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Political upheaval in Ireland and the EU

Political upheaval in Ireland and the EU

How many times are we told that the European Union is about bringing peace and unity after World War II , apart from the irony that Germany , which was solely responsible for starting that war now has most influence through its majority MEPS and is in control of the finances through the European Central Bank in Frankfurt , unity and peace is far from the reality on the ground . Increased homelessness , unemployment , suicide rates and social unrest accross much of the Continent , followed by street protest after street protest . Large sections of society are clearly not feeling the Love , unity and peace
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Phillip Schofield story shows us gay people can live happy with opposite sex

Phillip Schofield story shows us gay people can live happy with opposite sex

Letter to Editor 16 September 2020 They say Love is more than just physical attraction . In February of this year , BBC presenter Phillip Schofield announced publicly that he was gay . Schofield had been married to his wife Stephanie for 27 years and had two daughters at the time of the announcement . Yesterday it was reported , he was converting the wifes garage into a Bachelor Pad and would remain in the family home which is worth some 2.6 million . The Scholfield story shows us that while gay people might be sexually attracted to the same sex , physical attraction and love are two
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Covid-19 recovery rates hidden from public

Covid-19 recovery rates hidden from public

Letter to Editor 12 Sept 2020 Every day in Ireland , the overall total of confirmed Covid-19 cases and Deaths is read out in our daily news Bulletins . Many people are wrongly led to believe that this is the number of people who currently have the Virus right now but actually it is the number of people who tested positive for the virus since the very start of the pandemic at the end of March and many of these people have since recovered and no longer have the virus . Unfortunately , the number of people who have the Virus "right now" is NOT KNOWN because
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From an Irish ex pat - thoughts on Brexit and BBC bias

From an Irish ex pat - thoughts on Brexit and BBC bias

Letter to Editor 31/01/2020 Hello good people. I am a Brit ex pat, presently resident in Brasil, where sadly Guinness is hard to come by. (hee hee) Born of Ulsterman Father and Dublin born Mother. Mixed religion. Aged 63 I witnessed many of the 'Troubles' in the North. I used to spend my school summer holidays on my Uncles farm in County Down. How times have changed. I too complained to the BBC about its' coverage of Brexit and its' so,so,so PRO remain stance. So much did I complain, I am now banned from complaining? The main reason the BBC banned me was
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Letter to Editor - Direct Provision and Asylum

Letter to Editor - Direct Provision and Asylum

Letter to Editor 20-11-2019 Dear Editor , I just wanted to write to you about asylum seekers and direct provision. Figures from the department of Justice show there were 3,762 asylum applications lodged in Ireland between January and September compared to 2,641 for the same period last year, an overall increase of 42% . The top 5 Countries of origin for asylum seekers entering
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Drogheda - Give up yer aul booze , Man goes Teecrazy in Tesco

Drogheda - Give up yer aul booze , Man goes Teecrazy in Tesco

Drogheda , Wednesday 21 October , Man goes crazy in Tesco smashing dozens of whiskey and wine bottles . The 33 year old man was subsequently arrested and appeared before Dundalk District Court .
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Watch - Galway Homeless are fighting back

Watch - Galway Homeless are fighting back

Homeless people in Galway have begun to mobilise in the City's Eyre Square to voice their frustrations with government . The homeless people were confronted by a number of counter protesters allegedly organised through Galway City Council . The protests follow news that the government has spent millions securing a new centre for asylum seekers in the town consisting of 30 apartments and 5 townhouses with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms , bathrooms and food hall where asylum seekers can get free groceries using a cashless system .
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Watch - Morgan Freeman Speaks Against Black History Month

Watch - Morgan Freeman Speaks Against Black History Month

Black History Month takes place in just Five Countries around the World . It was started in the USA by students at Kent State University Ohio and spread to the UK , Canada , the Netherlands and recently Ireland . In the USA and Canada it takes place in February while in the UK and Ireland , it takes place in October . It was started In Ireland in 2010 by the Africa Irish development initiative Ltd (AIDI) also trading as Africa History Month Ireland . The organisation is part of the New Communities Partnership based on Dorset street Dublin 1. The new communities Partnership describes
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Video: Two minutes silence for two homeless men who threw themselves into river Liffey

