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Ireland To-day 23:10:2015

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Do these women look like they are going to harm Irish water or the garda? We are still standing here in ballyphehan, cork. Boycott Irish water.

The Ordinary people of Ireland are not putting up with the dictates of the puppets of Berlin!

IRELAND: The country’s busiest emergency departments go ‘off-call’ : Welcome to Austerity Ireland!

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation demanded that one of the country’s busiest emergency departments go ‘off-call’ last night as 40 patients were forced to wait on trolleys.

Just before 7.30pm, the union issued a statement claiming the number of people awaiting an in-patient bed in the emergency department in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital was extremely high for that time of the evening and “is set to increase further as the night progresses”.

“Of the 41 admitted patients, 18 are over the age of 75,” it said. “They have been forced to spend days on trolleys and chairs in frantic, bright and noisy conditions waiting for a bed to become available. The department is also short two nurses and it is impossible to provide a safe level of care to patients in these conditions.”

Lorraine Monaghan, INMO industrial relations officer, said: “It is unacceptable that in 2015 patients are subjected to such degrading, inhumane conditions when they are at their most vulnerable.

“This situation has continued to worsen with overcrowding levels up by 40% in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.”

“Our members are faced with intolerable workloads day in, day out which is taking its toll, physically, mentally and emotionally.

“The situation is exacerbated by a shortage of nursing staff as the hospital cannot recruit/ retain the numbers required.

“These totally unacceptable and stressful conditions prevent the nursing staff from providing safe care and cannot be allowed to continue. Therefore the hospital must go off call.”

The hospital said it “acknowledged and regretted” the difficult conditions.

“The hospital has been provided with off-call assistance this evening by Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to relieve pressure on the emergency department,” a spokeswoman said.

full article at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/beaumont-emergency-department-goes-off-call-360918.html

“There are 321 other cases of murder, corruption and cover-ups by Garda and no investigation” WHY ???

Hello Machholz,

My brother John Kelly was murdered on 16th of October 2008 and his death was never investigated, we are left devastated without any answers or closure. My Family had to investigate John’s death because we were being ignored by the Garda. We hired a Private investigator to assist with investigations, and we have un-covered vital information to lead to finding out who took my brothers life. We handed this vital information onto the Garda who choose not to follow it up!

We contacted the TV station in Ireland called Prime time they did a documentary about John’s death in 2009 just a few months after John’s death. Since then we have discovered shocking evidence that highlights this case even more.

We have written to the Minster for Justice who has said our case is being reviewed by independent panel of judges. Sadly my family is not alone in our quest for Justice , there are 321 other cases of murder, corruption and cover-ups by Garda and no  investigation.

Here’s the link for prime time that aired 4 months after John’s passing.

We managed to get Prime Time to do another documentary on the Independent review Mechanism the minister set up. Its been a year now and a lot of people are awaiting a response from the minister for Justice about our cases, we are one of the families left waiting. Please click on the link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYTTpI1Kc-8

Email campaign http://www.contact.ie/email-campaigns/demand-investigation-death-john-kelly

I share your absolute rage with what’s going on in our beautiful country.  Ireland’s Government from the top to the bottom is riddled with corruption and this has got to end!

We want to lay our brother to rest, get closure and grieve for the loss of him.
Can you help share our story please?
Kind regards

Emma Kelly

IRELAND TO-DAY 22.10.2015

Mahon Says No, are a group of working-class activists that for the past 12 months have been active in their community in organising resistance to the water charges and the installation of water meters. It is an organic group with no real formal structures – just local residents tackling a national issue on the ground at local level. 

Note: this is an opinion piece from a personal perspective, but, one which I believe is shared by many community activists around the country.

It was reported on the Evening Echo’s website yesterday (Wednesday, 21st October 2015) that a “special team to police protests against the installation of water meters” has been set-up by An Garda Síochána in Cork City and has been active since the beginning of this week. The stated purpose of this unit is to monitor protests in areas of Cork City where resistance to these unjust charges and unwanted meters has been most active. Garda Superintendant Michael Finn was quoted in the article as making a reference to protestors “interfering with and threatening” meter installers and claims that because of this there is need for Garda presence, while also acknowledging how Garda resources are being diverted from “regular policing” as such. As a founding member of the Mahon Says No anti-water charge group, which has been active in our community for the past 12 months in anticipation of the installation of meters, I would like to make the following points on the issue.

