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mayo / environment / feature Tuesday June 02, 2009 12:12 by Shell Ireland   text 81 comments (last - monday january 18, 2010 14:55)   image 2 images   video 2 video files   audio 1 audio file
Hi folks!
In the most hysterical hatchet-job to date on the campaign against Shell's discredited and disastrous inland refinery experiment in north Mayo, Sunday World crime-fighter Paul Williams turns shock jock as he presents a "documentary" about the Corrib Gas project on TV3 at 9pm on Tuesday, 2nd June. To accompany what is set to be an entertaining farce, we bring you a one-off Telly Bingo game so you can track whether any facts, relevant information or editorial balance creeps into the show. read full story / add a comment
Erik Eblana, Independent, Pembroke-Rathmines
dublin / politics / elections / 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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Say No to Militarisation of the EU - Vote Joe Higgins on June 5th
international / eu / feature Friday May 29, 2009 20:57 by Joe Higgins   text 8 comments (last - tuesday june 16, 2009 23:03)   image 2 images
It was inevitable that the economic catastrophe caused by Fianna Fáil’s economic policies would dominate, almost exclusively, the Euro Election Campaign so far. However, it is also vital that we focus on some vital issues pertaining to the future direction of the European Union. It is quite deplorable that the guarantees that the Government says it will have from the EU with regard to the Lisbon Treaty have not been published so that they could be debated during the current campaign. However when it comes to the thrust toward militarisation of the EU firmly implanted in the Lisbon Treaty, no guarantees can change what are very categorical dictates to Member States.
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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
Joe Higgins - A fighter for workers, young people and the unemployed
national / politics / elections / feature Saturday May 23, 2009 15:46 by Joe Higgins.eu   text 32 comments (last - sunday may 31, 2009 00:09)   image 8 images
This Sunday (24th May), the Socialist Party candidate in the Dublin Euro Election Campaign, Joe Higgins, will be doing a live online video Q&A session, to give people throughout Dublin the chance to directly ask him questions. Starting at 5pm, he will be answering questions as they come in, live on video through his website . To watch the video, or ask a question people simply have to log on at 5pm.
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Edward Horgan outside Ennis Court after his case was dismissed
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday May 21, 2009 22:51 by John Lannon   text 7 comments (last - friday may 22, 2009 15:35)   image 1 image
A case brought by the state against human rights activist Edward Horgan as a result of his requests to have a suspected CIA rendition plane searched at Shannon was dismissed in Ennis yesterday (20th May). Judge Mangan, presiding over Shannon District Court, dismissed the case on the basis of legal arguments made by Mr Horgan’s defence council.
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Marching Against the Education Cuts
national / education / feature Thursday May 21, 2009 15:17 by Mark C   text 3 comments (last - friday may 22, 2009 16:16)   image 1 image

“I am totally depressed as I believe a huge amount of work has been totally undone … support structures to assist the most vulnerable have been undermined, which will mean that discipline and pastoral care structures will be affected”

•  Principal, boys' secondary school, Leinster

The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) has published a report into the effects that the cuts to education, announced in Budget 2008 (and reaffirmed with the April Budget of this year), will have. Most of these cuts will not become noticeable until the new school year, when it may be too late to have them reversed.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Wednesday May 20, 2009 08:09 by Madam K   text 28 comments (last - monday july 27, 2009 22:03)   image 7 images   video 1 video file
Two years after their arrests fourteen anti M3 activists finally had their cases heard .With charges ranging from public order, trespass, housing and miscellaneous, to assault ,Trim district court was booked exclusively to hear cases from May 11 through to 15 May .

By Wednesday May 13 all charges had been dismissed ,dismissed with merit in the assault case or withdrawn .

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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday May 19, 2009 23:44 by hatboy   text 20 comments (last - thursday may 28, 2009 15:31)   image 31 images   5 attached files
On Saturday Afternoon, Galwegians and their friends from around the country and world, came together on newly renamed (by us), Anti-Shop Street, to take back our space from the capitalist, consumerist culture which has taken it over, with its bizarre ideas of a life dedicated to shopping, spending, buying and profit, so that we could share an experience of another world, where everything is free, people share and give food, fun, stuff and life, simply because they can and it just feels good! read full story / add a comment
Van blocked entering Mountjoy
dublin / environment / feature Tuesday May 19, 2009 19:24 by Andrew   text 37 comments (last - sunday may 24, 2009 01:28)   image 20 images   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
The long running struggle in Erris (Rossport) against Shell's attempt to impose an experimental gas pipeline on the local community has erupted in recent days with repeated local direct actions against the compound Shell are trying to construct. Meanwhile the state, at the behest of Shell, continues to press vindictive prosecutions against local activists. Back in March retired school teacher Maura Harrington for jailed for 30 days, today the state returned for another pound of flesh and she was sentenced to another 7-10 days in Mountjoy prison. At very short notice over 20 activists from Dublin Shell to Sea gathered at the prison gates and showed their outrage by blocking the entrance of the prison van containing Maura in to Mountjoy for about twenty minutes. read full story / add a comment
Don't try this at home
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday May 14, 2009 19:54 by anarchaeologist   text 43 comments (last - wednesday may 20, 2009 22:18)   image 20 images   video 1 video file
Campaigners using a daring “tripod” technique have halted the illegal work being undertaken by Shell at the Corrib Gas landfall site at Glengad in Co Mayo. read full story / add a comment
Come and Support Direct Action against Shell in Glengad.
mayo / environment / feature Monday May 04, 2009 13:23 by Shell to Sea   text 53 comments (last - monday may 11, 2009 22:09)   image 78 images   video 4 video files
This is a Call Out from the united community of Erris Co Mayo to all our national and international supporters, asking you to come to Glengad this coming Saturday 9th May at 6pm in the evening, on a Day of Action to help us remove Shell's illegal fences from the area.

