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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
international / miscellaneous / feature Saturday October 16, 2010 23:00 by Chris O’Connell
Amid the hum of words spoken and written here in Ecuador and further afield about the events of Thursday, September 30, two are easily discernible: “coup” and “democracy”. Yet it can be argued that neither concept had much to do with what unfolded on that day.
It would be easy to say that the convulsions that gripped Ecuador on that day were just more of the same. This is a country, after all, that has deposed three elected presidents by different means (none of them impeachment), and at one stage could count 9 different presidents in 10 years.
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Thursday October 14, 2010 14:32 by john throne   text 3 comments (last - friday october 15, 2010 06:24)
The mine owners were so greedy for profits they would not put in the proper safety safeguards and this is why the miners were trapped in the first place. The right wing in Chile are trying to exploit the popularity of the miners. see the right wing president at the rescue site. but it was the right wing who supported their hero the dictator Pinochet who slaughtered tens of thousands of union and left activists. if this had not happened the miners union might have been strong enough to enforce safe conditions in the mine and not been trapped in the first place. read full story / add a comment
some of our problem children
dublin / anti-capitalism / feature Tuesday October 12, 2010 16:24 by 1% Network   text 11 comments (last - friday october 15, 2010 20:52)   image 21 images   video 1 video file
Up to 250 people took part in the 1% Network’s walking tour on Saturday last, October 9th. As people began to gather from as early as 12.30pm it was clear that large numbers were going to to take the opportunity to ‘see how the 1% live.’ The unusually warm weather and low-key Garda presence added to the almost festive atmosphere for this most unusual of political protests. read full story / add a comment
Activist Kate O'Sullivan who today - Saturday 4th September - made a citizen's arrest on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / feature Saturday September 11, 2010 14:02 by IPSC   text 38 comments (last - friday january 21, 2011 17:37)   image 17 images   video 4 video files
On Saturday 4th September Kate O’Sullivan, an activist from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), made a citizen’s arrest on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a book signing in Eason’s. However the Gardaí refused to act on the arrest, preferring instead to detain Ms. O’Sullivan for half an hour in a stairwell. At the protest outside Eason’s, where over 1,000 people gathered to protest the presence of Mr Blair in Ireland, at least three arrests of peaceful protesters where carried out, including that of a secondary school student. All have subsequently been released and are due in court on 30th September. read full story / add a comment
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donegal / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday August 10, 2010 13:12 by Paula Geraghty   text 7 comments (last - tuesday october 26, 2010 07:32)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
Thousands marched to defend health services at Letterkenny hospital from going under the knife. Anger and hurt was clearly evident on the streets of Letterkenny as pensioners and workers most vulnerable to any cuts in health services brought traffic to halt.
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Free at last!
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday July 19, 2010 11:48 by FSB!   text 15 comments (last - tuesday july 23, 2013 03:33)   image 32 images
Erris was abuzz with joy and merriment as one of her finest sons, Pat 'the Chief' O'Donnell was freed from Castlerea Prison yesterday after 158 days of Shell-decreed incarceration. He was met by an ecstatic group of well-wishers outside the prison and was piped off the prison precincts after speeches by himself, Maura Harrington, and a message of support from Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Mayor of Roscommon County Council. read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / feature Friday July 09, 2010 10:34 by eeekkk   text 2 comments (last - thursday july 08, 2010 15:49)   image 6 images   video 1 video file
Joe Higgins MEP has initiated a European Wide Week of Protest & Solidarity
national / anti-capitalism / feature Thursday June 17, 2010 22:49 by Joe Higgins MEP   text 11 comments (last - wednesday june 30, 2010 23:31)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Attacks on working people are mounting right across Europe. The so-called PIGS (Portugal, Ireland & Italy, Greece, Spain) countries have been to the forefront of these attacks. In Ireland, we have seen €7 billion of cutbacks, seriously damaging public services, including health and education. In Greece, there has been a 10% cut in wages and spending in the public sector, together with an increased retirement age, VAT increases and the freezing of pensions. Portugal has a plan to cut its deficit by €11bn over four years through a crisis tax on wages and cutbacks in public services. The Spanish Parliament has passed cutbacks worth €15bn on top of €50bn already agreed. Italy is due to implement "emergency-cutbacks" of €24 bn.
