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international / environment / feature Friday September 20, 2019 00:43 by 1 of indy   image 2 images
The case is made for the provision of free public transport in every major town and city worldwide for a multitude of reasons. It has always been a good idea and should have been done a long time ago, but now with three major issues of our time; resource depletion, including oil, pollution and the climate crisis; they make it imperative that we move to such a system, both to conserve dwindling supplies of cheap energy, to reduce the use of vast mineral resources to make hundreds of millions of cars and to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions because climate change is happening faster than expected. The Earth's climate has turned out to be more sensitive and complex than anticipated as evidenced by the recent dramatic record breaking summer ice melts in the Arctic1 in 2007, 2008, 2012 and basically every year since then. With such a large change in the albedo or reflectivity over a huge area of the Arctic, this signifies the jump into positive feedback of the climate system, although it is not the only positive feedback. Combined with preliminary reports that frozen methane is beginning to be released from the Arctic sea floor and tundra and given that methane is 20 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas, it is clear we are probably at the point of things running out of control. Emissions need to be cut drastically, starting about 20 years ago. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Thursday September 19, 2019 17:32 by ifi   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. Private equity firms have become the biggest landlords in the world, and the extent of the high-end land grab goes well beyond gentrification. Fredrik Gertten’s probing documentary follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as she travels the world in an effort to understand why we are being pushed out of our cities, and why affordable housing isn’t defined as a fundamental human right.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / event notice Tuesday September 17, 2019 22:37 by foe   text 1 comment (last - wednesday september 18, 2019 23:24)   image 1 image
On Friday the 15th of March 2019 1.6 million people took part in a global climate strike in more than 125 countries in more than 2,000 locations. In Ireland more than 15,000 students took part in protests for urgent climate action.

This September 20th, we're going to smash that number. But we need you to make that happen! read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Tuesday September 17, 2019 22:14 by pbp   image 1 image
Dublin Renters Union to host ‘Tent City’ protest outside offices of Vulture Fund Val Issuer Dac on Molesworth Street tomorrow 11am

Protest to highlight a number of evictions in South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire and Inchicore

Richard Boyd Barrett TD to question Housing Minister at 10.30am about these mass evictions with tenants in Dáil gallery

Tomorrow (18/09/2019) beginning at 11am Dublin Renters Union will host a ‘Tent City’ protest outside the offices of Vulture Fund Val Issuer Dac on Molesworth Street. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / event notice Thursday September 12, 2019 09:54 by Laurence Cox   image 1 image
The radical movements of the “long 1968” shook the postwar order from Prague to Paris, Derry to Mexico City, Rome to San Francisco. “Voices of 1968” (Pluto) lets those movements speak in their own words – posters, flyers, graffiti, manifestos, songs, underground texts and more. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Saturday September 07, 2019 22:20 by IPSC   image 1 image
On Thursday 12th September 2019 you are invited to a special screening of ‘Imprisoning A Generation’, an important documentary about Palestinian child prisoners in Israel’s jails. There will also be a screening of the short film ‘Breaking The Generations’. The films will be shown from 6:15pm in The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 read full story / add a comment
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limerick / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Tuesday August 27, 2019 20:52 by pana   image 4 images
World BEYOND War’s fourth annual global conference on the abolition of war will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, in Limerick, Ireland, and include a rally on the 6th at Shannon Airport, where U.S. military forces routinely pass through in violation of Irish neutrality and of laws against war.

We’ll be marking the completion of the 18th year of the endless war on Afghanistan, as well as the 150th birthday of Mohandas Gandhi.

See list of 2019 speakers at https://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2019speakers read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / news report Monday August 26, 2019 21:23 by Open Democracy   image 3 images
DemocraciaAbierta has seen a PowerPoint presentation that shows that Bolsonaro’s government intends to use hate speech to isolate minorities of the Amazon.

Leaked documents show that Jair Bolsonaro's government intends to use the Brazilian president's hate speech to isolate minorities living in the Amazon region. The PowerPoint slides, which democraciaAbierta has seen, also reveal plans to implement predatory projects that could have a devastating environmental impact. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / news report Wednesday August 14, 2019 23:12 by pbp   image 1 image
As we draw towards the end of the hottest summer on record, the effects of climate change are becoming rapidly more evident. From the uncontrollable fires in the Arctic circle to the devastating floods in Kathmandu, from the rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet to the scorching heat waves being experienced around the world, it is clear that a climate emergency is no longer a future catastrophe to guard against but a reality that must be faced up to right now. read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday August 14, 2019 18:47 by pbp   image 1 image
Richard Boyd Barrett TD has said he and People Before Profit are fully behind the protests by the Beef Plan movement over the last number of weeks and says the protests will be a key factor in winning a victory for small farmers in Ireland.

