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ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 04, 2015 19:32 by Dermot Freeman   image 1 image
2016 is fast approaching and we will be subjected to endless documentaries about that start of our bloody history as a nation. It will also be a time for analysis of how far we’ve come since the proclamation of this Republic.

In the proclamation there are lines which are aspirational, but grounded in the reality of experience of the rebels.
“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.” read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / press release Thursday October 29, 2015 01:07 by Barricade Inn   image 1 image
On Wednesday The Barricade Inn Collective received court summons papers informing us that the following day (Thursday 22nd October) the estate holders of the building would be seeking an injunction against us. Court was adjourned and the case will be back in court next Wednesday (28th October). read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Friday October 23, 2015 18:15 by Andrew Flood   text 1 comment (last - thursday october 29, 2015 08:06)   image 1 image
One of the key foundation documents for the Workers Solidarity Movement is the ‘Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft)’ This text was written in Paris in 1926 by a group that included exiled Russian and Ukrainian anarchists and was very influenced by the lessons they drew from the Russian Revolution. Three of the authors -- Nestor Makhno, Ida Mett, Piotr Archinov -- were then and now very well known anarchists, the remaining two -- Valevsky and Linsky -- I know relatively little about. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment / opinion / analysis Sunday October 18, 2015 05:32 by Joe Conlon   image 1 image
A case that’s need highlighting is the case of Republican prisoner Willy Wong, he is held in Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim. In March 2010 he was arrested along with another man and charged, eventually convicted of possession of a pipe bomb. He was sentenced very differently to the way Republican prisoners (and social prisoners) usually get sentenced. He was sentenced for an undetermined period, but after 5 years inprisoned it would be up to the Parole board when he is to be released. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Saturday October 17, 2015 05:57 by Ferdia O'Brien   image 1 image
Believe a better world is possible. Don't be afraid to dream. We all know this isn't good enough. How could it be? Are we not destined for so much more? Have we not seen glimpses of what we are truly capable of? This could be paradise. It really could be. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Saturday October 17, 2015 05:53 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird
In case you missed it, David Cameron does not believe that reparations or even apologies are the right approach when dealing with the legacy of the enslavement of the Jamaican people at the hands of British Imperialism. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Wednesday October 14, 2015 20:10 by Tom Murray   image 1 image
Last weekend, ten people died in a fire at a halting site in South Dublin. Thomas Connors, Sylvia Connors, Willie Lynch, Tara Gilbert, and Jimmy Lynch and five children lost lives. Their deaths are a tragedy, and we mourn their loss. But we are also angry. Because we know the loss of their lives was not the outcome of chance or blind fate. Our society, its laws and its institutions are designed to marginalise, to penalise and to discriminate against Travellers (traditionally itinerant ethnic group) . So long as we accept these forms of oppression and exploitation, tragedy will follow tragedy. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 29, 2015 01:25 by Joe Conlon   image 1 image
Anarchists can learn a great deal from Republicanism, to make inroads to establishing our ideal in working class communities. We need to create a visible presence in all communities, we need to be seen to be believed. People are looking for answers and are falsely thinking it lies in Republicanism. Within Republicanism lies much of the same which lies in bourgeois society – that is hierarchy and privilege for the few. But I believe the secret to the salvation of society also lies within Republicanism. That is the revolutionary tradition of revolting against oppression, tyranny, and exploitation; which the working class, the oppressed and angry, gravitate towards. And likewise I think Republicans can learn a great deal from anarchism. Maybe from working together on community or workplace struggles we could both learn from each other. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 29, 2015 01:15 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird   image 1 image
Over 1,000 abortion pills were seized last year at customs, a figure that represents double the amount seized the two years previous. This fact is very much in contradiction with the myth of the anti-choice side that there is no demand for abortion in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday September 24, 2015 22:51 by andrew
How many could we house, educate and care for with 19 billion? The Irish government is currently furiously fighting the European Union to prevent Apple paying us back taxes it owes us. There has been a lot of ‘concern’ about government plans to spend 48 million looking after 4000 people fleeing warfare in Syria and Iraq. The government and the media defend there ‘our own’ is first - the super rich in Ireland and elsewhere! read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / feature Wednesday September 23, 2015 20:58 by LCG/GGL   image 1 image
