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International Women’s Day Celebration

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Satharn 7 Márta, 2 i.n.

Ceiliúradh Lá Idirnáisiúnta na mBan

Women in the water resistance

Cainteoirí: Ann Farrelly (Sord), Cat Inglis (Baile Átha Cliath Thoir Thuaidh), Jessica Hughes (Fionnghlas), Carole Watson Purcell (Tamhlacht). Cathaoirleach: Betty Purcell.

? Teach Shéamais Uí Chonaíle (43 Sráid Essex Thoir)

 

Saturday 7 March, 2 p.m.

International Women’s Day celebration

Women in the water resistance

Speakers: Ann Farrelly (Swords), Cat Inglis (Dublin North-East), Jessica Hughes (Finglas), Carole Watson Purcell (Tallaght). Chairperson: Betty Purcell.

? James Connolly House (43 East Essex Street)

 

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Greek Reforms Submission as Presented to the President of the Eurogroup Today

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The following are the package of Greek reforms sent to the President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem at midnight Greek time, last night. 

Dear President of the Eurogroup,

In the Eurogroup of 20 February 2015 the Greek government was invited to present to the institutions, by Monday 23rd February 2015, a first comprehensive list of reform measures it is envisaging, to be further specified and agreed by the end of April 2015.

In addition to codifying its reform agenda, in accordance with PM Tsipras’ programmatic statement to Greece’s Parliament, the Greek government also committed to working in close agreement with European partners and institutions, as well as with the International Monetary Fund, and take actions that strengthen fiscal sustainability, guarantee financial stability and promote economic recovery.

The first comprehensive list of reform measures follows below, as envisaged by the Greek government. It is our intention to implement them while drawing upon available technical assistance and financing from the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Truly

Yanis Varoufakis Minister of Finance Hellenic Republic

I. Fiscal structural policies

Tax policies – Greece commits to:

  • Reform VAT policy, administration and enforcement. Robust efforts will be made to improve collection and fight evasion making full use of electronic means and other technological innovations. VAT policy will be rationalised in relation to rates that will be streamlined in a manner that maximises actual revenues without a negative impact on social justice, and with a view to limiting exemptions while eliminating unreasonable discounts.
  • Modify the taxation of collective investment and income tax expenditures which will be integrated in the income tax code.
  • Broaden definition of tax fraud and evasion while disbanding tax immunity.
  • Modernising the income tax code and eliminating from it tax code exemptions and replacing them, when necessary, with social justice enhancing measures.
  • Resolutely enforce and improve legislation on transfer pricing.
  • Work toward creating a new culture of tax compliance to ensure that all sections of society, and especially the well-off, contribute fairly to the financing of public policies. In this context, establish with the assistance of European and international partners, a wealth database that assists the tax authorities in gauging the veracity of previous income tax returns.

Public Finance Management – Greece will:

  • Adopt amendments to the Organic Budget Law and take steps to improve public finance management. Budget implementation will be improved and clarified as will control and reporting responsibilities. Payment procedures will be modernised and accelerated while providing a higher degree of financial and budgetary flexibility and accountability for independent and/or regulatory entities.
  • Devise and implement a strategy on the clearance of arrears, tax refunds and pension claims.
  • Turn the already established (though hitherto dormant) Fiscal Council into a fully operational entity.

Revenue administration – Greece will modernise the tax and custom administrations benefiting from available technical assistance. To this end Greece will:

  • Enhance the openness, transparency and international reach of the process by which the General Secretary of the General Secretariat of Public Revenues is appointed, monitored in terms of performance, and replaced.
  • Strengthen the independence of the General Secretariat of Public Revenues (GSPR), if necessary through further legislation, from all sorts of interference (political or otherwise) while guaranteeing full accountability and transparency of its operations. To this end, the government and the GSPR will make full use of available technical assistance.
  • Staff adequately, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the GSPR and in particular the high wealth and large debtors units of the revenue administration and ensure that it has strong investigative/prosecution powers, and resources building on SDOE’s capacities, so as to target effectively tax fraud by, and tax arrears of, high income social groups. Consider the merits of integrating SDOE into GSPR.
  • Augment inspections, risk-based audits, and collection capacities while seeking to integrate the functions of revenue and social security collection across the general government.

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Grassroots Strategy Weekend

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Gluaiseacht for Global Justice, We’re Not Leaving, ATTAC Ireland,

Third Level Workplace Watch, and Marea Granate Dublin invite you to a

Grassroots Strategy Weekend

Evening debate, Friday 6th March
All day workshops, Saturday 7th March

The Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Vibrant and spirited grassroots campaigns, including water and housing, have invigorated and energised people, movements and political actors in Ireland. Many of us now speak about austerity, neoliberalism, and the ruling elite that has lost touch with the majority of the people. We speak about and see the connections between the water-tax, the nationalisation of private debt, the housing and homelessness crisis, the scandal of direct provision, the crumbling health care system, trade agreements like TTIP, privatisation of public goods, services and national resources, the decimation of the community sector, the assault of structural violence and institutional racism, and much, much more. 


Still, this awakened public consciousness of how the powers that be operate and influence our lives is not yet visible in the collaboration of social movement groups who work on these issues.

Hence, we invite you to a weekend of discussion intended to establish what connects us

and to work out collectively if there are common strategies or projects we can pursue together to strengthen all of our movements.


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TTIP – What is it and Should we be Worried?

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TTIP – what is it and should we be worried?
 


 

A debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
with economist Constantin Gurdgiev and Frank Keoghan, TEEU President
 
Hosted by Joan Collins TD
 
February 27, 7.30pm, Wynns Hotel
 
 On February 27 at 7.30pm in Wynn’s Hotel, Joan Collins TD hosts a debate on the pros and cons of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Possibly the most talked about EU-US trade deal in a generation and still in negotiation, the TTIP sets out to create the world’s largest free-trade zone.
 
Setting out the reasons for opposing the TTIP is Frank Keoghan, TEEU General President and a member of the Global Solidarity Committee of ICTU. Economist and commentator Constantin Gurdgiev explains its merits while Deputy Joan Collins chairs the debate and the follow-up questions and answers session.
 
This debate is supported by Mandate, TEEU and Unite the Union
 

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LookLeft 20 is Out Now in Easons and Country Wide

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LookLeft 20 is in Easons stores and hundreds of selected newsagents across the country now. Still only €2 the highlights of this issue include:

Boiling Point – Dara McHugh takes a look inside the working class revolt over water charges from Donegal to Cork.

This ain’t no fairy tale - Justin O’Hagan takes on the myths and realities of the Northern economy.

Not afraid of the fight - Brendan Ogle has been to the forefront of organising the water charge resistance. Paul Dillon discusses the campaign with him.

No debtor solidarity - Éilis Ryan looks at Ireland’s shameful lack of solidarity with other debt-ridden nations.

Citizen Baby - Michael Taft outlines the need for a greater State role in supporting families, while Éilis Ryan and Gyunghee Park assess the damage done by bad policies.

Forum - Opinion from across the Left, trade unions and the feminist movement.

After the referendum – David Jamieson and Tom Morrison debate the Left’s next steps in Scotland.

The republican congress – Brian Hanley looks back at one of Ireland’s most iconic Left organisations.

Cycling ac ross the border – Jimmy Dignam takes a spin through the famous Rás Tailteann and republican cycling.

Women to blame - Therese Caherty looks at Ireland’s feminist struggles, past and present.

And much, much more…

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Seminar and Workshop on Precarious Employment

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Seminar: ‘Ethics in Higher Education: the increasing casualisation of teaching within a discourse of quality and excellence’, December 9th @ 2:00pm

Workshop: ‘Precarious Employment in UL’, December 9th @ 4:00pm

Both events take place at the University of Limerick, Engineering Research Building, ERB001

The seminar is open to all.

The workshop is for all those concerned with the immediate and long-term consequences of the casualisation of employment in third-level, for those interested in researching and highlighting conditions and related trends, and for those that would like to help fellow workers organise and act on the issue.

