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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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High Court London warns of Orwellian Thought Police as it upholds freedom of speech

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High Court London warns of Orwellian Thought Police as it upholds freedom of speech
Harry miller who was hounded by police for views he expressed on twitter vindicated by London High Court
A High court judge in London , Justice Julian Knowles has likened the behaviour of Police in Humberside to the Gestapo for hounding a local Businessman over views he expressed on his Twitter account which offended a Transgender woman . 

In January 2019 , Harry Miller , a businessman and former police officer from Lincolnshire was reported to Police by a Transgender woman (Mrs B) who came accross tweets posted by Mr Miller which were critical of transgender issues . Mrs B reported the tweets to Humberside Police as ‘transphobic’ . The messages were recorded by Humberside Police as a ‘non-crime hate incident’. Later , A Police officer (PC Gul) called to Mr Miller’s place of work to interrogate him about them . Mr Miller wasn't present and subsequently spoke to PC Gul over the phone where Mr Miller was warned he could face criminal prosecution if he continued expressing those views . In a witness statement to the Court Mr Miller described the phone call with PC Gul.. "I asked for, and received, confirmation that neither the verse, nor any of the other alleged 30 tweets, were criminal. I then asked PC Gul why he was wasting my time. PC Gul said ‘I need to check your thinking’ ".

Mr Miller subsequently took High Court Proceedings against Humberside Police claiming their actions interfered with his right under Article 10(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights to express himself freely . The Article provides that .. "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers" 

In his court ruling Justice Julian Knowles said the police's actions "had a chilling effect" on Mr Miller's right to freedom of expression and likened the police actions to that of the Gestapo ...
 
The effect of the police turning up at his place of work because of his political opinions must not be underestimated. To do so would be to undervalue a cardinal democratic freedom. In this country we have never had a Cheka, a Gestapo or a Stasi. We have never lived in an Orwellian society. Warning the Claimant that in unspecified circumstances he might find himself being prosecuted for exercising his right to freedom of expression on Twitter had the capacity to impede and deter him from expressing himself on transgender issues. In other words, the police’s actions, taken as a whole, had a chilling effect on his right to freedom of expression. That is an interference for the purposes of Article 10(1). Overall, given the importance of not restricting legitimate political debate, I conclude that Mrs B’s upset did not justify the police’s actions towards Mr Miller including turning up at his workplace and then warning him about criminal prosecution, thereby interfering with his Article 10(1) rights 

Throughout his judement , Justice Julian Knowles made reference to quotations of interest regarding freedom of expression including one from English philosopher John Stuart Mill who wrote ... "If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind" . Also referenced by the Judge was George Orwell's unpublished introduction to Animal Farm (1945) in which Orwell wrote ... "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear" . Also referenced was Orwell's Novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" in which a secret police hunt down and punish "thoughtcrime" in a superstate called Oceania .


Justice Knowles was also critical of Mrs B who reported Mr Miller to police .. 
 
I hesitate to be overly critical of Mrs B, given she has not given evidence, but I consider it fair to say that her reaction to Mr Miller’s tweets was, at times, at the outer margins of rationality. For example, her suggestion that Mr Miller would have been anti Semitic eighty years ago had no proper basis and represents an extreme mindset on her behalf. Equally, her statement that if Mr Miller wins this case, transgender people will have to ‘kiss their rights goodbye’ was simply wrong. The Equality Act 2010 will remain in force. The evidence of Professor Stock shows that Mr Miller is far from alone in a debate which is complex and multi-faceted. Mrs B profoundly disagrees with his views, but such is the nature of free speech in a democracy. Professor Stock’s evidence demonstrates how quickly some involved in the transgender debate are prepared to accuse others with whom they disagree of showing hatred, or as being transphobic when they are not, but simply hold a different view. Mrs B’s evidence would tend to confirm Professor Stock’s evidence 


The Full transcript of the Court Ruling is available here - https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/miller-v-college-of-police-judgment.pdf 
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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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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
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Clondalkin - Local Anger with Bord Pleanála over Controversial Apartment Decision

