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All the latest news posted to Indymedia Ireland's open publishing newswire. Indymedia Ireland is a collectively run media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of the truth, offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage of Ir

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The European Union - Democracy or Empire - What is PESCO

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:01:31 +0000

(image) We are publishing this piece by PANA explaining what PESCO is about and how it means the loss of our neutrality. Unfortunately since then on Dec 7th the Dail voted by 75 to 42 to join PESCO.
Some key points are:
1) PESCO is a binding agreement because it says so. The government claims it is not. It is.
2) PESCO commits us to spending 2% of GDP on military spending by 2022. This is a figure of € 5.5 billion. We currently spend 1/10th of that on defense. This makes a mockery of "fiscal space"
3) PESCO in the event of crisis places under NATO's command. Therefore we are no longer neutral.
4) PESCO is the side door to Ireland joining a EU Army / NATO and would have us involved in "humanitarian" bombing and "peace making" -in other words imposing the demands of the corporate interests that rule above all else.

The Irish Government is considering joining PESCO. This will be one of the most important decisions this FG/Independeny Alliance will ever make. There needs at the very least a serious debate on the issue, and in any genuine debate form all sides in the corporate media. On the evidence so far this is highly improbable, as is their total lack of coverage of the use of Shannon Airport by US troops

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Public Meeting - No EU Army Oppose PESCO -Mon 18th Dec

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:11:33 +0000

(image) The Dail recently voted to join PESCO. This is the first stage of Ireland joining an EU Army. With PESCO we will be under the command of NATO. This would be the end of our neutrality.

It also commits Ireland to spending € 2+ billion on military spending. Currently we spend around a €500 million or about a quarter of that figure.

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Lap of Ireland 14th December

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:03:04 +0000

24hr motorbike lap of Ireland "LAP of HONOUR"
In recent years a dear friend was lost to massive heart attack. A young man Paul "Pulit" Carroll, collapsed in his home one evening after work. He would never again regain consciousness and was laid to rest some couple of weeks after.
In his memory and to support his young children, a life long friend who has not only a passion for motorbikes but was also All Ireland champion road racing rider for consecutive years in his motorbike road racing career, Mr Keith Costello will travel the entire country on his motor bike December 14th 2017 to honour his friend and raise funds to support the daughters left behind.

A Visit with an H Block Prisoner

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:26:47 +0000

Last August (1990) I was among a delegation from Irish Northern Aid (Noraid), which visited current prisoners in Long Kesh.

Irish Government to appear in court in landmark climate case

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:28:53 +0000

(image) Press Release - Friends of the Irish Environment - 10th Dec 2017
“All eyes will now be on what unfolds in Ireland.”

The Irish Government will appear in the High Court on Tuesday (12 December) in relation to its alleged failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change.

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Public Talk on Mon Dec 11th - Luas Cross City and Cycling

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:24:36 +0000

(image) The Luas Cross City is a boon for Dublin city but what does it mean for people who cycle along or across this route? Cycling and on-street tram tracks is a safety issue all over the world. In general cyclists learn fast, and realise that they must take greater care around the tracks, and ideally cross them at a large angle, while at the same time be aware of other surrounding traffic.

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BDS Movement statement on US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of apartheid Israel

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:13:03 +0000

Press Release - Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign - Dec 6th 2017
We carry below an official statement from the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the leadership of the global BDS movement. The IPSC has called an emergency lunchtime protest against the move this Friday 8th December between 1pm and 2pm:

Government Ramming Through PESCO To Drag Us Into EU Army

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:56:35 +0000

(image) Press Release - People Before Profit - Dec 8th 2017
Richard Boyd Barrett TD, has condemned the government with the support of Fianna Fail for tabling a Dail motion this Thursday for Ireland to join the EU PESCO agreement on advanced military and defence cooperation.

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Archbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Protect Puerto Rico in Tax Plans

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:54:39 +0000

As the Senate and House tax plans head to conference committee to reconcile tax plan differences, major religious leaders from Puerto Rico are asking Congress to protect the island from new proposed ‎taxes.