Video: Two minutes silence for two homeless men who threw themselves into river Liffey

Two minutes silence was held on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin on Saturday and a Wreath laid for two homeless men who commit suicide by jumping into the cold waters of the River Liffey in Dublin . Speaking at the event organised by the Anti Corruption Ireland movement , Dolores Webster aka Dee Wall who ran as an Independent Candidate for the Dublin Central Constituency in the general elections in February explained : we're here today on O'Connell Bridge for the two men who saw no future for themselves in Ireland , two homeless men thats not getting a mention anywhere from the likes of paul murphy , people before
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Video : Thousands take part in Anti Lockdown rally in Dublin

Video : Thousands take part in Anti Lockdown rally in Dublin

Thousands take part in Time for Change Rally in Dublin Saturday , 12 September 2020 . The protesters are calling for an end to Covid-19 restrictions .
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Events in France - a French Perspective

Events in France - a French Perspective
Letter to Editor 03/12/2018

As a French native living in Ireland for twelve years, I feel the information given to Irish people about the situation in France is incorrect, or biased. The root cause of the problems as stated in many Irish papers come from Macron’s politics and rises in petrol tax. But if it were only that, the French would cope with it.

In fact they endured more than that in the last twenty years, much more. But the French are practical and they tighten their belt as much as they could, until the last few weeks.What the governments did to the citizens is the proper way to cook a frog. If you throw a frog in boiling water the batrachian will jump out for sure. But if you leave the frog in a cold water and turn the heat gradually it will stay there and not realizing that it is too hot before it’s too late.And it’s nearly too late for the majority of the French citizens.

This is a country where working is not enough to have a basic living. My experience, as many of people around me was that we had to cut about nearly everything. Restaurants and nights out are a rare occasion, inviting friends at home for food and drinks is cheaper. Flowers for the wife? Forget about it. Too much money to spend. Toys for the kids? Wait for Christmas and so on. We can call that a frugal life. Every penny worth.

From my experience, even with qualifications and a good job I had to have two part time jobs to be able to complete the month like we say over there. French are paid monthly and a famous French comedian named Coluche (Who run into politics in the 80’s) said once: End of the month are difficult, especially the last thirty days. This is a reality for many.It’s difficult to work in a country where your wage is just enough to cover all the expenses. You just wonder why you have to work at the first place. Whats the point if it’s not enough to feed the family?

Today we have people who can’t afford the basics: food and home. This is a country where Les Restos du Coeur, a soup kitchen , gave in 2016-17 , 136 million meals, through 2000 spots. Since 1985 they offer over 2 billions of meals to people in need. Today it’s nearly 1 millions people who benefits from them, including 30 thousands babies under 12 months. And it’s growing up and up.The worst, or the best depending from which side you want to look at it, is that they are not the only one to provide food to the one in needs. It’s plenty of associations that help. In fact one in five French can not afford 3 meals a day. That’s embarrassing , In 2016, there were 8.8 million poor people in France, or 14% of the total population. The monetary poverty threshold in France was 1026 euros per month in 2016. This figure corresponds to 60% of the median standard of living of the population.

I could keep speaking all day long about all the social violence brought to a vast majority of French citizens. New taxes, increased taxes, Taxes for all but the richest. But speaking is over and now it’s time for actions. Macron rejects the violence encountered in Paris and throughout the whole country. But who throw the first stone? Not you Macron, you just throw the last one. The first was delivered by your predecessors: Mitterand, Chirac, Sarkozy, Hollande. You’re just one of them. Somebody who spit on the citizens, somebody who forget he must serve the populations and not the opposite. You deserve all the violence for the social violence you bring to the populations.You want to go green? French have no problem with that but explain and find a solution to all the people who can’t afford it. How to buy an electric car when you can barely change the tires on the one you own? This is not a simple answer. French love their country and are respectful with the nature surrounding them. And of course they understand the necessity to stop all this pollution. But at the cost of what?

The purchasing power of the majority of the population is falling down while the richest have never been so rich.C’mon...the joke shall stop . France is a great country to go on holidays, enjoying wine, fine food and beautiful landscape. This is a different place when you have to work and live there.Sometimes the devil can wear Prada.And we never forget that we have to leave the place better than what we found, by respect for our parents and our future generation.

