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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 11:40 by Paddy Hackett   text 8 comments (last - wednesday october 15, 2014 23:58)
Single issue demands such as the movement against water rates hold back the class struggle by suggesting that capitalism can continue in the absence of these charges or taxes. This is because such demands are not embedded in a programme of an interlinked series of demands that challenges the capitalist system. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Saturday October 11, 2014 21:28 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - monday october 13, 2014 18:59)
How can this mass movement against the water charges be developed into a lasting mass movement against austerity and capitalism. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday October 10, 2014 23:46 by john throne
Benny was a Comrade and example. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday October 10, 2014 16:05 by Anthony Ravlich
Describes the UN's gross deceit e.g. human rights omissions creating the IMF which discriminates on ground of intellectual property. Also, activists' lack of understanding of political globalization which has led to the dominance of the bureaucracy. In addition, the decimation of animal populations. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 17:50 by Paddy Hackett   text 7 comments (last - sunday october 12, 2014 10:29)
The rhetoric by the Sinn Fein, the Anti Austerity Alliance and the People Before Profit Alliance featuring on RTE's Prime Time programme amounts to nothing but illusion. Their election candidates showed no understanding of the need for revolution. Their rhetoric suggested that capitalism can be managed or reformed to the benefit of the working class by effectively taxing the rich and not the working class. Indeed the entire show confined itself to suggestions as to how to reform capitalism in one way or another. In that way the participants sought to effectively defend the capitalist system. Essentially all contributors were essentially advocating bourgeois politics. If the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party were genuinely revolutionary they would have challenged RTE and its other contributors by advocating the need for revolution. read full story / add a comment
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international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 16:54 by Against animal cruelty   text 3 comments (last - thursday october 16, 2014 08:05)   image 3 images
I have to ask: does the Catholic Church have a death wish?

Hare coursing is a horribly cruel “sport” that is a crime in many jurisdictions. It’s bad enough that the Irish government allows it…but this week pictures circulating on social media (twitter and facebook) clearly show a Catholic Priest officially BLESSING a hare coursing venue. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 14:30 by Luke Eastwood   text 3 comments (last - monday october 13, 2014 22:14)   image 1 image
The Irish government is charging for public water as part of its TISA signup. This is just the start, we will all pay for all water if they have their way, even if we don't get any services from Irish Water. The eventual plan will be to privatize all resources so that absolutely nothing will be free in this country. read full story / add a comment
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international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Friday October 03, 2014 20:55 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 1 comment (last - saturday october 04, 2014 13:38)   image 8 images
We, in common with all animal welfare/rights/rescue organisations and conservationist groups in Ireland are appalled that another hare coursing season has just been allowed to commence, with public hare-baiting sessions already having being staged at Liscannor in County Clare and Kilflynn in County Kerry.

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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday October 02, 2014 23:32 by Paddy Hackett
Parties such as the SP, SWP and Sinn Fein are essentially no different from each other nor from Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Fianna Fail. They are all bourgeois nationalist parties competing for power within the capitalist system. Reformism is still alive and well and embedded within the Irish working class movement. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 01, 2014 19:56 by john throne
We are all familiar with the monstrous crimes that have been carried out by the Catholic hierarchy in Ireland, the slave labor in the Magadlene prison laundries, the physical and sexual abuse in the children's prisons.The victims have to be given compensation. Not by the taxpayers but from the vast wealth of the Catholic church. More generally responsibility has to be allotted for this. Responsibility lies with different forces, the Catholic hierarchy, the Irish capitalist class, but also the members of the Catholic church. John Throne. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 17, 2014 01:56 by john throne   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 30, 2014 00:02)   image 2 images
Claiming to stand for the Protestant working class Paisley was in fact their enemy read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday September 14, 2014 12:06 by political hostage
As the case of Michael McKevitt continues to alert media attention it must be borne out that there has been a significant degree of prejudice surrounding everything about the case over many years. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday September 07, 2014 13:53 by fred   text 2 comments (last - saturday september 13, 2014 00:13)   image 6 images   video 1 video file
Why is the current situation in Ukraine happening? Why are the US funding and driving this insane provocative campaign on Russia's doorstep at this time? Why are European leaders shooting themselves in the foot by supporting this instead of building closer economic tioes with Russia? Why are the media in lockstep demonising Putin and Russia. Who benefitted from the downing of MH17 and how? This is an analysis of some of the events in Ukraine and their possible motivations from the lens of US hegemony over Europe,maintaining their position as world reserve currency, and controlling the world's major oil and gas reserves read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 03, 2014 14:54 by Mick MacThomais
The Irish emblem of stste and the 13 string the infamous "hang mans string" and why after the total abolishment of the death penalty that it has not been removed from the emblem that represents our unarmed peaceful state built from the humanitarian resistance of "unarmed resistance",which our Nation is famous. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 03, 2014 13:14 by Anthony Ravlich
Describes a Cultural Cleansing of individual self-determination. Driven by the bureaucrats in the interest of secular, liberal collectivists it required a hijacking of human rights hidden by a 'divide and rule'.
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international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Monday September 01, 2014 17:41 by sean throne   text 14 comments (last - wednesday september 10, 2014 11:44)
Sectarianism has many aspects to it. One is to seek to use any opportunity to try and gain advantage for your own group or organization irregardless of the interests of the movement, or irregardless of paying respect for other workers and activists. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday August 27, 2014 21:36 by ordinary citizen
when we finally get a left leaning government and we start really taxing the rich why not use the money wisely and invest it into a renewable energy model that involves Irish people buying shares in the projects and the money raised by the taxes can be used to subsidise the projects. then when we have reached 100% energy production and are exporting our energy we can use the money raised to reverse the austerity measures implemented and improve Irish society as a whole. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday August 26, 2014 00:29 by Billy Fitzpatrick
Israel's colonial project in Palestine is, in fact, old-style European.
Sad that Ireland, with its anti-colonial history, should today hide behind the old bully-boys of Europe.
Respect: the success of Gaza's meagrely - armed resistance as it sees Israel again reverting to attacks from distance.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday August 19, 2014 14:07 by Anthony Ravlich   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 27, 2014 14:02)
The following is a clarification re prev article. It says thinkers are being replaced by social controllers because truth is the major threat to the dominant elite, secular liberal collectivists.
Also, explains how Corporations are highly favored. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday August 18, 2014 14:20 by Nuala   text 25 comments (last - thursday february 22, 2018 09:12)
In Catholic Ireland in 1922, suicide was the ultimate shame and disgrace, as well as being seen as almost an unpardonable sin, leaving surviving relatives and admirers in anguish at the possible fate of the suicide's soul. read full story / add a comment
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