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national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 30, 2012 - 20:02 by O.O'C.   text 8 comments (last - tuesday may 08, 2012 - 18:47)
TO:
Professor Colm McCarthy
Department of Economics
UCD
Dublin 4

Sunday 29 April 2012

Dear Colm,

I am writing to you to make some points arising from your comments on the so-called Fiscal Treaty and the referendum on it on RTE’s Morning Ireland last Tuesday morning. ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 18, 2012 - 13:00 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 18, 2012 - 14:55)
A referendum on the Fiscal Treaty (‘SCG’/Stability, Coordination and Governance) is to be held in Ireland in May but the related European Stability Mechanism Treaty (‘ESM’) is not to be similarly scrutinised, much less put to the people for approval. Yet both treaties are explicitly linked and interdependent. According to the ESM Treaty both treaties are ’complementary’. The ESM Treaty is illegal under EU law as it stands and is therefore unconstitutional, being in breach of existing EU treaty principles which have been approved by the Irish people in previous referendums and are now part of our law. ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday April 14, 2012 - 12:02 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - saturday april 14, 2012 - 21:25)
Peoples Movement campaigns: against any measures that further develop the EU into a federal state; and to defend and enhance popular sovereignty, democracy and social justice in Ireland. ... read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 10, 2012 - 13:53 by Paddy Hackett
the perspective of David North’s is a narrow nationalist one. It limits the problem to one of the decline of US capitalism as opposed to the decline of capitalism as a world economic system. This means that for the WSWS the problems of capitalism are solvable within a merely nationalist framework. Such a framework only requires a mere restructuring of global capitalism. In contrast for communists the authentic solution is the elimination of capitalism through social revolution.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 09, 2012 - 09:20 by Sonya Oldham   text 3 comments (last - monday april 30, 2012 - 09:46)
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday April 08, 2012 - 00:13 by Nico   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2012 - 02:59)   image 2 images
Here in Ireland there are many 1916 commemorations that are held annually by various groups and parties, but unfortunately, only a very divided fraction of those celebrate it from a revolutionary point of view. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 04, 2012 - 18:51 by O.O´C.   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2012 - 19:47)   image 2 images
In a move clearly aimed at trying to upstage and divert attention from an extremely embarasing Sinn Féin private members’ motion on the ESM Treaty, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, told the Dáil on 21 March that the Government is
“now negotiating with the EU authorities, and principaly with the ECB, on the basis that the €3.06 bilion cash instalment due from the Minister to IBRC [Irish Bank Resolution Corporation] on 31 March 2012 under the terms of the IBRC promisory note could be settled by the delivery of a long-term Irish government bond. The details of the arrangement have still to be worked out.” ... read full story / add a comment
Quelle stroke!
national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 04, 2012 - 01:10 by O.O´C.   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2012 - 19:43)   image 1 image
The stroke? Sign up, virtually ‘on the q.t.,’ to a new permanent euro-zone bail-out fund, the European Stability Mechanism, to which Ireland will be “irrevocably and unconditionally” obliged to the tune of €11 billion, while all the time making great palaver about holding a referendum on the Fiscal Compact Treaty. ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 02, 2012 - 15:04 by O.O'C.   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2012 - 19:27)
The Government wants the Dáil and Seanad in the very near future to approve a hugely important amendment to the EU treaties without any referendum, even though this amendment and its legal and political consequences would mark a qualitative change in the direction of the EU and in the character, scope and objectives of the Economic and Monetary Union. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Thursday March 29, 2012 - 00:06 by jim travers   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 29, 2012 - 10:13)
What sort of a nation of people do we have when nearly 500,000 householders decide to pay a charge that is directly aimed at the most vulnerable and stressed incomes in our society. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Saturday March 24, 2012 - 22:19 by Off the cuff   text 5 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2012 - 13:47)
With less than a week to go before more than one million people will be hauled into court for breaking the law the Household Charge protest hs taken one more step closer to success. The only people who believe this tax is justifable are the same people who can well afford to pay this tax. While this government squeezes more and more out of the people politicians like Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore give themselves pay rises to compensate them for losses they incured through their so-called ''we are all in this together' cry of unity. Should one million people refuse to pay the cahrge before the deadline of the 31st Match, then this must be seen a s a sign of no confidence in this government and Irish politicians in general.

