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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 28, 2009 17:08 by Hilary, Mary, Andrew, Sinead 2 comments (last - thursday april 30, 2009 01:25) 2 audio files
Three speakers talk about the pro-choice struggles in Ireland they were involved in over the last three decades. These include the 1983 anti-referendum campaign, the Womens' Information Network, the SPUC v students case, Dublin Abortion Information Campaign, X-Case, Repeal 8th Amendment, 1992 Referendum, Dublin Abortion Rights Group, Alliance for a No Vote, 1998 referendum, Choice Ireland and the D-Case. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Monday April 27, 2009 16:49 by Sean Matthews 1 audio file
Interview conducted today at the plant. Workers remain determined to achieve their demands despite attempts by the administrators to evict them.
Solidarity is Strength! read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / news report Friday April 24, 2009 15:40 by Andrew editing - Farah recording - Torab Saleh speaking 1 audio file
Yesterday Torab Saleh who took part in the Iranian revolution of 1979 spoke in Dublin of his personal experiences of that time and the challenges it presented to him and others on the left. This is the audio recording of that meeting. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / feature Thursday April 23, 2009 16:14 by J 60 comments (last - tuesday june 02, 2009 19:44) 1 audio file
Shell's illegal Glengad compound was dismantled last night and Goldman winner, Willie Corduff was assaulted by masked Shell security during truck protest.
Yesterday Shell’s attempts to restart their works on the Corrib Gas project were ground to a halt after only eight hours. At 6-30 a workforce of about 20, backed up by around 50 private security guards erected fences to re-establish a compound. This compound is the would-be on-shore pipe installation base. Works were seriously hampered when local people and solidarity camp activists occupied machinery.
By 4 o clock Rossport Five member Willie Corduff was still refusing to leave the from under the truck, which he had occupied in the compound and all work had ground to a halt. Shell were unable to continue as Willie was preventing necessary equipment being used.
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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday April 11, 2009 16:20 by Not Jimmy 4 comments (last - thursday april 23, 2009 14:54) 1 audio file
On Ocean FM's 'Paddy Clancy' show, (Saturday 11/04/09) , the Tánaiste informed listeners how everyone knows that shoppers are only going across the border for cheap booze. Appearently the €800million in vat revenues lost to cross border shopping is as a result of the legions of Irish people searching out bargain booze in the north of Ireland.
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sligo / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday April 10, 2009 01:23 by Killian McLoughlin 22 comments (last - wednesday april 29, 2009 00:37) 1 audio file
This is a copy of the press release sent out regarding the 'Save Sligos Cancer Services' (SCSS).
The group are organising a huge protest in Sligo this good friday, they are marching on Sligo General and demanding that the management choose whether they are going to represent the people of the Northwest or the private interests and agenda of Mary Harney and the HSE. The SCSS have stated that their memmbers are sick and tired of teh duplicity and lies of both the management in Sligo and the HSE and are no longer willing to accept it.
The people of the northwest are taking back their health services, starting with Sligo General Hospittal, this Good Friday 10/04/2009 read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday April 08, 2009 23:51 by Belfast WSM 6 comments (last - thursday april 09, 2009 16:44) 6 audio files
Over 200 people marched today from Andersonstown to the factory in Finachy for a rally, which was addressed by Unite Shop Stewards Charlie Maxwell and John Maxwell, including representatives from the SDLP and Sinn Fein. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / news report Friday April 03, 2009 16:55 by Andrew recording Stanley Aronowitz 1 audio file
This is a recording of Stanley Aronowitz speaking on 'Popular Education in a Time of Struggle' to a Workers Solidarity Movement meeting in the Seomra Spraoi Social centre, Dublin the end of March 2009. Stanley Aronowitz is professor of sociology, cultural studies, and urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also a veteran political activist and cultural critic and an advocate for organized labor. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday April 02, 2009 11:30 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity 1 audio file
“Don’t wait for politicians and people high up in the unions- just do it yourself”, says Unite shop steward John McGuire.
Protests spread, as workers continue to occupy Visteon/Ford plant in West Belfast.
Workers decided to take action on Tuesday after the car parts company announced without notice that administrators are being brought in with the loss of 210 jobs with minimum redundancy payments. A further 400 people will also lose there jobs across the UK. Even those who have been working at the plant for 30 years will be receiving £9,000 in redundancy payment with most getting less. Davy McMurray, from the Unite trade union in Northern Ireland said the way the job cuts were announced was "brutal." "The administrators came in, took a meeting of the workforce and told them their employment was terminated."