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Liechtenstein on the Lagan?

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A statement from the Workers’ Party

Liechtenstein on the Lagan?

It is rumoured that the Con-Dem government is about to introduce a lower rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland in return for an electoral pact with the DUP at the next election.

It is the contention of the Workers’ Party that the risks involved in the introduction of a reduced rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland are enormous and that even if ‘successful’ the benefits will mostly be felt by a tiny group of local investors, accountants and tax lawyers and a larger group of foreign corporations and wealthy individuals, many of whom will be tax avoiders rather than wealth creators.

The risks, on the other hand, will be felt by workers in Northern Ireland, who will have to face the consequences of a substantial reduction in the block grant and may see no meaningful return for this sacrifice. If expected initial  losses in the Westminster  block grant  of between £285 million  and £300 million are not offset by an increased tax take, job losses in the public sector will pay for a tax break for wealthy corporations.

All of this is taking place in a political vacuum in which working people have no effective political representation.The sectarian parties of all stripes are as one in agreeing that turning Northern Ireland into a tax haven is the way of the future. Time will prove them disastrously wrong for most people. A small privileged elite is looking forward to a windfall while for the majority the decline of living standards is set to continue at a faster pace than ever.

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Latest Issue of People’s News is Out Now

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The latest issue of People’s News is out now. Click here to download

Articles in this issue include 

Page 1

Water charges, the EU and TTIP

Water charges can and must be defeated by resistance and non-payment; but water as a human right must also be secured as a publicly owned and controlled resource……

Page 2

The Berlin road to an EU army

Prominent German think tanks and politicians have been repeatedly calling for the establishment of an EU army but recognise that there are obstacles standing in the way……….

Page 3

Kenny misleads Dáil on EU lawmaking changes

Weighting votes on the basis of population is…….. a power grab by Germany in particular, supported by France, Italy, and Britain, to increase the weight of the big states……..

Page 6

Big Tobacco wins judicial review on EU directive

The EUs recently agreed Tobacco Directive will be challenged in the European Court of Justice after cigarette giants won a judicial review to examine whether the bills provision for more health warnings and product bans is disproportionate and infringes the rules of the single market……………………….

Page 7

Belgian anti-austerity strike shakes new government

Workers from throughout Belgium converged on Brussels on 6 November to protest against the austerity measures of the new right-wing government of Charles Michel……………….

Page 7

Italian groups seek restoration of national currency

Ireland was not the only euro-zone country to get a letter from the European Central Bank……………………..…………

Page 9

“Dark, secret rooms, behind closed doors”Junckers murky past

Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the EU Commission, was the prime minister of Luxembourg for almost two decades. In that time he oversaw the growth of a financial industry that became a tax centre for at least 340 global companies, not to mention investment funds with almost 3 trillion in net assetssecond only to the United States……………….

Page 10

EU mission in Kosovo beset by allegations of corruption

The EU has asked a French academic to look at recent allegations of corruption against Eulex, its “rule of law” mission in Kosovo…………………..

Page 12

Mícheál Ó Loingsigh

Mícheál Ó Loingsigh, who died last week, was chairman of the Common Market Defence Campaign, the non-party group that campaigned against Irelands membership of the EEC in the 1972 referendum and provided the main arguments that were used by the various elements on the No side on that occasion. These included the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Labour Party, as well as both elements of the then divided Sinn Féin. He was also an active member of the Common Market Studies Group, which produced several pamphlets for the No side…………………..

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Summing up TTIP: An agenda for corporate plunder

The corporate jargon surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is about “protecting investment,” reducing “unnecessary” barriers and “harmonising” regulations that supposedly deter free trade between the US and the EU………………..

Return of the bondholders?

