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ireland / britain / the left / news report Friday October 15, 2010 - 22:33 by Andrew   image 1 image
Along with other left groups the Workers Solidarity Movement has launched the 1% Network in Dublin which held its first succesful event last Saturday, a walking tour through one of the richest bits of the city. Because Ireland was so globalised internationally and so dependant on a property boom domestically the crisis is deeper here than almost anywhere else in the world. Savage cuts have been imposed on workers and the unemployed with more to come as the cost of the bank bailout exceeds 50 billion, an immense figure for a population just over 4 million. The 1% Network aims to shift the conversation away from 'everyone's to blame to making the richest 1% who benefited the most from the boom carry the costs of the crash. ... read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / scuola e università / comunicato stampa Wednesday October 06, 2010 - 18:54 by Commissione Sindacale FdCA   image 1 image
Bisogna schierarsi contro questo disegno di una scuola ridotta al minimo di finanziamenti e di capacità di erogare formazione, in contro-tendenza rispetto agli altri paesi europei. Bisogna mettersi in gioco nettamente contro questo progetto di distruggere la scuola come presidio laico e pubblico di cultura e di ricchezza sociale pluralista in territori sempre più minacciati da politiche di recinzione etnica e razzista. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Thursday September 30, 2010 - 21:40 by Alan, Shane, Andrew   image 1 image
Despite the escalating costs for the working class of the crisis in Ireland resistance has fallen off ever since the pro partnership leadership of the unions succeeded in getting the Croke park deal passed by the membership. The deal makes vague promises not to impose further pay cuts on the public sector in return for large scale restructuring but was conditional on the economic situation not declining further. Yesterday saw the unions return to the streets with a press call that the left, including the anarchist movement, tried to push into a demonstration. That morning in a rather unusual individual action a man parked a slogan covered cement lorry in the gates of the Dail (parliament building) blocking access. These articles from the WSM site report on these events and include the speech delivered by a WSM member at the protest. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / news report Monday September 06, 2010 - 20:09 by Julian & Andrew   image 1 image
At 9:30 Saturday morning, people gathered on O'Connell Street In Dublin to protest against the presence of war criminal and ex British prime-minister Tony Blair. Blair arrived at Easons at around 10am for the book-signing of his recent autobiography, escorted and protected by a sizable gardai presence. Despite the heavy rain, hundreds of protestors took part.  At least one protester managed to get past the heavy security to try to make a citizens arrest of Blair for his war crimes. It is reported that Blair is now considering cancelling his London appearance. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday August 26, 2010 - 18:29 by Andrew   image 1 image
The decade long struggle against the construction of an experimental raw gas pipeline by Shell as part of its Corrib gas project continued in the west of Ireland with further direct actions against the project and the opening of a public hearing by the planning authority on the latest phase of Shell's plan. Meanwhile the irish government continues to give away hundreds of billions of oil & gas reserves to corporations. These two reports published on the WSM site this week explain the latest developments. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / environment / news report Thursday August 12, 2010 - 18:31 by Andrew   image 1 image
On Tuesday morning in the west of Irealand forty people from around Sruwaddacon Estuary in Erris brought Shell’s survey work in the area to a complete standstill when they walked out onto the mudflats at low tide to assert their cockle-picking rights and disrupt Shell’s borehole drilling survey. Shell has two barges drilling over 80 test holes in this Special Areas of Conservation, work that is opposed by the local community as part of their ongoing resistance to Shell's plan to run an experimental high pressure raw gas pipeline near their houses. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / repression / prisoners / news report Thursday May 20, 2010 - 22:55 by Various   image 1 image
Over the last couple of weeks the Irish police (Gardai) have used violence on three seperete occasions against bank protesters in Ireland. Most recently on Tuesday evening they attempted to prevent an anti-capitalist bloc called by the Workers Solidarity Movement from marching. Despite the use of horse this attempt failed. Below are reports from the WSM web site on these events written by WSM members who were present. ... read full story / add a comment
Arthur Scargill leader of NUM during 1984 Miners strike speaks in Dublin (audio below)
ireland / britain / the left / news report Tuesday May 04, 2010 - 16:12 by Various   image 3 images   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
Reports, images, video and audio from the 1st of May demonstrations in the Irish cities of Dublin, Derry and Cork republished from the WSM site. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday March 26, 2010 - 17:42 by WS114
The ruling class strategy of making working people pay for the crisis has seen public and private sector pay cuts, job losses, welfare reductions and slashing of important services like special needs assistants for children with physical and mental problems. Coming soon, if Cowan and Gormley have their way, is the return of a domestic water tax. About 100 people attended an anti-water charges forum called by Socialist MEP Joe Higgins in February. We discussed building opposition to this latest attempt by the wealthy to put their hands into our pockets. ... read full story / add a comment
Watching them watching us back in June - photo from author
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday March 26, 2010 - 17:11 by Andrew N Flood   image 1 image
