Dé Céadaoin, Nollaig 29, 2010
Child Report a Damning Indictment
The spokesperson for éirígí in Donegal has said that the report released recently by the office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs entitled “State of the Nations Children, Ireland 2010” is a damning indictment on the political system in Ireland. Claiming that the report highlights that children in Ireland have been systematically let down by a string of administrations, Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said that complete reform of the system in this country was the only way to give children a better standard of living.
“This report shows clearly in black and white the result of a long list of successive governments sitting in Lenister House who have consistantly let the children of the Twenty-Six Counties down over many years” the éirígí spokesperson said. “Children are the most vulnerable of all in any society and they must be protected at all costs, for their own good and that of the nation. Many claim that poverty and lack of good education leads to the hardships many children in society face. But when we get down to the bare bones of the matter what leads to children being in poverty in the first place is the capitalist system that has consistantly fed itself off the misery of the poorest in society.
“Every political party that has sat in government in the Twenty-Six Counties has backed up that capitalist system, a system which seen people as no more than another commodity and as with most cases it is the children who have suffered the most. When education costs money and health care costs money, as it does thanks to capitalism, then the poorest and most vulnernable suffer and ultimately the children bare the brunt” he continued.
“The figures in this report for Donegal in particular are shocking. But the system we have has led to the unemployment figures in this county standing at well over 20,000 and the poverty such a lack of employment causes has a massive affect on our children. And now with the IMF insisting that third level education in this country will only be a luxury for the wealthiest then what possible chance do the children of the unemployed have? Such capitalist thinking leads to an endless spiral of poverty through generations with no end in sight. Without a complete dismantling of the current system in the Twenty-Six Counties and a fair and just system introduced which truely does cherish the children of our nation equally, then our children have no future but one of poverty and deprivation unless they are born into wealth. Unless the capitalist ideologies of our governments are replaced with ones of social equality then we are destined to see many more similar reports in the future.”
Dé Domhnaigh, Nollaig 19, 2010
Protest at Sligo FF office Calls for Reversal of Savage Budget Cutbacks
|SWA protest outside Fianna Fáil office in Sligo|
The Socialist Republican party éirígí have said that the savage cutbacks imposed on workers, social welfare recipients and on essential public services will result in a massive increase in poverty, illness and death, on a scale not seen before in this state.
Local activist Gerry Casey said that only through widespread street protests, strikes and mass civil obedience would these cutbacks be reversed and the IMF sent packing from our shores.
Mr Casey was speaking following a demonstration on Saturday (Dec 11) outside the office of Fianna Fáil TD Jimmy Devins in John Street Sligo.
The demonstration was organised by local campaign group Sligo Workers Alliance (SWA), a broad-based Left-Wing organisation formed earlier this year representing the interests of workers, the unemployed, pensioners and the Marginalised in society. The protest was called in response to the savage cutbacks imposed by the Fianna Fáil/Green Party Coalition, in collusion with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in the budget released earlier this month.
|éirígí activist Gerry Casey at|
the protest in Sligo
Speaking following the protest, Sligo éirígí activist Gerry Casey, who is also a member of the Sligo Workers Alliance, said: “The savage cutbacks imposed in this budget was a declaration of war on working class communities and the poorest and most vulnerable in society. As a result we will see a massive increase in poverty, illness and death, on a scale not seen before in this state.”
“This budget was about making workers and working class communities bail out the banks and to pay off the private gambling debts of bondholders, bankers and developers. None of the cuts were necessary or made economic sense but were instead focused on ensuring that the wealthy political and business elite maintained their lavish and extravagant lifestyles.”
Casey added: ”This budget made the rich richer and the poor poorer. No attempt was made to introduce a wealth tax on the 1% elite who control 34% of our wealth. No attempt was made to nationalise our natural resources which are worth a minimum of €400 billion euro making any excuse for cuts redundant.”
Casey concluded: “The protest in Sligo was the start of a campaign locally against these cuts. Only through widespread street protests, strikes and mass civil disobedience will these cutbacks be reversed and the IMF sent packing from our shores. Not only must we remove the current administration in Leinster House, more importantly we need to dismantle their capitalist system which is responsible for the increasing exploitation of workers, the ongoing drive to slash and privatise essential services and the neglect of the most vulnerable in society who need assistance and care."