Clondalkin - Local Anger with Bord Pleanála over Controversial Apartment Decision

A decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission to San Guida Properties Ltd (Directors Alan Brunton , Frank Keogh , Eddie Kent) for Demolition of the two storey house known as 'San Guida' and the construction of a four storey apartment block close to the historic village centre of clondalkin
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Opinion : Proposed PBP Birthright Citizenship Bill grave consequences for Ireland

Opinion : Proposed PBP Birthright Citizenship Bill grave consequences for Ireland

On Thursday , Mick Barry TD for people before profit brought a Bill before Dail Eireann to re-introduce Birthright Citizenship to Ireland. Barry's Bill entitled "the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Bill 2020" was described by Barry in the Dail as being .... "inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement
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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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full credit to Harry Miller for taking this matter to court and to the judge for defending freedom of speech . We have the same kind of whingers like MrsB here , I wont name any names but they dont like anyone to disagree with them or express a different point of view and would be only to happy to phone the police because they didn't like someones tweet or whatever thus wasting valuable police time and resources . I personally believe that a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman and thats final , others can disagree but rest assured , I wont be phoning any police
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great victory for free speech . there's an excellent interview with miller here -
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Good input Justme,The Bull and Fionnuala. Free Speech,dialogue,
conversation,interaction,freedom of expression,debate,argument, lateral
thinking,outside the box,exploration,creative ideas, yes the list is
endless,better than smoldering bitterly in silence or being too scared
To Have The Courage Of Your Convictions, EVEN WHEN PEOPLE
DISAGREE WITH YOUR COMMENTS..maybe that's why it's free ?   
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Great article & Subject Charlie, Thank You.

It astonishes me to think that humankind has in fact regressed to such a point. In fact free speech once treasured by ALL peoples of all nations, is now somehow a dirty word, a dirty act seen as nothing more than fascist attempts at upsetting the norm!, no matter that the so called norm is something that is being forced down the throats of every nation.

I also can not help wondering if the outcome would have been the same if Mr Miller had in fact NOT been a former Police Officer. Don't get me wrong I admire Mr Miller greatly for his stance, but someone less educated in LAW, might have found themselves feeling under direct threat from the words, "We are just checking your thinking" which was stated to Mr Miller when an Officer phoned him.

We are I am afraid, only a few steps away from total authoritarian societies, where indeed YOUR thinking will be checked, Your words checked and your opinions penalized!. THE GREAT IRONY being that the very same governments, bodies (UN, EU)who are driving such change, ONCE humiliated openly, Mocked even, former Communist leaders and their governments and peoples for the VERY same thing!.
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freedom of expression is the bedrock on which every democratic society operates . But Sadly it is under attack in many western countries today by Neo Communist elements who have considerable power over many political Institutions . We all have a duty to call these people out and stand strong against communism both in Ireland , the UK and wherever we find it . thankfully the Judiciary appear to be aware of the threat
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Hi Bull,

I must admit that I find myself in total agreement with you 99.9% of the time, on this occasion I find myself equally in agreement with your comments here. It is often so easy nowadays to look the other way, to agree for the sake of agreement or to avoid something for avoidance sake.

But like you, I believe that it is the duty of every Irish man and woman to stand against anything and everything that is harmful to our Country, Society, our children, our Police Service (Garda) our education, Judicial & Health care systems & our Constitution to mention but a few.
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its at the stage now where you cant even open your mouth without the "phobic" label being used .

its ridiculous . thinking something doesn't make it ture , I could think I'm a dog ,Should we change all our laws to accommodate my thinking . for example should I require a dog license ?? ... likewise , thinking your the opposite sex doesn't make that true either and it certainly shouldn't be obligatory to agree with someone who thinks they are
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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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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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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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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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Drogheda - Give up yer aul booze , Man goes Teecrazy in Tesco

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

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Watch - Galway Homeless are fighting back

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Watch - Morgan Freeman Speaks Against Black History Month

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

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