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Joseph Loughnane cuts through the waffle to give us a plain proletarian english version of the recently published X-Case legislation.

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I’m paying just €17 a semester to the University of Vienna to participate in a Masters programme, writes Liam Duffy Originally posted here.

In 2011, the final year of my degree in public and social policy, my class had a seminar on funding third level education led by a PhD student who argued that the system of “free fees” (due to rise to €3,000 for 2013) was unsustainable. He argued more sources of funding had to be found, and should come from students, those who benefit most. His bottom line was that the State must cut exchequer funding of education for the good of the country.

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Cruss T. Anarcho Mc Professional Protester gives us a rundown of events so far at the Week of Action against Shell in Erris, Co. Mayo.


Rossport Solidarity Camp


In the rural parish of Kilcommon in Erris, North Co. Mayo, many had come from all over Ireland and further afield still to resist the highly controversial Corrib Gas Project. A week of action has been called by Shell to Sea at Rossport Solidarity Camp in Aughoose for the week of 21st – 28th June.

The first direct actions of the Erris struggle against Shell took place 8 years ago when 6 locals were injuncted and then 5 of them jailed for refusing to allow Shell onto their lands. In the 8 years that have passed there have been countless direct actions, dozens of arrests, about two dozen jailings and hundreds of people attacked by Garda or Shell’s security company IRMS.

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The impact of immigration and multiculturalism on Irish society has brought about some unforeseen challenges that need to be addressed, writes Méadbh Ní Dhuinn.


The OECD Reviews of Migrant Education Ireland (2009, p. 9) describes how “Immigration is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland. Between 8 and 10% of students in Irish schools have an immigrant background representing many countries, cultures and languages”.

Towards 2016: Ten-Year Framework Social Partnership Agreement, 2006-2015 advocates the need for a more inclusive, integrated education system. Within the framework it addresses the need for “increased provision for migrants at both primary and second-level” without reference to increased provision for non EU migrants accessing third level education.  In addition the 2005 report ‘Planning for Diversity– The National Plan Against Racism 2005-2008’ “mandates development of a national intercultural education strategy, and advocates for an intercultural school environment”. However, the policy stipulates that frameworks and provisions for equal access to education can only be guaranteed up until the age of 18 with little or no policy frameworks highlighting or adhering to the provisions of providing non- EU migrant’s opportunities of obtaining equal access to higher education.

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Alán Camilo Cienfuegos discusses the true legacy of the bizarrely beloved JFK.

It is 50 years since John F. Kennedy, then president of the US, visited Ireland, in 1963. And now, just as then, the media both here and in the US is replete with praise and admiration for the man, America’s first Catholic president, the great-grandson of Irish emigrants from County Wexford. The Irish Times piece of June 19th entitled ‘Flame transfer celebrates transformational John F. Kennedy’ is particularly illuminating in its quoted praise for the former president, describing a memorial service in Washington’s Arlington Cemetery on June 18th, at which the ‘eternal flame’ at Kennedy’s graveside was transferred to a torch, to be carried to Dublin and thence to New Ross in Co. Wexford by Irish Navy vessel, where it will light an ‘emigrant flame’ on the quay front. The ceremony is to be attended by Enda Kenny, President Kennedy’s daughter Caroline, and his sister and former ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith.

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Alán Camilo Cienfuegos writes about Obama’s latest appointment….

Barack Obama’s nomination of Irish-born academic and writer Samantha Power to the post of US Ambassador to the UN is yet another example of the increasing trend toward ‘humanitarian’ war by the US government’s hawks in sheep’s clothing.

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The surge of precarious and part-time employment, unpaid internships and false starts expose Ireland’s bad attitude to young peoples’ future, writes Ronan  Burtenshaw. Originally posted here.

IN 1913, thousands of Dublin workers found themselves locked out of their workplaces for demanding recognition. As we remember the centenary of that great struggle it is easy to forget that it was an employers’ offensive, initiated from above to close off a section of society from security and opportunity.

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A long time ago if someone was beginning to draw conclusions that all was not right with the world they might have bought a pamphlet or gone to a meeting, or debated with people down the pub or at work. Today unfortunately the path of least resistance for many people is to go on Youtube and watch some mental little video.

A few lads have told me that the problem with the world economy is interest-bearing debt. Everything flows from this and anyone who doesn’t highlight this, however radical they may seem on other issues, is either a coward or is in on the plot. They got this all from Youtube.

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James Falconer on the Butcher’s Apron, originally posted here  –

If one were to travel extensively one would see the British flag on many different objects throughout the world. These range from items of clothing, phone covers, wallets, bed sheets, bags/suitcases, mugs, umbrellas, food items, corporate TV stations etc. Is this flag simply fashionable or is there more to it?

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A Turkish student gives her account of what is happening in the country at the moment…

All my Turkish friends are up tonight. We are trying to get a glimpse of the news through a minority of TV channels which are not afraid of the government’s censorship policies. It started as a reaction to the destruction of a park. But then we finally remembered… and remembrance led to recovery… we recovered from our passivity and numbness: It’s been a steady process. At first the target was our founding leader, Atatürk, and his principles. Then came the universities; the youth was supposed to bend the knee to their policies. Then our morals were questioned; last week an announcement was made at the subway system in Ankara while a couple was kissing condemning it as an immoral act which led to a subsequent kissing protest a week later; and then it was alcohol; they banned its purchase and sale during certain hours. Lastly, it was a park filled with a bunch of trees… one of the few resisting the government’s capitalist policies… then we remembered… we are those trees; their policies aim to eradicate us, and we would not let that happen!!!

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