A talk to be given by Dr Conor McCabe of UCD School of Social Justice and author of Sins of the Father: The Decisions that Shaped the Irish Economy. The event is being hosted by the trade unions Unite and Mandate.- Wednesday 3 December

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Progressive Film Club: Films on Conflict Around the World

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Films on Conflict Around the World

Saturday 29th November 3.00 pm

The New Theatre 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2

Admission Free

www.progressivefilmclub.ie

  • “Mi Fink”: Make it happen – 3.00 pm
  • Road to Revolution – 3.30 pm

“Mi Fink”: Make it happen – 3.00 pm

“Mi Fink”-Make it happen! shows the process of community organization and resistance. This participatory action arose in the face of vulnerability to losing the land: one of the few things that keep the community united and free. Since the abolition of slavery in Colombia, the land has sustained the food supply and the economy of the Afrodescendant people of Villa Rica. Today the sugar companies dominate the area, planting sugar cane as a monoculture, thereby forcing out the traditional small farms of the region. Some families are resisting this eviction and the loss of their livelihoods. As a result, the life of Jota, one of the community leaders,is being threatend.

Road to Revolution 3.30 pm

Taking off from Istanbul, the “Road to Revolution” crosses some of the most tense territories on the planet – Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Tiago Carrasco, João Henriques and João Fontes will be determined to find out more about the lifestyle, culture and beliefs in those territories. Three journalists travel 15.000 kilometers and 10 countries in the Maghreb & Middle Eastern region, following the path of the Arab Spring.

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We Won’t Back Down: Statement from Communities Against Water Charges

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Statement from Communities Against Water Charges

We Won’t Back Down

On Monday the 24 November 2014 we expect four of our friends and neighbors to be committed to prison for exercising their right to peaceful protest. They are to be punished for failing to abide by a High Court injunction granted to GMC Sierra which requires them (and any other protester) to, among other things, remain at least 20 meters away from workers installing unwanted water meters.

This injunction, in spite of the High Court Judges claims to the contrary, obliterates any meaningful right to protest against the installation of water meters. For that reason protesters throughout Dublin, and the rest of the country, have rejected this illegitimate interference with their right to protest, and have continued their dignified resistance to the installation of water meters, and the water charges regime.

This injunction, and the expected imprisonment of our friends and neighbors on Monday, represents another attack on the people of this country, and on the right to peacefully resist and oppose the unjust policies of an unrepresentative government. In the coming weeks and months, we expect the establishment to engage in many more attacks on our movement, using the law as one of its main instruments.

For this reason, we have been working with groups around the country on building legal defence funds: this is a collective struggle for our basic rights and a better future. For that reason, any person that ends up in court for resisting this illegitimate tax and attempt to commodify the most basic of necessities, needs to know that they will not be alone, and we will stand with them. We therefore call on the Right2Water Campaign, it’s affiliated unions and the political parties that have stated their opposition to the water charges, to contribute what they can to the Peoples Defence Funds.

If, as feared, our friends are imprisoned on Monday we are calling for a mass, silent candlelight vigil outside of the prison they are committed to (most likely Mountjoy Prison in Dublin).

As the struggle against this unjust double-tax enters a new phase, and a beleaguered government begins to lash out with all of the means at its disposal, we will make it abundantly clear that fear will not carry the day in this contest, and that nobody who stands against this injustice will stand alone.

Communities Against Water Charges

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Peoples News: Where’s your mandate, Mr Bruton?

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The latest issue of Peoples News is available now. Click here to download.

Articles include:

P1. Where’s your mandate Mr. Bruton? Minister Richard Bruton and thirteen other Member State trade and foreign affairs ministers signed and sent a letter to Trade Commissioner Malmstrom and Commission President Junker last week in which they insisted that ISDS be included in any TTIP trade agreement.

P2. Ireland’s voting weight in EU law-making reduced by 150% since Saturday. Since Saturday, under the Lisbon Treaty provisions, Ireland’s voting weight in EU law-making was reduced by 150% and we have  lost our full-time commissioner.

P3. ILO study finds that TTIP would have significant negative effects

Official studies of TTIP are unclear about outcomes for employment  and income distribution but a recent study by Jeronim Capaldo, an Econometrics and Data Specialist with the International Labour Organization(ILO, finds that that the main existing studies of TTIP rely on inadequate economic models (of the CGE type).