Community activists from Stoneybatter in Dublin and Mahon in Cork march together in solidarity and unity...

1 – Since the beginning of the mass opposition to the highly unpopular water charges there has ALWAYS been a sinister element of political policing which has lead to many arrests, spurious charges and even prison sentences handed out to protestors. The revelation of such a unit in Cork City comes as no surprise to many of us, and it is my firm belief that such a unit has been active for some time. Secretive politically motivated police units have always been active in this State and have a long history of harassment and repression of political activists. Case in point; at an event held outside the house of one of our members a few months ago where a number of activists from throughout the city had gathered for a “meter removal tutorial”, an unmarked Garda vehicle carrying known members of the “Special Branch” drove into the estate and proceeded to monitor those present for some time. Though this incident may be minor and seem insignificant – it clearly indicates the commitment of high ranking members of the Garda to impose fear and intimidation on those involved with resisting water meters. Furthermore it is proof that special units have been monitoring the activities of community activists for some time.

2 – It is claimed that this new unit will be made up of Gardaí attached to stations in areas where installation of water meters has met most opposition. It is safe to assume that this is in reference to the greater Ballyphehane area, where the local group have been engaged in Trojan work along with members of their community, but also in reference to Mahon, where our group has been highly active and visible in our community over the past twelve months. Other areas such as Mayfield and Gurranabraher are no doubt included in the jurisdiction of this unit too. With this in mind we do expect a Garda presence when Irish Water arrive in Mahon in the coming weeks, but we do not accept the claim that such a presence will be to protect the meter installers. Such as presence will serve only to intimidate protestors, frighten residents into not protesting for fear of arrest and to force these unwanted meters on our community. Therefore we will continue to call for non-violent resistance and peaceful civil disobedience to stop the forced installations of these unwanted meters. With this in mind we wholly respect the rights of the citizen to stand their ground as they express their democratic right to protest and to self-defence if they find themselves victim of physical abuse and harassment, which has befallen many protestors in the past year.

Mahon Says No activists on a recent door-to-door canvass - the response of an overwhelming majority of people has been positive and indicates that MAHON SAYS NO

3 – Both Superintendant Finn and also Garda Mick Corcoran, Garda Representative Association spokesperson for Cork City, have been quoted in the article as making reference to how Garda resources will be affected by this new unit, particularly in the areas where the members of this unit are stationed. This is a point which many community activists would also like to stress. In a time when many rural Garda stations all across the country have been closed for supposed lack of adequate resources, when our own local Garda station appears to be closed more than it is open to the public and when street crime in our City Centre is on the increase then surely there are much more urgent uses for Garda resources. The fact that such a project would have prioritised funding shows that the State not only fears the rippling effect of the peaceful anti-water charge movement on the political and social landscape, but also indicates their commitment to portraying the protests as lawless and the protestors as thugs. Given that most protests have been overwhelmingly without incident and well-natured, this lie does not carry much weight and the continued on-the-ground work of the community groups will prove as much.

Mahon, like the other areas mentioned, is a working-class community that has always bred activists that have stood up to political corruption and social injustices and inequality, and our community is full of wonderful people that are very proud of where we are from. With this in mind, and on behalf of Mahon Says No, we reiterate our commitment to fighting these unjust water charges and will continue to work within our community and in cooperation with other community groups to expose the corrupt nature of the drive to commodify our water supply and the financial blackhole that is Irish Water. We will do so not for any goals of personal advancement or to further the careers of oppertunist politicians, but for the love of our community and our commitment to building a more just and equal society for all.

Lar Ó Tuama

source:https://rebelcitywriters.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/a-community-activists-response-to-the-new-special-garda-unit/

EU requires Starbucks, Fiat pay back unpaid taxes

BRUSSELS–The European Union said it would require Starbucks Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to pay tens of millions of euros in back taxes after ruling that tax deals they negotiated with two European governments were illegal, in an unprecedented decision by regulators that risks blowing open thousands of corporate tax structures across Europe.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said Wednesday that tax deals granted to Starbucks in the Netherlands and Fiat in Luxembourg amounted to illegal state subsidies that must be repaid.