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offaly / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday March 24, 2012 - 11:08 by Auld Rotten Hat   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 27, 2012 - 22:46)
For a number of years now, I have been going regularly to music festivals – everything from Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Life and much smaller independent music festivals which I have always found to be a huge contrast to the often staid, boring meetings and rallies on social justice issues. ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 21, 2012 - 01:04 by O.O'C.   text 7 comments (last - tuesday february 28, 2012 - 15:24)
The Government seems determined to push ahead in the next few months with the ratification of two important treaties: the “Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union” and the revised “Treaty on the European Stability Mechanism.”

The two treaties would make member-states of the euro zone into regimes of economic austerity, involving deeper and deeper cuts in public expenditure, increases in indirect taxes, reductions in wages, sustained liberalisation of markets, and the privatisation of public property. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Thursday February 09, 2012 - 18:18 by Glen Clifford
This post is a quick response to an SWP internal members bulletin, which was presumably leaked by one of their members - available to read here: http://tomasoflatharta.com/2012/02/09/kubla-heard-from-...else/. It gives an insight to the real views of the SWP on a number of issues including the ULA and the CAHWT. I want to take up some of their points relating to the Household tax campaign, which I object to and to offer what I think is the real situation with the campaign. ... read full story / add a comment
Overhead view of Dublin City Council’s planned “public transport priority” bridge at Marlborough Street – Hawkins Street.
dublin / environment / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 24, 2012 - 11:32 by Vincent Byrne   text 1 comment (last - wednesday january 25, 2012 - 19:05)   image 1 image
Dublin is still reeling from its boom period and the cacophony of high-flown plans it threw up. Now that it's all over, how do the various projects stand up? ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday January 23, 2012 - 23:50 by Charlie Williams
The following open letter concerning hydraulic gas fracturing in Ireland was recently sent to the Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources. Several other people have written to the minister and have received no reply.

This is an important issue because it concerns contaminating the land and water for the benefit of just a few over the rights and interests of many and protection of the environment. ... read full story / add a comment
antrim / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Thursday January 19, 2012 - 18:31 by Pepe Escobar   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 24, 2012 - 13:50)
Let's start with red lines. Here it is, Washington’s ultimate red line, straight from the lion’s mouth. Only last week Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said of the Iranians, “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they're trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that's what concerns us. And our red line to Iran is do not develop a nuclear weapon. That's a red line for us.”

How strange, the way those red lines continue to retreat. Once upon a time, the red line for Washington was “enrichment” of uranium. Now, it’s evidently an actual nuclear weapon that can be brandished. Keep in mind that, since 2005, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has stressed that his country is not seeking to build a nuclear weapon. The most recent National Intelligence Estimate on Iran from the U.S. Intelligence Community has similarly stressed that Iran is not, in fact, developing a nuclear weapon (as opposed to the breakout capacity to build one someday). ... read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 17, 2012 - 15:42 by PAW
We Need To Be the Change that we want, we can complain all day long but that will achieve nothing, we need to take direct action against these bullies, these criminals, if we are too scared to do it for ourselves then we should do it for our children, any parent worth their salt would do whatever it takes to protect their child and that is exactly how we need to see this situation, what are we doing to protect our kids from what is being taken from them now and what will be increasingly taken from them as they grow up? ... read full story / add a comment
national / public consultation / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 17, 2012 - 14:11 by Declan Cullen   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 17, 2012 - 22:43)
Could someone please tell me who the present government serves? They have attacked people on social welfare, on low pay, the middle class, small businesses, the blind, the old and their pensions and carers, the disabled, children with special needs.................... ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday January 05, 2012 - 22:50 by Pól Ó Cionsalígh
I'm shocked but not surprised to see yet another stealth tax by the Government this time on 115000 Pensioners who have their own as well as the State Pension. Many of them are now going to be up to €4400 per year for a single person or €8800 per year for a couple worse off because they'll now be paying tax on their Pensions which they worked hard for all their lives. Why don't the Revenue Commissioners go after all the big tax evaders instead of vulnerable and soft targets like the Pensioners? Not that the Pensioners will be a pushover as they showed a few years ago when they resisted the Government's attack on their Medical Cards. ... read full story / add a comment

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