Visteon took over from the former Ford plant in 2000. Ever since that, management at the plant have been undermining workers rights and condi read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Wednesday April 01, 2009 14:14 by siobhan 10 comments (last - thursday april 02, 2009 14:14) 1 audio file
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international / anti-capitalism / news report Saturday March 28, 2009 02:43 by Michael Gallagher 14 comments (last - wednesday april 01, 2009 11:16) 1 audio file
On a blustery, cold and damp Friday evening, it was obvious that the shell2sea campaign is alive and well and as strong as ever. A big crowd turned up for the vigil/seisún outside Mountjoy Woman's Prison. The support of passing traffic and pedestrians was very evident by the car horns and well wishers and shouts of "Maura Maura" and "good luck" as well as the many expressions of outrage that she is still in prison. A couple of local men even showd up with a large box of hot chips from the local chipper up the road. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday March 19, 2009 17:07 by Andrew 1 audio file
A look at 'social centre' spaces in North America, Glasgow, Spain and Italy. What is a social center in these different contexts and how do they relate to anti-capitalism. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / feature Monday March 09, 2009 22:58 by Dunk 20 comments (last - tuesday november 03, 2009 13:59) 3 audio files
Springtime in Europe and the Earth's life cycle is in bloom again. The 3 parts of the radio documentary capture magical moments in the recent history of one of the most exciting projects in Barcelona at present, our community garden in Gracia. This article was written after a lovely Valentine's weekend of much open, shared and participative activity, the highlight of which was our collective mural day in the garden. It is hoped that some of the life, current ideas, projects, tools, spaces, bargains, oddities, dreams, passions and goings on of the city and her peoples are communicated here-in.
Friday… Thinking about winning
Saturday… Painting pictures and feeling like we are winning
Sunday… Sharing passions, playing and doing, remembering the South read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday March 08, 2009 21:22 by Andrew 16 comments (last - wednesday march 25, 2009 16:38) 8 audio files
In the region of 1,000 people attended the Dublin 2009 Anarchist bookfair at Liberty Hall on Saturday. From the time doors opened at 10.30 to 6pm a constant stream of people came into the venue to browse the books, listen to the speakers or to take part in workshops and discussions. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / other press Monday March 02, 2009 16:27 by dunk 2 comments (last - friday march 06, 2009 12:02) 2 audio files
Discussion chaired by Frank McDonald, journalist with The Irish Times, on a broad range of architectural and developmental issues that have become apparent in Celtic Tiger Dublin. Contributors include Dr. Gary Boyd, Ciarán Cuffe TD, Robert Ballagh and Siobhain Ní Éanaigh. The majority of the speakers were very critical of Celtic Tiger Ireland, a change from previous "architectural discussion". The talk happened in Docklands "white elephant", CHQ, aka: Stack A.
Sunday August 10 2008 was the day of the discussion, day after the worst rainfall that Ireland had ever seen in the month of august, a wake up call if ever there was one of how we have to adress climate chaos...http://radio.indymedia.org/es/node/17169
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international / anti-capitalism / news report Monday March 02, 2009 12:03 by Andrew Flood & Ashanti Alston 2 comments (last - monday march 02, 2009 16:08) 2 audio files
US Anarchist Ashanti Alston who is speaking at the Anarchist Bookfair in Dublin this March 7th has spent that last few days speaking at meetings in Cork and Galway and hanging out with anarchists in Dublin. In this interview recorded last night in Kilmainham he talks about his visit to Ireland, the post Seattle anarchist wave in the USA, the formation of Anarchist People Of Color (APOC) the current capitalist crisis and the need to seize the moment. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / feature Saturday February 28, 2009 09:25 by Workers Solidarity 9 comments (last - monday march 23, 2009 20:05) 1 audio file
There is no money left in Ireland. At least that’s what you might think after listening to Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny, IBEC and the parade of capitalist economists and pundits who parrot this nonsense. Yes, we are heading into a deep recession and guess who is expected to pay the cost? read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Friday February 27, 2009 17:02 by dunk 13 comments (last - thursday march 05, 2009 18:29) 6 audio files
Al Gore: "I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants."
Next Monday The largest act of civil disobedience will happen against global warming in the US. A large protest has been called at a coal-fired plant in Washington, D.C, 11,000 people are expected. In the days leading up to the protest, youth climate activists are organizing a conference called Power Shift ’09. Thousands of student activists plan to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill, urging them to rebuild the economy through bold climate and clean energy policy.
Looks like the "climate camp movement" is continuing to grow globally and momentum is building in the lead up to COP15... Ireland too are organising thing for this summer. Also Greenpeace´s "lawful excuse" court battle win might open the flood gates for more direct action... read full story / add a comment
waterford / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday February 26, 2009 11:01 by James McBarron 1 audio file
The workers at Waterford Crystal occupying the plant are an example to us all. Rather than accept the closure of the business, the loss of all the jobs and the destruction of the area’s premier industry; workers seized the buildings making liquidation impossible for the receiver. read full story / add a comment