Around the time of the visit of Shell’s pipe-laying ship the Solitaire in June, it became clear that the Gardai had been told that they could do anything to remove Shell to Sea campaigners from the scene and they would be looked after. Rulings from the District Court, in particular the denial of bail to 7 campaigners charged with the most minor of public order offences, removed people with vital water skills from the area by interning them in Mountjoy and Castlerea prisons. Local fisherman Pat O’Donnell had one of his boats sunk from under him when four masked men boarded the boat in the middle of the night and held Pat and the other crew member at gunpoint while they sabotaged the boat, leading to its sinking. When Pat took to sea in another boat as the Solitaire arrived, he was arrested under the Public Order Act for loitering and once more sent to prison, leaving the way clear for the Solitaire. ... read full story / add a comment
Many of the 27 at a previous court appearance, in the front row Niall is far right, Pat is in the middle and Maura is on the far left
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday March 24, 2010 - 03:53 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
This week as it was revealed in the Irish Times that 20 months after entering into a legal agreement with local fishermen Shell has still not submitted an application as required to the Environmental Protection Agency to review the emissions licence for the experimental gas pipeline it is imposing on the people of Erris. Yet this week 27 Shell to Sea campaigners are being prosecuted on behalf of Shell in the local courts and today one of them received three five month sentences. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Saturday March 13, 2010 - 22:40 by Gregor Kerr - Workers Solidarity 114
Since the middle of January civil and public servants have engaged in a work-to-rule in an attempt to force a reversal of the pay cuts announced by the government in the December budget. Across the country workers in government offices, colleges, schools, hospitals etc. are taking action, which they hope will result in a change of government policy. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / repression / prisoners / news report Thursday March 11, 2010 - 06:08 by James   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 11, 2010 - 06:25)
In Ireland an Inquiry by the Garda Ombudsman's office into the death of Terence Wheelock in September 2005 has cleared the Gardai of wrongdoing. Terence Wheelock was taken to hospital from a cell in Store Street Garda barracks in June of 2005 he never regained conciousness and died on September 16th 2005. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Tuesday February 23, 2010 - 21:21 by Andrew   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 2 audio files
The week before last Erris fisherman Pat O'Donnell was jailed for seven months for his part in the communities ongoing resistance to Shell's attempt to impose an experimental gas pipeline on them. Across the country local Shell to Sea groups have been holding solidarity protests and other events for Pat. In Dublin this has included two protests and a public meeting in UCD. Meanwhile Shell have been forced to admit a temporary defeat in the face of local opposition and call off the construction they have planned for Glengad this year. ... read full story / add a comment
The protest at Shell HQ
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday February 17, 2010 - 18:34 by Andrew N Flood   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
Over 50 Shell to Sea campaigners gathered at the Shell head quarters in Leeson street Dublin Tuesday evening to protest at the jailing of 52 year old Erris fisherman Pat O'Donnell for resisting Shell's experimental gas pipeline. Pat received a seven month sentence which has the added benefit for Shell of taking his boat off of Broadhaven Bay for the period they need to carry out major underwater construction work and repairs. Pat has twice previously been arrested and held without charge when Shell has needed to carry out work in the bay. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Wednesday February 03, 2010 - 23:20 by Dermo   image 2 images
Members of WSM and Organise gathered on a bright afternoon light of a cold Janaury day, in the leafy surburbs of Booterstown, Dublin, outside the German Embassy to protest recent Berlin District Court Decision to stop the Free Workers Union (FAU - Freie Arbeiterinnen- und Arbeiter-Union) from being able to call itself a Union. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / press release Wednesday February 03, 2010 - 22:45 by WSM PRO   image 1 image
Public meetings to be held in Cork and Dublin this week will pose the question of how the legacy of U.S. imperialism has impacted on the catastrophe visited on Haiti in the recent earthquake. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / news report Monday December 21, 2009 - 23:13 by Cork WSM
A new, alternative meeting space and bookshop has just opened on Douglas Street, Cork in Ireland. This is early days but we want to get the word out that this new initiative needs you and your support! ... read full story / add a comment
Number of strike days each year - the 2009 is just for Thursdays strike, in fact the final figure would include the many small disputes that have gone on this year
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Tuesday December 01, 2009 - 21:42 by Andrew   image 1 image
On the 24th of November something extraordinary happened in Ireland. Some 250,000 workers acted together in a day-long strike against the public sector wage cuts planned by the government. The vast majority of these workers had never gone on strike before, yet across almost all workplaces the strike involved 90% or more of those working. ... read full story / add a comment
Mass picket of department of Education - see WSM site for more pictures
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Friday November 27, 2009 - 22:49 by various WSM members   image 1 image
On 24 November 2009 250,000 public sector workers in Ireland took part in a national strike against planned pay cuts. Many WSM members who work in the public sector played a direct part in the organisation of the strike and student members helped organise solidarity actions at the universities where strikes were happening. They also toured other picket lines to send in reports and photos. Here we present these reports and the reports sent in by members on strike who had access to smart phones with which they sent live news on the day to the WSM twitter feed ... read full story / add a comment