Renaud Beranger
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Covid19 rally told Jedward advising government and NPHET raising the dead

Covid19 rally told Jedward advising government and NPHET raising the dead

A protest in Dublin against Covid-19 Lockdown measures has been told that while government were telling people to listen to the science and medical advice , it was busy listening to Jedward . Speaking at the 'Let Ireland Live' Rally outside the Dail on Saturday , event organiser , Justin
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Carrickmacross Priest warns Ireland moving towards "totalitarian" government

Carrickmacross Priest warns Ireland moving towards "totalitarian" government

A priest in the parish of Carrickmacross has warned that Ireland is gradually moving towards "a totalitarian approach to government were our freedom is being slowly stripped away from us" Addressing the Congregation at St Joseph's Church Carrickmacross Co Monaghan , Fr Seán Mulligan said Irish people are being denied
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Watch - Galway Homeless are fighting back

Watch - Galway Homeless are fighting back

Homeless people in Galway have begun to mobilise in the City's Eyre Square to voice their frustrations with government . The homeless people were confronted by a number of counter protesters allegedly organised through Galway City Council . The protests follow news that the government has spent millions securing
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Bill to allow children to change gender reaches third stage in Seanad

Bill to allow children to change gender reaches third stage in Seanad

A Bill to allow children of any age to change gender without parental consent has reached the third stage in the Seanad . The Bill will amend the Gender Recognition Act 2015 to provide legal gender recognition for children of any age without parental consent , and includes a provision
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France - Church goer beheaded and 2 others killed in Knife attack in Nice

France - Church goer beheaded and 2 others killed in Knife attack in Nice

At least 3 people have been killed while attending prayers at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice . An elderly woman is reported to have had her head almost severed by the attacker , another man was found with his throat cut while a woman who managed to flee to a
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Clondalkin : Vincent and Jackie Cosgrave apply for six storey Apartment development in Clondalkin Village

Clondalkin : Vincent and Jackie Cosgrave apply for six storey Apartment development in Clondalkin Village

Vincent and Jackie Cosgrave , the owners of the Sheldon Park hotel in Dublin , under the name Clapton Ireland Limited have applied to South Dublin County Council for Planning Permission to construct a five and six storey apartment development at watery lane in Clondalkin Village , Dublin 22.
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Cork - Gardai called over Direct Provision Prostitution ring in Millstreet

Cork - Gardai called over Direct Provision Prostitution ring in Millstreet

A distraught Mother in Cork has made public her telephone conversation to Macroom Garda station in Cork about a prostitution ring being operated from the Riverside Park Direct Provision Centre for asylum seekers on the Millstreet road. The mother said women from the direct provision centre are having sex in
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Lucan - Balgaddy Islamic Centre given green light from Bord Pleanala

Lucan - Balgaddy Islamic Centre given green light from Bord Pleanala

An Bord Pleanala has given the go ahead to South Dublin Maktab Limited for an Islamic cultural centre incorporating a Mosque , Minaret , Classrooms , Library , Bookstore , Apartments , Health centre and Restaurant on the Newlands road in Balgaddy in Lucan . The development which was initially granted planning
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Carrickmacross Priest warns Ireland moving towards "totalitarian" government

Carrickmacross Priest warns Ireland moving towards "totalitarian" government

A priest in the parish of Carrickmacross has warned that Ireland is gradually moving towards "a totalitarian approach to government were our freedom is being slowly stripped away from us" Addressing the Congregation at St Joseph's Church Carrickmacross Co Monaghan , Fr Seán Mulligan said Irish people are being denied
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Chilean Protesters make Devil Signs as Churches burnt to ground

Chilean Protesters make Devil Signs as Churches burnt to ground

The Devil's hand signal or Sign of the Horns formed the backdrop to violent protests in Chile on Sunday in which protesters toppled Christian statues and cheered as Catholic Churches were burnt to the ground . On Sunday , masked protesters in the Chilean Capital of Santiago cheered on
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Remembering Hunger Striker Terence MacSwiney - 100 years on