P4. Peoples Movement Press Conference and demonstration. The Peoples Movement held a press conference and picket last week to highlight the fact that from last Saturday, Ireland’s voting weight in making EU laws fell from its present 2% to 0.8%.

P5. Children badly hit by EU austerity measures. Unicef has just published the most comprehensive study of the effects of the financial crisis on children in the OECD.

And lots for more…

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Left Forum Talk: “Cybersocialism”, by Dr Paul Cockshott

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Left Forum Public Meeting: “Cybersocialism”

Left Forum public meeting on the subject of “Cybersocialism”, by Dr Paul Cockshott of University of Glasgow.

The talk will explore questions around how a centrally planned socialist economy could be realised using mathematical techniques supported by advanced information technology.

For anyone who read the novel “Red Plenty” this should be right up your street.

Time: 7:30pm, Tuesday 18 November

Place: Unite Hall, Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1

Facebook event notice

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Resisting the Water Charges and Defending Our Right to Protest

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Statement from Communities Against Water Charges
Resisting the Water Charges and Defending Our Right to Protest

We are residents of a number of communities in Dublin North East. Over the last number of months we have come together to resist the installation of water meters in our areas, and to oppose this unfair double taxation that the government calls water charges.

For most of us, this is the first time in our lives that we have engaged in any sort of protest and have only done so because we simply cannot take any more of this government’s austerity agenda. At all times we have sought to resist the installation of these meters in a peaceful, dignified and resolute manner.

We are therefore appalled at the recent developments in how An Garda Síochána have policed our protests, and with the blatant campaign to vilify and demonise us that the government and Gardai, supported by segments of the media, launched in recent days.

They have claimed that Gardai are routinely assaulted at protests, and that our movement has been infiltrated by a “sinister fringe” or by “dissident republicans”. We categorically reject these claims. In recent weeks we have been subjected to heavy handed and abusive policing by the Gardai. Men and women, protesting peacefully, have been pushed, pulled and punched by Gardai. To our knowledge not one of our fellow protesters has been convicted of assaulting a member of An Garda Síochána, and violent protest is not something we would endorse or tolerate.

With respect to the claim that our movement has been infiltrated by sinister elements, we reject this also. We are the people on the streets, day in, day out, peacefully resisting these meters; we are mothers, fathers, parents, pensioners, workers and unemployed – we are not sinister, dissident republicans.

In light of these developments, we are genuinely fearful that the Gardai, at the behest of the government, are preparing to become even more aggressive towards our protests and to eviscerate our right to protest.

We therefore call on all of the people of Ireland to come out and support us this coming Monday, 10 November 2014, in Dublin North East. We fear that GMC Sierra will attempt, with heavy Garda support, to enter our areas and install meters that we do not want. It is our intention to continue to resist this unjust tax in a peaceful and dignified manner, but we fear that the decision has been made to strip us of a meaningful right to protest.

Each and every one of us has resolved to resist this tax and these meters, we will continue to do so in a peaceful way, but if we are to succeed we need the support of other communities. If we all stand together, we can resist these charges, retain water as a public good and human right, and vindicate our right to protest.

Communities Against Water Charges
communitiesagainstwatercharges@gmail.com
09 November 2014

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The 80th Anniversary of the Republican Congress: Its Relevance Today

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Public meeting

Thursday 13 November, 8 p.m.

The 80th Anniversary of the Republican Congress: Its Relevance Today

Speakers: Brian Hanley (historian and writer), Tommy McKearney (trade union official, writer, former hunger-striker)

Pearse Centre (27 Pearse Street)

Organised by the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum.

Déardaoin 13 Samhain, 8 i.n.

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The 80th Anniversary of the Republican Congress: Its Relevance Today

Cainteoirí: Brian Hanley (staraí agus scríbhneoir), Tommy McKearney (oifigeach ceardchumainn, scríbhneoir, iar-stailceoir ocrais)
Lárionad an Phiarsaigh (27 Sráid an Phiarsaigh)

Á eagrú ag Fóram Poblachtach Sóisialach Pheadair Uí Dhónaill .

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