Anarchism and the
We should not create a false choice between anarchism and environmentalism but rather ask what sort of environmental theory and action should anarchists favour on the one hand and on the other explain why any environmentalist should also be a class struggle anarchist.
Anarchism, greens and all that
A review of the Anarchist Communist Federation pamphlet, Where there's brass there's muck
Letter...Muck, Brass and Green Bans
In your review of "Where There's Brass there's Muck", you mention the successful "Green Bans" of the Builders Labourers Federation of New South Wales.
Popular Response to Shell's
Pipeline Shows Way Forward
Over the Summer in a small corner of Mayo a mass campaign of non-violent direct action systematically, and in part spontaneously, shut down a major development being carried out by several multi-national corporations and the state.
People Power Confronts
The jailing of 5 Rossport men for refusing to allow Shell to install a potentially lethal pipeline has suddenly focussed attention on the whole project. But it has done more than highlight safety issues. It has highlighted the cosy relationship between business and the Irish State.
Class, Ecology and the bin
As long as we live in a world ruled by a small elite that not only has the wealth to escape from environmental degradation but actually makes a bigger profit by not doing anything about it the 'environmental problem' will never be solved
More more on this issue see our bin tax archive
Swedish and Finnish Commuters
Take Direct Action for Free Public Transport
In Stockholm, Gothenburg and Helsinki commuters are taking the initiative in the fight for decent, free public transportation. Here Oisín Mac Giollamóir interviews Anna from the planka.nu campaign.
working conditions under attack
Reduce wage costs, increase fares, cut back on less used routes. That's the plan for the bus service. Airport workers are also looking at worsening conditions with the threatened break up of Aer Rianta
We get to live with the delays and the brunt of pollution, road accidents and traffic jams. So it is in our interests to press for change. We must press for transport that is people and environment friendly.
Politics of the car
With growing traffic jams, longer journeys to work and increasing road deaths Aileen O'Carroll makes a contribution to the debate about how to get out of this mess.
Trains, planes &
The Irish rail network is now close to disintegration according to CIE's own chief executive Michael McDonnell.
The Plight of
Since August 2002 the site of the 800 year-old castle has been occupied by a group of activists in an attempt to stop the extension of the M50 will almost totally obliterate and eventually condemn to memory the site, which is of vast archaeological significance
23 July - Report from Dublin
Busworkers Anti privatisation Public Forum
This is one of a series of meetings where the workers are out to try and explain their side of the story with the upcoming threat of privatisation being faced by them.
Bosses want to privatise buses
The FF/PD coalition are pushing ahead with plans to privatise buses and trains. Should we worry, does it matter who the boss is?
The consequences of
More cars on the road means more road building, more road repairs, more traffic jams and more air pollution
Critical Mass and Reclaim
Sept 22nd 2002 - RTS on Baggot St. a great success [with pictures]
Over 1,000 people took part in the four-hour party. Despite attempts by the Gardai to whip up a panic because the organisers refused to meet with them in advance of the party the day was trouble free and very good humoured.
August 5th 2000- Report
of Reclaim the Streets action
May 6th 2002 - Dublin
Reclaim the Streets attacked by Gardai [with photos]
September 22nd 2001
-Beach ball on
O'Connell st [with pictures]
What are the ideas behind 'Reclaiming the streets'?
Road Rage Wrecks
Critical Mass in Dublin June 2002
Carnsore: Why Ireland never got
A big victory was won here when we stopped their plans to build not one, but four, nuclear power stations at Carnsore Point in Co. Wexford in the late 1970s.
Sellafield protest against
MOX ships in August
The two ships which were sent to Japan to collect the MOX fuel shipped with falsified will travel up the Irish Sea around the end of August
Sellafield's sick New
On December the 20th 2001 - Sellafield brought radioactive plutonium into the plant in a move to open up a MOX reprocessing plant for dirty radioactive materials
Blowing hot air over
We must take a lesson from our own past (Carnsore) and from the highly successful anti-nuclear movement in Germany. We must recognise that the British government, far from being willing to consider closing Sellafield, wish to expand it. The only way they will be forced to retreat from this position is if we push the political and economic costs of keeping Sellafield open way up.