Remembering Hunger Striker Terence MacSwiney - 100 years on

It is not those who can inflict the most, but those that can suffer the most who will conquer I am confident that my death will do more to smash the British Empire than my release - Terence MacSwiney , Irish Nationalist Sunday marked the 100th Anniversary of
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San Francisco - Free Speech Organiser gets teeth knocked out in violent assault

San Francisco - Free Speech Organiser gets teeth knocked out in violent assault

A free speech event at the UN Plaza in San Francisco was violently attacked by counter protesters on Saturday afternoon . The free speech event organised by Team Save America was aimed at raising awareness of the censorship faced by Conservative voices on social media platforms such as Twitter and
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Drogheda - Give up yer aul booze , Man goes Teecrazy in Tesco

Drogheda - Give up yer aul booze , Man goes Teecrazy in Tesco

Drogheda , Wednesday 21 October , Man goes crazy in Tesco smashing dozens of whiskey and wine bottles . The 33 year old man was subsequently arrested and appeared before Dundalk District Court .
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Video: Two minutes silence for two homeless men who threw themselves into river Liffey

Video: Two minutes silence for two homeless men who threw themselves into river Liffey

Two minutes silence was held on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin on Saturday and a Wreath laid for two homeless men who commit suicide by jumping into the cold waters of the River Liffey in Dublin . Speaking at the event organised by the Anti Corruption Ireland movement , Dolores Webster
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Watch - Galway Homeless are fighting back

Watch - Galway Homeless are fighting back

Homeless people in Galway have begun to mobilise in the City's Eyre Square to voice their frustrations with government . The homeless people were confronted by a number of counter protesters allegedly organised through Galway City Council . The protests follow news that the government has spent millions securing
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French Mourn Loss of Teacher beheaded by muslim refugee

French Mourn Loss of Teacher beheaded by muslim refugee

Sadness fell over Paris and other french cities on Sunday as people gathered to mourn the loss of Secondary School Teacher Samuel Paty aged 47, who was beheaded close to the school in which he worked on Friday . The teacher , who taught history and geography at
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Charlie

Oct 29 , 12:22 pm
heartbreaking . another terror attack in france . this time innocent worshippers saying their prayers in Church . our thoughts are with the families of the victims .
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rasher

Oct 29 , 11:23 am
most people find it hard to go without food for a day never mind 2 months the courage of these men should never be forgotten . these heroes did not die so our country could be taken over by the German Reichstag , Their vision was A sovereign Independent Ireland .. 'we declare the right of the people of ireland to the ownership of ireland and to the unfettered control of irish destinies , to be sovereign and indefeasible' 1916 proclamation sounds like a good idea too

gav

Oct 29 , 8:59 am
the problem in ireland is that there is far too much political correctness , TDs are paralysed with fear to speak their minds on many issues and instead they conform to a manufactured view being pushed by powerful lobby groups .

gav

Oct 29 , 8:23 am
i see another two homeless people died over the weekend . A total of 50 homeless people have now died this year . enough is enough , Homeless Lives Matter
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Ivaus

Oct 28 , 1:29 pm
GIVING IT ALL AWAY- Patriots do not give away THE MOST IMPORTANT. All is feck all but maintain DIGNITY,HONOUR,LOYALTY AND BELIEF. These Patriots were PROUD PEOPLE, and every living soul in Ireland is living a life because of these MEN,WOMEN AND CHILDREN. These HUMAN BEINGS did the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR IRELANDS IRELAND,and yet at those times many were ridiculed AND SPAT ON,by TRAITORS. TODAY 2020, the same FU.KERS SPIT FROM HIGH,they know this and we know them. SEE IT AND BELIEVE IT, BUT
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Ivaus

Oct 28 , 12:58 pm
GIVING

gav

Oct 28 , 12:22 pm
true , we swapped westminster for brussels , never got to see his daughter grow up either

Wild Rose

Oct 28 , 8:47 am
The suffering these people went through for Irish Independence then we gave it all away to the EU .
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Mr D

Oct 27 , 5:45 pm
Both Terence MacSwiney and Joe Murphy were the longest lasting Hunger Strikers in history .
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uncle fester

Oct 27 , 1:31 pm
if hundreds of people are allowed into Dunnes and Tesco , why cant a few people attend mass on sunday . makes no sense.

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