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kildare / elections / politics / press release Sunday May 31, 2009 17:07 by Bazra B   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 02, 2009 17:24)   image 1 image
It has been an extremely busy campaign for Sean Downey, local election hopeful for Sinn Féin in recent months but took a brief rest bight to convey the overwhelming anger and discontent he has witnessed toward the government and many present councillors during his election campaign, and the key issues as he will try and tackle.
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Erik Eblana, Independent, Pembroke-Rathmines
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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national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday May 29, 2009 11:30 by Ishmael Lemass   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 02, 2009 17:51)
The latest opinion polls continue to reveal a decline in support for Fianna Fáil, traditionally Ireland’s most successful political party. Disapproval of the coalition FF/Green Government’s performance is at 84%, a staggering indicator of dissent. Yet FF – the Soldiers of Destiny - retain support from some 20% of the electorate. Apparently not all who are dissatisfied will vote against the party. read full story / add a comment
Help out: http://www.joehiggins.eu/190
dublin / elections / politics / press release Thursday May 28, 2009 15:55 by Joe Higgins.eu   text 1 comment (last - thursday may 28, 2009 17:37)   image 1 image
The European election campaign is now in it's final push. The main leaflet for Joe Higgins' campaign has been produced, with the hope of getting it into 200,000 homes in the next week. We have produced 2,000 new full colour posters which we need to get up. In order to do that we are launching an appeal for volunteers to help out - take a bundle of leaflets for your estate or one nearby, spare an hour to put up some posters, hand out leaflets with Joe in town or donate towards the cost of the campaign.
Simply log on to the link below to help out. read full story / add a comment
Wipe out FF & the Greens - Vote Joe Higgins
dublin / elections / politics / news report Wednesday May 27, 2009 10:51 by Joe Higgins.eu   image 1 image
Joe Higgins, Socialist Party Euro Election Candidate, has today signed a pledge from Bird Watch Ireland, promising to fight for the environment.

As well well as defending the rights of workers, young people and the unemployed, Joe is also a fighter for real action to halt climate change and defend our natural environment. Joe Higgins argues that people and the planet must come before the profits of big business and the rich. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Monday May 25, 2009 15:56 by Michael Murphy   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 27, 2009 06:00)
10,000 leaflets to be delivered in Cork attacking the Green party sellout read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / press release Monday May 25, 2009 11:27 by Irish Socialist Network   text 2 comments (last - wednesday may 27, 2009 10:02)

The shabby treatment of people living in the Ballymun flats shows what's wrong with town planning and local government in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
Vote Joe Higgins on June 5th
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Sunday May 24, 2009 12:39 by Joe Higgins   text 8 comments (last - thursday december 17, 2009 11:03)   image 1 image
There is fear and loathing in the vegetable patch. The greens are nervous and restive. Inclement environmental conditions have sapped their once bright emerald hue leaving them looking pale and sickly. But worse is to come.

Rumours abound of an army of ravenous caterpillars waiting to crawl all over them and expected to do so on June 5th. The greens know the consequences. Their once succulent leaves shredded, what beckons is a humiliating journey to the compost heap.

Greens, however, have strong survival instincts and so they are desperately trying to stave off the evil day. ‘I’m off to Tralee,’ Twittered Senator Dan Boyle, ‘ to say something controversial.’ That something was a call for the renegotiation of their Programme for Government with Fianna Fail. read full story / add a comment
Joe Higgins - A fighter for workers, young people and the unemployed
national / elections / politics / 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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dublin / elections / politics / press release Thursday May 21, 2009 22:48 by Joe Higgins.eu   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Dublin Euro Election Candidate, Joe Higgins has signed a pledge from the European Federation of Public Service Unions on defending public services and public sector workers. Joe stands fully in defence of workers rights and public services. Workers and our services should not be made pay for the crisis caused by neoliberal governments, big business and the rich. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / news report Wednesday May 20, 2009 20:33 by PBPA   text 35 comments (last - saturday may 23, 2009 15:19)
At a press conference today a group of left, environmental and independent councillors and activists called on the public to vote for candidates in the local elections who offer a genuine alternative to the failed policies of the establishment parties.

They are confident of winning a number of seats around the country and are committed to working together to lay the basis for a new political force to emerge. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / press release Wednesday May 20, 2009 14:49 by Irish Socialist Network

The Conference of Religious in Ireland (CORI) has taken a welcome stand against the culture of greed that has created the current economic crisis. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / press release Wednesday May 20, 2009 00:33 by Erik Eblana
An independent candidate submitted his nomination papers today along with a solicitors letter protesting at the returning officers demand that the candidate must use the term ‘non-party’ which he, the candidate, believes contravenes his constitutional rights.
Mr. Erik Eblana, 40, from Ranelagh is running for a seat on Dublin City Council in the Pembroke-Rathmines constituency.
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international / elections / politics / press release Friday May 15, 2009 16:25 by Darya Homan
Members and supporters of Hands Off the People of Iran will be leafleting a meeting organised by The Guardian Public Forum on the evening of Tuesday May 19 in the reading room of the British Museum. Amongst the speakers will be Ata’ollah Mohajerani, an adviser to ayatollah Mehdi Karroubi, who is one of the reformist candidates in the June 12 presidential elections in Iran; and Elaheh Rostami-Povey, a member of the Socialist Workers Party.
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dublin / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Thursday May 14, 2009 22:13 by Joe Higgins   text 2 comments (last - saturday may 16, 2009 08:39)   image 2 images
Key Questions Not Being Answered

The fact that an economics commentator on the national broadcast network resigns to run in a Bye-election is hardly an earth shattering event. Yet it commands acres of coverage in the printed media and endless airtime. Why? read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / press release Monday May 11, 2009 15:25 by Irish Socialist Network   text 5 comments (last - tuesday may 12, 2009 18:52)

Irish Socialist Network candidate John O'Neill gives his backing to Joe Higgins. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / press release Thursday May 07, 2009 13:39 by Irish Socialist Network

Finglas / Ballymun socialist candidate John O'Neill calls for a major programme of social housing to create employment. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 06, 2009 17:14 by Chris.M.   text 14 comments (last - tuesday september 15, 2009 10:24)   video 2 video files
Why have we not been given reasons to vote yes? read full story / add a comment
Joe Higgins, a fighter for working people
dublin / elections / politics / press release Monday May 04, 2009 13:41 by Joe Higgins.eu   image 3 images   video 1 video file
Former Socialist Party TD, and well known fighter for working people Joe Higgins has launched his online campaign for the 2009 European Elections. Currently this includes a campaign website and blog at Joe Higgins.eu and a Facebook page. Active profiles on have also been set up on YouTube , Twitter , Flickr , Bebo , Myspace and will go live in the next days.

Joe is standing in the Dublin Constituency for the Socialist Party “to give ordinary people all across Dublin the opportunity to strike a blow against the government’s attempt to make us pay for the crisis caused by them and their friends in the banks and property”. read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / press release Thursday April 30, 2009 10:40 by reform.ie   image 1 image   1 attached file
reform.ie is a an internet-based political platform that advocates the reform of local government in Ireland and the continuing reform of the European Union with Ireland at its core. We believe that these objectives are shared by a large proportion of the Irish electorate and we aim to provide a forum for debate and to register this.

We hope to enlist the support of additional candidates, both local and European, who will pledge to sponsor the reforms so urgently required if elected.

reform.ie is not linked to any existing political party or movement in Ireland or elsewhere, nor are we funded by any political or economic entity. read full story / add a comment
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