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offsite link May 21, 2018 Syrian Army Liberates Southern Damascus As ISIS Withdraws Tue May 22, 2018 03:37 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are about to re-establish full control of the southern Damascus countryside. The SAA has already liberated the entire district of al-Hajar

offsite link SITREP Germany: They Just Don?t Buy Into the Propaganda Mon May 21, 2018 23:27 | The Saker
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offsite link Europe is the big prize. Mon May 21, 2018 23:22 | The Saker
by R.Lesnoix for The Saker blog Over the last few weeks, a curious change has taken place in both mainstream media and among alternative news and opinion sites. Earlier on,

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/05/21 ? Open Thread Mon May 21, 2018 18:30 | Herb Swanson
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offsite link Ramzan Kadyrov personally commands rescue of Orthodox hostages in a church in Gronzy Mon May 21, 2018 03:02 | The Saker
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national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday May 18, 2018 13:37 by Joe Terry
The LÉ Samuel Beckett is one of ten warships taking part in Operation Sophia, or EUNAVFOR Med, nine of which are from navies of NATO-aligned countries. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday May 15, 2018 18:06 by ipsc   image 1 image
n response to Israel’s horrific massacre of some 60 unarmed Palestinians, and wounding of thousands, yesterday in Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has organised a series of protests around Ireland to take place today. Protests are expected to continue in Gaza, and casualties are expected to mount. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday May 13, 2018 23:08 by pbp   text 1 comment (last - monday may 14, 2018 22:59)
Internal memos from the HSE tell a shocking story of cover up and wilful endangering of lives.

A memo from March 2016 shows that audits on cervical screening tests began in 2010 but it was only six years later, that the HSE noted that ‘the process is reaching the stage of communicating individual case reports’.

In other words, telling doctors and the women concerned about problems found.
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national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Friday May 11, 2018 22:13 by Joe Terry   text 1 comment (last - monday may 14, 2018 23:02)
Flashback to a July 28th, 2012 media report:
Tony O’Brien, who led a special unit charged with reducing hospital trolley numbers and waiting lists over the past year, is the new head of the HSE. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday May 10, 2018 18:27 by foie
An environmental group has published a commitment from the Irish Government to the European Commission to extend the clean-up of the East Tip at the site of the former ISPAT steelworks on Haulbowline Island in County Cork to an ‘all island’ clean up.

The State is completing the clean-up of a 9 hectare East Tip contaminated waste dump but the machinery is to be removed at the end of the summer, leaving the 11 hectare site of the original steel mill in a contaminated and unusable state. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 09, 2018 12:39 by séamas carraher
Ireland, with its punishing history of colonisation, has a no less traumatic ‘memory’ of property, its possession and, more importantly, its dispossession or lack... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday May 03, 2018 12:58 by Joe Terry
Leaving the EU, Ireland will regain sovereignty, get its wealth back by repossessing its natural resources, fisheries and sub-terrain assets. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / press release Saturday April 28, 2018 00:20 by Tom Kindlon   image 1 image   video 1 video file
The Irish ME/CFS Association is pleased to announce that it has arranged four free screenings of the documentary Unrest, on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), for May 12th, International ME/CFS Awareness Day.

These are the venue details:

Dublin: Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport, Old Airport Road, Cloghran, Co. Dublin.

Galway: Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Galway.

Limerick: The Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick.

Sligo: Sligo Southern Hotel, Strandhill Road, Sligo.

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national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday April 27, 2018 15:00 by Joe Terry
The Republic if Ireland should conduct a serious assessment of military institutions of the State. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Monday April 23, 2018 11:49 by Seamus nolan
It may seem absurd but this campaign calls for the nomination of William Delaney 1957 -1970 as a presidential candidate for the forth coming 2018 elections. A child who received a 6 year prison sentence to Letterfrack industrial school for stealing a loaf of bread, a sentence which cost him his life. Our state has failed to honour the victims of institutional abuse, to call to task the collaborators and perpetrators of abuse and violence again the most vulnerable, or to treat the victims with anything amounting to the measure of dignity which any living creature deserves.
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday April 19, 2018 21:12 by sw
The Peace and Neutrality Alliance along with World Beyond War condemns unreservedly the overnight attacks carried out by Western powers on the Syrian Arab Republic.