Meanwhile the spokesperson for éirígí in Donegal, Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, welcomed the news of the protest in Sligo and reiterated Mr Casey's comments saying that street protests were an important action for people to take to let their voices be heard.
|Some of the protesters outside the Fianna Fáil|
office in Gortahork
"I commend the people who took part in the protest in Sligo for making sure their voice of opposition, not only to this latest budget, but also to the capitalist system which has caused so much hardship for the ordinary people, was heard loud and clear" he said. "Those in Lenister House who have caused the economic mess we have now been left in would be happy if we just stayed at home and kept our mouths shut so they could continue with their savage attacks on the must vulnerable in society. But we will not stay at home and we will not be silenced."
Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig concluded "This protest in Sligo, just like the eirígí protest outside the Fianna Fáil office in Dungloe on December 7th, and the protest outside another Fianna Fáil office in Gortahork which éirígí Tir Chonaill supported, was held with the clear intention of letting the ordinary person voice their anger and opinion against a corrupt system which only has the interests of the wealthy at its heart. The people must continue to let themselves be heard and street protests, strikes and mass civil disobedience is a good way to do just that."
Déardaoin, Nollaig 16, 2010
Wear a White Poppy
What follows is a letter written to the editor of the Donegal Democrat newspaper in November.
Letter to the Editor.
Wear a White Poppy
In Tuesday's the 9th of November’s Donegal Democrat, Paddy Harte was making his annual tribute to those who died in the First World War, I don't doubt he means well, but it is clearly time for a more balanced view. What comes across from Paddy is a glorification of war, and of course he's going to deny it is, but I'm sorry that is how I see it.
First let me deal with the way he deals with the history, he takes men who clearly fought for different ideas, and tries to put them all in the one camp, this is a disservice to all of them. May I deal with Tom Barry, he points out that Tom Barry was in the British Army since 1913, this is so; it was form his experiences and treatment by the officer board of that army that Tom Barry became disillusioned, came back to Ireland and fought the British Army for the rest of his life. In his autobiography he deals with his disillusionment, his youthfulness and the misguided politicians who sent them to war, that should be accepted by all, he knows that he was duped and gave himself no credits for being so.
Then Paddy tries to unite two brothers in death William Kent and Eamon Kent, Eamon was executed by those wearing British Army uniforms, he signed a document that gave thanks to our gallant allies in Europe, the same people that his brother William was fighting against. To put these two men together in this way is a disservice to the two of them. William Kent was killed for the King a year after his brother was executed by the King's men. Get off on stage Paddy and become real.
Paddy goes to Flanders every year, did he ever lay a wreath to our gallant allies in Europe? No. Did he ever lay a wreath to any of the 601 executed at dawn, especially the young Irishman executed for insubordination, one for not putting on his hat on. If you were Irish you had a 25% more chance of being executed for insubordination, desertion, ect, than a man from England, Scotland or Wales. Men from the two traditions were executed by a cruel officer class, for very little indeed. Anyone who was executed, was put in an unmarked grave, and their families at home got no pensions, they where left destitute. What does Paddy Harte have to say about that?
Paddy Harte said if Kevin Barry had been four years older he would have been in Khaki, how dare you Paddy Harte, he would have been in the 1916 rising. This young man, a student Doctor, was captured as a prisoner of war, badly treated and then executed. You cannot insult our glorious dead in this way, those who died in Flanders, could not lick his boots; that is no disrespected to those who died in Flanders, only to you Paddy Hart for the distortions. It is time to put a bit of respect, decency, balance and truthfulness into the whole topic. Those who went to Flanders were not answering Ireland's call; they were answering England's call and that of the King. The poor lads were duped.
Should we remember them, of course we should, but what should we not forget? We must never forget the perpetrators of the war, the British, the German, the Russian monarchists and capitalists. They sent a whole generation of European youth to their graves needlessly. The Germans and the Russians have no monarchies now, good, but the British have, and still send young men to die in needless war. Thankfully to the men and women of 1916 Ireland no longer has to do that.
The wearing of a white poppy would be fitting tribute to these people, the Red poppy is the poppy of the British Legion, and is to all British soldiers who died anywhere in the world, including Ireland. Should we honour the Black and Tans? No we should not, nor should we honour those who came after them, up to the present-day.
