Terror In Britain: What Did The Prime Minister Know? 23:43 May 31 0 comments
Macron prepares enabling act to slash contracts, labor rights in France 22:52 May 23 0 comments
The leveraged buyout, exploitation and punishment beating of Greece as warning to others. 11:45 May 11 0 comments
Venezuela: In Detail The Deaths So Far 20:47 Apr 28 0 comments
Irish Neutrality is not Obsolete 23:55 Apr 20 7 commentsmore >>
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan
13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips
Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony
Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young
Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft
Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien
Interview with Cathal Goulding Mon Dec 26, 2016 17:11 | Cathal Goulding
Trump, Russia and the CIA Sat Dec 10, 2016 18:23 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Why is my rent so high? Mon Oct 31, 2016 18:51 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Gardai under pressure from PAC Anthony
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
It has been said that we live in a business run society which is characterised by business parties masquerading as political parties and a 'political class' that implements policies which more often than not puts the interests of 'big business' ahead of the well being of the general populace. The unprecedented nature of bank bailouts in this country along with continued and debatable payments to bondholders with an apparent absence of serious public consultation let alone a referendum on matters with such wide-ranging and generational consequences seems to lend some credence to this characterisation of modern society.
Below is the first in a series of articles relating to social welfare within the twenty six counties. Amongst the specific issues dealt with will be cutbacks, 'fraud' and the broken promises and hypocrisy of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition less than 100 days after taking office
Sunday Independent journalist Jim Cusack has a consistent track record of writing highly dubious stories, based solely on anonymous Garda sources. In the June 19th edition of the newspaper, he makes a lame but insidious attempt to mitigate the behaviour of the Gardaí in Co Mayo who recorded themselves talking about raping women in their custody last March. He claims to have been shown new video footage, supposedly of the incident on March 31st, and this forms the basis of his article. Unfortunately for him, this footage, if it exists at all, is clearly not a recording of the incident in question.
In letters to Joe Costello TD and Bethany Home Survivors Chairperson, Derek Leinster (attached), Ruairi Quinn TD, Minister for Education, turned down the survivors' request to have the Home included in the Schedule to the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.
Child deaths soared after Bethany Home was supposed to be 'inspected' by the Department of Local Government and Public Health
It is reasonable, considering the many high profile members of the elite involved in the project, to expect a blizzard of media attention for the 'We The Citizens' initiative to accompany their showpiece Citizen's Assembly taking place on June the 25th and 26th in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
It is quite unbelievable that the bona-fides of those involved, and the methodologies being utilized by the initiative to select a representative group of people for their 'citizen's assembly', have been subject to no public scrutiny whatsoever to date. This is especially so when you consider the fact that so much money is being poured into it.
Hugh Green, in a timely article which is excerpted below, subjects what he refers to as 'Weed the Citizens' to a searching critique. His piece, which looks coldly at the track record of some of the elite team behind the initiative, includes a translation of a report on recent events in Spain which feels (from an Irish standpoint) like a broadcast from an alternative universe. In that universe citizens organize themselves within structures created from the ground up and without help from billionaires and politically connected elite insiders.
The brief and extremely vague overview of the methodology used by 'We the Citizens' for selecting participants makes it apparent that those with the benefit of a good education and the attendant confidence to participate would be favoured by this approach. These are not the kinds of people most likely to be hit hard by the actions of the ECB/IMF financial dictatorship presently running the country.
Fri 23 Jun, 14:38
Colm and Dave face Jury Trial 15:44 Wed 14 Jun 1 comments
On 24 May 2017, two peace activists Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy were sent for jury trial because the District Court judge finally refused to accept jurisdiction. The judge said the alleged criminal damage newly set at €3,500 was so large as to make it a serious charge.
Towards a Plastic Pollution Revolution in Ireland 23:49 Tue 13 Jun 0 comments
Originally appeared on June 8th
IRELAND: New Head Arrives - Same Old Reactionary Politics? 17:46 Sun 04 Jun 0 comments
As minister-for-poverty in one of the richest countries in the World (or at least one of the most indebted) Minister Varadkar achieved fame in the run up to the Leadership context with his April 2017 Campaign against welfare recipients and the unemployed: ‘Welfare cheats cheat us all“.
