of using a historical adviser on such programmes.
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Safe Fracking - A Fairytale
international / crime and justice / news report Wednesday June 20, 2012 - 11:57 by Ban Fracking   text 10 comments (last - wednesday february 13, 2013 - 18:26)   image 1 image
Last week while covering the football in Poland, Pat Kenny's show on RTE radio 1, decided to interview Irish fracker, Oisin Fanning, chairman of San Leon, a company fracking for shale gas in Poland. People contacted the show and demanded the topic recieve balanced coverage and not just a pro-industry rant - eventually RTE agreed to allow Ewa Sufin of the Polish Green Party on air.

The usual industry spin and lies being repeated on RTE by Oisin Fanning were exposed by what Ewa Sufin had to say about fracking in her native Poland and why an EU wide ban must be put in place on this industry.

Below is a transcript of what Ewa Sufin said - you can listen to Oisin Fanning's interview via the RTE link below - iv starts at 1hr.27m ... read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / news report Friday June 15, 2012 - 19:29 by NFI   text 5 comments (last - monday february 04, 2013 - 06:59)
The media/gov and industry are not telling people that, in fact, fracking is a major 12 county national issue. This would result in rural Ireland being industrialised by the fracking industry and all the dangers and risks that come with this process.

This is also a huge cross-border issue, the same company that wish to frack in the north-west, want to begin operations in Fermanagh. Fermanagh is where the anti-fracking campaign will win or lose in Ireland.

Everyone on this island has a vested interest in ensuring that fracking does not proceed in Fermanagh.
We all have a duty to do something to help stop this destructive industry.

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Peoples court at the bank #OCCUPYMORDOR
international / anti-capitalism / news report Wednesday May 23, 2012 - 19:50 by #SpanishRevolution > #OccupyMordor   text 1 comment (last - thursday may 24, 2012 - 10:26)   image 7 images   video 3 video files
“The hobbits united will never be defeated!” #OccupyMordor continues in Barcelona, against a huge bank: La Caixa

Article about the celebrations and actions of the #Indignados in Spain for the 1 year anniversary of the 15M movement. Read full article, view images, view vids at: http://itsafunnyoldworld.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/occup...rdor/

THIS SPRING WERE NOT INTERESTED IN THE SQUARES
WERE GOING AFTER THOSE RESPONSIBLE
THIS 2012 WE OCCUPY MORDOR:
THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING
WERE NOT GOING TO ALLOW IT
WE (#NOSALTRES) ARE THE 99%
PERMANANT CACEROLADA* INFRONT OF MORDOR
#CAIXAROLADA
#OCCUPYMORDOR

* CACEROLADA = Banging of pots and pans, a popular form of protest in Spain, as it was in Argentina in 2001
**Caixarolada = Cacerolada against the main Spanish bank La Caixa ... read full story / add a comment
We are more than just a building...
national / anti-capitalism / news report Friday May 18, 2012 - 15:54 by Occupy Galway   text 3 comments (last - monday may 21, 2012 - 00:03)   image 4 images
Deprived of signs and art materials, the good people of Occupy Galway came into possession of some chalk. Chalk of every colour is used by children in towns and villages across the country every day to draw the likes of hopscotch boards, noughts and crosses or just idly scribble away a sunny afternoon. It is also used by buskers in cities around the world, who draw fabulous pictures for passers-by to enjoy. One of the joys of chalk that is appreciated by Occupiers is that it causes no damage and is efficiently removed by mother nature in our frequent downpours.