Finally I would like to deal with another aspect of the war; it was not a war for the freedom of smile nations. In 1915 Turkey, a peaceful, country was invaded, by two of the monarchists’ countries, Britain and Russia. Thousands died in Gallipoli,those sent there included 1000 Dublin Fusiliers, of whom only 12 survived. One of the survivors I knew and I worked with three of his sons, his name was John Whelan, he was a corporal and was credited with saving the other 11 lives, he was promoted on the battlefield to the rank of major, but when it came to him been demorped he was reduced to a sergeant, as he wasn't a commissioned officer in the first place. This is the class nature of the British Army to this day. They treat all working people shamefully.
Déardaoin, Nollaig 09, 2010
The following opinion piece, written by Tommy McKearney, deals with the causes of todays current calamity in the Twenty-Six Counties. Tommy McKearney is a former member of the IRA who now works as an organiser with the Independent Workers Union and as a freelance journalist.
It is the System That's Wrong
(English version follows)
Ciorraithe ar leasa shóisialta, an íosphá íslithe, cúram sláinte laghdaithe agus cánacha cruálacha brúite ar an té is boichte san sochaí, chomh maith le h-ualach pionóis eile curtha ar shaoránaithe mhí-ámharacha na tíre míchothroime seo. Agus an scrios seo go léir déanta ag rialtas éillitheach le híoc ar son rabairneacht agus fiacha cearrbhachais lucht rachmais na tíre. Tháinig siad le chéile: baincéirí atá neamhfhreagrach go coiriúil, amhantraithe cama tithíochta agus aicme rialaithe míchóir, le hÉirinn a laghdú go staid spleáchais eacnamaíochta chomh domhain agus nach bhfacas a leithéid ó d’fhág na Dúchrónaigh.
Tá cathú mór ann an méar a shíniú i dtreo daoine aonaracha agus aird a tharraingt ar liosta éagóraithe atá cionntach as an t-uafas seo a tharraingt anuas ar na daoine. D’fhéadfaidh cás a dhéanamh ar son foirm éigin aisíocaíochta a éileamh ó na caimiléirí agus na bithiúnaigh a ghoid an chéad bhlas ariamh, leis na céadta bliain, a fuair muintir na hÉireann don rathúnas.
Cé gurbh fhurast tuigbhéal go nglacfaidh dearcadh mar sin, bheadh sé mícheart díriú isteach ar na daoine a rinne oiread de dhroch dhamáiste dúinn. Tá an eagla ann, má dhearcann muid ar an fhadhb seo mar fhadhb a rinne daoine aonaracha, in áit dearcadh air mar thoradh dosheachanta an chórais eacnamaíochta Nua-Liobrálach, saormhargaidh, atá fabhtach go domhain, go creidfí gur féidir réiteach a fháil air tré na bithiúnaigh sin a mhalartú leis na ‘daoine cearta’.
Cheana féin tá roinnt daoine ag trácht ar Mhícheál Ó Laoire a chur i gcumhacht, leis an dóchas go bhféadfadh sé ‘tarrtháil a thabhairt ar an gheilleagar’. Tá siad tógtha leis an smaoineadh den Taoiseach Ó Laoire, tá siad den bharúil go mbeadh sé i ann an tír iomlán a iompú thart agus a dhéanamh tairbhiúil dá bharr go bhfuil sé ina bhainisteoir ar aerlíne thairbhiúil. Don am i láthair, níl in seo ach dearcadh an mhionlaigh. Mar sin féin, mar gheall ar an fháilte a chur earnáil gnó na hÉireann roimh an ionsaí a rinneadh ar oibrithe, mar a fógraíodh sa phlean ceithre-bliana, cá bhfios cad a dtabharfaidh siad tacaíocht do má theipeann (agus is cinnte go dteipfidh) ar an chéad rialtas eile na laetha órga nó an Tíogar Cheilteach a thabhairt ar ais?
