New Events

Galway

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link SITREP: letter from Russia about the elections Sun Sep 19, 2021 18:06 | The Saker
by Geneva Observer for the Saker blog Today, with a sunny blue sky and cold breeze, I had the pleasure to accompany three generations of family members to the voting

offsite link Russian World as a global project Sun Sep 19, 2021 14:50 | amarynth
Most of us at The Saker Blog are involved in either understanding or have fully joined the Russian World as a global project.  In one simplistic sense, we still talk

offsite link Iran ? New Member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Sat Sep 18, 2021 17:13 | amarynth
Peter Koenig and PressTV On 17 September 2021 Iran has become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). It is an extraordinary achievement and new beginning for US

offsite link Russia Responded to an American Strategic Ruse With the S-500 (Sonar 2050) Sat Sep 18, 2021 06:28 | Leo V.
Translated and subtitled by Leo. The government’s trials of the S-500 Promitey have entered its final stage and will be completed this year. The system became an answer to the

offsite link Saker message to the community: we need your help. Fri Sep 17, 2021 17:26 | The Saker
Dear friends I wish we lived in a perfect world, populated by perfect people, and nobody would ever have to worry about or, even less so, ask for financial help

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Minister Catherine Martin: Not fit to serve

offsite link Establishment media and delusional analysis Anthony

offsite link Youth power – Don’t ask – Take Anthony

offsite link When the establishment betrays the people?s trust Anthony

offsite link The day Eoghan Harris went bad Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link After Vaccine Passports Were ?Scrapped?, Government Refuses To Rule Out Passes for Pubs Thu Sep 16, 2021 15:32 | Michael Curzon
The Health Secretary has confirmed that vaccine passports could be introduced for pubs later this year if "something happens", but remains coy about what exactly "something" means.
The post After Vaccine Passports Were ?Scrapped?, Government Refuses To Rule Out Passes for Pubs appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link The Ethical Bankruptcy of Vaccinating 12-15 Year-Olds Thu Sep 16, 2021 13:53 | Toby Young
We're publishing an original piece on the Daily Sceptic today by a senior pharmaceutical company executive setting out the ethical case against vaccinating healthy 12-15 year-olds.
The post The Ethical Bankruptcy of Vaccinating 12-15 Year-Olds appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Headteachers Told To Call Police if People Protest Against Vaccination of Healthy Teenagers Outside ... Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:05 | Michael Curzon
Headteachers have been told to call the police if parents concerned about the vaccination of their healthy teenager children against Covid ('anti-vaxxers', as the media puts it) protest outside school gates.
The post Headteachers Told To Call Police if People Protest Against Vaccination of Healthy Teenagers Outside School Gates appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link News Round-Up Wed Sep 15, 2021 23:59 | Michael Curzon
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Pfizer Set to Seek Approval for Its Covid Vaccine in U.S. Babies This Winter Wed Sep 15, 2021 19:30 | Michael Curzon
Pfizer is planning to seek approval for its Covid vaccine in babies as young as six months in the U.S. this winter and is also set to seek approval for its jab in 5-11 year olds in America and across Europe.
The post Pfizer Set to Seek Approval for Its Covid Vaccine in U.S. Babies This Winter appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Occupy accuse Gardai of political policing on 1st anniversary

category galway | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Tuesday October 16, 2012 12:41author by Anonymous - Occupy Galwayauthor email info at occupygalway dot ie Report this post to the editors

Occupy Galway anniversary assembly disrupted by Gardai: Yesterday marked the 1st anniversary of the establishment of the Occupy movement in Galway. Between the Lisbrook house refugee eviction protest, the hearing of a spurious courtcase against two occupiers for "chalking", a subsequent spontaneous "chalking" reunion in the square and some heavy handed police action, it was not uneventful! ;-)


Occupy accuse Gardai of political policing on 1st anniversary

Yesterday marked the 1st anniversary of the establishment of the Occupy movement in Galway. This people’s movement began with Occupy Wall St. on September 17th 2011 and within weeks had spread to over 2600 towns and cities in almost 80 countries worldwide.

The movement, based on the ideals of economic justice, real participatory democracy and equality of all people, saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in every major world city. The Occupy camps, which were established in public spaces in Galway, Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford, provided a space for the public to share and discuss information about the state of the country and the alternatives to the current political, economic and social system.

In countries like Spain and Portugal popular movements have brought millions of people onto the streets in protest at economic crisis and resist the governments attempts to enforce more pain on their people.

The day began at 11am with an assembly and march from Eyre Square to TD Brian Walsh’s office in support of the residence of Lisbrook House Asylum Centre and to protest the imminent closure of the centre and relocation of it’s almost 300 residents.

As if by fate, the same day, two members of the occupy movement appeared in Galway District Court on charges of criminal damage to part of Eyre Square for "writing on a wall with chalk". The incident took place on the morning of the 16th of May, a few hours after Gardai and Galway City Council workers destroyed the Galway camp in the middle of the night.

The charges were withdrawn by the DPP due to lack of evidence and Judge Mary Fahy seemed amused at the affair stating that no one in this county was in danger of going to jail for the use of chalk as a 2 year old could wipe it off.

After news of the court case spread a crowd began to gather in Eyre Square, someone brought chalk and members of the public, both young and old began to chalk on the square. A tent was set up as a symbolic gesture but before long around a dozen Gardai arrived and broke up the peaceful assembly of about 50 to 60 people and confiscated the tent.

A short time later 3 Galway city council workers arrived to power hose the chalk away, despite the heavy rain, the judge’s earlier remarks and offers to clean the chalk by a member of the assembly. The response of the Gardai and Galway city council was disproportionate and an obvious waste of resources. The actions of the Gardai further demonstrate the state’s policy of political policing, intimidation, suppression and criminalisation of political movements and normal people who object to the government policy such as the actions taken against the Occupy camps, Galway Alliance Against War and the decade long campaign against local people in North Mayo.

Video taken of the day’s events shows the heavy handed policing towards people who were simply exercising their constitutional rights on the square and writing a few messages in chalk, a "non crime" according to Judge Mary Fahy.

The Occupy movement is alive and well in Galway and will not be intimidated by such tactics and we will not go away. We will not be bullied, the truth is on our side. In Galway and across the country, people are organizing and resisting the government cuts and taxes. Only with a healthy democracy, with fairness, openness, involvement and inclusion as its guiding principles will we be able to make the change needed. Everyone must willingly accept to participate, we are all free.

author by Occupypublication date Tue Oct 16, 2012 18:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Well I can assure you he wasn't at risk because I don't think I would ever send someone to jail for writing with chalk on a wall, that was the alleged charge, chalk can be moved, can be rubbed off by a two year old child and common sense has to come into this so I'm refusing legal aid and I've given the reasons why. There was never ever in my view a chance that anyone would go to jail in this country for writing with chalk and thats my view and certainly while I'm sitting here. Now thats not to say that I'm encouraging everyone to go out and start writing with chalk on the walls."

- Reply from Judge Mary Fahy to defendants barrister

author by serfpublication date Tue Oct 16, 2012 23:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

in my view, this had little to do with getting a conviction and jail time and everything to do with harassing activists using the gardai and the legal system and just generally wearing them down.

Jails are expensive to run and that's money they could be stealing or giving to their rich bankster / corporate friends

Political policing is not necessarily about putting you in jail. Just wearing you down, stopping you protesting and shutting you up.

From that perspective, this case; which I believe, was postponed twice before finally being thrown out; was yet another success for the state. It harassed activists, stressed them out, wasted their time and drained their energy, yet it costs a lot less to do all this a few times to someone than to put them in prison.

 
© 2001-2021 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy