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  • Rory Hearne: A Homage to Ballyhea: It’s time for Ireland to Say No! » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    tragedy and farce over the commemorations of the 1913 Lockout Derek Nolan a young Labour Party TD spoke in the Dail debate where he showed a dismissive attitude toward the Ballyhea campaign stating I have lost count of the number of times slogans and empty rhetoric have been bombasted as the quick fix solutions to all our country s very real ills Populist easy to chant slogans included Austerity isn t working Default default default Bailout the worker and so on Those slogans are devoid of meaning and are not grounded in economics finance or political reality So the Government believes it is unrealistic to expect debt forgivenes or debt write downs from the European Central Bank but it is realistic to expect the Irish people to accept the destruction of social and economic recovery push thousands more people into poverty destroy jobs force emigration and fuel mortgage distress in order to pay back this illegitimate debt It is economically ridiculous to think that Ireland s debt is sustainable It is morally wrong and unjust that this odious debt is expected to be repaid The continued imposition of this debt also makes a nonsense of the celebrations of Ireland s bailout exit It will trap us in austerity for decades It is an enforced debt slavery for us and our children The United Left TD Clare Daly s statement to the Dail on the debate is worth restating as it captures many of the issues that Ballyhea are raising In a Chamber i e the Dail noted for its brass necks tonight s performance almost beat all To have to listen to Deputy Spring Aurthur Spring Labour TD who is a former Anglo Irish Bank employee and who contested an election on a programme of Labour s way or Frankfurt s way ridicule this motion takes some beating This individual bragged about the Greek economy being on its knees and somehow thought that was something to crow about to his friends in PASOK but I can tell him there is nobody in Ireland who takes comfort from the situation in the Greek economy We stand in solidarity with the ordinary people of Europe whether in Greece or in Iceland when they stand up and say enough Last night the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government Deputy O Dowd when speaking against the motion said we follow through on our commitments and that this is the message we want to deliver to the international community What commitments and to whom What message do we want to deliver to the international community Is it that it can hit us with whatever it likes and we will bend even lower and take it That is not a message I want to deliver That is not our commitment nor is it that of the people of Ballyhay the student nurses the 100 000 young people who are now in Australia the 400 000 people who are still out of work the secondary school teachers the children with special needs the survivors symphysiotomy and all of the other people who have been shafted by this debt deal It is not a message people want to deliver It appears that the current Irish government have not pushed for any debt write down for Ireland Just like many wealthy nationalists did the bidding of the British empire when Ireland was colonised before so now their contemporaries in the Dail are bending over backwards to show that they are the good obedient children or perhaps more accurately colonial whipping boys and girls of our new imperial powers Germany France the European Central Bank etc The Government TDs continue to act as if the European Central Bank has been a friend of Ireland Let us not forget it was the ECB that refused us permission to burn the bondholders in 2010 which forced us into the bailout It is the ECB who continue to impose on us unsustainable debt levels which no doubt the markets will begin speculating on again in the future and we will see our bond yields rise again and be forced out of the markets and into another bailout The ECB are clearly not an independent institution but a tool of the big European powers They want us to pay back our debt not because of some principle of debt repayment but because it is going to French and German banks It was highlighted again and again by speakers at the protest that it is no accident that the politicians are not standing up to the ECB They and the wealthy and highly paid classes in Ireland are doing just fine and have no idea of the impact of this crisis They have their well paid secure jobs and do not want large scale protests or alternative politics or approaches that could jeopardise that cosy consensus The Ballyhea campaign also raises the question of what is the end game the purpose of all this austerity and debt repayments Our economy is unsustainable and inequitable dominated by an over reliance on foreign multinationals who are here because it is one of the most profitable countries in Europe A majority of people are affected by low wages insecure employment poverty unemployment and various forms of exclusion as a result of discrimination on class gender or disability Austerity has hit the poorest the hardest The European Central Bank private markets and bondholders are insisting we live in penury and debt slavery for decades to come Despite the demands for reform from the Irish public in the 2011 general election the political and state institutions remain as before the crisis began We have been failed over and over by our political and state institutions and our model of economic development Our youth are emigrating giving up on this country turning to drugs and suicide Notably there wasn t many young people on the protest Emigration is clearly a useful political pressure valve

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  • Tuesday December 10: And They Tell Me…An Invisible Crisis » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    Me which marks the number of women who have died as a result of male violence in Ireland from 1996 to the present day For more information see NCAD Gallery website For conference bookings email ritafaganfrc eircom net or telephone 353 0 1 4533938 Events Past Events News Other News October 2015 September 2015 May 2015 April 2015 February 2015 January 2015 Archive for 2014 Archive for 2013 Archive for