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lcg.jpg imageNasce in Galles un'organizzazione especifista 14:03 Mon 17 Nov by Libertarian Communist Group 0 comments

Il Libertarian Communist Group si è formalmente costituito durante l'assemblea tenutasi nel Galles del Nord, sabato 8 novembre 2014, nel giorno dell'anniversario della nascita di Nestor Makhno, il famoso anarchico ucraino. [English]

lcg_1.jpg imageOrganização especifista fundada no País de Gales 23:35 Tue 11 Nov by Libertarian Communist Group - LCG 0 comments

O Libertarian Communist Group [Grupo Comunista Libertário] foi lançado formalmente em um encontro em Gales do Norte no sábado, 8 de novembro de 2014, aniversário de nascimento de Nestor Makhno, o famoso anarquista ucraniano. [English]

lcg.jpg imageEspecifist organisation founded in Wales 15:02 Tue 11 Nov by Libertarian Communist Group 0 comments

The Libertarian Communist Group was formally launched at a meeting in North Wales on Saturday, November 8, 2014, the anniversary of the birth of Nestor Makhno, the famous Ukrainian anarchist. [Português] [Italiano]

textBrief report from the WSM conference in Ireland 21:04 Thu 16 Oct by Andrew 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement had out conference last weekend at which many of the conclusions from the collections education and discussion process we have had over the last 2-3 years were formalised as policies.

sorrymigrantx.jpg imageIreland - Migrant X refused an abortion and forced to have a C-section 21:31 Thu 21 Aug by Andrew 0 comments

This is as complete a story about what happened to 'Migrant X' that we are aware of.  Migrant X is a young migrant women who it emerged was refused an abortion by the Irish state despite apparently meeting the grounds of the X-case legislation and instead forced to carry the pregnancy and agree to a C-section.  The pregnanacy itself was the result of rape, Migrant X attempted suicide after being refused the abortion and later went on a hunger and thirst strike.  Once what had happened to her became known there were sizeable pro-choice solidarity demonstrations called across Ireland and at Irish embassies overseas.   We have been given information that the migrant woman at the centre of the current forced pregnancy was 'committed' to a psychiatric hospital following her initial request for termination. It’s already known that the initial request was made when she was 8 weeks pregnant.  It was this crucial period in which she was being held incommunicado which led directly to the Caesarian option being possible to impose as an ‘alternative’ to allowing her to access the abortion she had asked for.

Not actually the book fair poster imageThe Dublin anarchist Bookfair returns to Liberty Hall on Saturday 12th of April this year 18:43 Tue 08 Apr by Andrew 0 comments

There will be discussions, speakers from movements engaged in struggle, home and abroad.  There will be books and stalls and much more.  If you’ve been to one, then you know what I’m talking about, if you haven’t make sure you keep the date set aside, and we’ll be seeing you on the 12th of April. Please mark your attendence on the main Facebook event for the bookfair and invite any friends you think should be interested.  Publicity is one of the big costs of hosting it every year so you contribution in that way really helps.

wslast.jpg imageReport on WSM (Ireland) National Conference - Autumn 2013 20:50 Wed 18 Dec by Andrew 0 comments

The WSM had its Autumn national conference in Dublin on the 23rd November.  National Conference is the ultimate decision making body in the WSM. It happens every six months usually over a day or two. As well as discussing motions time is also spent on discussing the past six months activity and prospects for the next period. Conference also hears reports of activity from all branches, officers and working groups.  This covered areas like the Irish Anarchist Review, WSM Website, Dublin Anarchist Bookfair and our pro-choice and anti racist work.

irelandmaptourposter.jpg imageLessons from the Mass Student strike in Quebec - Ireland tour September 2013 21:12 Mon 16 Sep by andrew 1 comments