Is iad na gadaithe sanntacha a thug muintir na hÉireann go dtín géarchéim anróiteach seo bunrúta na faidhbe. Ach, is é an chóras eacnamaíocht, a raibh siad féin i gceannas air, a cheadaigh dóibh na coireanna sin a dhéanamh. Tá sé tábhachtach go leanann muid ag cuir béime go bhfuil freagair ár ndeacrachtaí le fáil in athrú bhunúsach a dhéanamh ar an chóras eacnamaíocht atá againn faoi láthair. An cineál córas eacnamaíochta atá de dhith ar Éirinn nó córas a dhéanann freastail ar riachtanais gach duine sa tír agus ní amháin ar shainnt roinnt bheag daoine pribhléideacha.
Thar gach eile ní, séard atá uainn nó Poblacht Dhaonlathach Shóisialach.
It is the System That's Wrong
Social welfare cuts, the minimum wage reduced, health care diminished and cruel taxes levied upon the poorest in society and a host of other penalties imposed on the unfortunate citizens of this most distressful country. And all of this wrecking done by a degenerate government in order to pay for the extravagances and gambling debts of the country’s elite. Criminally irresponsible bankers, crooked property speculators and a corrupt governing class have combined to reduce Ireland to a state of dependency that we haven’t known since the Black and Tans departed.
It would be very tempting to individualise the problem and point to a list of miscreants who have perpetrated this outrage on the people. A case could certainly be made for demanding some form of retribution from the swindlers and charlatans who have robbed us of the first sight of prosperity the Irish have seen in centuries.
However understandable it might be to adopt this view, it would be wrong to concentrate on the personalities who have damaged us so severely. There is a risk that if we view this problem as the making of individuals as distinct from the inevitable outcome of a deeply flawed, free market, neo-liberal economic system, some may come to believe that a solution lies in replacing the reprobates with the ‘right individual’.
Already some are mooting the idea of electing Michael O’Leary to a position of power in the hope that he could ‘rescue the economy’. They are attracted by the thought of a Taoiseach O’Leary, arguing that since he is managing a profitable airline that he would be able to return the entire country to profitability. For the time being this is very much a minority view. Yet in light of the Irish business sector’s welcome for the assault on workers announced in the four-year economic plan, who knows what they might support if the next government fails (as it most surely will) to restore the glory days of the Celtic Tiger?
The greedy crooks who brought the people of Ireland to the distressful situation they currently find themselves in are the immediate cause of the calamity. It is the economic system over which they presided, though, that allowed them to perpetrate their crimes. It is important that we continue to emphasise that the answer to our difficulties lies in a fundamental change to the present economic system. Ireland’s people require an economy that serves the needs of all and not the greed of a privileged few.
Above all, we need a democratic socialist republic.
Above all, we need a democratic socialist republic.
Dé Céadaoin, Nollaig 08, 2010
Cuid mhór i láthair ag agóid fhrith-bhuiséad an Chlocháin Liath
(English version follows)
D'ainneoin na drochaimsire fabhtaí oíche Mháirt, tháinig slua de níos mó ná 120 duine amach ar phríomhshráid an Chlocháin Liath i gCo. Dhún na nGall chun freastal ar agóid eagraithe ag an pháirtí sóisialach poblachtánach éirígí in aghaidh buiséid 2011.
Ag a sé a chlog oíche Mháirt chruinnigh daoine ag oifigí Fhianna Fáil ar an Chlochán Liath. Chonaic an cruinniú daoine ó gach aoisghrúpa, idir pháistí óga agus déagóirí go dtí seanóirí ag tabhairt aghaidh ar theochtaí an-fhuara agus ar dhálaí oighreata chun a bhfearg agus a gcur in éadan in aghaidh an bhuiséid a chur in iúl ina raibh ciorruithe ar leas sóisialach agus sochar linbh, ciorruithe ar phá oibrithe chomh maith le laghdú ar an íosphá agus ciorruithe ollmhóra do na ceantair Ghaeltachta.
I rith na hagóide, thug urlabhraí éirígí i nDún na nGall, Mícheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig aitheasc don slua ag rá "Caithfidh daoine cuimhniú go bhfuil gach uile TD, FPE, Seanadóir agus Comhairleoir atá tofa, cé acu anseo i nDún na nGall nó go náisiúnta, go léir ciontach go cothrom as staid na tíre seo inniu toisc gur thacaigh siad leis na polasaithe a thóg chuig an ghéarchéim seo muid. Ní féidir linn muinín a bheith againn as na polaiteoirí seo agus an t-aon bhealach chun tosaigh ná feachtas marthanach d'agóideanna sráide, easumhlaíocht sibhialta agus stailceanna ginearálta eagraithe ag na gnáthdhaoine."
