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Coalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors detail inquiry concerns - 11 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Ireland
Ratification of ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers - 11 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Ireland
Enforceable agreement on future Croke Park events urged by local residents - 07 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Events, Music, Showbiz, Ireland
No excuse for thuggery by police - 06 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Opinion
New chair & committee members for Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee - 06 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Arts, Ireland
Positive Thoughts on Dark Times - 06 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Features, International
Celebrating Independence from America in England - 05 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Features, International
Limerick Literary Festival launch - 04 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Events, Local, Arts, Ireland
Irish media failing to accurately report Israeli response to killings - 04 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - International, Ireland, Palestine, Israel
Israel must be held accountable for collective punishment of Palestinians - 04 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - International, Palestine, Israel
Residents to stage protest against Croke Park concerts - 03 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Entertainment, Music, Ireland
Pay No Attention to the Apocalypse Behind the Curtain - 03 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Features, United States, United Kingdom
One Family Payment changes - 03 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - Ireland
Judge denies Met blanket defence in undercover abuse case - 02 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - United Kingdom
Centenary of Irish Home Rule Bill signed into law - 01 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - United Kingdom, Ireland
Judge to issue ruling on Met's NCND undercover policy - 01 Jul 2014 filed by the editor - United Kingdom
Why exporting fracked gas from US is inviting disaster - 29 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - Environment, International
Westminster Dean Allows Police To Stamp Out Disabled People's Peaceful Protest - 29 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - United Kingdom
Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer poetry open-mic - 27 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - Events, Arts, Ireland
Endangered natterjack toads in bumper spawn - 27 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - Ireland
The Syrian Election and ISIS in Iraq - 27 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - International
Shannon peace activists sentenced - 26 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - Ireland
Minister for Children 'anxious' to include other homes in redress scheme - 25 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - Ireland
Anti-austerity protest ignored by UK media - 25 Jun 2014 filed by the editor - United Kingdom
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Coalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors detail inquiry concerns
11 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Ireland

Concerns over the terms and reference of a forthcoming inquiry into Mother and Baby homes in Ireland have been raised with the Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan by representatives of the Coalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors (CMABS ).


Ratification of ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers
11 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Ireland

The National Employment Rights Authority has launched a new information booklet for domestic work in Ireland following the Government's decision to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.


Enforceable agreement on future Croke Park events urged by local residents
07 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Events, Music, Showbiz, Ireland

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone is to propose a Seanad Private Members Bill to amend the outdoor licensing process and ensure that events with over 10,000 tickets will have to obtain a license prior to tickets going on sale.


No excuse for thuggery by police
06 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Opinion

Comments to the world media by Micky Rosenfeld, national spokesperson for the Israeli police, claiming that video footage of the alleged attack on Tariq Abu Khadair was "edited" and "biased" in that it fails to shows the sequence of events leading up to the incident, shows the twisted and perverse thinking of the current Israeli administration.


New chair & committee members for Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee
06 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Arts, Ireland

Mary McCarthy has been named as the new Chair of the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee (EAC).  Two new members – John Given and Josephine Kelliher – have also been appointed to the Committee.


Positive Thoughts on Dark Times
06 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Features, International

By James Petras
There is no question that over the past decade and a half, Europe, the US and Israel have engaged in a series of bloody wars, inequalities have increased throughout the globe, economic crisis has become endemic and, more recently, right-wing military and civilian regimes have swept to power throughout Asia, North Africa, Europe and Canada.

Tags: warfare

Celebrating Independence from America in England
05 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Features, International

By David Swanson
Remarks at Independence from America event outside Menwith Hill "RFA" (NSA) base in Yorkshire
Can I just say how wonderful it is to be outside of the United States on the Fourth of July?  There are many wonderful and beautiful things in the United States, including my family and friends, including thousands of truly dedicated peace activists, including people bravely going to prison to protest the murders by drone of others they've never met in distant lands whose loved ones will probably never hear about the sacrifices protesters are making.  (Did you know the commander of a military base in New York State has court orders of protection to keep specific nonviolent peace activists away from his base to ensure his physical safety -- or is it his peace of mind?)  And, of course, millions of Americans who tolerate or celebrate wars or climate destruction are wonderful and even heroic in their families and neighborhoods and towns -- and that's valuable too.


Limerick Literary Festival launch
04 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Events, Local, Arts, Ireland

Limerick's newest literary adventure gets underway Friday 18 July in The Pavilion, North Campus University of Limerick, when vice chairman of Limerick City of Culture 2014 Tim O'Connor performs the official launch at 5.00pm.


Irish media failing to accurately report Israeli response to killings
04 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - International, Ireland, Palestine, Israel

The Irish Anti-War Movement has accused the Irish media of biased and inaccurate coverage of the Israeli response to the killing of three Israeli teenagers.


Israel must be held accountable for collective punishment of Palestinians
04 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - International, Palestine, Israel

Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists are urging governments and international civil society to take action to hold Israel to account for its continued collective punishment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza following the disappearance and death of three Israeli settlers.

