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There must be some way out of here: social movements and the crisis in Ireland

By: 
Laurence Cox of Interface Journal

Like its predecessor, 19th century robber-baron capitalism, disorganised capitalism knocks the stool out from under the formal representation of social movements in parliaments. Perhaps it would be better to state this in reverse: organised capitalism created the relatively brief conditions within which social movements (in particular the workers’ movement) could find a relatively stable presence within many western European party systems, but those conditions have been increasingly weakened in recent years, and the likelihood of movement parties emerging (as opposed to parties which originated in movements) is now much reduced. 

Posted Date: 
6 May 2011

Corrib protesters criticise 'aggressive' gardaí

By: 
Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

CAMPAIGNERS OPPOSED to the Corrib gas pipeline in Mayo have claimed gardaí used unsafe methods to deal with a protester this week and that another protester was punched in the stomach at Belmullet Garda station.

Two residents say they witnessed what they describe as a “very dangerous” operation, where a female protester had her ankles bound together with cable and her hands handcuffed by gardaí on the roof of a tractor, before she was taken down from the vehicle.

Posted Date: 
5 May 2011

INTERVIEW: Energy campaigner Padhraig Campbell

By: 
Áine Ryan, The Mayo News

OVER THREE decades ago he worked on offshore oil rigs. Not in the Atlantic but off Scotland in the North Sea. Since then Swinford native, Padhraig Campbell has been a passionate campaigner for the development and exploitation of our west coast’s rich reserves of oil and gas and for a better deal for Irish citizens.
Campbell, who spent his childhood holidays overlooking the vast ocean at Erris, has also been a strong critic of repeated government’s failure to even recognise this great natural resource, which could –  if managed properly – net our cash-strapped exchequer with billions of euro.

Posted Date: 
26 April 2011

Ó Cuív stunned at oil and gas licensing stance

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

FIANNA Fáil energy spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív has said he is “stunned” at the stance taken by Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte on energy resources.

Mr Ó Cuív, former rural, community and Gaeltacht affairs minister, has also said some civil servants in two government departments were “resistant” to efforts that he and former energy minister Eamon Ryan made to resolve the Corrib gas dispute.

Posted Date: 
29 April 2011

An Taisce calls on ESRI to focus more on the 'Research'!

By: 
An Taisce
Charles Stanley-Smith Chair of An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland was deeply critical of calls by the ESRI's John FitzGerald for Corrib gas to come on-stream in order to address energy security for Ireland.
Posted Date: 
29 April 2011
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