In 2012 the attempt by the government to Quebec to introduce a 75% fee hike was defeated by the organisation of a mass student strike that lasted over 6 months. That fee increase was part of the global process of imposing the privatisation and commodification of education. Since the victory, organisers of the strike have been being doing speaking tours to aid the process whereby "youth and students everywhere are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to organize as a means to defend education as a social right". In September this tour reaches Ireland where we need to hear how a sustained and militant student movement that can win is built.

cact.jpg imageCollective Action affiliate to Anarkismo 14:18 Wed 10 Jul by Collective Action 0 comments

We are pleased to announce our affiliation to the international anarchist communist co-operative project, Anarkismo. Our affiliation comes after months of discussion and clarification of Collective Action's political positions as well as the positions of constituent members of Anarkismo.

milliuonstrong.jpg imageWhy we are leaving Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) 21:57 Wed 26 Jun by Workers Solidarity Movement 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement has decided to withdraw from the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. Please see statement below. We have made a donation of €1,000 towards paying off the debts of CAHWT.

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imageInto the Shadows - Britain’s dirty war in Ireland Dec 28 by Sean Matthews 0 comments

The recent BBC documentary 'Panorama: Britain's Secret Terror Force' may have once again put a spotlight on the extent of British state-sponsored terrorism in the North and the activities of its various shadowy forces; but the level of orchestration, impunity, collusion and cover up is yet to be truly uncovered.

imageAlbert Meltzer and the fight for working class history Oct 26 by Kate Sharpley Library 0 comments

Albert Meltzer was a central figure in the development of the Kate Sharpley Library, both practically (laying out and distributing the bulletin and pamphlets) and also philosophically.

imageCéad Míle Fáilte*? Racial Profiling in the Ireland Oct 24 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 1 comments

Over the last couple of days we have witnessed massive media hysteria about the case of Maria, a young girl supposedly abducted by a Roma couple in Greece. DNA tests and Lombroso-style racial profiling have come into action in a case that has stirred the irrational anxiety that feeds racism and bigotry. Beyond the fact that child abduction is a serious issue, the "whiteness" and "blondeness" of the alleged victim have been emphasised together with the "Roma" condition of the alleged culprits. Let us remember that this is taking place in Greece, a country where blatant racism (as expressed by Golden Dawn) is on the rise, so there are good reasons to be cautious about this whole case.

imageIrish Travellers - Apartheid, Irish Style Oct 23 by D. Sreenan 0 comments

In Ireland institutional racism has evolved to come fitted as standard. At the same time the State dithers about making the decision on whether or not to grant Travellers ethnic status. As the Stephen Lawrence family lawyer, Imran Khan stated – when you write laws of the land specifically for a people – it is a sure sign that you recognise them as a specific group when you bring in laws that pertain only to them. So, in Ireland, are Travellers specifically targeted in the Anti-Trespass Act brought in 2002 and Section 24 of the Criminal Justice Act (1994).

imageA ascensão da Rússia no sistema internacional Sep 23 by Bruno Lima Rocha 0 comments

Vladimir Putin, ex-agente da KGB, é um homem com estreitos vínculos com a indústria petrolífera Gazprom e ancora seu poder no aparato de segurança russo, revigorado por seus governos. [English]

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imageNasce in Galles un'organizzazione especifista Nov 17 LCG 0 comments

Il Libertarian Communist Group si è formalmente costituito durante l'assemblea tenutasi nel Galles del Nord, sabato 8 novembre 2014, nel giorno dell'anniversario della nascita di Nestor Makhno, il famoso anarchico ucraino. [English]

imageOrganização especifista fundada no País de Gales Nov 11 0 comments

O Libertarian Communist Group [Grupo Comunista Libertário] foi lançado formalmente em um encontro em Gales do Norte no sábado, 8 de novembro de 2014, aniversário de nascimento de Nestor Makhno, o famoso anarquista ucraniano. [English]

imageEspecifist organisation founded in Wales Nov 11 LCG 0 comments

The Libertarian Communist Group was formally launched at a meeting in North Wales on Saturday, November 8, 2014, the anniversary of the birth of Nestor Makhno, the famous Ukrainian anarchist. [Português] [Italiano]

imageWhy we are leaving Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) Jun 26 WSM 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement has decided to withdraw from the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. Please see statement below. We have made a donation of €1,000 towards paying off the debts of CAHWT.

imageAnarchists Condemn G8 Scaremongering May 23 0 comments

In response to yesterday’s Irish News (Mon 20 May 2013) front page article, “Police to Occupy hundreds of vacant premises in Belfast during G8”, the Workers Solidarity Movement condemned security forces scaremongering in the media.

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