I ndiaidh an imeachta mhol An tUasal Mac Giolla Easbuig na daoine a d'fhreastal ar an agóid. "Ba fhear áitiúil é Peadar O'Donnell as an bhaile seo agus bheadh sé bródúil as an slua mór daoine a tháinig amach anseo anocht. Tá a spiorad diongbháilteacht agus a throid ar son ceartais shóisialta beo go maith iontu" a dúirt sé. "Caithfear na hiarrachtaí a rinne siad chun a bheith anseo anocht a mholadh, go háirithe leis an drochaimsir ghuaiseach a d'fhulaing siad. Ba iontach an rud é mná agus fir ó gach aoisghrúpa a fheiceáil anseo agus bhí sé ar fheabhas déagóirí agus páistí chomh óg le seacht mbliana d'aois a fheiceáil ag déanamh iarracht páirt a ghlacadh" lean urlabhraí éirígí.
Chríochnaigh Mac Giolla Easbuig: "Ní thabharfaidh daoine faoi deara cé chomh géar is atá na ciorruithe seo ach sna míonna amach romhainn mar sin tá sé riachtanach go bhfanann siad ar na sráideanna ionas go n-éisteofar leo agus go spreagann siad daoine eile chun an rud céanna a dhéanamh. Caithfidh gach duine na ciorruithe seo a fhriotú, ar na sráideanna cosúil leis an oíche anocht chomh maith le sa láthair oibre. Ní féidir le ach na daoine féin dul i bhfeidhm ar athrú agus ba chóir go mbeidh an oíche anocht an chéad léirsiú as an chuid mhór atá le teacht ionas go bhfaigheann na gnáthdhaoine an cháilíocht beatha chothrom, chóir agus ghnaíúil atá tuillte acu. I ndiaidh an sluaite a tháinig amach anocht a fheiceáil creidim gur féidir leis na daoine é seo a bhaint amach."
Large Turnout At Dungloe Anti-Budget Protest
|Some of the crowd at the Budget 2011 protest in Dungloe|
Despite treacherous weather conditions on Tuesday night, a crowd of over 120 people took to Dungloe Main Street in County Donegal to attend a protest organised by the socialist republican party éirígí against the 2011 Budget.
At six o'clock on Tuesday evening people gathered at the Fianna Fáil offices in Dungloe. The gathering seen people of all ages from young children and teenagers through to senior citizens brave freezing cold temperatures and icy conditions to vent their anger and opposition to the budget which seen cuts in social welfare and child benefits, cuts in workers pay including a reduction in the minimum wage and huge cuts to the Gaeltacht regions.
|éirígí Tir Chonaill sokesperson|
Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig
addressing the crowd
During the protest, éirígí spokesperson in Donegal Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig addressed the crowd saying “People must remember that every one of the elected TDs, MEPs, Senators and Councillors whether here in Donegal or nationally, are all equally guilty for the state this country is in today due to the fact they backed the policies which led to this crisis. We cannot trust these politicians and a sustained campaign of street protest, civil disobedience and general strikes organised by ordinary people is the only way forward.”
Following the event Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig commended the people who attended the protest. “Peadar O'Donnell was a local man from this town and he would be proud of the large numbers of people who turned out here tonight. His spirit of determination and fight for social justice is alive and well in them” he said. “The efforts they made to be here must be commended, especially given the hazardous weather conditions they endured. It was great to see so many women and men of all ages here and seeing teenagers and children as young as seven making the effort to join in was fantastic” continued the éirígí spokesperson.
MacGiolla Easbuig concluded: "People will only start to realise how harsh these cuts are in the coming months so it is imperative that they stay on the streets to let their voices be heard and that they encourage others to do the same. These cuts must be resisted by everyone, both on the streets like tonight and in the workplace. Only the people themselves can truly affect change and tonight should be the first of many demonstrations to come so the ordinary people get the fair, just and decent quality of life they deserve. Seeing tonight's turnout makes me believe the people can achieve this.”
|the éirígí Budget 2011 protest in Dungloe|