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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

Human Rights, National, Protests

CMABS Press Release 18.7.2016

SURVIVORS TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST EXCLUSION AND DISCRIMINATION
AT THE INQUIRY INTO MOTHER & BABY HOMES
at 73 LOWER BAGGOT STREET, DUBLIN 2
ON TUESDAY AT 1.30 PM

  • FORMAL COMPLAINT TO BE LODGED TO INQUIRY
  • SURVIVORS APPEAL FOR LEGAL TEAM TO
    TAKE A JUDICIAL REVIEW
  • NORTHERN IRELAND’S COMPARABLE ‘HARTE’ INQUIRY
    IS MAKING IRELAND “LOOK RIDICULOUS”

Survivors from Mother and Baby homes and other institutions and homes associated with forced and illegal adoptions will picket the official Inquiry to such Homes for refusing to include ALL survivors. The survivor community has been sliced in two by the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry and thousands have been excluded. This wanton discrimination and exclusion is insulting and deeply hurtful to our aging survivor community.
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National, Protests

A cross party group of TDs have expressed concern at the jailing of two political activists, Sean Doyle and Eamonn McGrath.   Both men have been remanded in custody until the 21st of May and 24th of June respectively for taking part in a peaceful protest in Kilcoole. Sean was arrested after being assaulted by an individual in front of Gardai while his attacker went unpunished. The same attacker then viciously pushed a woman to the ground. The Gardaí present saw fit to arrest the protesters for trespass while they gently escorted the assailant away. No charges have been brought against this man. The continuation of the political policing of the Irish Water protests exposes the Garda, yet again, as a force used to protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people.
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National, Protests

The recent wavering on the issue of water charges by Fianna Fáil and the speculation on the future of Irish Water must be welcomed as the inevitable outcome of the unpopularity of Irish Water and the enormous popular movement, which has grown around the Right2Water campaign. But the campaign must continue until our key goals are reached, that is the abolition of water charges and a referendum to enshrine public ownership in our constitution to ensure water services can never be privatised.  If refunds are paid well and good, but the issue of refunds is a diversion from what is an important victory, the priority now is to ensure that people are no longer bullied into paying twice for their water. And those people who felt they had no option but to pay will have one less bill to worry about now.

IMG_3726People were not fooled by the spin that surrounded the establishment of Irish Water. It was clear from the start that it was a money-making operation, that would not benefit our water infrastructure, but would create opportunities for private investors to make fortunes out of a vital natural resource which the tax payer has invested in for generations. A resource, that is so important to our lives, our health and well being, that people were compelled to defend it and not allow it to be treated as a commodity or let it fall into the hands of private corporations.
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