The investigations are technically aimed at the governments, which have been ordered to recover the unpaid taxes.

The sums to be reclaimed are modest–amounting to between EUR20 million ($22.6 million) and EUR30 million for each company. And Wednesday’s decisions are widely expected to be appealed at the EU’s courts in Luxembourg, a process that can take years.

But experts said the probes have already created a chill in corporate board rooms across the continent. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of companies have used Luxembourg’s holding-company rules to reduce their tax burden from the country’s official 29% rate to almost nothing, according to documents disclosed last year by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

“Any company that has a favorable tax agreement with Luxembourg in the past should seek advice and review it,” Heather Self, a partner at London-based law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, said. “They may wish to consider a compromise now rather than wait to be on the receiving end of a full EU investigation.”

The EU’s move could also have repercussions for investment and deals in Europe, as investors fret about higher future taxes and uncertain past liabilities, experts said.

“I definitely think it will dampen investment in Europe [because] uncertainty is the biggest enemy of deals,” said Robert Willens, a corporate tax adviser in New York and former managing director at Lehman Brothers. “It will certainly affect valuations. If taxes are higher going forward that will affect the value of the potential merger partner.”

“There will be some cases where funds are making acquisitions and need to bring money out [of Europe] in a tax efficient way that are being called into question,” said Neal Todd, a corporate tax partner with London-based law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The biggest pending deal is an initial agreement between Belgium-based AB InBev to buy London-based SABMiller PLC for GBP68 billion ($105 billion). The two companies have tentatively agreed to a deal but are working out details. AB InBev is based in Leuven, Belgium, and EU regulators are separately probing a Belgian tax discount that has benefited AB InBev and a number of other Belgian-based multinationals.

The two brewers are “so focused on synergies and business benefits that they’re probably willing to take that risk,” Mr. Willens said. But “in other cases where the desire to do a deal is not so intense, [the EU’s decisions] would have an effect,” he said.

At a news conference Wednesday, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said she may open more probes if she suspects that EU rules are being violated. She said the tax deals for Fiat and Starbucks “shifted profits from one company to another in the same group, with no valid economic justification.”

“Our decisions today show that artificial and complex methods endorsed by tax rulings cannot mask the actual profits of a company, which must be properly and fully taxed,” Ms. Vestager said.

EU regulators are working on three similar investigations involving Apple Inc. in Ireland and Amazon.com Inc. in Luxembourg, as well as the Belgian tax discount involving AB InBev. It isn’t yet clear when those cases will be decided. All companies have denied receiving special treatment, and the governments have denied giving it.

full article at source:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/eu-requires-starbucks-fiat-pay-back-unpaid-taxes-2015-10-21

Focus Ireland calling!

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Up-date from Celtic Druid Temple – Ireland’s Druidschool

Declare as a Freeman / Freewoman / Human Being.

Introducing the Celtic Pagan Photo ID Card. A custom printed plastic photo id card valid for 3 years, giving a unique membership number for each member where each member can identify and declare as a freeman / woman / human being.

Each member is a sovereign, a free person that will not be ruled or enslaved, being self-reliant, self-sufficient, independent person of any sexual orientation or preference, of any race that is self-directed, self-disciplined and self-governed. A freeman / freewoman / human being believes that our rights come not from man-made governments but from Nature as Supreme Being and that all are responsible and accountable for our own actions.

Expected annual membership subscription is a minimum of €10, but for €50 you get three year’s membership subscription and a photo ID card with your freeman / woman / human being name and your own address as a Sovereign in the country you reside in. These Celtic Pagan ID cards are available to Celtic Pagans worldwide.

http://www.celticdruidtemple.com/membership.html

Italian Central Bank Chief (And ECB Council Member) Probed Over Corruption, Fraud, & Abuse Of Office

As the world places its ‘life’ in the hands of a few unelected members of ivory tower trusting them to centrally plan the global utopia, that faith may be shattered by Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco. As Bloomberg reports, Visco and seven other people were place under investigation according to chief prosecutor. While the statement does not list allegations, court documents reveal alleged corruption, fraud, and abuse of office.

As Bloomberg details,

 Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco is under investigation in a probe regarding the 2013 placement of Banca Popolare di Spoleto SpA in special administration, according to a court document obtained by Bloomberg News.

