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international / elections / politics / news report Friday June 26, 2009 14:09 by iosaf   text 52 comments (last - wednesday august 26, 2009 21:20)   image 19 images
Of course news attention is overwhelmingly focussed today on the passing of the king of pop, Michael Jackson. We are even told that global internet traffic slowed whilst humanity came to terms with its loss. However, hard as it is believe and as impalatable as it may be for some to stomach, in poorer countries life has appeared to have gone as normal.

General Romeo Vasquez chief of staff of the Honduran army put tanks on the streets surrounding the presidential palace where democratically elected Mr Manuel Zelaya lives and up till yesterday was mostly worrying about winning a referendum which will allow him to be re-elected and sit more terms. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Tuesday June 23, 2009 14:13 by Socialist Party   text 13 comments (last - wednesday june 24, 2009 11:32)
Analysis of Local and European elections and the aftermath. 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
dublin / elections / politics / press release Monday June 15, 2009 20:40 by PBPA   text 41 comments (last - friday june 19, 2009 21:14)
People Before Profit Alliance Councillors Joan Collins and Brid Smith Statement on election of Lord Mayor by Dublin City Councillors

People Before Profit to provide real opposition on Dublin City Council
Once again people in Dublin have voted for change on their City Council. In 2004 Labour was voted in as the largest group, ending Fianna Fail’s domination of the council. Instead of change, the people were treated to a game of musical chairs, with Labour entering a deal to divvy up the Mayorship and committee chairs with Fine Gael, and the sole Green and PD Councillors. When that deal broke down, Labour concluded an arrangement with Fianna Fail. The merry go round now continues with Labour in a deal for the new council with Fine Gael. read full story / add a comment
sligo / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday June 15, 2009 19:52 by Ray   text 11 comments (last - sunday june 21, 2009 19:37)
Labour Councillor Jim Mc Garry has been elected as Mayor of Sligo at the Council AGM this afternoon. The voting alliance between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour which elected Cllr Mc Garry was harsly criticised at this afternoon’s meeting of Sligo Borough Council. After all the speculation, there will be no left-wing alliance on the Council, despite the fact that seven of the 12 councillors elected onto the new council are from left-wing parties.

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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
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Thursday June 11, 2009 10:06 by rebels yell   text 1 comment (last - friday june 12, 2009 06:58)
European Election OR Sectarian Head Count 2009? Sinn Féin's sitting MEP Bairbre de Brún created Northern Ireland electoral history by topping the poll with 126,184 votes. However, both the Dublin and Irish governments will tonight be pondering nervously about the future of their landmark Good Friday Agreement (Sunningdale Mark II). read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / news report Monday June 08, 2009 20:33 by from CWI wesbite   text 15 comments (last - monday june 15, 2009 22:29)   1 attached file
Joe Higgins’ stunning victory in the Dublin Euro Constituency, getting 12.5% of the first preference vote, out polling Sinn Fein and defeating two sitting MEPs, was the final part in a weekend of drama and great election results for the Socialist Party in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Saturday June 06, 2009 13:42 by Election watcher   text 27 comments (last - thursday june 11, 2009 14:56)   image 1 image
Anyone able to get tally figures,etc read full story / add a comment
If you vote rightwing in the EU election you support these people
international / elections / politics / news report Friday June 05, 2009 23:31 by prurience   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 10, 2009 06:09)   image 1 image
The controversial ex-prime minister of the Czech Republic and rotating leader of the EU for most of this year, Mirek Topolanek has responded to the publication of five images taken by a Sardinian journalist's collection of many hundreds at the holiday villa of Italian billionaire, media mogul and prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The publication of the photographs have provoked legal action from both Berlusconi and Topolanek despite their unprecendent sucess. "El Pais" has issued both English and Italian language editorials and garnered the complete support of the spanish union of journalists. read full story / add a comment
She's not Noemi, she's not a virgin, & she's on thirst strike with 72 hours to go before kidney collapse in Italian state TV's offices.
international / elections / politics / news report Thursday June 04, 2009 22:29 by prurience   text 1 comment (last - friday june 05, 2009 15:03)   image 1 image
Today Emma Bonino vice-president of the Italian Senate (since May 8th), former European Union commissioner for humanitarian affairs & currently leader of the "Italian radical party" went on hunger and thirst strike last night in the main offices of the state TV RAI to protest
(1) the unfair allottment of state media time to the electoral parties
(2) the utter farce which has been the EU elections in Italy. read full story / add a comment
We have FF Worried - Now let's wipe them out! Vote Joe Higgins No.1
dublin / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Thursday June 04, 2009 16:24 by Joe Higgins   text 10 comments (last - friday june 12, 2009 14:32)   image 1 image
The Evening Herald today joined the political establishment in a desperate bid to dig FiannaFail out of an electoral hole in Dublin by publishing a pathetic 'Red Scare' smear against me as the Socialist Party Euro Candidate by Fianna Fail Minister of Defence, Willie O'Dea. Resorting to the most illiterate of political abuse, O'Dea pathetically tries to associate me with the ghost of the monster Stalin to scare Dublin voters, thereby insulting their intelligence.