It was in this spirit that we began to decorate the grey stone substation that was the back wall of our office before the destruction of the camp. Familiar slogans like “No To Austerity” and “IMF OUT” as well as more pertinent messages like “Constitutional Rights and Due Process R.I.P. Oct. 15-May 16”, began to appear. The grey and featureless substation soon became a monument to freedom of expression, as the many participants joined in the decoration. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Friday May 04, 2012 - 11:00 by Paul Gavan   video 1 video file
Thousands of people marched in protest at plans by Minister Reilly to close a vital Public Hospital in Abbeyleix which cares for the elderly. ... read full story / add a comment
Livetrad.com session and No Fracking Ireland, April, Carrick-on-Shannon
national / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday May 01, 2012 - 23:38 by Participants in No Fracking Ireland   text 5 comments (last - friday june 08, 2012 - 15:12)   image 1 image
No Fracking Ireland regret to learn that Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum have decided to take €20,000 from Tamboran Resources, the Australian/Canadian fracking company who wish to drill thousands of wells to extract shale gas in the north west region.
We understand this money is being used by the business forum to fund plans for a hotel in Manorhamilton town. Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum claim to be working at promoting tourism, fracking runs counter to this worthy objective. Only weeks prior to this announcement by the Manorhamilton business group, visiting German geoscientist and politician Helmut Fehr appealed to locals not to sell out to this highly controversial and damaging industry stating, “Don’t take the company’s money it is like selling your soul.”
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mayo / environment / news report Monday April 23, 2012 - 19:16 by Cara   text 3 comments (last - saturday may 19, 2012 - 16:28)   image 1 image
Shell Ireland have announced that they are to carry out more seismic surveying of the offshore pipeline which is supposed to carry raw gas from the sea bed to their valve at the landfall. The survey is scheduled to take place from June 1st 2012 and although they are vague about how liong it will take, they say the survey should be completed by the end of September. If there are protests, it might not be completed at all.

Full details here: http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/13495-MN17OF2012...1.PDF ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday April 23, 2012 - 18:34 by Ciaron   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 26, 2012 - 19:00)
****If you can't make it to the tribunal at Ft. Meade or the U.S. embassy in London, consider making a public stand for Bradley Manning on April 24th., 25th. or 26th. wherever you are - as he stands before a military tribunal that wishes to bury him alive!
Bradley has now been in military custody for over 700 days!
There are solidarity actions presently planned in Cardiff/ Wales, Fairford Base/ England, the gates of Ft. Meade /USA and 14 cities world wide
http://tinyurl.com/cxpedl5
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Pussy Riot
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday April 20, 2012 - 13:01 by pat c   text 94 comments (last - sunday july 15, 2012 - 20:03)   image 3 images   video 3 video files
Police have arrested protesters outside a Moscow court during a custody hearing for three women accused of violating public order at a cathedral. At least 20 people were detained, both supporters and Russian Orthodox opponents of the women, said to be members of a punk band, Pussy Riot. The women were arrested last month after an obscene political song was played inside the cathedral in Moscow.

Contact President Putin To Ask For Their Release. ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Wednesday April 18, 2012 - 13:17 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 01, 2012 - 09:56)
Legal Proceedings have taken by Thomas Pringle TD, member of the Dáil for the Donegal South-West constituency, challenging the Irish Government on fundamental aspects of a far-reaching amendment to the EU treaties. Both the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty and the Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (Fiscal Compact) Treaty are under consideration. ... read full story / add a comment
Easter Sunday launch of UK Veterans For Peace
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday April 17, 2012 - 11:03 by Vetarans for Peace UK   text 4 comments (last - tuesday april 24, 2012 - 08:33)   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
Veterans for Peace UK held its inaugural meeting on Easter Sunday. 11 veterans attended the meeting. The meeting was started with the reading of The Statement of Purpose. We then had an extended check in where there was a good exchange of experiences.
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GAAW MEMBERS (IN BLACK!) OUTSIDE LABOUR CONFERENCE WITH IRISH NEUTRALITY'S COFFIN
galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday April 15, 2012 - 14:58 by Galway Alliance Against War   text 12 comments (last - thursday april 19, 2012 - 01:19)   image 1 image
In reaction to press reports of violence during the protests at the Labour Party conference at NUI Galway, Galway’s local peace group, the Galway Alliance Against War, has issued the following statement. ... read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Saturday April 07, 2012 - 03:31 by Gandalphi Scanussi   text 3 comments (last - tuesday april 10, 2012 - 16:29)   video 1 video file
The New Yorker Magazine has revealed that the dissident Iranian opposition group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (M.E.K.) has been trained by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) since 2005 at a secret military site in Nevada. The author of the article, Seymour Hersh, recounts how Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency told him that information supplied by the M.E.K in regard to Irans commencing enrichment of uranium at a secret underground location was given to them by Mossad.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/04/....html

