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ireland / britain / gender / news report Wednesday December 19, 2012 17:40 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
This afternoon the government had finally confirmed that it is to legislate for abortion access under the conditions of the X-case. While we can welcome the failure of the anti-choice movement to stop this announcement, despite frantically spending a quarter of a million dollars euro in ten days, this is so little so late that it is almost meaningless. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / link to pdf Monday December 10, 2012 18:57 byIAR   text 1 comment (last - sunday december 30, 2012 13:51)   image 1 image
Welcome to the sixth instalment of the Irish Anarchist Review, produced by the Workers Solidarity Movement. In this magazine we look to explore ideas about the world around us, how these ideas inform practice and how the intersection of the two leads to new theory, beginning the process afresh. We believe that ideas can only be tested in the laboratory of real life struggle and that this magazine can be a forum for activists who are part of the daily struggle that is going on right now. We hope that the articles here can stimulate discussion and debate and perhaps even motivate some of our readers to respond with articles of their own. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Friday December 07, 2012 21:42 byAndrew   image 1 image
Roughly 1,000 people protested at the Dail (parliament building) in Dublin Wednesday night as yet another austerity budget was debated. As with previous budgets the new flat rate taxes, PRSI & excise hikes will mean workers & those on low income will be hit hard while the richest 1% will hardly notice any difference. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender / news report Friday November 30, 2012 22:59 byandrew   image 1 image
Last night saw hundreds of pro-choice activists blockade the gates of the Dáil after TD's once more refused to pass X-case legislation. Twenty years after the X-case and one month after the death of Savita Halappanavar women in Ireland were told once more that the politicians had not had enough time. The political parties, in particular the Labour Party, were once more engaged in a cynical game of playing politics - a game that leaves pregnant women at continued risk in Irish hospitals. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday November 27, 2012 21:53 byMark Hoskins   image 1 image
The numbers at Saturday’s anti-austerity march were impressive given the relatively low key build up, but what was more impressive was the militant mood of the protesters. This was exemplified by the booing and heckling of ICTU president Eugene Mc Glone with chants calling for a General Strike. Mc Glone, in the style of a seasoned professional union official managed to pick himself up and give a speech which though cynical in delivery, bore more than a grain of truth that the radical left should not dismiss out of hand.

The gist of the ICTU president’s speech was that you can’t just pull a general strike out of a hat; you must build for it and win support in your union and in society in general. It should not be just “called” by those at the top of the unions but fought for by the rank and file. In this context, Mc Glone correctly showed that the slogan of “general strike now” is little more than ultra-left rhetoric.

