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national / elections / politics / feature Thursday February 24, 2011 08:50 by T   text 5 comments (last - tuesday march 08, 2011 15:07)   image 6 images   audio 1 audio file
Given it is just days away from the election and a new government, most likely to be led by Fine Gael, many are probably wondering what exactly is the current state of Ireland and what are the prospects for recovery. In short, things are bad and a recovery is very unlikely. There are also wider and bigger global issues and we are unprepared and should be doing something about it now. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday February 15, 2011 14:28 by Andrew   text 13 comments (last - saturday march 12, 2011 01:44)   image 6 images
Today members and supporters of Dublin Shell to Sea gathered the top of Grafton Street to distribute €540 billion ‘commemorative bank notes’ to members of the public, symbolising the cost to the exchequer of the extraordinary giveaway of Ireland’s oil and gas reserves. This was part of a national Shell to Sea day that saw leafletting in 8 other towns and cities around Ireland as well as Dublin. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Saturday February 12, 2011 17:27 by Trade Union TV   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 04, 2012 01:10)   video 1 video file
Student nurses are fighting the worst of cuts a total pay cut in their training forcing them to work for free for the health service. read full story / add a comment
Passing, consiglieres Mubarak and Suleiman's, Mafia Don's local HQ drew strong anger and contempt
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday February 11, 2011 03:18 by TD   text 31 comments (last - saturday february 12, 2011 19:57)   image 11 images   video 5 video files   audio 3 audio files
Egypt's on Fire: The winds for democratic change are strongly blowing in that country to dislodge US/Israeli backed traitor Hosni Mubarak and his Obama picked replacement, Omar Suleiman (also, "Israel's favourite Egyptian", Robert Fisk). Yesterday afternoon in Dublin, Egyptians, Arabs, internationals and Irish people of conscience assembled outside the Egyptian Embassy in Clyde Road, Ballsbridge to give the ambassador and all who care to listen a strong message that Mubarak and Suleiman will no longer be endured or tolerated and both have to go and be replaced with true democracy. Judging from the shuttered and closed blinds of the Embassy windows, denial held sway and the blind eye and deaf ear was being turned to the trumpeting elephant inside.? read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / feature Friday February 04, 2011 11:55 by Volunteer   text 35 comments (last - wednesday february 23, 2011 14:37)   image 1 image
Speaking in advance of an April visit to Ireland, Nobel Peace Laureate and exiled Tibetan
Leader the Dalai Lama has today delivered a message to the people of Ireland in which he calls for people to demonstrate courage and hope.

“Our world is in turmoil but this also provides an opportunity for true transformation towards peace, justice and happiness if we show courage and hope.” he said in the message which can be viewed in full on the new website http://www.possibilities.ie read full story / add a comment
Liberate London - (and perhaps Ireland)!
international / anti-capitalism / feature Friday February 04, 2011 07:06 by Chris Knight   text 10 comments (last - wednesday march 23, 2011 09:12)   image 2 images
Regional TUCs are expecting 300,000 to converge on central London on March 26. It should be an interesting day. While stewards are being recruited in liaison with police to stop any repeat of what happened to Millbank, there’ll be thousands of us with other ideas. If an NUS demonstration of 30,000 can accidentally demolish the Tory Party HQ, what might 300,000 achieve?

In January, anarchists from around Britain met in Manchester to form a ‘network of networks’ called ‘Network X’. It was agreed to mobilise for direct action on March 26. “This is a major step forward for the anarchist movement,” quipped Class War’s Ian Bone, “being the first time anarchist groups have agreed to a central command since Barcelona in 1936.” A kaleidoscope of groups, many of recent invention, is planning street theatre, effigies and spectaculars for the big day.
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A lock on under a car
mayo / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday January 25, 2011 14:56 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 3 comments (last - monday january 31, 2011 11:02)   image 1 image
On Thursday 20th January An Bord Pleanála announced their decision to approve the Shell high pressure raw gas pipeline. This is the last chance to resist the plan by the Irish Government, state bodies and Shell to force their will on communities and on the country as a whole, regardless of proper process, economic sense, people’s safety, environmental laws and human rights. Whilst the people of Ireland are being crippled by the cuts in public services and forced in to huge EU and IMF debt, the great gas giveaway is the elephant in the room that could be our solution. The unjust deal can be renegotiated as we have successfully seen in other countries. The people of Ireland should have a say in how we sustainably manage our natural resources. The struggle against Shell is a struggle for everyone in Ireland. You can be part of it. read full story / add a comment
the mystery undercover officer outed by kennedy / stone
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday January 18, 2011 19:11 by joe mcivor   text 50 comments (last - sunday september 25, 2016 19:52)   image 21 images   video 1 video file
Indymedia UK article on Mark Stone , aka Mark Kennedy , a police officer who infiltrated the Nottingham activist scene in 2001 . Kennedy/Stone admitted his role after being confronted . UPDATE: Stone goes rogue and reveals details of operations and "outs" other officers. A police chief with detailed knowledge of the deployments of undercover officers in the protest movement said Kennedy's breach of protocol could lead to the "relocation of a considerable number of people". At an estimated 250,000 per person what have the UK government been spending taxpayer money on while making huge austerity cuts? read full story / add a comment
Jimmy Kelly from UNITE Calls for Voters to VOTE LEFT
national / elections / politics / feature Thursday January 13, 2011 15:47 by Jerry Cornelius   text 46 comments (last - thursday january 27, 2011 16:50)   image 2 images
The UNITE trade union, the second largest union in the Republic of Ireland has called on all working people to vote for a left wing government in the general election likely to be held in March.

“Workers should use their vote in the upcoming general election to bring about a left-wing government for the first time in the history of the state,” said Jimmy Kelly, Regional Secretary of Unite the union.
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Peace Vigil at Shannon 9 Jan 2011
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Monday January 10, 2011 14:43 by Edward Horgan   text 1 comment (last - monday january 10, 2011 09:35)   image 3 images
Today’s peace vigil at Shannon on 9 Jan 2011 was not a celebration but a commemoration of events that have been occurring over the past 11 years in Afghanistan and Iraq in which the United States waged unlawful and unjustified wars killing hundreds of thousands of people. It also commemorated and offered condolences on behalf of the many prisoners who were kidnapped, imprisoned without trial and in many cases tortured in Guantanamo and elsewhere. January 2011 also marks the 20th of the US led Gulf War in 1991, which led to the deaths of over two million Iraqi people in the decade up to 2001. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday January 09, 2011 01:17 by Amnesty1   text 12 comments (last - tuesday march 01, 2011 10:51)
Phil is a journalist; Caroline a qualified psychotherapist. Kevin has just graduated with an MA in political theory and for Julie, music is the cornerstone of her life.

They are successful, confident, down to earth people.

But they’ve seen people, even their friends and families, look at them with fear and suspicion because of "those things"; because they had mental health problems. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / miscellaneous / feature Friday December 24, 2010 23:42 by Andrew   text 19 comments (last - thursday january 06, 2011 00:40)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
Several hundred people took part in "A Spectacle Of Defiance And Hope" in Dublin on the night of Friday 10th December to protest the way the government have cut funding to vital community services. Janice Feighery a co-ordinator at an after school computer program for young people said “Community programmes are being devastated by the cuts. Our work with young people is strangled by lack of funds." The spectacle draws to a close the week of protests against the austerity budget.

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Flashback to the Wikileaks warlogs where US Apache pilots blast people out of existence
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Wednesday December 22, 2010 15:24 by pat c   text 11 comments (last - saturday january 15, 2011 10:44)   image 3 images
Julian Assange may be imprisoned but Wikileaks is still operational, still releasing the information that Obama and Clinton do not want us to see. False rape charges have been filed against Assange in Sweden so that he might be extradited to there and then on to the US where he would likely face life imprisonment. More likely death as its very easy to arrange murder inside a federal prison.

Those who have collaborated with the attempts to close down Wikileaks have learned there is a price to pay.

Below is a statement from Wikileaks. This is followed by excerpts from other articles regarding Wikileaks. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / feature Saturday December 18, 2010 23:27 by Rudiger   text 1 comment (last - friday january 21, 2011 15:31)   image 3 images
In the next few weeks, more than likely An Bord Pleanála will be announcing their decision on whether to grant permission to Shell to build the onshore section of the Corrib Gas pipeline. Below is a review of the reopened oral hearing that ran from the 24th of August until the 1st of October in 2010 in Belmullet. Again (this is the fourth convening of an oral hearing), opponents of the Corrib Gas Project made lengthy and comprehensive submissions on why they are opposed to the project. A fair few of these submissions can be read in full here: http://www.shelltosea.com/content/submissions-bord-pleanala read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / feature Friday November 26, 2010 16:38 by IMC Collective   text 72 comments (last - friday february 11, 2011 12:51)   image 17 images   video 8 video files   audio 1 audio file   1 attached file
Around the world countries have been betrayed by their politicians who have worked hand in glove with their capitalist partners to systematically destory each economy and then to hand them over to a private financial elite composed of bankers, investors and speculators and other parasites. From Iceland to Lativa to Greece to Ireland the Financial Coup has taken place. It has already long ago taken place in such countries as the USA where big capital and big finance captured their governments long ago where corporations like Goldman Sachs have their own people in government dictating the bailouts. But many other countries are on the list. The austerity which the capitalists smile down on, have already hit most of Europe especially in countries like Spain, Portugal, Hungary and the UK. read full story / add a comment
dublin / education / feature Monday November 15, 2010 23:00 by TD   text 17 comments (last - monday november 29, 2010 11:45)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
"An injury to one is the concern of all", according to Free Education for Everyone spokesperson.
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national / education / feature Wednesday November 10, 2010 02:20 by Squirrel   text 16 comments (last - monday november 15, 2010 19:30)   image 2 images
Upwards of 25,000 students from across Ireland descended onto the streets of Dublin on Wednesday 3rd November, 2,000 students broke off and occupied the Department of Finance, here are 2 interviews with students present. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Wednesday November 03, 2010 21:22 by Andrew - wsm   text 73 comments (last - thursday november 11, 2010 11:11)   image 11 images   video 4 video files
News is coming in that upwards of thirty students have occupied the Department of Finance in the centre of Dublin with several hundred supporting them in the streets outside. Tens of thousands of students are demonstrating as part of the USI protests against plans to introduce fees, these students carrying out the occupation appear to have broken away from the main demonstration which is taking place around the corner in Merrion square. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-capitalism / feature Monday November 01, 2010 21:26 by Andrew   text 16 comments (last - tuesday december 14, 2010 23:44)   image 13 images
A larger than expected crowd turned out for last night’s 1% Network Treasure Hunt around the exclusive Aylesbury and Shrewsbury roads in Dublin. In 2006 Shrewsbury Road was the 6th most expensive address in the entire world and it remains exclusively populated by the richest of the 1% who own 34% of the wealth in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday November 01, 2010 21:26 by éirígí PRO   text 58 comments (last - monday november 29, 2010 03:50)   image 10 images
éirígí activist Louise Minihan today poured red paint over Mary Harney's clothing in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin. read full story / add a comment
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