About ten months have now passed since the Libertarian Communist Group (Grŵp Gomiwnyddol Libertaraidd) was formed in Wales, in November 2014. The decision to launch a new organisation last year was borne out of disappointment at the demise of both Collective Action (CA) and its short-lived follow-up, the Libertarian Communist Initiative (LCI). Our consequent frustration was compounded to some extent by the fact that one of our comrades had also been a member of the previously defunct Liberty & Solidarity (L&S). In retrospect we can discern that both of these erstwhile projects - CA/LCI and L&S - failed due to a lack of ideological cohesion and a confusion of political direction. From our perspective such failures can fairly be viewed as epic if one takes into account that these organisations were, on separate occasions, the products of would-be “platformist” splits from the Anarchist Federation (AF). Be that as it may, in the case of CA/LCI, having seen various members and associates drift away, and with our remaining England-based cadre not unreasonably opting to become involved in an accessible and potentially worthwhile enterprise, the Welsh contingent was simply left with a fait accompli. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / interview Friday September 18, 2015 05:19 by Joe Conlon   image 1 image
Myself and some comrades were approached by a young mother from Coolock (a working class neighborhood in Dublin) that recently became homeless. The woman and her children became homeless a few weeks previous. While her kids are in school during the day the mother either walks the streets or calls into friends or family member’s homes. When school has ended for the day they have to rely on family and friends to let them stay in their homes. Sometimes the mother has to split her children up so that she’d definitely have a roof over all her kid’s heads for the night. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 16, 2015 23:37 by Dermot Freeman   image 1 image
The Refugees Welcome rally saw a good crowd assembled at the Spire in Dublin. The rally was a response where people wanted to express their solidarity with the refugees who are attempting to escape war and death. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 15, 2015 06:59 by Joe Conlon   image 1 image
A housing direct action is took place this morning at the Dublin City Council (DCC) office in Bunratty Civic Centre, Coolock in Dublin. Mother’s and their children who are in need of housing occupied the offices in order to force the council to answer their questions. In particular they want to know why many people are discovering there isn’t even emergency accommodation available. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 15, 2015 05:44 by Dermo   image 1 image
Thanks to the work of a few volunteers we had some banners to bring to the Refugees are Welcome rally and march at the Spire on Saturday the 12th of September. I was on my bike into the Barricade Inn to pick up the banners. The banners were important to link up certain struggles. One linked the appalling reaction to the social housing crisis by this government with their slow reaction to the humanitarian crisis on the edges of fortress Europe, which simply stated Homes for All, Refuge for All, and another which read No Borders No Nations. There was a good crowd assembled there when we arrived at the Spire and it grew steadily as Memet Uludag spoke frequently, often, and introduced each of the speakers. The rally was a response where people wanted to express their solidarity with the refugees who are attempting to escape war and death. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / culture / opinion / analysis Thursday September 03, 2015 08:56 by Based on an article by Kevin Doyle in Workers Solidarity No   image 1 image
When the Watergate Scandal brought down the Nixon Government in the States in the mid-70s, it was heralded as one of the finest examples of media power in modern times. Nixon's fall from grace, along with the story of corruption in high places, was the stuff of drama. In no time, the journalists at the centre of the Watergate exposé - Bernstein and Woodward - became celebrities. They went on to win Pulitzer Prizes for their journalistic endeavours and even became the subject of a Hollywood touch-up in All The President's Men. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday September 03, 2015 00:56 by Tom Murray   image 1 image
Last week, three children under the age of six slept rough in Dublin city centre while their parents stayed awake to watch over them. As of August 2015, this family is but one of 620 families in Ireland, including more than 1,300 children, who are homeless. The root of the current crisis of housing is the current crisis of capitalism. read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / lotte sul territorio / opinione / analisi Wednesday September 02, 2015 17:47 by Brian Ancom   image 1 image
L'imminente nostra dimostrazione di forza a Dublino il 29 agosto sarà una grandiosa mobilitazione di popolo da ogni angolo dell'isola per dire un sentito "No" al programma di tassare l'acqua deciso dal governo di Fine Gael e Laburisti. [English] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday August 27, 2015 08:51 by Joe Conlon   image 1 image
Over the Last 12 months, particularly since Christmas the housing and homeless problem has deepened significantly. From last summer the amounts of families’ registering as homeless went from 264 to now, which are 531. The number of families that are registered as being in need of emergency accommodation is 792 adults with 1,112 dependent children. These statics were issued by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. This is a 100% rise within 12 months, but yet the state has not come out and said there is a crisis in housing. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender / opinion / analysis Friday August 21, 2015 20:32 by Tom Murray   image 1 image
Child-care in Ireland is so expensive because it is so undervalued. Only through care-workers’ collective withdrawal of labour will those who rely on us realise how vital our work is. read full story / add a comment
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