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Archive for January, 2011

Political Change and People Power
‘New Political Possibilities in Ireland for all Left-Wing Parties in Partnership with Civil Society’
Saturday, 5th February 2011

Gresham Hotel, Dublin
People Power and Left Unity: Towards a New Ireland for All People
This conference will allow left wing parties across the spectrum to compare policies and discuss the prospects for left wing unity. […]

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Why don’t they have the election now?
That way they can see if the Finance Bill is the will of the People.
Thing is, Fine Gael and Labour want the Finance Bill to be passed before the election because they do not want to have to campaign on a mandate to pass the Finance Bill - a […]

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I broke my self-imposed ban on Irish media yesterday, mainly because of the events in the Dáil, but while I was scanning the Irish Times site I came across this article entitled: What’s a house worth now: does anyone know?
The blurb at the start said this:

With no national house price register available to help homeowners, […]

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Excellent interview with David Harvey, via Wisconsin Public Radio.
It deals with the dynamics of finance capital since the 1970s.
Have a listen and keep in mind Ireland’s pit-stop in the international financial capital route - i.e. the IFSC.
The skim off the top which Irish financial service providers got for washing this money - therein lies one […]

 
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Previously unseen photos of the Irish cabinet reveal that Billy the Puppet from the Saw movie series has been resident at government buildings since at least November 2010.
The paper-mache dummy, dressed in a black tuxedo, with a white shirt and gloves, red bow tie, and red handkerchief in the breast pocket, showed up one morning […]

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CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, DUBLIN

I was up in that Dublin last week, catching up on a bit of research in the National Library, and snapped this photo while I was waiting for my bus home.

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I was talking to a friend of mine and he brought up the possibility of transfers to Fianna Fáil.
The idea is that where there are two Fianna Fáil candidates, that a transfer should be given to a progressive Fianna Fáil candidate over the more right-wing Fianna Fáil candidate.
We’re taking a number six or […]

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If this keeps up we may soon have a Green-led government.
Isn’t it funny how the resignations occur in the second half of January, the date that the Greens set that as their own for walking from government?
Paul Gogarty, meanwhile, has criticised the ministers for resigning - all while he and his party stay in government.
Irish […]

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The normal question, the first question is always; are these cannibals? No, they are not cannibals. Cannibalism in the true sense of the word implies an intrapecies activity. These creatures cannot be considered human. They prey on humans. They do not prey on each other, that’s the difference. They attack and they feed only on […]

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