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national / irish social forum / press release Wednesday June 07, 2006 16:25 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has accused Education Minister Mary Hanafin of political cowardice, as students interpreted her decision to place the student grants payment system in the hands of the 33 vocational education committees (VEC) as ‘a gift of patronage’ that retains many of the flaws of the existing system. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Friday June 02, 2006 18:33 by Donnchadh   text 27 comments (last - sunday may 27, 2007 23:52)
How Irish revisionism follows what French psychoanalyst and intellectual Jacques Lacan describes as the "Discourse of the University." read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 23, 2006 18:16 by Liam Ó Maoláin   text 12 comments (last - monday november 17, 2008 16:43)
A review in Irish of the the Irish media scene. Native Irish speakers should ignore any errors on my part in relation to grammar etc. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Thursday May 18, 2006 18:45 by Union of Students in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - friday may 19, 2006 12:27)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said a new radio station in the northwest dedicated to young adults should reflect the views and concerns of young people and students, and not just focus on entertainment. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Tuesday May 16, 2006 15:33 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has hailed an important victory in the battle against the creeping marketisation of higher education, following news that the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) will not pursue a profit-driven plan to relocate its central Dublin campus. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Monday May 15, 2006 16:49 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed dismay that marriage equality has been sidestepped by the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in its new report on the rights of same-sex and opposite-sex couples. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Thursday May 11, 2006 17:00 by Union of Students in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - friday may 12, 2006 13:17)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is set to distribute 40,000 condoms to Irish students as part of the ‘He Says, You Say’ sexual health campaign launched earlier this week during National Condom Week sponsored by Durex. The campaign – also endorsed by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the Dublin Aids Alliance – will see 30,000 sponsored condoms distributed to students at the Trinity Ball tomorrow evening (Friday 12th May). read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Monday May 08, 2006 13:19 by Union of Students in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 09, 2006 14:58)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is joining the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the Dublin Aids Alliance to back today’s launch of a major sexual health campaign called ‘He Says, You Say’, sponsored by Durex as part of National Condom Week. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / event notice Monday May 08, 2006 11:50 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is joining the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the Dublin Aids Alliance to back today’s launch of a major sexual health campaign called ‘He Says, You Say’, sponsored by Durex as part of National Condom Week. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Friday May 05, 2006 13:45 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has strongly endorsed new legislation that puts the country’s 14 Institutes of Technology on a more equal footing with the seven universities for managing their own affairs and realising opportunities for growth. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / press release Monday May 01, 2006 13:50 by Gregor Kerr
Pressure Irish government to act now read full story / add a comment
dublin / irish social forum / news report Saturday April 22, 2006 16:28 by Liam Mullen   text 6 comments (last - tuesday march 25, 2008 23:52)
A revenue source has claimed that hundreds of taxi drivers are deserting their jobs, rather than submit to rigorous audit checks being carried out by the Department of Revenue. Rogue drivers have been amassing undeclared income, and under new tax clearance rules established by the regulator when the industry was deregulated, many are falling prey to the new tightening of regulations. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / event notice Tuesday April 18, 2006 18:32 by Barney Hartnett - ATGWU RMA Dublin Branch


Irish Senior Citizens Parliament Conference
21st and 22nd April 2006.
Address: C/o Ms Mary Shop, Ballymun SC, Ballymun, Dublin 11
National/ Irish Socail Forum/ Event Notice
BARNEY HARTNETT - AMALGAMATED TRANSPORT AND GENERAL WORKERS UNION -
RETIRED MEMBERS DUBLIN BRANCH.
 

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dublin / irish social forum / event notice Tuesday March 07, 2006 22:30 by Womym
A conference to celebrate women's voices and women's activism locally and globally, for long-time and new activists in the women's movement in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
dublin / irish social forum / news report Thursday March 02, 2006 20:07 by Barry Finnegan
Despite the goodwill towards the ISF, throughout 2005 there was a quite limited number of activists willing to put in all the work required to stage big one to three day type Social Forums. In light of this, activists involved with the working groups of the Irish Social Forum in 2003 and 2004 have proposed to focus on the local: the Dublin Social Forum, and to hold the event monthly and in the evenings. 30 people may come, or 150, we’ll see! [Dates of first one and next DSF meeting are below.] read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 15, 2006 23:27 by Liam Mullen   text 2 comments (last - saturday february 18, 2006 15:45)
Perhaps, yes!

However, if Ireland is to establish a press council we should look elsewhere to see what lessons could be learned from such an endeavour. The British press introduced this form of self-regulation in 1953, but Commissions set up to examine the effectiveness of the council were critical.
In their book Power without Responsibility, Curran and Seaton, argue that the council should “embody and promote a professional culture among journalists.” This would be the ideal, but the reality has proved somewhat different. The press council has been criticised by a number of Commissions, which threatened “government legislation,” and brought much needed “reforms”. In 1977, the Commission imposed sweeping changes, which led to further reforms from 1989 to 1990. A new “code of conduct for journalists” was proposed, but the Calcutt Committee recommended that the press council be disbanded and replaced with a more effective body.
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international / irish social forum / news report Wednesday February 15, 2006 00:39 by Liam Mullen
According to a report published by the London School of Economics and written by Joan O’Mahony, the Pope in his position as Cardinal and head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith knew of the existence of married priests in the Czech church in 1990.
The problem arose because Czechoslovakia was under strict Communist rule for 40 years, and launched a crackdown on Catholic clergy. Under the Communist regime, a “secret clergy” or “underground” church developed when Czech bishops took over the clandestine ordination of men whom the state refused to approve for ordination. This was a requirement of the Czech State at the time.
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international / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 14, 2006 22:28 by Liam Mullen
Introduction.
When looking at the reasons why the NGO’s might be up in arms when facing the policies of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, I have decided to focus on Trócaire and Concern, two Irish organisations passionately involved in debt relief for the Third World. Concern has been in existence since the Biafra famine of 1968, and has become internationally recognised in the intervening years. Trócaire was set up by the Irish Catholic Church in 1973 as a response mechanism to combat disasters, famines, and to offer aid to the “world’s poorest and most oppressed peoples”. (http://www.trócaire.org).
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national / irish social forum / event notice Sunday February 05, 2006 20:33 by Barry Finnegan
The first ISF Working Groups meeting of 2006 is on Thursday 9th February from 7.30 to 9.00pm in THE TEACHERS CLUB, PARNELL SQ., DUBLIN 1.

A few Dublin-based activists who worked with the ISF Working Groups for the 2003 and 2004, 1st and 2nd ISFs thought it would be good idea to hold a meeting, talk about the following points (below) and see where we go from there. If you would like to come, please read the WSF Charter Of Principles first and see if you are interested, available at: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4...age=2 read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / news report Friday January 27, 2006 20:04 by Barry Finnegan   text 4 comments (last - wednesday february 08, 2006 22:53)
Its been just over a year now since the last ISF so maybe we should have another one this year. There has been lots of activism since then and the movement for global justice [or whatever we are called] has a lot to link up about. On top of that the ESF is back this year, this time in Greece. Is anyone bothered? A crowd of us think that people should get together and talk about it. Here's the proposal:

The first ISF Working Groups meeting of 2006 is on Thursday 9th February from 7.30 to 9.00pm
NB Change of venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB, PARNELL SQ., DUBLIN 1 .

A few Dublin-based activists who worked with the ISF Working Groups for the 2003 and 2004, 1st and 2nd ISFs thought it would be good idea to hold a meeting, talk about the following points (below) and see where we go from there. If you would like to come, please read the WSF Charter Of Principles first and see if you are interested, available at: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4&cd_language=2 read full story / add a comment
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