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international / environment / news report Tuesday March 27, 2012 - 11:31 by Rising Tide   text 2 comments (last - thursday march 29, 2012 - 10:53)   image 2 images
Yesterday's prestigious Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference in the International Conference Centre (ICC) at the ExCeL Centre, London was interrupted by two London Rising Tide protesters. ... read full story / add a comment
Ray Burke jailed 2005 - his role in taking donation from Independent Newspapers company missing from Mahon Tribunal report
national / arts and media / news report Saturday March 24, 2012 - 19:13 by Randy Tail   text 8 comments (last - monday march 26, 2012 - 19:41)   image 8 images   audio 2 audio files   1 attached file
Another thread speculated that recent attacks on RTE by the Sunday Independent were due to a generalised attack on the public sector, on relatively independent journalism in the publicly owned RTE during a period of recession, on disappointment at the election of Michael D Higgins and defeat for the right wing entrepreneur, Sean Gallagher (and the part played by RTE in exposing Gallagher). That story is here:

Sunday Independent that defended Bertie Ahern - on anti RTE, President Michael D Higgins, crusade
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101574

There could be more to it than that. ... read full story / add a comment
cork / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Saturday March 24, 2012 - 15:35 by BallyphehaneCAHWT   text 4 comments (last - friday may 08, 2015 - 23:04)   image 7 images
Ballyphehane & South Parish Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax (CAHWT) Picket Ciaran Lynch's Clinic

Members of the Ballyphehane and South Parish, Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax (CAHWT) picketted Ciaran Lynch's Bandon Road clinic, on Friday the 23rd of March at 6pm.

The Ballyphehane and South Parish CAHWT local groups expressed their outrage at being berated in the media by the government TD for their democratic preference in boycotting this unjust and regressive form of taxation. This unfair taxation is being imposed on ordinary people by the government in order to pay for the bank bailouts and the costs of the developers, bankers and big business. ... read full story / add a comment
Aer Lingus introduces racist language testing
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday March 12, 2012 - 08:12 by Stuart   text 29 comments (last - thursday may 03, 2012 - 10:16)   image 10 images
Aer Lingus (http://www.aerlingus.com/aboutus/), the national flag airline of Ireland, has introduced language tests at check-in for foreigners flying to Ireland. The tests are stated to be a security measure intended to detect imposters travelling on fake or stolen passports from a number of European Union countries. The selected foreign nationals are required to pass a written comprehension test in English and in their own language before admission to the flight. The affected countries are stated to be Greece, Italy and Portugal.

Although targeting 'high-risk' EU nationals, the language tests are probably aimed at detecting Asian or African migrants travelling on passports from these countries. This may be a taste of things to come in Ireland, with language and civics tests on Alan Shatter's list of priorities for 2012 (http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR12000001)
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The ex-sergeant himself
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Saturday March 10, 2012 - 18:46 by Press release   text 7 comments (last - saturday january 03, 2015 - 22:10)   image 3 images
Friday 9th March at 6.30pm a group of two-dozen campaigners and Erris residents gathered outside the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet, Co. Mayo where ex 'rape tape' Sergeant James Gill was having his retirement party. ... read full story / add a comment
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday March 08, 2012 - 14:42 by Tracy   text 8 comments (last - sunday march 11, 2012 - 19:48)   image 1 image
This is a copy of an email sent to our supporters today, we are appealing for people to come down to the camp in Galway and show their solidarity, or to help in any way they feel they can. ... read full story / add a comment
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