Above: A selection of shots from the December 2014 Irish Water protest in Dublin by Bit Thornt. Today’s guilty verdict represents, if you excuse the pun, a watershed moment says Paul O’Connell, a Reader In Law at SOAS University of London. The regime has sent a clear message resistance will be met by a brutal police force and increased criminalisation. The right to protest has never enjoyed particularly strong protection in Ireland. The provisions of the … Read More
Here’s the The latest from #JobstownNotGuilty trial. A 17 year-old is due to hear today whether he will be found guilty of falsely imprisoning the then-Minister for Social Protection and Tanaiste, Joan Burton. You can read the teenager’s own words on it over on Bogman’s Cannon. Get down to the court this morning if you can. The verdict is due at noon today with a Rally for Justice called for tomorrow, Saturday 1pm … Read More
It feels like a lifetime ago that Brian Cowen slurred his words on the radio, the IMF landed and Bertie got collared outside the Dail signalling the booting they were about to get. Well it’s not been a lifetime, but it has been an “electoral cycle” as they call it. In this review of the Fine Gael-led coalition, Shane Ragbags takes us through how the Irish eventually learnt to hate the regime.
The protracted pantomime over government formation has somewhat overshadowed the gravity of what occurred in February’s general election. With regime support at historic lows, Oireachtas Retort looks at how some middle ground commentators continue to dismiss the movement against Irish Water. As soon as ballot boxes opened in February it quickly became clear that voters had delivered a kick in the teeth that neither politicians nor their media priests had … Read More
One particular Garda appeared far from gruntled as he threw a People Before Profit councillor backwards into barriers outside the Dáil.
Shocking scenes going on out in Kilcoole during a water protest. Watch this driver reverse into a man and then reef a protestor out of the way before pouncing on others. Not surprisingly, he escaped arrest – despite there being many boyz-in-hi-viz lurking around. Word online is that Niamh Brennan, the woman attacked was actually arrested for trespassing. What a topsy turvy regime this is. Political policing at its finest. Shure, … Read More
If your weekend became an involuntary sun-related roll-over, get yourself a choc ice this morning and catch up with the week in politricks as seen by Ragbags. Then return to the existential debate about whether it’s ever really t-shirt weather in Ireland. The never-ending media managing of government formation and Irish Water finally came to something of a conclusion. The super-multi-arse has risen, the ‘Fianna Gael Alliance’. Kenny and the … Read More
As the 32nd Dáil got under way today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused Sinn Féin of “showboating” when they tried to introduce questions about the abolishment of Irish Water. So all that stuff in the election campaign was just guff after all?
Joan Collins TD and twelve others face trial today for failing to comply with the directions of a Garda or obstruction. They could face as much as 12 months imprisonment.
With anti-water charge marches all over the country today, we joined up with Dublin 7 and Dublin 8 groups.