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dublin / eu / event notice Thursday January 23, 2014 10:34 by protester   text 6 comments (last - monday january 27, 2014 09:41)
This Saturday at 9.00am sharp outside EU House on Molesworth street I will be protesting against the EU / Governments Blue Star Programme in Primary Schools , the training day for teachers who are taking part in the programme takes place there from 9am-3pm and I want to show my opposition to what they are doing.

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international / eu / other press Monday December 23, 2013 19:12 by O. O'C.
…. the welfare of the people as a whole?”; Brussels Summit takes another step towards forming a Euro Army; Merkel supports EU treaty change; EADS Chief calls for EU Drone budget; Troika consultancies: another fiddle?; Partnership for Profits. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday December 21, 2013 16:39 by O. O'C.
The competitiveness dogma will not solve the present euro-zone crisis, as it is downward pressure on wages (and therefore consumer demand) and on government spending that has locked European economies into spirals of decline.
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national / eu / other press Sunday December 15, 2013 22:52 by O. O'C.   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 26, 2013 22:57)
• Number of people employed: Down by 13 per cent since January 2008.

• Number of people unemployed: Up from 107,000 in January 2008 to 296,300 today.

• Annualised domestic growth rate: –1.2 per cent.

• Net emigration: The number of people leaving the country is higher than the number coming in by 35,000. Gross emigration was more than 80,000 last year alone. In six years it went from the highest net immigration level in Europe to the highest emigration, overtaking the Baltic states and Kosovo. Meanwhile a group of students and other young people in Dublin has launched a campaign called “We’re not leaving” after the Government sent out letters encouraging young people to seek jobs abroad.

• Government deficit as a proportion of GDP: 7.3 per cent.

• Public debt: 121 per cent of GDP in 2013, up from 91 per cent in 2010 and 105 per cent in 2011.

• Household debt: 200 per cent of GDP. There are people living on €50 per week or less after paying their bills. We have had eight austerity budgets since 2008; in the community sector there have been cuts of 35 to 40 per cent.

• Value of assets underpinning household debt: –56 per cent since the crisis began.

•Mortgages in arrears for more than six months: 17 per cent of all mortgages. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / event notice Tuesday December 03, 2013 10:49 by dublin man   text 5 comments (last - monday january 06, 2014 13:31)
I will be protesting outside the Dail on Thursday 5 December 2013 if anyone wants to come along,

My Protest is against EU rule in Ireland . read full story / add a comment
international / eu / news report Monday September 16, 2013 15:03 by Con Carroll   text 1 comment (last - monday september 16, 2013 15:06)
in these interesting or boring times, it depends what side of the coin you are tossing. people have taken to street protests twice since I have been here. e in Ireland have to ask seriousquestions. are we to sectarian elitist. have we denied Marxist class analysis. opting for the liberal agenda. the male versus female read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Wednesday February 27, 2013 21:01 by Systemic Disorder   text 1 comment (last - friday january 31, 2014 10:25)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-country trade negotiation intended to go well beyond existing trade regimes, appears to the be model for proposed United States–European Union trade agreement.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday February 10, 2013 23:12 by Ordinay Citizen   text 2 comments (last - tuesday february 12, 2013 19:35)
How we are being made to like a bad Anglo deal and only long term solution is for us to have a government without FF or FG and what they could do if/ when they get into power. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / other press Monday January 21, 2013 03:39 by lefty
Interesting story in the independent regarding the promissory notes. The government is so worried that they have assembled a crack team of expensive lawyers (paid for by the people) to act against the interests of the people. Noonan, attendee of the last bilderberg meeting is apparently hopping mad that his new banking friends in Europe may have a problem getting all the billions of our money on time, which might require emergency legislation. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Friday October 26, 2012 06:27 by Astrid Essed