Debate Needed on Ireland Joining EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO)

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:50:10 +0000

Press Release ShannonWatch - 3rd Dec 2017
The Fine Gael / Independents government is to propose to the Dail this coming week that Ireland join the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO). This will mean a new EU Defence budget starting at over €1.5 billion a year (up from €590 million). Each participating EU state, including Ireland, will be required to reach an average of 2% of its GDP to ensure that the EU becomes a global military power.

The Spectre Haunting Europe

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 23:21:57 +0000

(image) This is a repost of an recent article (Dec 1st) by economic analyst and trade unionist Michael Taft on covering the good news trend where there is now a trend in Europe of reversing privatisations. And that is certainly something positive.

There is a spectre haunting Europe – the spectre of de-privatisation, re-municipalisation, and re-nationalisation. Local, regional and national Governments throughout Europe and in other countries - fed up with high costs, low investment, deteriorating quality and poor working conditions – are taking services back into public control and ownership. For many, privatisation has produced poor results; now they are starting to reverse that process. Public ownership is back on the agenda.

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LASC - Oaxaca FilmFest - Thurs Dec 7th

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:54:03 +0000

(image) Ladxido’be Fundraiser, a group of Mexicans in Ireland, have joined with the Latin America Solidarity Centre to organise a very special cross-cultural event. As part of its worldwide tour to promote solidarity with the earthquake-stricken state, the Oaxaca FilmFest will come to Temple Bar’s Filmbase on Thursday, December 7th.

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The December 2017 issue of Socialist Voice is out now.

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:29:44 +0000

(image) The December 2017 issue of Socialist Voice is out now.

Socialist Voice is produced monthly by the Communist Party of Ireland

Archives for previous issues are available online.

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Housing Day Of Action - Swords Co. Dublin - Sat 16th Dec

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:48:27 +0000

Vigil to highlight the housing crisis and the plight of the home­less. Demand action to build universally accessible public housing. Houses before profit!

Russia today :: Celebrating the centenary of the Great October Revolution

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:54:51 +0000

(image) Speakers: Lynda Walker and Ernest Walker (recently returned from the centenary celebrations in Russia)
• Followed by a social event

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41st Annual CABHAIR Christmas Swim.

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:36:28 +0000

(image) From 1976 to 2017. And Counting...
First CABHAIR Christmas day swim held in 1976 !
The annual sponsored swim to raise funds for the family and dependants of Irish republican prisoners will , as usual , be held on Christmas day next (Monday 25th December 2017).

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Fish Farm Disease Denial Sparks Petition To The Oireachtas - Boycott Farmed Salmon

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:33:00 +0000

(image) PRESS RELEASE FOR: 1 December 2017
A refusal to release details of the 41 outbreaks of disease on Irish salmon farms reported to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s agencies in 2016 and 2017 is the subject of a petition launched today to the newly established Petitions Committee of the Oireachtas.

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Corporate tax rates set to hit zero by mid-century and Ireland gets a red card in new report released Mon 4th Dec

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:25:43 +0000

New report analyses developments across Europe and finds:

European governments are leading a race to the bottom which will see average global corporate tax rates hit zero by 2052. A detailed analysis of 17 EU member states and Norway reveals 12 governments have either just cut their corporate tax rate, or are planning to do so in the near future.

Ireland receives a 'red card' in the report, as one of only two countries to receive all red in a traffic light ranking scoring a number of measures identified by civil society as key steps to bring an end to tax dodging.

Half the countries analysed, including Ireland, are found to have harmful tax practices, which can be used by multinational corporations to avoid taxation.

The Not-So-Subtle Art of Protesting:

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:03:25 +0000

(image) Artists and the Public Space
In 1762 Jean Jacques Rousseau published his book, The Social Contract, in which he wrote,

“In Greece, all that the populace had to do, it did for itself; it was constantly assembled in the public square.”

Rousseau was well aware of the importance of public spaces when it came to political change. Indeed, the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 showed the power of the populace against armed guards defending the medieval fortress, armory, and political prison in Paris which at the time represented royal authority. Interestingly enough, the decision had also been taken to replace the Bastille with an open public space and the fortress was demolished within five months. Since then many open public spaces around the world have been the centres of political activity.

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Hassan Nasrallah: the US keep supporting ISIS in every possible way

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:16:05 +0000

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on November 20, 2017, following the victory of Al Boukamal and one day after the meeting of the Arab League which again designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization