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ireland / britain / economy / news report Saturday March 03, 2012 00:57 by Paul
Wednesday the European Central Bank (ECB) gave out 530 billion euros in 3-year term loans to the private banks of the Eurozone. Together with the 490 billion they doled out last December, that's over 1 trillion euros. If pigs could fly and politicians never lied and every household in the country was magically able to pay the hated Household Tax, the total receipt would be 160 million euro. At that rate, it would take 6,250 years to amount to 1 trillion. It would also take 20 years to amount to the 3.2 billion euros the state are handing over to the Anglo bondholders on the 31st March coming. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday February 02, 2012 18:56 by Sean Matthews & Sean Dubh
Despite the opposition of the governing SInn Fein party, relatives of families of the victims of Bloody Sunday and political supporters, including Irish anarchists, marched in remembrance last Saturday. A report from the anarchists present and a background to the issues behind those determined to continue the annual commemoration. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Wednesday November 30, 2011 18:22 by various   text 2 comments (last - wednesday november 30, 2011 20:56)
WSM members & supporters in northern Ireland will be providing live coverage of the N30 Pension strikes today via our Twitter feed. The strike is part of the UK wide public sector strike against attacks on public sector pensions, attacks similar to those imposed on public sector workers in southern Ireland over the last couple of years. They are part of a Europe wide offensive against the pensions rights of workers. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / anarchist communist event Monday November 28, 2011 21:19 by Lucien van der Walt   text 1 comment (last - saturday december 17, 2011 22:03)

Lucien van der Walt talking on BLACK FLAME: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Saturday 10th of December, 2pm

Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

nearest tube, Aldgate East

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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Friday November 11, 2011 22:06 by Sean Matthews
Anyone who has been active on the left and broader labour movement will have faced the 'million dollar question from republicans on the 'national question'. The question of opposition or indifference to the partition of the island is often thrown by republicans like a dagger in the direction of the existing left. In responnse many become either wedded to the romantic idea of the flag removing all our sins or face the jibe of being a ‘gas and water socialist’ or at worst a sop to unionism. It’s the type of choice you get at Stormont every four years where you get to choose between Coca Cola and Pepsi. Equally it’s the type of approach of the PSNI press statement that presents every ’dissenter’ from the status-quo as being wedded to physical force republicanism. But of course its much more complicated than this….

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ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment / news report Friday November 11, 2011 22:03 by Sean Matthews
The sixty million payoff to prison officers in Northern Ireland could be much better spent on addressing the causes of crime such as poverty, social deprivation and prison rehabilitation. Prison officers who served during the Troubles could walk away from their jobs with packages of more than £120,000 plus pension as part of a £60m redundancy programme aimed at ‘modernising’ the service.

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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Friday October 28, 2011 01:10 by Andrew Flood
An Irish anarchist perspective on today's EU crisis summit decision to reduce Greek debt by 50%, in the face of the recent resistance by the Greek working class. Particularly as contrasted with the differing levels of resistence in Ireland and the corresponding dictat of making the people of Ireland pay 100% of the debts incurred in the Irish property boom casino by globalised finance. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / culture / opinion / analysis Friday October 28, 2011 00:58 by Fin O Duibhir
A light-hearted look at today's Irish presidential election comparing it, unfavourably, to a reality TV programme popular in Ireland and Britain where viewers phone in to vote for their favourite entertainers. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / history / press release Friday October 21, 2011 06:35 by Alan MacSimoin
The Irish Anarchist History archive goes online on Friday, October 21st. at http://irishanarchisthistory.wordpress.com.

This site will be updated at least once every two weeks with new material added.