Tags: Gaza

Residents to stage protest against Croke Park concerts
03 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Entertainment, Music, Ireland

The residents of the Croke Park area of Dublin held a public meeting 'Stop the Croke Park Concert Madness' on Tuesday, 1 July and reiterated their position that there should be three concerts in any calendar year in Croke Park This is in accordance with the planning permission for the stadium. Three concerts have already taken place in 2014 when One Direction played in May and residents now plan a public protest on Monday, 7 July.


Pay No Attention to the Apocalypse Behind the Curtain
03 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Features, United States, United Kingdom

By David Swanson
Remarks in London, England, July 2, 2014.
In eight days, on 10 July Mary Ann Grady-Flores, a grandmother from Ithaca, NY, is scheduled to be sentenced to up to one year in prison. Her crime is violating an order of protection, which is a legal tool to protect a particular person from the violence of another particular person. In this case, the commander of Hancock Air Base has been legally protected from dedicated nonviolent protesters, despite the protection of commanding his own military base, and despite the protesters having no idea who the guy is. That's how badly the people in charge of the flying killer robots we call drones want to avoid any questioning of their activity entering the minds of the drone pilots.


One Family Payment changes
03 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - Ireland

Today, 3 July, over 5,000 lone parent families lose their entitlement to One Family Payment but throughout the year a total of 9,000 families will lose entitlement. By July 2015, almost 60,000 families will lose One Family Payment when their youngest child turns seven. 


Judge denies Met blanket defence in undercover abuse case
02 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - United Kingdom

Today, in what defence lawyers said was "a devastating blow to the Metropolitan Police's attempts to cover up gross abuses of women by undercover police", the High Court in London ruled that the Met could not use 'Neither Confirm Nor Deny' as a blanket response to all the fully pleaded claims of women affected.


Centenary of Irish Home Rule Bill signed into law
01 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - United Kingdom, Ireland

A special event hosted by the Irish Embassy in London tonight marks the centenary of the Irish Home Rule Bill being signed into law.


Judge to issue ruling on Met's NCND undercover policy
01 Jul 2014; posted by the editor - United Kingdom

UPDATE:
Mr Justice Bean will hand down his judgment on the Metropolitan Police Service's use of “Neither Confirm Nor Deny” at 9.30am Wednesday 2 July, following the women’s application to the High Court earlier this month. The women were applying to force the Met to enter a proper defence. So far, the Met has attempted to dodge doing this, claiming that their own NCND ‘policy’ prevents them from following basic legal procedure – a claim challenged by the women’s legal team.

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Eight women are applying to the High Court on Thursday 5 June and Friday 6 June 2014 to require the Metropolitan police to drop their 'neither confirm nor deny' (NCND) stance in a case being brought against them over undercover relationships.


Why exporting fracked gas from US is inviting disaster
29 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - Environment, International

On July 13th a rally in Washington D.C. will seek to prevent the opening of a first U.S. facility to export gas from fracking. One of the rally organisers, progressive social change movement veteran Ted Glick explains in a radio interview with David Swanson why the export of fracked gas from the US must be prevented.


Westminster Dean Allows Police To Stamp Out Disabled People's Peaceful Protest
29 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - United Kingdom

By Bob
The leadership of the Church of England showed themselves to have the morals of sewer rats after hundreds of police were drafted in to prevent a peaceful protest by disabled campaigners on Saturday, 28 June..


Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer poetry open-mic
27 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - Events, Arts, Ireland

Over The Edge in association with Westside Arts Festival presents the 2014 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway, on Wednesday, 9 July 6-8pm
 


Endangered natterjack toads in bumper spawn
27 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - Ireland

Although categorised as 'endangered' in the recent All-Ireland Red List and their conservation status assessed as 'unfavourable' in Ireland's recent national report to the European Commission, things may finally be looking up for the natterjack toad after a bumper year in County Kerry.


The Syrian Election and ISIS in Iraq
27 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - International

By Judy Bello
Earlier this month, I travelled with seven other westerners to Syria where we joined with thirty plus activists, journalists and politicians from Asia, Africa and South America to observe the Syria Presidential election.

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Shannon peace activists sentenced
26 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - Ireland

Anti-war protestors Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell each received a two week suspended sentence from Judge Patrick Durcan at Ennis Court on Tuesday, 24 June, following their conviction for 'interfering with the proper use of an airport'.


Minister for Children 'anxious' to include other homes in redress scheme
25 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - Ireland

Children's Minister Charlie Flanagan told representatives of the Bethany homes Survivors Campaign, and of other Protestant homes at a meeting today in Dublin that that he was 'anxious to include the other homes' as mentioned by the survivors in the Government's redress scheme.


Anti-austerity protest ignored by UK media
25 Jun 2014; posted by the editor - United Kingdom

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity organised a mass march and rally which began outside the BBC buildings in Great Portland Street to protest the Corporation's silence on previous huge demonstrations including the NHS event at the Tory Conference in September last year which drew similar numbers to Saturday’s event. 




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