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Human Rights, National


 Thursday, 29th September 2016

Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment Outlines ‘Serious Concerns’ with Citizens’ Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly must consult widely with medical, legal and human rights experts and report back to the Oireachtas by February 2017.  That’s according to the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, which held an event in Dublin this morning (29.09.16) to highlight its concerns about how the Assembly will conduct its work.

Speaking at the event, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, said: “We have serious concerns about the Citizens’ Assembly, and we are appealing to its members to take these on board.

“First of all, we believe it is imperative that the Assembly consults widely with medical, legal and human rights experts, both nationally and internationally.  And, above all, there must be a recognition that the ultimate experts in this debate are women themselves.  The abortion debate has, for too long, been ruled by emotions; it now needs to be informed by expertise, experience and facts.
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Dáil Debates, Economy, International, National

Foreign Affairs, National, Protests

By Edward Horgan

A US war plane a Hercules C130 landed at Shannon on Friday and was still there at noon on Saturday. This is a description of this particular version of the C130 from the internet:

“C-130J-30 Super Hercules, the C-130J-30 is a stretch version of the C-130J. The C-130J-30 adds 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space (two more pallets of equipment) in the cargo compartment. Maximum Allowable Payload 44,000 pounds (19,958 kilograms)”

Hercules C-130J-30 at Shannon Airport 3/09/2016

Hercules C-130J-30 at Shannon Airport 3/09/2016

It was still at Shannon at noon on Saturday 3 Sept. I thought it looked a bit longer than usual when I saw it at Shannon today. The question we must ask is: What is a US military aircraft capable of carrying almost 20,000 Kilograms of military material doing at Shannon airport, if it is not on military operations, not on military exercises, not carry weapons or munitions, as we are continuously told by the Irish and US Governments. Perhaps it is carrying Apples for Apple Computers???

We are being lied to by our Government almost on a daily basis on this issue.
Please attend our Shannonwatch monthly peace vigils to protest at Irish complicity in US war crimes in the Middle East, that have caused up to two million deaths, and created the greatest global refugee crisis since World War 2.

On the weekend of 8/9 October especially, there will be a weekend of protests at Shannon airport organised by Shannonwatch, supported by other peace groups including Galway Alliance Against War, PANA Peace and Neutrality Alliance, IAWM Irish Anti war Movement and AFRI. More on this later. We must stop this complicity with War Crimes

Economy, National

Namaleaks is a project that seeks to uncover possible injustice and poor practice related to NAMA (National Asset Management Agency) and financial institutions in Ireland.

It is directed by Mick Wallace TD and the Namaleaks team includes Cormac Butler (financial consultant), Clare Daly TD, Frank McDonald (Irish Times journalist) and Julien Mercille (University College Dublin academic). It has been developed in collaboration with the Freedom of the Press Foundation and experts who work extensively with whistleblower Edward Snowden. They are world leaders in creating secure and anonymous systems for whistleblowers.

Please contact us if you have relevant information. Whether you are an insider with confidential information, someone who has been evicted from your house unjustly, or know something else of relevance to the project, we would like to hear from you.  See link below for the new website.