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ireland / britain / gender / feature Friday November 16, 2012 23:11 byWorkers Solidarity Movement   image 3 images
There are some stories that are hard to cover - the death of Savita Halappanavar, a pregnant women, from septicemia whose life might have been saved if an abortion was not delayed is a hard as they come. According to the Irish Times Praveen Halappanavar, the husband of Savita said she had asked for a termination several times over a three day period only to be told "this is a catholic country." read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday November 14, 2012 22:02 byCat Wiener
As a nation swooned over a Royal wedding costing an estimated £10 million+, it emerged that cleaners at Buckingham Palace earn only £6.45 an hour, well under the recommended London Living Wage of £7.85ph (shortly to rise to £8.30). read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Tuesday November 06, 2012 17:49 byKurdistan Solidarity Ireland
Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners are now taking part in a hunger strike which they have declared is to be indefinite.
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Saturday October 06, 2012 02:54 byCostas Avramidis   image 1 image
That pat on the back to our "glorious leader Enda" in Time Magazine fails to come to terms BIG TIME with the reality on the ground here in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / press release Thursday September 27, 2012 18:01 byLiberty & Solidarity   text 1 comment (last - thursday september 27, 2012 18:22)   image 1 image
Liberty & Solidarity's 7th Biannual conference has taken the decision to disband the organisation. We are still proud of what Liberty & Solidarity has achieved and we hope to continue to work together towards shared goals, engaging with an ever broader range of trade unionists and community activists. Our project, the empowerment of working people within the workplace and society, remains the same. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday September 13, 2012 14:36 bySean Matthews
People in deprived areas in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to take their lives. Health minister Edwin Poots said, ‘Unemployment rates in deprived areas further affect people and this is a major concern. Studies indicate that a 1% increase in unemployment is met with a corresponding 0.79% increase in suicide. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Tuesday September 11, 2012 15:16 byWorkers Solidarity   image 1 image
€1,600 billion. That is the figure for Irish Oil & Gas reserves already licensed revealed this morning in a detailed report from Shell to Sea using the energy corporations own reports and estimates. People in Ireland will see almost no benefits from this incredible wealth because the Irish state gives these reserves to the corporations at the cheapest terms in the world. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / review Thursday August 23, 2012 15:10 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
The Social Solidarity Network came into existence in the Autumn of 2009 in Dublin as an initiative of the Workers Solidarity Movement. It faded out of existence a few short months later and never amounted to all that much in the interim beyond a couple of meetings, a leaflet distribution at a mass ICTU march and a badly organised and executed protest at the Dail on budget day. Nevertheless there are some useful lessons (mostly of the ‘how not to do it variety’) to be taken from its short existence. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday August 23, 2012 15:06 byWSM- Belfast   image 2 images
Around 50 people attended a lunch time vigil today organised by the Belfast Trade and District Council. A range of political organisations and unions attended including the Independent Workers Union, the WSM and Organise! During the rally one speaker from the council also referred to the police being workers too. This will provide little comfort to working people on the receiving end of state violence and terror. As our comrades from the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front note, ‘The role of the police is to repress and silence the working class and poor. This problem cannot be fixed by commissions or enquiries – as some people think. Ask the family of Andries Tatane. It cannot be changed by elections. Remember: Sharpeville 1960, Soweto 1976, Uitenhague 1985, Michael Makhabane in 2000, SAMWU workers in 2009, Andries Tatane in 2011 … Marikana 2012. At least 25 protestors and strikers were killed from 2000, before Marikana.’ read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / review Wednesday August 22, 2012 14:30 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
As someone who moved from Irish republican socialism to anarchism, Kevin Bean offers a convincing and fascinating insight into the journey and demise of radical republicanism in Ireland. It demolishes the ‘sell-out’ narrative promoted by some quarters of disaffected republicanism by diligently exploring the rapid transformation of the Provisional movement from a counter-insurgency to an active partner in governing the state it now eagerly upholds. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / interview Saturday August 18, 2012 20:06 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
In April this year over 100 bus drivers took successful wildcat action bringing Belfast city centre to a standstill in solidarity with a work colleague who was wrongly suspended by management without using the proper procedures. Independent Workers Union and WSM member Sean Matthews speaks to one anonymous driver from Translink about the action taken, wider working conditions and the possibility of solidarity and resistance in the future. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday August 02, 2012 14:43 byDermot Freeman   image 1 image
We don’t know a lot about the personal life of this son of a small farmer. He was the richest man in Ireland in 2008 with an estimated wealth of €4.7billion and now he is only out of jail because the Judge wants him to help the Irish Resolution Banking Corporation (IRBC) recover some of the €2.8 billion that he owes them. You may never have heard of IRBC but you will know of it’s previous alias: Anglo Irish Bank,winner of the dodgiest bank award in a state where there is stiff competition for that prize. His son is in prison, (plush Training Unit in Mountjoy) serving a sentence for what the Judge called ‘outrageous’ contempt of court as he sought to put money/assets beyond the reach of the bank. His nephew Peter is supposed to be there for the same reason but has gone missing. All we know about Sean – the daddy of the empire is that he’s big into the GAA and he likes to play poker for a few quid with his friends. Along with his love of poker, I would guess that Sean senior fancies the odd western. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday August 01, 2012 14:47 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
A huge secretive Garda security operation last night swung into operation in Dublin Port as Shell's Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) left the port as part of a huge convoy of Garda vehicles. News of the operation had leaked at the last minute meaning that with only an hours notice a handful of Shell to Sea campaigners managed to get down to the port entrance despite the pouring rain. Most of us were pulled over and questioned by Garda at least once and the Garda helicopter stayed overhead as various Garda vehicles including a van load of riot cops with the door open drove past us repeatedly. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / anarchist communist event Monday July 02, 2012 04:43 byCostas Avramidis   image 1 image
Schedule of speaking tour in Ireland with Finnish comrade Antti Rautiainen. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Wednesday June 27, 2012 15:03 bySean M.   image 1 image
David Cameron plans to end housing benefit for claimants aged 16-24. The ‘proposal’ forms part of wider recommendations to begin being implemented next year as part of the new Welfare Act. Further plans being rolled out including linking regional play with regional benefits, breaking the link between benefits and inflation, and considering linking benefits to average earnings and cost of living amounting to a further attack on worker’s rights and conditions. 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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imageL’Europe de la répression frappe un grand coup contre la protestation sociale en Irlande Mar 08 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

Mais, on est arrivé à un tel point que même le plus docile des Irlandais s’est mis en colère. La privatisation de l’eau a été littéralement la goutte qui a fait déborder le vase. Bien qu’ils essaient de vendre cette mesure avec l’argument que c’est une nécessité imposée par la crise, la vérité, c’est que depuis peu, la UE essaye de privatiser ce dit service en Irlande : en fait, il y a eu des campagnes successives et réussies contre la conversion de ce droit en business à partir de la fin des années 90. Des centaines de milliers de personnes ont manifesté dans ce petit pays contre cette politique et le gouvernement fait face à une campagne de désobéissance civile sans précédents, dans laquelle une majorité de gens refuse de payer. [Castellano]

imageThe Europe of repression strikes a blow at social protest in Ireland Mar 04 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

Hundreds of thousands of people in this small country have been protesting against this policy and the government has encountered a campaign of civil disobedience without precedent, in which the majority of the population refuse to pay. [Castellano]

imageIrlanda: ondata di arresti, lo Stato colpisce il movimento contro la tassa sull'acqua Feb 20 by Andrew 0 comments

E' in corso da tempo in Irlanda una rivolta contro l'ennesima tassa da austerity, questa volta è la tassa sull'acqua. Nelle aree residenziali del paese ci sono conflitti che vedono da una parte i residenti e dall'altra la Garda (la polizia di stato, ndt) insieme ai sorveglianti privati che devono installare i contatori dell'acqua. Ci sono stati cortei di decine di migliaia di persone. Questa settimana, prendendo a pretesto un piccolo incidente di 3 mesi fa quando gli attivisti del movimento bloccarono con un sit-in di 2 ore l'auto del Tánaiste (termine che indica il vice-primo ministro irlandese, ndt), la polizia irlandese ha fatto delle perquisizioni nelle case di 21 attivisti del movimento. Quello che segue è il report sulla retata della scorsa settimana a cura del Workers Solidarity Movement. [English]

textThe origins and development of the movement against Water Charges in Ireland Feb 20 by andrew 0 comments

A WSM talk about the development & future of the campaign against water charges, a mass campaign of resistance to privitisation of water and an austerity tax that has emerged in southern Ireland involving hundreds of thousands of people.

imageLa Europa de la represión golpea la protesta social en Irlanda Feb 20 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

Pero se ha llegado a un punto que ha emberracado al más dócil de los irlandeses. La privatización del agua se ha convertido, literalmente, en la gota que derramó el vaso. Cientos de miles de personas en este pequeño país se han manifestado en contra de esta política y el gobierno enfrenta una campaña de desobediencia civil sin precedentes, en el que una mayoría de la población de niega a pagar. Horror de horrores, GMC Sierra, la compañía encargada de la instalación de medidores de procedencia alemana y norteamericana en las casas, se ha enfrentado a la enconada oposición de comunidades que no los dejan trabajar, que obstruyen, que bloquean. La clase dominante tiene miedo y se les nota. Temen la anarquía, que el populacho no obedezca ni reconozca la autoridad de quienes gobiernan. Responden torpemente, ordenando en una semana la detención de 17 personas que participaron en una manifestación en Noviembre del pasado año en el distrito de Jobstown. [English] [Français]

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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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