“The Bank of Italy is not aware of any initiative by judicial authorities,” the central bank said by e-mail earlier Tuesday, commenting on an article by newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano which reported that Visco is among those being probed. A spokeswoman for Visco declined to comment further.

Prosecutors in the central Italian town of Spoleto are investigating Visco for alleged corruption, fraud and abuse of office, according to a Sept. 11 court document that lists several people under investigation. The bank’s former special administrators are also being probed, according to the document. Prosecutor Gennaro Iannarone said in an e-mailed response to questions that he’s not allowed to speak to the press on such matters.

Popolare Spoleto was put under special administration in February 2013 by the Finance Ministry following a request by the central bank. The lender was then sold to Banco di Desio e della Brianza SpA. Italy’s Council of State ruled last year that Popolare Spoleto should not have been put under special administration, prompting complaints by some of the lender’s shareholders.

full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-21/italian-central-bank-chief-and-ecb-council-member-probed-over-corruption-fraud-abuse

 

The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Swallowed By Nature :

Some of the cars have entirely disappeared in the wild grass - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski travelled to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last month to see the location with his own eyes. When he obtained permits to enter the roughly 20km (12.5 mile) Exclusion Zone, he was confronted with a scene similar to one from a post apocalyptic film. Podniesinski previously photographed the area around the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

“It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans,” writes Podniesinski on his website. He undertook the project so that he could draw his “own conclusions without being influenced by any media sensation, government propaganda, or nuclear lobbyists who are trying to play down the effects of the disaster, and pass on the information obtained to as wider a public as possible.”

Abandoned vehicles are slowly swallowed up by nature on a stretch of road near the power plant
Abandoned vehicles are slowly swallowed up by nature on a stretch of road near the power plant - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Some of the cars have entirely disappeared in the wild grass
Some of the cars have entirely disappeared in the wild grass - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Podniesinski shows a radiation reading of 6.7 uSv/h
Podniesinski shows a radiation reading of 6.7 uSv/h - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

A chained-up motorcycle is slowly absorbed into the field
A chained-up motorcycle is slowly absorbed into the field - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

These contaminated televisions were collected and piled up as part of the cleaning efforts
These contaminated televisions were collected and piled up as part of the cleaning efforts - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Cobwebs hang above the scattered products in this abandoned supermarket
Cobwebs hang above the scattered products in this abandoned supermarket - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Another photo from within a supermarket feels eerily similar to those from post-apocalyptic movies
Another photo from within a supermarket feels eerily similar to those from post-apocalyptic movies - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

This abandoned computer lab covered in animal droppings is from a village near the plant
This abandoned computer lab covered in animal droppings is from a village near the plant - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

A dining table with portable cookers ready to prepare food looks like it was left in haste
A dining table with portable cookers ready to prepare food looks like it was left in haste - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

These go-karts have had their last race in an entertainment park located within the 12.5mile exclusion zone
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Musical instruments including a piano litter the floor of this classroom
Musical instruments including a piano litter the floor of this classroom - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

The earthquake which started the tsunami damaged buildings as well
The earthquake which started the tsunami damaged buildings as well - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

These bicycles were left behind when residents fled
These bicycles were left behind when residents fled - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Classes were interrupted mid-lesson by the disaster
Classes were interrupted mid-lesson by the disaster - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

An empty arcade, now without patrons
 An empty arcade, now without patrons - Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

full article at source:http://www.travelthewholeworld.org/2015/10/never-before-seen-images-reveal-how-the-fukushima-exclusion-zone-was-swallowed-by-nature.html

Evil must be confronted everywhere, even amongst so called FRIENDS!

By Thomas Aengus O Cléirigh

I am not a member of People before profit and have never spoken to Mr; Boyd Barrett: I take my hat off to this man for his public service in this video: Most of us normal ordinary people NEVER get close enough to ask the Israeli Ambassador these questions: I am appalled at the hypocrisy of our Government as they wine and dine this Ambassador of one of the most brutal raciest regimes in the world today! Daily killings of civilians and children: This State is an affront to all decent people of the world: Shout from the roof tops the crimes committed by this murdering state: We do not support our government in their attempt to wash the blood of this ambassadors’ masters! Evil must be confronted everywhere, even amongst so called FRIENDS!

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