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Tag Archives: Dáil Éireann

17 months without an elected representative

As of yesterday, there are 4 vacant seats in Dáil Éireann. Of course it’s very clear why the Government would not want to hold bye-elections to fill the vacancies. Fianna Fáil candidates would not be taking up the positions. One of the seats is still nice and warm, from a very recent departure… Donegal North [...]

Be careful, the Gardaí have been practising

Anyone considering attending tonight’s protest at the Dáil should be aware that the Public Order Unit (riot squad) will also be present. They are fresh from a “refresher course” in dealing with protest marches. They have been working hard over in Corrib, protecting the investment of Royal Dutch Shell, at great expense to the Irish [...]

The thin blue line

Video footage of the violence at Dáil Éireann

Full-length coverage from TV3 of Monday’s protest march to Kildare Street and the fractious scenes thereafter: The end of the video shows the injuries sustained by protesters. This incident raises important questions about the right to protest and the level of resistance from the police of the State. Was this an attack on an institution [...]

When in Dublin, do as the Greeks do

There were scuffles this evening outside Dáil Éireann as a protest march passed. They were protesting against the Government’s plans to inject millions of euro in the banks of the state. They were calling for the money to go to job creation and so on instead. Note the Éirígí flags. They have another protest planned [...]

Last chance to see…

On the eve of what will probably mark the departure of Ceann ‘Clown’ Comhairle, John O’Donoghue, I present to you his finest hour, in case you had somehow forgotten it. Elaine Byrne of the Irish Times has this to say in her article: That O’Donoghue is regarded as a good Ceann Comhairle and a nice [...]