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 >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Syrian War Report ? July 21, 2017: Fierce Clashes Between Army And ISIS Fri Jul 21, 2017 23:56 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? July 20, 2017: Govt Forces Regain More Oil Wells In Raqqah Countryside Thu Jul 20, 2017 23:00 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? July 19, 2017: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Clashes With Ahrar al-Sham In Idlib Province Wed Jul 19, 2017 19:22 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? July 18, 2017: Army Advancing On ISIS-held Town Of Sukhna Wed Jul 19, 2017 19:19 | Scott
Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/07/19 ? Open Thread Wed Jul 19, 2017 14:30 | Herb Swanson
Call for Papers: Irish Yearbook of International Law Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:54 | Fiona de Londras
Understanding the Increases in Direct Provision Allowance for Asylum Seekers Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:31 | Liam Thornton
Ireland?s Failing Abortion Law: Statutory Interpretation, Human Rights and the Detention of Pregnant... Tue Jun 13, 2017 17:08 | admin
RIA Conference on Human Rights and the Social Sciences, June 22nd. Thu Jun 01, 2017 16:59 | admin
Asylum Seekers and the Right to Work: The Supreme Court Decision Tue May 30, 2017 15:06 | Liam Thornton
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Gigs and nostalgia 12:56 Sat Jul 22, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
Doctor Who 11:24 Sat Jul 22, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
Fermi Paradox? 10:52 Sat Jul 22, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? Jane Weaver 03:50 Sat Jul 22, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
The Irish Convention, 1917-1918: A Centenary Symposium 15:17 Fri Jul 21, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax Friday February 20, 2015 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.
Government campaign to sabotage Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann bus services through privatisation has begun
Just three weeks ago the National Transport Authority (NTA) officially started the tendering for 2016 of initially 10% of Dublin Bus routes and a further 10% of all Bus Eireann routes with most of the routes in Waterford City, and a number of Dublin commuter routes are to be privatised. In the original plan a number of Cork City routes were to go but these will probably happen later. This process has been the culmination of a relentless effort by Fine Gael (FG) in the present government and their predecessors and fellow Neo-Liberal ideologists, Fianna Fáil (FF) in the last government where they have consistently pushed for the break up of both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann so that it can be handed over to their friends in the private sector to run on a profit basis. The NTA is used as a sort of cloak of respectability to give the impression that they will actually be a regulator with teeth of which we know very few regulators have any teeth, with the banking regulator during the Celtic Tiger coming to mind, plus many other examples and the function of NTA is really for propaganda value to convince the middle class. However this whole scheme is about ideology and is NOT about competition but about privatisation.
Over 100 separate local demonstrations took place today (Sat Nov 1st) against the Water Charges and for the Right 2 Water. Organisers estimate conservatively that over 150,000 were out on the streets today to send a message to this government that they won't accept paying for water twice and having it privatised later.
Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear.
SUMMARY: I arrived in Ennis without pen or notebook to support the action of Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell who protested on the runway of Shannon against the US military use of the airport. The following is a colour story of happenings on the day relying on memory only. I hope that someone else may provide a fuller report and my apologies for any errors in this report which are entirely my responsibility.
Sat 22 Jul, 13:53
Ireland's fracking ban passes final legislative stage 00:22 Wed 05 Jul 0 comments
Ireland has become the fourth European country to ban hydraulic fracturing (after France, Bulgaria and Germany). On June 28, the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill passed the final legislative stages in the Seanad.
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.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)
Approving US Military Flights Through Ireland With Weapons on Board is a Rubber Stamping Exercise Jul 21 ShannonWatch 0 comments
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has recently started to publish a Monthly Report on Munitions of War Exemptions issued under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, 1973 on its website. It can be be accessed via the following link http://www.dttas.ie/aviation/publications/english/stati...s-war.
Munitions of War applications processed by DTTAS: 1 Jan 2017 to 31 May 2017 inclusive Jun 25 ShannonWatch 0 comments
In reply to a parliamentary question from Clare Daly TD, the Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD provided details of permits granted to take munitions fo war through Irish airports and airspace over the period 1 Jan 2017 to 31 May 2017.
Waste Reduction Bill 2017 – needs all our support Jun 23 Zero Waste Alliance Ireland 0 comments
We are delighted to see the Green Party launch their Waste Reduction Bill 2017. The Bill calls for much needed practical steps to combat plastic pollution. A deposit refund scheme is outlined for glass and plastic bottles and a complete ban sought on single use non-recyclable plastics, such as disposable cups.
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.