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Ireland: Jobstown trial begins with setback for State prosecutors

On 24 April the biggest political trial in Ireland for a generation began. Seven people stand accused of ‘false imprisonment’ of then deputy prime minister Joan Burton during an anti-water charges sit-down protest and slow march in Jobstown, Dublin, in 2014. A 17 year old has already been found guilty of this charge in children’s court and a further eleven protesters face related charges in the future. A guilty verdict would hold a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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Ireland South: Solidarity strike action brings public transport to a halt

“Establishment worried working class is willing to stand up”
Speaking in response to the inspiring solidarity being displayed this morning by Dublin Bus and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit, electric rail system) workers in the Dublin, and Irish Rail workers across Ireland, for their Bus Eireann colleagues, Dublin City Councillor Michael O’Brien (Solidarity) said:

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Ireland South: Jobstown defendants face imprisonment for defending right to protest and free speech

State prosecutors attempt to gag Jobstown defendants.
Defendants in the Dublin #jobstownnotguilty court trails, the first of which are due to take place in April, face attempts by the state prosecutors today to gag their campaign, by changing the defendants’ bail conditions. Yesterday’s court hearing on the matter was postponed but today the defendants face being sent to prison because they refuse to be silenced and for defending the right to protest and free speech.

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Britain/Ireland: Dublin’s #JobstownNotGuilty

Defend the right to protest – stop this political vendetta! 
“We are more akin to a banana republic, and the rotten nature of the Irish state has been exposed.” These were the words of TD (MP) and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger in the Irish Parliament on 15 February as she rose to question Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny.

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Ireland: A web of intrigue sparks government crisis

Smear campaign against a prominent police whistleblower. 
Over the last number of weeks, the Irish government has been shaken by a controversy surrounding the outrageous smearing of a prominent Garda (police) whistleblower, Maurice McCabe.  At the core of this smear campaign was the charge that McCabe was guilty of sexual abuse of a young child.

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