IRELAND: New Head on the Way - Same Poison Afflicts the Body 18:02 Sun 28 May 0 comments
“It is a hate campaign. Never was there a campaign like it coming after a period of austerity.”
WSM account of how #Strike4Repeal went in Dublin on Weds March 8th 21:04 Tue 28 Mar 0 comments
Andrew (WSM) spent the day of March 8th 2017 recording #Strike4Repeal and has edited this 20 minute video account of how the day went down in Dublin. Below you will also find a text transcript of his account.
Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 – Event Guide (4 – 11 March) 00:14 Sun 05 Mar 1 comments
Celebrating 13 years! Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, performances, films, multimedia displays and protest actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe.
Minutes of Joint Committee meeting -not on Oireachtas website 20:56 Sat 11 Feb 1 comments
Minutes of Joint Committee meeting from DEC 6th 2016 – minutes confirm that the Fracking Bill is with the Select Committee (supposed to be) rather than the Joint Committee (141 -2). These minutes are not available on Oireachtas website, only internally within Leinster House…
Lay Litigant wins another Case in Supreme Court 00:11 Sat 11 Feb 0 comments
The rejection of a judicial review request could not be appealed because of the backdating of the High Court Order. Now the appeal is allowed.
Bus Eireann set to strike from 20th February 23:05 Thu 09 Feb 0 comments
Bus Eireann staff are set to exert their collective rights and strike from the 20th February in an indefinite industrial action in order to secure their pay and conditions. The strike action follows Bus Éireann’s acting chief executive officer Ray Hernan saying the company wanted to reduce its cost base by €30 million per year, with payroll costs accounting for 40 per cent of that reduction.
Fracking: the endgame? Legislation for a ban to be debated on 27th October 10:49 Tue 18 Oct 1 comments
On Thursday, 27th October the Dáil will discuss the Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016. This article highlights the issues surrounding the bill and traces the history of community action against fracking in Ireland.more >>
Fruitarianism: Healthy or Hazardous? Jun 21 0 comments
We all know that fruit is good for us. Recent studies suggest we should be eating up to ten portions of fruit and veg each day. But how much is too much?
Irish Courts - ‘Statutory Independence’ or a Licence to Lie? May 01 0 comments
This is opinion & analysis piece comes from Integrity Ireland who are attempting to fight corruption in the legal system and face an uphill struggle in their task and this piece illustrates well what they are up against.
The Irish water charges movement Jan 25 0 comments
A working paper on the water charges movement now available online for comment and discussion.
Walk This Way Sep 25 0 comments
Some observations on infrastructure in Ireland in relation to western European standards. Also, a case for a national path system.
Is Ireland supporting NATO exercises in Eastern Europe? Jun 17 0 comments
Shannonwatch have recorded an unusual number of US military aircraft at and overflying Shannon Airport since June 4th. This time period coincides with the preparations for NATO Anaconda-2016 military exercises in Poland which are being conducted from June 7th to 17th. (See list below)
Minister Urged To Support UN Ruling Suspending Work On New UK Nuclear Plant Jun 13 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments
Minister Dennis Naughton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has been urged to support a United Nations Convention’s ruling requiring suspension of work on the new Hinkley Point UK nuclear reactor until a transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] is completed.
End the charade of safety – 11 hospitalised in Poolbeg incinerator accident Jun 09 Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment. 0 comments
An accident has occurred at the Covanta operated Poolbeg incinerator last night (Wed 7 June) which resulted in the hospitalisation of 11 construction workers.
Issue 168 of People's News Jun 08 People's Movement 0 comments
PEOPLE’S NEWS -News Digest of the People’s Movement. No. 168 23 May 2017
Proceeds of AIB shares should be for public investment – TASC economist Jun 02 Think-tank for Action on Social Change 0 comments
reland must assert its sovereignty and invest the proceeds of the AIB shares in public infrastructure, according to leading economist, Paul Sweeney of TASC.
Environmentalists launch legal challenge over new airport runway under climate law May 13 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments
A Judicial Review brought by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) alleges that the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council failed to provide satisfactory explanatory reasons for granting the extension to the original decision to allow a third runway at Dublin Airport. FIE alleges that the record shows that the Chief Executive was fully aware that the extra runway would result in increased greenhouse gas emissions, in contravention of the objectives of the 2015 Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Actmore >>