The Sellafield MOX
On 20th December 80 Irish activists delayed workers entering Sellafield on the opening day of the new MOX nuclear reprocessing plant. I spoke with some members of Gluaiseacht who were at a second demonstration in February, attended, by 200 which also blockaded Sellafield.
Biotechnology, confusion, fear
Over the past few years developments in biotechnology such as cloning and genetic modification of food have led to wide scale confusion, fear and protest. In this article Conor Mc Loughlin explains some of these technologies and asks are they safe? Have they any benefits? Should they be rejected or could they be used for the benefit of an anarchist society
Dublin Dockland to be
developed - Who will benefit?
The Dublin Docklands, from Ringsend to Sheriff Street, are starting a very major re-development which will take place over the next fifteen years. Already the property developers are in the area buying up the land, a lot of which is owned by state and semi-state companies.
The Battle for
The Old Head of Kinsale in Co. Cork is an area of renowned beauty. It has been enjoyed as an amenity by locals and by people from outside Kinsale who have heard of the traditional walk out along the Old Head to the lighthouse at the tip of the headland
July 2nd 2001 -
Report On 'Old Head
of Kinsale' Protest [with pictures]
July 20th 2001 -
The Battle of
July 28th - The
Second 'Old Head of Kinsale' Protest
August 26th -
Kinsale protest - Three Nil
March 31 2002 -
People Power Wins At
Old Head of Kinsale
Old Head of Kinsale
freed for an afternoon (July 27 2002)
Old Head Protest
Taking In the Sun! (July 2003)
Aug 22 2004 - Old Head
of Kinsale Walked Again
Cork WSM to Irish
Examiner on Old Head of Kinsale
Money is the king at
the Old Head of Kinsale
The Old Head of
Kinsale - Round 5
Sit Down Protest
Disrupts 'Business As Usual' at exclusive golf
Foot and mouth
The foot and mouth outbreak has led to more precautions than any other 'crisis' in living memory. Government has treated it far more seriously than the heroin epidemic, which killed hundreds and ravaged so many of our communities.
Why half the world's children go
to bed hungry
It's hard to know how any one can consider capitalism a viable system when looking at the situation of the less developed countries. A recent UN report estimates that 30 million people face starvation. Yet EC beef, butter and wine mountains rot in European warehouses, farmers are ploughing crops back into the land, in US corn belt fields of wheat are burnt.
Famine in Somalia
The 1992 famine Somalia once again focussed attention on the problems of the less developed countries. Much of the response to the crisis is a short term one in the form of food aid. However in order to understand the causes of this and other famines in Africa it is necessary to race back the roots of the problem to colonisation and imperialism.
Bloodsuckers in the bank
In a leaked World Bank memo he explained how the economic logic of dumping toxic waste in the less developed countries was impeccable.
The 'polluter pays' & the bin
The attempt to introduce refuse charges by the Dublin area county councils has been welcomed in some quarters. It is, we are told, necessary to fund a local waste management policy, that will increase the amount of waste recycled, and reduce the amount of landfill needed.
The earth Summit took place in Rio in June of 1992. In spite of the enormous cost ($123 million) and publicity (8,749 media people) the final results were restricted to two weak treaties and the agreement of some "principles" on the environment
Explosion in Cork Harbour
The explosion and fire at the Hickson chemical plant in Ringaskiddy, Cork, in August 1993, has gone down as one of the most serious industrial accidents in Ireland to date.
Hicksons chemical spill
The company at the centre the explosion and fire in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, pleaded guilty to three charges of negligence and improper handling of hazardous chemical substances
Accidents will happen?
Workplace accidents rarely happen. They are caused. It is equally the case that workers end up taking more than their fair share of blame when things do go wrong
April 7th 2001 -
Protest outside US embassy
against Bush's withdrawal from Kyoto agreement [with photos]
About 60 people picketed the US embassy
Book Review - Do or Die - vol
Voices from the Ecological Resistance
No Global - The People of Ireland
Versus the multinationals
No Global appears at a vital time. Anyone who wants to see how the bigger picture has unfolded to date can read in detail about the numerous struggles. But No Global is less clear and less persuasive when it comes to dissecting the political ideas within the environmental movement and the problems these caused