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Protesters picket Labour conference

Hundreds of angry protesters have stormed Garda barricades at a Labour Party  conference.

Crowds of placard-waving campaigners broke through security lines to picket  the Bailey Allen building at NUI Galway, where the coalition party was holding  its annual party meeting.

The mob used a coffin draped in the Irish flag as a battering ram, chanting:  “They say cut back, we say fight back.”

There were reports of Gardai using pepper spray to hold the crowd back.

One 13-year-old protester from Ballymun said he was threatened with the  spray. “I’m here because I want to fight for my future,” said the young  protester. “I want to be able to go to college, but Eamon Gilmore won’t let that  happen.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/protesters-picket-labour-conference-16145013.html#ixzz1s2BoxJ20

then we get this news

MINISTER FOR the Environment Phil Hogan last night reiterated that the Government was determined to pursue all householders over payment of the €100 household charge and confirmed that local authorities would have a central role in pursuing those who had not paid to date for arrears and penalties.

Mr Hogan said more than 900,000 people had registered for the charge, and thanked those who had signed up to pay.

He added that, over the coming weeks, data protocols would be put in place to allow the Local Government Management Agency to draw up a comprehensive database.

Mr Hogan said the data protocols would allow the agency to contact State utility providers as well as the Land Registry and the Property Management Act to enable a thorough cross-checking to take place of those who had registered and paid to date and those who had failed to register.

The details will then be forwarded to the local authorities and notifications will be sent out to those who have yet to pay, reminding them of their obligation to pay in the same way as people are notified of their requirement to pay the charge for their TV licence, he said.

source: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0414/1224314730711.html


“Challenges facing the Irish economy” conference

National University of Ireland, Galway.

National University of Ireland, Galway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good afternoon,

If you haven’t already registered, there are just a few places left for our conference “Challenges facing the Irish economy”on 24 March in Galway.Entry is free but places are limited so it is vital to register asap to secure your place.

Please register with


This conference is aimed particularly atsocial media practitioners and will bring together journalists, academics, politicians, and business people with an interest in web-based technologies to look at some of the complex issues facingIreland’s economy.

 When:  Saturday 24th March at 11.00 am, with registration from 10.30 am

Where: Aras MoyolaBuilding, National University of Ireland, Galway

The internet is a powerful tool in communicating the economic challenges Ireland is currently facing. Social media and special web based tools all have a role to play in communication between the public and key decision makers. The general public has become much more economically-literate and informed since the beginning of the crisis – how much of this can we put down to increased accessibility of economists and their ideas online? And has it changed how academics and the world of politics interact?

These and other questions will be put on the table andProfessor John McHale (NUI Galway), Dr Aidan Kane (NUI GALWAY), Seamus Coffey (UCC) andRonan Lyons have kindly agreed to kick off the discussions. The conference will be hosted byMargaret E. Ward, financial journalist and author.


10.30 – 10.55           Registration / Coffee

10.55 – 11.00           Introduction / Welcome Margaret E. Ward

11.00 – 12.00            Professor John McHale

The fiscal challenge and the macroeconomic picture

12.00 – 13.00           Ronan Lyons

The Irish property market

13.00 – 14.00            Lunch

14.00 – 15.00            Dr Aidan Kane

The banking crisis

15.00 – 16.00            Seamus Coffey

The sustainability of Irish debt

16.00 – 16.15           Coffee

16.15 – 17.15            Panel Discussion – Challenges facing the Irish Economy

Moderated by: Margaret E. Ward

Panellists: John McHale, Aidan Kane and Seamus Coffey

Please see the conference website onwww.euireland.ie/conference2012 for more details.

For train times please go towww.irishrail.ie

Train 07.30 fromDublin arrives at 10.15 and transfers between Galway train station and NUI Galway have been organised, please specify in your response if this local bus transfer is needed as space is limited.

Press queries to: Steffen Schulz, Tel: 01 6341118

Best regards,

Sarah Pearcey _____________________________________________ European Commission Representation in Ireland Tel: +353 (0)1 6341 180 www.euireland.ie / www.twitter.com/eurireland www.facebook.com/euireland


As I am currently residing in Germany I am unable to attend this conference. I would be obliged if any of our followers are attending they might consent to perhaps sending in a posting ( a report) of this event.

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