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limerick / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday June 22, 2006 14:01 by Seán Ryan and Elaine
Court, Two Scandals and Lunch. read full story / add a comment
limerick / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Thursday June 15, 2006 19:52 by Joe Higgins T.D.   text 2 comments (last - saturday june 17, 2006 00:40)
Contractor hired by Limerick County Council in breach of legal pension fund requirement;

Limerick County Council awarded public tender contract in flagrant breach of public procurement procedures read full story / add a comment
limerick / environment / press release Thursday June 15, 2006 19:46 by Bleach Lough Water Campaign
High Court Threat of Jailings Postponed until Thursday, June 22nd;

Community Resistance to River Deel Water Stronger than Ever read full story / add a comment
Joan Hayes & Breda Clarke - Strong & Defiant.
limerick / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday June 13, 2006 23:24 by Niall Harnett   text 11 comments (last - thursday june 15, 2006 00:59)   image 31 images
"Mass clearances during the Irish Famine were made possible by the landlords' use of the infamous bailiffs - The Crowbar Brigade. Their actions combined with the presence of police were likely to quell any thought of serious resistance by tenants / indigenous people who 'must be taught by the strong arm of the law that they have no power to oppose or resist'." http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/irish/unit_3.html

Well, is that right?

Limerick County Council brought in their own Cro-bar Construction Brigade accompanied by An Garda Síochána again this morning in a staged attempt to push the polluted River Deel water pipeline past the 'white line', which was held again this morning by local residents, mostly women, including Orla Kaiser's mother Joan Hayes and Tom Clarke's wife Breda Clarke. Joan and Breda showed no fear in a powerful statement to Gardaí, Limerick County Council and national media, saying they are prepared to go jail if necessary, with Orla, to defend their rights and their Spring Water. read full story / add a comment
limerick / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 12, 2006 10:26 by Bleach Lough Spring Water Retention Group   text 4 comments (last - monday june 12, 2006 19:57)   image 1 image
- 2 local farmers ( Donal O’Brien and Patrick Culhane), one of whom is now critically ill in the Regional Hospital Dooradoyle.
- County Councillor Noreen Ryan.
- Orla Kaiser, a mother of 2 young babies
- Tommy Clark, old age pensioner.

Support our 5 neighbours.
Our neighbours are going to jail today to retain our natural spring water supply.
Outside PALLASKENRY CHURCH at 9PM this eve.
"Water is not a commercial product like any other but,rather, a heritage which must be protected, defended and treated as such" EU Directive 2000/60/EC Page 1(1).

THIS IS YOUR TOWN, YOUR WATER-SUPPLY AND YOUR FRIENDS. read full story / add a comment
limerick / environment / press release Friday June 09, 2006 02:19 by Orla Kaiser   text 5 comments (last - friday july 07, 2006 15:25)   image 2 images
“Water is not a commercial product like any other but rather, a heritage which must be protected defended and treated as such”
(EU Directive 2000/60/EC)
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limerick / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday June 07, 2006 03:03 by Seán Ryan and Orla Kaiser   text 3 comments (last - monday june 12, 2006 16:00)   image 3 images
Things have worsened in Pallaskenry and Kildimo.

Contractors arrive in the morning. People will move aside or else!! read full story / add a comment
Joe Higgins TD on the White Line, Sunday 4th June 2006
limerick / environment / feature Wednesday June 07, 2006 00:03 by christina   text 18 comments (last - monday july 03, 2006 23:52)   image 14 images
Parishioners ask for intervention of Minister of Enviroment Dick Roche TD in an open letter presented to Joe Higgins late Sunday afternoon. read full story / add a comment
'Walk the line.'
limerick / environment / news report Monday June 05, 2006 22:55 by Niall Harnett   image 5 images
The Bleach Lough Spring Water Retention Group want to stay connected to the lake which has provided them with spring water for more than 50 years. Limerick Co Council want to divert them to a water supply from the polluted River Deel.

Last Thursday 1st June, Limerick Co. Council obtained a high court injunction against 7 local residents who have drawn a line in the road and are blocking this ‘new’ pipeline from crossing that line and coming any further. They will continue to walk the line from tomorrow Tuesday 6th June, when Co Council workers are expected to try and force their way through using the threat of this injunction.
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limerick / environment / news report Friday June 02, 2006 01:59 by christina   text 2 comments (last - wednesday june 07, 2006 23:46)
Limerick County Councils intimidation tactics reach new levels as injunction against additional supporters of the anti-Deel water campaign has been granted.

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Asia and Me At Shannon Terminal (pic by Tim)
limerick / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday March 05, 2006 23:12 by Elaine   text 10 comments (last - tuesday march 07, 2006 03:35)   image 25 images
"A security operation involving several hundred gardai and soldiers was maintained before and during the stopover." So says the Indo online. Indeed we saw several hundred Gardai and Army personnel as we made our way into Shannon earlier Yesterday afternoon.
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limerick / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday March 01, 2006 15:42 by Joe Lynch
Any secondary school student of Irish politics could have forecast trouble because of the Union Jacks at the GPO read full story / add a comment
limerick / animal rights / press release Thursday February 23, 2006 17:00 by John Carmody   text 1 comment (last - friday february 24, 2006 11:41)
For Immediate Release
March 3, 2006

John Carmody 087-6275579

Limerick — Confined to a cage with her nude body painted like a tiger and a banner above her reading, "Wild Animals Don’t Belong Behind Bars," a woman will protest the use of exotic animals by Duffy’s Circus. The protest will highlight the dangers that animal acts pose to humans and animals alike:

Date: Friday, March, 3
Time: 12 noon sharp
Place: Start of Cruises Street (Opposite HMV Music Store)

Recently animal protection group Animal Defenders International revealed for the first time ever their findings of an undercover investigation into several Irish circuses in Ireland including Duffy’s Circus. The campaign report on Ireland's circuses is based on undercover investigations by ADI Field Officers into seven circuses touring Ireland in 2000 and 2003. ADI Field Officers obtained employment with two Irish circuses, and observed many more. Examples of the violence used to control the animals were captured in the Irish launch video:

* a camel slapped in the face and then hit in the face with a
broom and finally jabbed with a broom handle
* an elephant kicked in the leg and then punched in the face
* a hippo whipped to hurry it along when it was already
walking in the desired direction
* a keeper whipping an elephant in order to get her to move
* a baby camel being roughly handled to force him to move
* a pregnant camel performing just days before giving birth read full story / add a comment
Who Would Say No To Pure Spring Water On Tap
limerick / environment / news report Wednesday February 22, 2006 21:25 by Elaine   text 1 comment (last - wednesday june 07, 2006 23:23)   image 5 images
"LIKE the Rossport five, a group of Limerick men are willing to go to jail in order to stop water from the "highly polluted” River Deel from
coming into Pallaskenry."

Setting up a picket line to stop the pipes being laid, the Kildimo/Pallaskenry Bleach Lough retention committee say that they would rather be locked up behind bars than be forced to drink water from a river that is "floating with dead animal carcasses, human excrement, fish kills and rubbish”.

According to the vice chairperson and secretary of the group, Dan Foley, they have enjoyed clean pure water from the nearby Bleach Lough spring source for the past 50 years. And he said that they shouldn’t all be forced to take water from "one of the most polluted rivers in Ireland” when there is ample capacity at the Lough to cater for everyone.

The controversial pipeline is due to reach the white picket line within the next two to three weeks. But Mr Foley said that they will be there to meet it when it comes.



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limerick / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Sunday February 12, 2006 01:46 by Martin Garcia Mortell   text 5 comments (last - monday february 13, 2006 11:48)
All oil is traded using the American dollar and the American dollar only. This means that anyone wishing to purchase oil must do so using US dollars. . . read full story / add a comment
limerick / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 24, 2006 23:55 by mags   text 3 comments (last - wednesday january 25, 2006 00:21)
Amer Wreck A
Say it out loud and you’ll get it.

The blurb describes it as Fahrenheit 911 meets Moulin Rouge and it has something for everyone- brilliant comedy about the current US President, fantastic music from 60s, sex and full frontal nudity, and a ‘God’ figure that I think most of us would be happy with! On top of that there’s a strong message about political activism. definitely one to debate in the pub after.

Everyone in limerick should grab the chance to see it. Only till Sat night in Belltable. For those of you unfortunate not to be in Limerick, I hear rumours of a movie version... read full story / add a comment
limerick / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Saturday December 10, 2005 17:35 by St.John   text 2 comments (last - friday november 02, 2007 12:42)
Great demonstration in Limerick yesterday against the crazy Irish Ferries debacle, loadsa folks from all walks of life in the march, biggest one I've ever seen down here read full story / add a comment
Ciaron Addresses The Public Meeting In Limerick
limerick / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday September 25, 2005 04:18 by Elaine   text 61 comments (last - sunday october 02, 2005 17:37)   image 37 images
( Or as close as we could get! )

The weekend of resistance kicked off on Friday night when a public meeting was held in Halla Ide on Thomas st. in Limerick City.

The meeting entitled 'Shannon And The War On Terror: The War Comes Homes' was addressed by Ploughshares defendant and Catholic Worker Ciaron O'Reilly alongside planespotter Tim Hourigan from the Mid-West Alliance Against Military Aggression. read full story / add a comment
limerick / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Sunday April 17, 2005 20:03 by St.John   text 46 comments (last - sunday may 15, 2005 05:22)
Last Thursday the referendum on Boycotting Coke in the University of Limerick fell short. read full story / add a comment
limerick / miscellaneous / press release Monday January 17, 2005 16:18 by Jennifer Hannon
The Third Annual Human Rights Conference is being hosted by the Irish Peace Society and being held in the University of Limerick from Jan 28th - 30th 2005.
This years conference is focusing on bringing Human Rights to the people and is open to all members of the community from grassroots activists to the retired senior citizen.
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