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  • Niall Crowley on Income Equality » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    good times The process has accelerated since the onset of the crisis with the top 1 further increasing their share of total income The luxury goods market has registered double digit growth every year since the crisis hit Politics at home and abroad are failing us The demand for equality from civil society or the general public is remarkably muted Take Switzerland by way of contrast They have just had a referendum as part of their system of direct democracy on a proposal to limit the monthly pay of the highest earners in Swiss firms to that of the yearly pay of the lowest earners The referendum was lost but a remarkable 35 of those who voted supported the proposal An earlier referendum on a proposal to limit executive salaries in companies on the Swiss stock market was successful with 67 support This will result in legal provisions to give shareholders a binding power of veto over the salaries of managers and board members and to outlaw golden handshakes to managers for joining or leaving a company and bonus payments to executives involved in mergers or acquisitions We are a long way from achieving such an outcome We are a long way from that type of democracy too Our debates on income equality have tended to focus on low incomes or on issues of redistribution These are important but there is a need to also focus on high incomes It is as if we somehow feel high incomes are high because they are deserved No one deserves the high incomes that are available in Ireland We do need a debate about high incomes at what point enough is reached and how high incomes could be curbed We could do salary caps This was set up for the banking world and

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  • Niall Crowley on the Financial Transaction Tax » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    on trading in bonds and shares and 0 01 on trading in derivatives The European Commission could not get sufficient support from the Member States to get this proposal into European law However eleven Member States have moved to introduce a financial transaction tax under a special enhanced cooperation procedure France and Germany are among the eleven Ireland and Britain have stood outside the group The tax will raise between 30 and 35 billion euro for the eleven Member States involved This is an important resource at any time a vital resource in these times when austerity reigns The tax will also serve as a curb on speculation and risk taking Short term speculators hedge funds and high frequency traders will bear the brunt of the tax The Irish Government is not interested It is hiding behind the threat of job losses However there is little evidence that the implementation of such a low level of tax would drive the financial institutions away How does financial sector lobby continue to have such influence in the Irish context Has the crisis not made our political leaders wary of this lobby and the agenda it might be pursuing There is no evidence that this is an agenda that has done or will do anything for anybody outside of the financial sector There has been little public or civil society outcry on this issue The Irish Congress of Trade Unions did pass a motion at its biennial delegate conference that Ireland should join the Financial Transaction Tax procedure They have also published The Case for the Financial Transaction Tax Claiming Our Future has convened a meeting of interested organizations and individuals to see if we could effectively challenge the Irish Government s decision to stay outside the enhanced cooperation procedure We hear a

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  • Sign this Petition on Public Participation in Irelands Renewable Energy Plan » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    This deems it non compliant with the Aarhus Convention access to participation We want a comprehensive public review of the Strategy We want no further plans or actions taken based upon this flawed plan We want the National Renewable Energy Export policy put on hold until such time as an inclusive Renewable Energy strategy is compiled Please sign our petition here https secure avaaz org en petition We want Public

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/events/latest/2013/11/19/sign-this-petition-on-public-participation-in-irel/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Event, 21/11: Food Sovereignty in Ireland » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    particular will struggle to make ends meet Fergal Anderson has been working on Food Sovereignty issues for many years including three years working with the International peasant movement Via Campesina in their Brussels office He is currently trying to build an Irish network for Food Sovereignty Joe Murray is Co ordinator of Afri whose goal is the promotion of global justice and peace and the reduction of poverty Joe organises

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  • Take Action: TDs must vote to destroy Anglo Debt » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    achieve this so we need to act fast Call email your TD today and ask her him to vote in favour of the motion to destroy the Anglo debt on Wednesday 27th November It is time for we the people of Ireland to break free of this illegitimate debt Anglo debt is not our debt Join us outside the Dáil on Wed 27th at 6pm to watch the vote live and let our political representatives know that we are watching and waiting for them to stand up for us Ask your TD to Stand up against unjust debt and to vote in support of the motion to destroy the anglo debt on Wed 27th Nov The motion will be debated on Tuesday 26th November and voted on on Wednesday 27th November The motion is being proposed by the Technical group of TDs in the Dail on behalf of the Ballyhea Says No Campaign The final version of the motion will be circulated in the coming days Events Past Events News Other News October 2015 September 2015 May 2015 April 2015 February 2015 January 2015 Archive for 2014 Archive for 2013 Archive for 2012 Archive for 2011 Privacy Acessibility Cookies Sitemap

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  • Community Workers Assembly, Liberty Hall, 1.30pm, Monday 18th November. » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    researcher and Ann Irwin Community Workers Coop Main speakers Patricia King Vice President SIPTU and Kevin Callinan Deputy General Secretary IMPACT Contributions from workers in Childcare Local Development Community Employment Youth Services Local Employment Services Family Resource Centres Addiction services Community Training Initiatives Disability and Health services and Northern Ireland The event is convened by the Community Sector Committee ICTU comprised of SIPTU IMPACT UNITE FIGHTBACK TIME TO MOBILISE JOIN

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/events/latest/2013/11/12/community-workers-assembly-liberty-hall-130pm-mond/ (2015-10-30)
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