As you know, Shell returned to Glengad with fences and machinery on Wednesday 22nd April, with force and violence. Since then there have been a number of attempts at removing the fences and stopping the work, with a mixture of failure and success.

As you can see from the photos and footage below, the will is clearly there to fight Shell, in spite of the fact that large numbers of Shell security and Gardai have been drafted into the area. But what is also clear is that numbers are needed to achieve success. Numbers, People, Bodies. That means you. Please come.
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The shopping centre philosophy
cork / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Friday May 01, 2009 08:06 by John B   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2009 15:34)   image 11 images   audio 1 audio file
Tesco are just putting the finishing touches to a shiny new store complete with multi storey carpark that puts another nail in the coffin of any character that the centre of Douglas had left. (Two shopping centres, A Topaz garage, lots of carparking space , a McDonald’s…. you get the picture. There is a nice Farmer’s market in the park on Saturday though). Anyway, that aside, Tesco is trying to lay off all its workers and then rehire them under tighter contracts. The first lay offs are meant to begin tomorrow (30th April). The workers, supported by Mandate, their union, are out on strike until this is sorted out.

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national / arts and media / feature Wednesday April 29, 2009 22:49 by ec   text 25 comments (last - friday july 24, 2009 21:54)   image 1 image
international / anti-capitalism / feature Wednesday April 29, 2009 21:22 by Fionuala Cregan   text 32 comments (last - thursday june 04, 2009 17:19)   image 9 images
The Irish media has not been objective in its coverage of the killing of an Irish man in Santa Cruz Bolivia last week. By choosing to largely critique the left wing Government of Evo Morales, they have played into the hands of a racist elite in Santa Cruz determind to impede the process of social change in this country.
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Shell nets collected, shredded and bagged for export, by a united community.
mayo / environment / feature Monday April 27, 2009 09:30 by Niall Harnett   text 30 comments (last - thursday april 30, 2009 10:54)   image 23 images   video 1 video file
Following a cowardly and vicious attack in the dead of night by Shell mercenaries on Willie Corduff in the early hours of Thursday 23rd April 2009, members of the Erris community assisted by national supporters opposed to the Shell Corrib Gas Project, united at 3pm on Sunday 26th April to rid the Glengad beach and cliffs of Shell nets.

Nets covering mounds of rubble on the Shell site at Glengad were removed also, as Shell security retreated from their usual positions on top of the cliff and inside the perimeter fence surrounding the site.

The fence was cut open by local residents who proceeded to remove and shred the nets before carrying them to the gates of the Shell site which was being guarded by quite a large force of Gardaí.
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Bollards in front of Glengad compound gates
national / miscellaneous / feature Thursday April 23, 2009 16:14 by J   text 60 comments (last - tuesday june 02, 2009 19:44)   image 11 images   audio 1 audio file
Shell's illegal Glengad compound was dismantled last night and Goldman winner, Willie Corduff was assaulted by masked Shell security during truck protest.
Yesterday Shell’s attempts to restart their works on the Corrib Gas project were ground to a halt after only eight hours. At 6-30 a workforce of about 20, backed up by around 50 private security guards erected fences to re-establish a compound. This compound is the would-be on-shore pipe installation base. Works were seriously hampered when local people and solidarity camp activists occupied machinery.

By 4 o clock Rossport Five member Willie Corduff was still refusing to leave the from under the truck, which he had occupied in the compound and all work had ground to a halt. Shell were unable to continue as Willie was preventing necessary equipment being used.
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Wednesday April 22, 2009 15:28 by pat c   text 14 comments (last - sunday may 03, 2009 16:58)   image 1 image
Like many other trade unionists, our members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action against the pension levy. We thought that the trade union movement was serious about standing up for the interests of its membership. We did not think that the ICTU leaders could be so foolish as to throw away the energy and enthusiasm that was on display on the huge march on February 21st. But they did - for a promise of a ‘social pact’ with a government that is imposing wage cuts.
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Thursday April 09, 2009 08:43 by Michael Taft   text 31 comments (last - tuesday may 05, 2009 01:01)
I want to argue that Fianna Fail has essentially cooked (and I mean boil rapidly) the books - insofar as their strategy to bring the deficit under control by 2013 rests on numbers that cannot work in the material world.

This might seem a bit academic but this will show in a way that no one else has done that deflation cannot work at any level - not at the level of arresting economic decline, job losses, living standards; and not even the deficit. This is the real debate - can deflation work? Fianna Fail's own bookeeping shows it can't.
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Our Problems Stem from our Acceptance of this Filthy Rotten System
international / anti-capitalism / feature Tuesday April 07, 2009 21:52 by Ciaron O'Reilly   text 22 comments (last - saturday april 03, 2010 11:40)   image 2 images   video 5 video files
Sometime during the second decade of the sorrowful mysteries, I had a sense we were not alone. Martin, Katrina and I were sat alone in a small East London park facing the Excel Centre where the G20 of the most powerful government leaders were gathered to rearrange deckchairs on their sinking ship. Thousands of police had been deployed around the Excel Centre keeping the few hundreds of protesters who gathered a quarter of a mile from the site. A case of overcatering evidently. read full story / add a comment
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