February 2012

Children wait two years for tonsils operation

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PEOPLE HAVE got so used to the health cuts over the last ten years that they just accept them as their lot. The situation on hospital waiting lists for public patients is now so farcical that people are being offered appointments two years away. The waiting list for tonsils operations in Crumlin Children's Hospital is now two years long. Tell them that the child is missing a lot of school because of tonsillitis and produce doctors letters to that effect and you will get an appointment in 15 months!

Cabra On the Rise - Anti-Household Tax Meeting 1st Feb.

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A crowd of about 100 people gathered in the local GAA club in Cabra last Wednesday night (1st Feb) and the message was simple and clear, we’re not registering, we are not paying.

Your rights when stopped and/or arrested by a garda

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This is a useful guide written by a barrister for Shell to Sea on what your rights are when stopped, and / or arrested by Garda.  Garda seeking information or to frighten you will often mislead you as to what your rights are, its a good idea to have a basic understanding so that they quickly understand such methods are unlikely to work.

Successful Anti-Household Charge Meeting held on Donore Avenue

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About fifty people attended a Campaign Against the Household and Water Charges meeting in the Donore Avenue Community Centre in the Dublin 8 area on the 8th of February. Two speakers who have been involved in building the national campaign addressed the attendees, providing important information about the campaign and the need for community resistance.

NI Housing Executive workers win payment after lunchtime protest

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Housing Executive workers held a successful lunchtime protest yesterday outside their offices in Adelaide street in Belfast city centre to demand their bosses keep to their commitment that a £250 payment be given to low-paid workers who earn less than £21,000 per year. 

Dublin demonstrates against ACTA & SOPA but it is about more than just downloading

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Dublin last weekend saw about 400 people take part in a demonstration against the intention of Seán Sherlock, the Labour Party Minister for Research and Innovation to bring into law a requirement for Irish internet service providers to block access to sites that allow the downloading of copy righted material. This is a similar law to the SOPA and ACTA laws that Hollywood & music industry lobbyists tried unsuccessfully to force through the US Congress.  A second demonstration is to take place this Saturday.

Noam Chomsky on Intellectual Property - kicking away the ladder

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"Once the corporations gain the benefit of the public paying the costs and taking the risks, they want to monopolize the profit. And the intellectual property rights, they’re not for small inventors. In fact the people doing the work in the corporations, they don’t get anything out of it, like a dollar if they invent something. It’s the corporate tyrannies that are making the profits, and they want to guarantee them."

Further momentum gathers in Cork household tax campaign

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Following on the successful meeting in the Imperial hotel in January the CAHWT in Cork has been running a series of local meetings around the city and county. Turnout has been positive at the these meetings and local groups have got up and running distributing literature, running stalls and organising for protests.  On Tuesday 7th meetings saw over 80 people attending in Blarney, 70 plus in Carrigtwohill and 30 in Passage West. On Wednesday 80 people packed a meeting in Ballyvolane on Corks' northside, on thursday over 60 people gathered in Ballyphehane Community centre and 90 in Glanmire.  Every meeting saw dozens sign up as members and pledge support for activity.

Thousands March in Cork to Support Vita Cortex Workers

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An estimated 5,000 people marched in the streets of Cork yesterday to show their support for the former workers of the Vita Cortex factory, who have spent nearly 60 days occupying their former workplace as part of a struggle to get their former boss Jack Ronan to pay a €1.2m redundancy package that had been promised to them since last September. The march, organised by the Cork Council of Trade Unions, left from Connolly Hall on Lapp's Quay and concluded at the plaza at the southern end of Grand Parade, via Parnell Place and Patrick St.

Belfast: What is direct action and can it deliver change?

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Occupy activist and WSM member, Sean Matthews, will be holding a teach-in on the strategy of direct action, the theory behind it and various direct action tactics.

 

Thursday 16th Feb at 6pm in The People's Bank. 94 Royal Avenue

Cork Anti-Households Tax meetings 13th to 17th February

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Fermoy Tuesday 14th Fermoy Community Youth Centre 8pm

Hollyhill and Shanakiel Tuesday 14th St. Vincents Hurling and Football Club, Blarney Road 8pm

Macroom Wednesday 15th Castle Hotel 8pm

Mallow Thursday 16th Hibernian Hotel 8pm

Douglas Thursday 16th Nemo Rangers 8 30pm

Bishopstown Friday 17th Bishopstown GAA 8pm

Charleville Friday 17th Charleville Community Centre 8pm

Gurranabraher Friday 17th The Hut 8pm

Carrigaline Friday 17th Carrigaline Community Centre 8pm

Cork Anti Household Tax meetings February 20th to25th

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St Lukes Monday 20th Ambassador Hotel Military Hill 8pm

Blackpool Monday 20th Blackpool Community Centre 8pm

Youghal Tuesday 21st Red Store, North Main st 7.30pm

Newmarket Tuesday 21st O'Keeffe Memorial 8pm

Farranree Wednesday 22nd Community Centre Pophams Rd. 8pm

All organised by Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax

Cork: Maghaberry Prisoner Solidarity Protest

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Protest in solidarity with all republican prisoners in Maghaberry Prison, Co Antrim.  The prison regime is failing to implement the 12th of August agreement with the prisoners. The issues at the heart of the dispute are controlled movement and strip searching.

3pm Daunt Square Cork Saturday 18th February

Organised by Prisoner Solidarity Group (Cork)

Occupy Belfast host performance poet Catherine Brogan

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Political poet Catherine Brogan returned home last Friday night to a successful event hosted by Occupy Belfast. Local poets, artists and singers performed at the free event in the ‘people bank’ to a receptive and enthusiastic audience eager to listen to poetry with a political message.

Cork Anti Household Tax meetings February 20th to 25th

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St Lukes Monday 20th Ambassador Hotel Military Hill 8pm

Blackpool Monday 20th Blackpool Community Centre 8pm

Youghal Tuesday 21st Red Store, North Main st 7.30pm

Newmarket Tuesday 21st O'Keeffe Memorial 8pm

Farranree Wednesday 22nd Community Centre Pophams Rd. 8pm

All organised by Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax

Dublin Anti authoritarian assembly

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There's plenty going on in Dublin right now and never so many reasons to need to organise. RAG are calling an Anti-Authoritarian Assembly in Dublin 2.30pm, Saturday 18th February in Seomra Spraoi.

Household tax & Water Tax must be defeated

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WSM policy in opposition to the Household & Water Tax and how we think the campaign in opposition to it must be built.

Dub: Action on X - Public Meeting - 20 years on

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As yet another expert committee convenes to consider how the Government might implement the 20-year-old Supreme Court ruling on the X Case, the Action on X Alliance says: Enough! 

Tuesday February 21 2012 at 07 PM Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street in Dublin 

Dub: Solidarity Books stall at Seomra

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Come along to the second Solidarity Books radical bookstall selling books of interest to anarchists, other socialists & republicans once a month in Seomra Spraoi.

Jail! - An insight into prison life in Ireland, namely Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon

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“Your letters have sparked riots in the maximum security wing of my heart” - Sideshow Bob, the Simpsons!

On 21st April 2010 I was convicted of assaulting a number of Gardaí in relation to Shell to Sea protests and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. Remission for good behaviour means that prisoners will have their sentences reduced by a quarter, once you keep your nose clean. I was given credit for 2 weeks time served previously in 2009, before I was bailed out pending my appeal.

So I spent 4 months in jail from April to August in the summer of 2010. 

Art - a Composite of Van Gogh's 'Exercise Yard' & Munch's 'Scream' by Prisoner Mick Connors.

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