With the approval of the European Parliament of the ACCA trade agreement with Israel,
the EU sets further steps in supporting Israel, despite its occupation, illegal
settlements policy and warcrimes
This and the EU international role of political, economical and military domination and exploitation of the Thirld World, the inhuman asylumpolicy, the wars in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Trojka starvation of the Greeks, makes the Nobelprize for Peace to the EU a mockery of Justice read full story / add a comment
monaghan / eu / press release Wednesday October 03, 2012 15:24 by Expac
Conflict resolution project to use Information Technology to help disseminate its message read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Monday July 23, 2012 00:04 by T   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 26, 2013 23:13)
As reported by the financial blog The Automatic Earth written by Nicole Foss, she has reported that the German magazine Der Spiegel dropped a bombshell this morning in an article that the IMF plans to dump Greece in September. So far the Der Spiegel article is in German. Normally they will eventually publish articles in English.

"Griechenland könnte schon im September pleitegehen. Der Internationale Währungsfonds hat nach Informationen des SPIEGEL der Brüsseler EU-Spitze signalisiert, dass er sich nicht an weiteren Hilfen für das Land beteiligen werde."

Greece could go bankrupt as early as September. Spiegel has obtained information that the IMF told the Brussels leadership it would not make more money available for help to Greece.

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dublin / eu / event notice Saturday June 16, 2012 11:44 by pat c
People’s Movement Picket

We want a referendum on the ESM!

Veto the amendment to Article 136!

1:30 on Tuesday 19th June outside Dail Eireann
(Kildare St. entrance) read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday June 06, 2012 12:07 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - wednesday june 06, 2012 13:51)
The Government will seek Dail approval of:
The Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties which authorises the setting up of the permanent Eurozone loan fund, the European Stability Mechanism
+ A motion to approve the ESM Treaty which is authorized by this amendment
+ A motion to approve future Government spending on the ESM,

TODAY - WEDNESDAY, AND TOMORROW - THURSDAY.
A guillotined debate on the second reading of the latter Bill will take place TOMORROW. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday June 02, 2012 22:48 by O.O'C.
The proposal to ratify the European Stability Mechanism Treaty as it stands and to approve the Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties as authorizing the Stability Mechanism envisaged in the ESM Treaty, are unlawful under the EU Treaties and are therefore unconstitutional in Ireland and the other EU Member States. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Friday June 01, 2012 20:00 by D Martyn   text 35 comments (last - friday august 10, 2012 08:59)
Like lambs to the slaughter the Irish people ratified the Fiscal Stability treaty by a yes vote of 60.3%. Even members of the parties advocating the yes vote admitted fear and confusion were among the reasons why Irish people gave into the demands of the government. As they threw around buzz words such as stability, growth, investment and threatened a harsher budget if the treaty wasn’t ratified, it’s no surprise their school yard bully tactics won out. read full story / add a comment
dublin / eu / event notice Thursday May 31, 2012 16:18 by LASC
LYCS and ICON in partnership with Bloom invite you to a Public Meeting on the Financial Crisis. The meeting takes place at 6.45pm on Wednesday 6th June in LYCS Community Creche, Old National School, Lower Rutland St. Dublin 1. The meeting will host both international and local speakers and will be chaired by Vincent Browne of TV3.

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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 22, 2012 13:01 by O.O'C.
The European Stability Mechanism is a crisis fund that comes at the price of €11 billion for Ireland, that EU countries will be able to gain access to should they ratify the Fiscal Treaty. But will it be a handy insurance policy for Ireland - or an economic straitjacket? read full story / add a comment
dublin / eu / event notice Monday May 21, 2012 22:17 by Vote No
Public Meeting - Why you should vote NO! read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday May 19, 2012 18:28 by simple fisherman   text 6 comments (last - monday may 21, 2012 10:41)
As a simple fisherman I was forced to leave England because our fishing industry was destroyed by the European Union and to come to your lovely country to find work. I am hoping to help out on a campaign to save Ireland's Fish and to point out the hard lessons your English brothers learned and which may be of some small assistance to Irish fishermen. read full story / add a comment
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