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ireland / britain / gender / opinion / analysis Saturday October 14, 2017 00:31 by Kellie
On 14th October 2017, Rally for Choice will march through the streets of Belfast. - Last year saw us counter protest the Rally for Life in the North of Ireland, for the first time we marched against their lies instead of our usual static demo. Our counter protest was a huge success, despite being organised at short notice and with only a handful of activists. The protest burst across our streets and convened at Buoy Park afterwards for speakers. We outnumbered the Rally for Life 2016 significantly. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / gender / opinion / analysis Friday October 13, 2017 23:32 by National Conference
This is the Workers Solidarity Movement position paper on Abortion Rights as collectively agreed at July 2017 WSM National Conference.  This position paper sits under the Patriarchy paper which in turn is under the Anarchism, Oppression & Exploitation paper, and hence does not repeat any of that material in these. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender / news report Friday October 13, 2017 23:03 by Dermo & Andrew   image 1 image
Saturday the 30th of September 2017 will go down as a high point in the fight for abortion rights in the Republic of Ireland, and that is a struggle that stretches back decades. Years of campaigning and maintaining a focus on the issue, saw a massive crowd of nearly 30,000 people take to the streets for the annual March for Choice as organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign [ARC]. The calls are for action, and the need for Repeal of the 8th Amendment which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.
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ireland / britain / gender / press release Tuesday September 26, 2017 20:09 by International Sec   image 1 image
The Workers Solidarity Movement in Ireland is in full support of the protests in Brussels on the 28th September demanding a guaranteed, free, and accessible access to abortion across Europe. The EU has stood by idly while the bodily autonomy of pregnant people continues to be violated by some member states including Ireland and Malta. It has similarly done nothing while other member states progressively attack reproductive rights based on the political whimsy of the controlling parties of ever-increasing conservative governments. We hope the this mobilisation will demonstrate the united commitment to reproductive freedom for all.

We stand with you in spirit as we prepare for our own mobilisation on the 30th of September for the Dublin March for Choice and it appears almost certain a constitutional referendum to remove the ban on abortion next summer. The text that follows is our position paper on abortion rights agreed by WSM national conference this summer. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / news report Sunday September 03, 2017 21:37 by Nic
The Workers Solidarity Movement held our national conference in Dublin, Ireland on the 22nd July. What follows is a brief report on the day’s proceedings. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Friday July 21, 2017 00:26 by Andrew
The outraged media reaction to a jury doing its job and finding the Jobstown defendants not guilty is quite extraordinary. Rather than do the right thing and launch an investigation as to how 180 cops could produce evidence that was directly contradicted by video evidence, the media have gone on a rant against Twitter! Rather than finding it suspicious that nearly 3 million in public funds was spent by the DPP on a case that any proper check of available evidence should have indicated was never likely to convince a jury, the media suggest instead that the problem lay in the exact charges brought. The trial was part of a large scale state operation to suppress a mass anti-austerity community campaign. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender / news report Friday July 21, 2017 00:17 by Andrew   image 1 image
Every year in either Dublin or Belfast the pro and anti choice movements come head to head around the so called ‘Rally for Life’. This year it was Dublin’s unwilling role to play host to the bigot parade. It mattered more years than many as a referendum on the hated 8th Amendment that bans abortion is promised for next year. It could be that the next Dublin bigot parade scheduled for 2019 will come after they have suffered a major defeat. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday June 30, 2017 23:27 by Various   image 1 image
Six men were on trial accused of falsely imprisoning the then Tanáiste (deputy Prime Minister) and Labour Party TD, Joan Burton, and her colleague in Jobstown, a working class suburb of Dublin, on 15 November 2014. The charge of false imprisonment carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. All six men claimed that they were exercising their right to protest, and that the protest was peaceful. This was part of a mass campaign that successfully defeated the attempt to introduce water charges. Following a nine week trial, the six have been found not guilty. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / opinion / analysis Thursday June 15, 2017 20:24 by Andrew Flood   image 4 images
Corbyn’s strong showing in the June 2017 UK elections has given a big morale boost to the left.  A considerable youth vote, self-mobilising in larger part as a reaction to the ‘me and mine’ selfish society revealed by the Brexit vote seriously set back Tory plans for a fresh wave of Brexit required austerity.  Activists used social networking to overcome what had previously been seen as an all powerful smear machine of the billionaire print press.  Very few outside the radical left expected this outcome, what drove it and more importantly where can it lead?
[ This is a long read so you can also listen to an audio of the text ] This piece is not going to answer that in terms of assumptions and assertions but as far as possible through hard numbers.  66% of 18-24 year old’s voted Labour, only a quarter of that, 18% voted Tory [p4].  27% of those 18-24 year olds said the NHS was the most important issue for them, even though they are least likely to need it [p40].  For the over 65 age group this was flipped, only 23% voted Labour and over twice as many (58%) voted Tory [p4].  In fact, given the way the UK election system works, if only 18-24 year olds had voted, Labour would have been heading for 500 seats.  If it had only been those over 65 voting the Tories would have had over 400 seats. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Friday March 31, 2017 19:04 by Andrew   image 1 image
Inter city bus workers in Ireland launched widespread secondary pickets at 4am this morning. Solidarity from transport workers at the other services picketed meant that most of the country ground to a halt as morning rush hour approached, almost all trains, Dublin bus and light rail services did not operate. The action is a clear demonstration of the power transport workers hold because of their position in economies. read full story / add a comment
Dublin's main bridge was occupied
ireland / britain / gender / news report Thursday March 30, 2017 18:46 by Andrew   image 4 images
International Womens Day in Ireland saw thousands take to the streets in a sequence of 'in work time' protests under the heading 'Strike4Repeal'. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances and the protests were an attempt by pro-choice activists to forced the government to stop delaying a referendum to repeal the anti-choice 8th Amendment placed in the Irish constitution in 1983. Workers Solidarity Movement members took part in organising the day and in the aftermath produced a number of articles and videos detailing what happened. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday March 21, 2017 01:18 by Tomás Lynch   image 1 image
The occupation of Apollo House in Dublin was the largest direct action in Ireland in recent years, but it did not materialize out of nowhere. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / feature Saturday March 18, 2017 02:25 by Tomás Lynch   image 1 image
Aodhan Ó Ríordáin jets off to the States this week to try and crack America with his unique brand of hypocritical liberalism, trumpeting himself as an anti-racist icon in contrast to Trump’s policies of detention and deportation of undocumented migrants. Tómas Lynch takes a look at his record on the homefront. read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / imperialismo / guerra / cronaca Friday January 20, 2017 08:19 by Gianni Sartori
Dietro le recenti dimissioni del vice ministro nordirlandese i sintomi delle difficoltà e contraddizioni del processo di pace avviato venti anni fa read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Monday December 05, 2016 06:28 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Belfast: Just Books (22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ), 19th December @ 6:30pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Friday December 02, 2016 07:15 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 21:33 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cork: O’Rahilly Building (ORB 132), UCC, 12th December, 6pm

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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 20:48 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 20:42 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Tuesday September 20, 2016 19:31 by Brian   image 2 images
The Irish government's attempt to introduce domestic water charges in Ireland is not going well. In fact, for them it's been a disaster because it's sparked off a huge upsurge in working class self organisation and direct action. Saturday saw thousands of anti-water charges campaigners flooding the streets of Dublin o to again voice their opposition to Irish Water & water charges and as a show of strength for the movement. read full story / add a comment
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