Our aim is to build an online archive of magazines, pamphlets, papers and books from and about anarchist organisations in Ireland, from their early beginnings in the 1880s through to today. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday October 13, 2011 00:56 by Andrew Flood
The 'Occupy X' movement arrived in Ireland over the weekend when a core group of around 50 people set up camp at the Central Bank Plaza on Dame street. Numbers grew to a few hundred at times over the next days and nights as supporters came down to join in for a while and the curious stopped to see what was going on. Issues highlighted by participants included the bank bail out, IMF intervention & the ongoing Great Oil & Gas Giveaway. read full story / add a comment
irlande / grande-bretagne / migration / racisme / opinion / analyse Wednesday October 12, 2011 04:07 by Shane O'Curry
Dale Farm est le site qui abrite le plus de Travellers irlandais en Grande-Bretagne, en tout plus de 1.000 personnes y vivent ( à peu près 100 familles), dont on dit que la plupart sont originaires de Rathkeale près de Limerick. Le site fut inauguré dans les années 1960, au moment où plusieurs familles achetèrent le terrain de l’ancienne casse automobile et où la mairie de Basildon accorda des permis de construire pour 40 maisons. Cela eut lieu dans une conjoncture où des progrès certains avaient lieu dans le domaine des rapports raciaux et où passait une petite brise de tolérance officielle envers les Travellers, qui aboutit à la loi de 1968 sur les sites pour caravanes, promue par les libéraux. Aujourd’hui, la mairie de Basildon a rassemblé la somme de 18 millions de £ pour ratiboiser le site au bulldozer et expulser par la force les familles (un chiffre consternant si on le compare au budget total du Royaume-Uni pour l’aménagement des sites pour nomades, qui est de moins de 30 millions). [English] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Tuesday October 11, 2011 18:13 by Shane O'Curry
Dale Farm is a halting site  which is also the largest concentration of Irish Travellers in Britain, being home to over 1000 people (about 100 families), many of whom are said to have their cultural roots in Rathkeale in Limerick.  It was started in the 1960s when a number of families bought the former scrapyard site and Basildon council granted planning permission for 40 houses. This happened in the context of broad progress in race relations and a brief breeze of relative official tolerance for Travellers, epitomised in  the liberal-sponsored 1968 Caravan Sites Act.  Basildon Council have put aside an £18 million budget to bulldoze the site and forcefully evict the families (a staggering figure when you consider that in 2010 the total UK budget for providing Travellers with halting facilities was less than 30 million). [Français] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / news report Saturday September 10, 2011 00:55 by Sean Matthews
Historian Mairtin O Cathain’s ‘Wee Black Booke’ has now been added to our archive for you to read or download. In it he pulls together reports of anarchism in and around Belfast in the years from 1867 to 1973. With no local movement for much of this period, the pamphlet looks at some individuals whose political activity merited mention in the media of the time. O Cathain’s work stops before the emergence in the late 1970s of the groups from which contemporary anarchist organisations Workers Solidarity Movement and Organise! can trace their roots.

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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday September 09, 2011 23:04 by Ben O'Ceallaigh
The Fine Gael party was confronted with angry scenes at not one but two different blockades during a meeting of the parliamentary party in Galway city yesterday.   Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his cabinet were attending their pre-budget think-in at the luxury Radisson hotel when some 30 students from the NUIG Free Education for Everyone (FEE) group and the Students’ Union blockaded the entrance in protest at the government’s policy of education cuts, registration fee increases and the ever-looming prospect of full fees.  They were joined by two dozen members of the Save Roscommon Hospital Alliance who were equally intent on showing the Fine Gael party what they think of their callous indifference to the welfare of the working class.  read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday July 29, 2011 23:22 by Gregor Kerr
The announcement from the Irish government that households are to face a charge of €100 per annum from January 1st with separate water and property taxes to follow by 2014 has met with fierce opposition across the country.  Radio and television shows have been inundated with texts and phonecalls from irate people who see this latest tax as a step too far and who have been pledging to resist the charge.  In a TV3 IrelandAM poll this morning, Wednesday, 87% of people answered ‘Yes’ to the question “Would you consider boycotting the household charge?” read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday July 12, 2011 09:57 by Jack White
It is this time of year again when the spectre of sectarianism and division comes to the fore in the north of Ireland. It is a time when communities, kerbstones and poles are marked and carved into territory. There are those who will be living in fear and silenced from speaking out while the rest of us are told to turn the other check in the interests of peace and stability. It is unfortunate, if perhaps somewhat inevitable, that the now annual battles around the ‘marching season’ fall along religious lines. The Orange parades are being used to test the supposed 'neutrality' of the northern regime and the PSNI in particular. The losing side in this dangerous game however is likely to be the working class, as the confrontations and the sectarian attacks that occur around the Orange marches drive people further into ‘their own’ communities.

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ireland / britain / gender / news report Thursday July 07, 2011 21:50 by Cian Lynch
WSM and other pro-choice activists took place in a counter demonstration to the “Rally for Life” which took place in Dublin on Sunday 3 July 2011. The anti-abortion rally was organised by Youth Defence (including “The Life Institute”(previously Mother & Campaign – an outgrowth of Youth Defense) and Belfast Based "Precious Life". Approximately 2,000 people seem to have attended. The pro-choice counter demonstration, organised at short notice was still attended by around 300 people. Many attending the anti-abortion rally came from all over Ireland and even included a small group of migrants from the Philippines. There were some tense exchanges between pro-choice campaigners and anti-abortion marchers. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 22:14 by Gregor Kerr
The government has made it clear that it is determined to press ahead with its attempts to impose not one but two new taxes on us.  Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is preparing to bring plans to government for a household tax, probably starting at €100 per year, from 1st January.  This tax will be added to by a water tax, expected to be introduced within the next couple of years. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Wednesday June 22, 2011 19:15 by Sean Matthews
The cracks beneath the surface in the peace process were once again exposed on the streets of East Belfast last night in the second night of serious sectarian rioting. A UVF led mob numbering in the 100's has been engaged in attacks on catholic homes at the edge of the Short Strand. This is the reality of a peace dividend which has failed to deliver to working-class communities and stands in stark contrast to suburbia only 5 miles away which produced golf champion Rory McElroy.
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday June 16, 2011 00:07 by PaulB
Although the global crash and the end of the property bubble has brought severe recession to Ireland with drastic cuts to services, public and private sector wages and rising unemployment, for the capitalist class, the good times still roll. read full story / add a comment
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