The pretext for this offensive is that a chemical weapons attack has allegedly been carried out by the Syrian Government and that international law banning prohibiting chemical weapons must be upheld. Given that the bombing of a sovereign state is itself a violation of international law, we are being asked to believe that international law must be broken in order that it be upheld -- a manifest absurdity. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Saturday April 14, 2018 18:42 by wp
The Workers’ Party has said that the scale of voluntary redundancies announced today (Thursday) by Eir, are further proof of the failure of privatisation in the telecoms sector.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Workers’ Party Cllr. Éilis Ryan said:
“The redundancies at Eir are just further proof that privatisation of Telecom Éireann was only ever about one thing – reducing the quality and number of jobs in the company.

“Eir’s workforce today is around 3,000 workers. This is less than a quarter of Telecom Éireann’s pre-privatisation workforce. A public utility was privatised for the profit of others, and workers’ jobs were decimated as a result.” read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday April 06, 2018 22:32 by Michael Donahue Steinberg
An Irish American's Visit To the North of Ireland in 1983 read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 22, 2018 11:35 by Pat Waine   text 4 comments (last - sunday march 04, 2018 10:51)
We all heard the comment , the rebels of 1916 would turn in their grave at the Republic we now have. Well this article asks a question. That question is where is there any proof to back that up . One big hole in that argument is that most of "the rebels " survived and lived long enough to shape the Republic we ended up with read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday January 24, 2018 00:04 by ShannonWatch
Shannonwatch strongly condemns the facilitation of a meeting between US Vice President Mike Pence and US troops at Shannon Airport on Saturday last. The use of the airport by foreign troops on their way to a war zone is in breach of Irish neutrality, and the decision to hold a public display of support for a foreign leader promoting war on Irish soil is dangerous and unwelcome read full story / add a comment
Infographic: Each EU citizen creates 31kg of plastic waste per year | Statista
national / environment / press release Saturday January 13, 2018 22:53 by 1 of indy   image 2 images
A repost from Green News by Niall Sargent highlight the presence of plastic microbeads in every day products and why they should be banned immediately.

The State must step up its game to tackle plastic pollution in the wake of the UK’s new pledge to eliminate plastic waste by 2042, Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said.

Launched by Prime Minister Theresa May this morning the 25 Year Environment Plan sets out the UK’s strategy to tackle plastic waste over the next quarter century. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Wednesday December 20, 2017 23:53 by pbp   image 1 image
The housing crisis is a running sore in Irish society. It cries out for a campaign of ‘people power’ to force through a programme of council house building, rent controls and to end landlord evictions.

For the past two years, People Before Profit has been working with others to help create a coalition that can bring tens of thousands onto the streets.

That coalition is the National Homeless and Housing Coalition. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday December 13, 2017 23:01 by 1 of indy   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2018 15:16)   image 1 image   1 attached file
We are publishing this piece by PANA explaining what PESCO is about and how it means the loss of our neutrality. Unfortunately since then on Dec 7th the Dail voted by 75 to 42 to join PESCO.
Some key points are:
1) PESCO is a binding agreement because it says so. The government claims it is not. It is.
2) PESCO commits us to spending 2% of GDP on military spending by 2022. This is a figure of € 5.5 billion. We currently spend 1/10th of that on defense. This makes a mockery of "fiscal space"
3) PESCO in the event of crisis places under NATO's command. Therefore we are no longer neutral.
4) PESCO is the side door to Ireland joining a EU Army / NATO and would have us involved in "humanitarian" bombing and "peace making" -in other words imposing the demands of the corporate interests that rule above all else.
The Irish Government is considering joining PESCO. This will be one of the most important decisions this FG/Independeny Alliance will ever make. There needs at the very least a serious debate on the issue, and in any genuine debate form all sides in the corporate media. On the evidence so far this is highly improbable, as is their total lack of coverage of the use of Shannon Airport by US troops read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday December 13, 2017 12:03 by Aidan McNally
In recent years a dear friend was lost to massive heart attack. A young man Paul "Pulit" Carroll, collapsed in his home one evening after work. He would never again regain consciousness and was laid to rest some couple of weeks after.

In his memory and to support his young children, a life long friend who has not only a passion for motorbikes but was also All Ireland champion road racing rider for consecutive years in his motorbike road racing career, Mr Keith Costello will travel the entire country on his motor bike December 14th 2017 to honour his friend and raise funds to support the daughters left behind. read full story / add a comment
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