Talks between representatives from the Irish Farmers Association, Meat Industry Ireland, the Beef Plan movement and Bord Bia began yesterday at the Department of Agriculture and Boyd Barrett says these talks have been forced by the determination of the Beef Plan farmers. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Tuesday August 06, 2019 22:13 by pbp   image 2 images
In a statement this morning, People Before Profit announced that there will be a protest tomorrow outtside head office of vulture fund, Val Issuer Dac, against the mass eviction of tenants in Portobello.

People Before Profit rep, Siomha ní Aonghusa, is working with the tenants and the Dublin Renters Union to protect the over 50 tenancies at Sth Richmond Street and Rosedale Terrace that are threatened with eviction. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday July 24, 2019 22:32 by IPSC   image 1 image
On Thursday 8th August, the Belfast Branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to host our annual Palestine Day as part of Féile an Phobail 2019. As usual, the day will take place in St. Mary’s University College on the Falls Road in Belfast and will run from 12 noon until 9pm. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday July 22, 2019 11:36 by sp   image 1 image
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has released a report outlining “serious and urgent concerns” regarding the state’s attitude towards the democratic right to protest. After consultations with protest groups from across the country, the ICCL reports “severe misuse” of the Public Order Act by Gardai, in the form of arrests without charge, harassment of protesters and imposing limits on where people can protest, seemingly in order to punish and discourage such action. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / news report Saturday July 20, 2019 23:59 by cyclist   image 1 image
Environmental and transport campaigners have set a plan in motion to liberate Dublin’s South William Street from cars for the day.

As the above photograph, provide by the group shows, South William Street is currently closed to through motor traffic. IrishCycle.com understands that the group of protesters will not get in the way of local access, including cars exiting from the Brown Thomas Car Park. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Wednesday July 17, 2019 22:55 by sp   image 1 image
From 1 July, Irish Water is seeking to implement excessive-use water charges of up to €500 per year. This will come as no great surprise to those of us who highlighted the programme for government agreed between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael back in 2016. The Socialist Party opposed and warned about this element of the legislation at the time, as we knew that is could be used as a back door to the re-introduction of full water charges in the future. The legislation allows the government to lower the amount of water that is considered normal usage over time. Just like with tuition fees and bin charges, the amounts will be increased incrementally until the idea of direct payment for water becomes normalised, or at least this is their hope. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday July 16, 2019 22:01 by ShannonWatch   image 1 image
Vetaran fo Peace Tarak Kauff wrote the following introduction to a piece by Ken Mayers on the refusal of the High Court to allow them to return to the US while awaiting trial. Ken and Tarak are being charged as a result of their attempt to inspect a US contracted military place at Shannon Airport in March. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Monday July 15, 2019 22:34 by pana   image 1 image
Feile An Phobail / The Peoples Festival 2019

On the 70th Anniversary of the formation of NATO, The Peace And Neutrality Alliance (PANA)
wishes to invite you to an evening of protest and solidarity.

Guest Speaker: Dr Ed Horgan, Fomer UN Peacekeeper and Irish Veterans for Peace. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Tuesday July 09, 2019 11:38 by pbp   image 1 image
We are facing a huge crisis over our climate. But the Government is not allowing the Dail to vote on a People Before Profit sponsored Climate Emergency Bill that would keep fossil fuels in the ground.

The main mechanism they are using is a little known and obscure legal measure known as a ‘money message’. When any law imposes a financial cost on the state, the government can attach this ‘money message’ to stop debate.

However, this Fine Gael led government are totally missing this measure. How, for example could a bill to stop the issuing of future licences for oil and gas exploration impose a cost on the state?

Fine Gael have killed 55 opposition bills by using this way. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday June 27, 2019 23:28 by ipsc   image 1 image
In solidarity with our friends in Queer Action Ireland, who have always invited IPSC to be part of their radical anti-pinkwashing bloc at Pride down the years, we are supporting their Pride Alternative action. QAI, for a myriad of reasons, feel they can no longer march in the official pride parade. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday June 27, 2019 22:17 by sp   text 1 comment (last - friday june 28, 2019 19:16)   image 1 image
At the end of May, The Irish Times released a survey of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 conducted by Young Social Innovators. Sixty percent of those surveyed described their generation as stressed, anxious and depressed, while a mere 11% described it as motivated. With the housing crisis (which currently sees over 10,000 people in homelessness services), precarious work and the constant threat of climate change forever looming over them, it’s not surprising that the majority of young people are not exactly as hopeful about their future as they may once have been. read full story / add a comment
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