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The deportees back on Irish soil
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday June 08, 2010 04:48 by Kev   text 13 comments (last - monday june 14, 2010 15:16)   image 6 images   video 2 video files   audio 1 audio file
Today family, friends and supporters welcomed home the five Irish MV Rachel Corrie passengers who were this morning deported from Israel. The five – Denis Halliday, Mairead Maguire, Fiona Thompson, Derek Graham and Jenny Graham – were greeted in Dublin airport by cheers and hugs from the assembled crowd who were there to salute their bravery, as well as a large media presence. read full story / add a comment
Israeli pirates board the IHH ship
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday May 31, 2010 17:00 by Kev   text 104 comments (last - thursday april 14, 2011 08:39)   image 35 images   video 22 video files   audio 2 audio files
At least 9 international human rights activists have been killed and dozens more injured after Israeli commandos attacked the unarmed Gaza Freedom Flotilla early this morning in international waters, according to reports from the flotilla organisers, while Israeli military sources confirmed at least 9 dead. This attack is a clear breach of international law. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Wednesday May 12, 2010 17:24 by Paula Geraghty   text 69 comments (last - wednesday may 26, 2010 15:40)   image 8 images   video 7 video files   audio 1 audio file
Two thousand took to the street to protest at the bank bailout. read full story / add a comment
Noel Murphy (IWU) speaking at Solidarity Books
cork / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Tuesday May 04, 2010 17:12 by Ray   text 13 comments (last - sunday may 09, 2010 14:50)   image 37 images
As once again Cork's mainstream trade unions declined to publicly celebrate the everlasting memorial day to working peoples' struggles worldwide, it falls to Solidarity Books/Workers Solidarity Movement Cork Branch and the Independent Workers Union to mark this most important of days. A day of public talks and a community meal was organised by the local branch of the WSM at Solidarity Books, which complemented excellently the annual May Day march through the city streets this evening organised as usual by the Independent Workers Union. read full story / add a comment
State Repression (as it always has been)
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday April 27, 2010 19:14 by Gerry Nobody   text 7 comments (last - wednesday may 05, 2010 17:28)   image 1 image
Not really sure where to post this—just got thinking about repression and state power etc. and thought I would share some observations on the subject with whoever’s interested. Yes, it ended up being more of an essay than a post but what the hell—feels good to get it off my chest. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday April 11, 2010 13:42 by Paula Geraghty   text 9 comments (last - wednesday april 14, 2010 01:31)   image 29 images
Thousands turned out for a rally of solidarity and love in memory of Toyosi Shitta-bey who tragically lost his life in Tyrellstown, West Dublin on Friday 2nd April. read full story / add a comment
Curious mass goers look at the shoes.
national / crime and justice / feature Friday April 09, 2010 16:52 by Religiousabusetruth   text 17 comments (last - saturday march 03, 2012 20:28)   image 8 images
One thousand pairs of children’s shoes of all sizes were tied to the railings outside the cathedral representing the victims of Roman Catholic abuse. Some passers by stopped to tie shoes. Many abuse survivors and supporters came together from as far as Cork and Wexford to attend the protest. read full story / add a comment
Watching them watching us back in June
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday April 01, 2010 08:21 by Andrew N Flood   text 12 comments (last - tuesday april 27, 2010 15:42)   image 1 image
Around the time of the visit of Shell’s pipe-laying ship the Solitaire in June it became clear that the Gardai had been told that they could do anything to remove Shell to Sea campaigners from the scene and they would be looked after. Rulings from the district court, in particular the denial of bail to 7 campaigners charged with the most minor of public order offences removed people with vital water skills from the area by interning them in Mountjoy and Castlerea prisons. Local fisherman Pat O’Donnell had one of his boat sunk from under him when four masked men boarded the boat in the middle of the night and held Pat and the other crew member at gun point while they sabotaged the boat leading to its sinking. When Pat took to sea in another boat as the Solitaire arrived he was arrested under the Public Order Act for loitering and once more sent to prison leaving the way clear for the Solitaire. read full story / add a comment
Many of the 27 at a previous court appearance, in the front row Niall is far right, Pat is in the middle and Maura is on the far left
mayo / environment / feature Wednesday March 24, 2010 13:06 by Andrew N Flood   text 8 comments (last - monday august 16, 2010 15:42)   image 1 image
This week as it was revealed in the Irish Times that 20 months after entering into a legal agreement with local fishermen Shell has still not submitted an application as required to the Environmental Protection Agency to review the emissions licence for the experimental gas pipeline it is imposing on the people of Erris. Yet this week 27 Shell to Sea campaigners are being prosecuted on behalf of Shell in the local courts and today one of them received three five month sentences. read full story / add a comment
Baby Yoga workshop, morning
cork / gender and sexuality / feature Thursday March 11, 2010 12:23 by FSB!   text 17 comments (last - thursday april 29, 2010 23:47)   image 40 images
A 'miracle' of grassroots community organising happened yesterday – the community of Douglas Street, Cork came together and hosted an incredible diverse and immensely satisfying celebration of International Women's Day! read full story / add a comment
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