The Herald is guilty of sharp practice and contemptible and partisan pro Fianna Fail propaganda by publishing lies from both O'Dea and Eoin Ryan without, quite deliberately, having afforded me any opportunity to respond. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / elections / politics / news report Thursday June 04, 2009 12:05 by Joe Higgins.eu   text 3 comments (last - friday june 05, 2009 12:27)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
This is the final election broadcast of Joe Higgins, who is standing for the Euro elections in Dublin, with a chance of beating Fianna Fail's Eoin Ryan, and winning a seat.

In the video Joe summarizes why he wants people to vote for the Socialist Party in the Euro & Local elections. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / elections / politics / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 20:26 by Sparky   text 6 comments (last - thursday june 04, 2009 13:50)   image 3 images   video 2 video files   2 attached files
Ahead of Friday's poll, two election candidates have been facing quite different problems getting their message out through campaign posters. read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 18:58 by Edward Horgan and Patricia McKenna   text 4 comments (last - friday june 05, 2009 23:05)   image 1 image
Edward Horgan Resigns from Green Party
Veteran UN peacekeeper and human rights activist Dr. Edward Horgan was a prominent Green Party member until he resigned and gave his support for the EU elections to independent candidate Patricia McKenna.

Mr Horgan who was a prominent member of the Greens for many years tore up his Green Party membership card during a Green Party press conference saying that the party had not only let their voters down but also members of their own party.

Patricia McKenna stated; “I welcome Edward’s support, he has a great track record on highlighting human rights abuses and I am honoured that he is supporting my campaign.” read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Wednesday June 03, 2009 15:11 by Workers Solidarity Movement   text 49 comments (last - tuesday june 09, 2009 00:10)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Anarchist organisation, Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM), has claimed that voting in Friday’s local, European and by-elections is a waste of time. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 14:33 by Reporter   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2009 22:30)
Dr Edward Horgan (Comdt. retd.), former UN peacekeeper and anti-war/human rights activist today resigned his membership of the Green Party.
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national / elections / politics / press release Wednesday June 03, 2009 11:27 by FG   text 3 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2009 17:22)   image 1 image
PBPA says Vote for Real Change and Give the Government a Bloody Nose
Alliance Predicts Gains For Left Independents
Attacks On Joe Higgins Show The Establishment Is Running Scared read full story / add a comment
Sean Downey, Kathleen Funchion & Peter Hussey
kildare / elections / politics / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 00:04 by Bazra B   image 1 image
Euro Candidate For Sinn Féin Kathleen Funchion, Visits Newbridge read full story / add a comment
Patricia McKenna "Fianna Fáil voters did not vote Fianna Fáil back into office to bail out banks at their expense and burden their children with massive debts"
national / elections / politics / feature Tuesday June 02, 2009 12:13 by Patricia McKenna   text 12 comments (last - wednesday july 15, 2009 11:10)   image 1 image
Independent Euro candidate and former MEP Patricia McKenna is calling for the Green Party to withdraw from Government. Her call is being backed by former Green Party Councillors Chris O'Leary and Betty Doran.

They are appealing to the Green Party to do what is needed for Ireland by pulling out of government, thus causing a general election. If the Greens stand behind what Fianna Fáil is currently trying to do, they will be participating in economic treason. If they allow NAMA - which has the taxpayers riding to the rescue of banks that were bankrupted with the help of Fianna Fáil leaders and their cronies - to be voted through, there will be no going back and the people of this nation will be footing the bill for generations to come. The Government has no mandate to go ahead with NAMA. The only democratic action would be to ask the people what options they prefer to take to help address the current crisis. read full story / add a comment
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