Category Archives: ireland

Alert: Government Attempts to Pass ESM with Minimal Public Debate


Today – Wednesday, & Tomorrow – Thursday The Government will seek Dail approval of: The Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties which authorises the setting up of the permanent Eurozone loan fund, the European Stability Mechanism + A … Continue reading

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4 Reasons the ESM Treaty is illegal


The reasons which lead us to believe that the ESM Treaty as it stands is illegal under EU law and therefore unconstitutional in Ireland The proposal to ratify the European Stability Mechanism Treaty as it stands and to approve the … Continue reading

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Last Post of Referendum: If you haven’t yet voted, please read this…


John Corcoran (ICTA) writes in an email: At 8.25 am yesterday morning Paul Krugman and John Corcoran spoke simultaneously on BBC radio and advised the Irish people to vote No in the Fiscal Treaty Referendum.  John spoke on BBC radio … Continue reading

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What would happen if Ireland left the Euro?


Emmett O’Connell – The Consequences of Monetary Union (1972); The Economist – Coming In From The Cold, Lessons from Iceland: … the extra cost to a country of not standing by its banks can be surprisingly small… the benefits to … Continue reading

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FINAL UPDATE: Citizen’s Campaign South East – Fiscal/Austerity Treaty Referendum: Public Meetings (Counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford)


Update/change: Last public referendum meeting – Wexford Town (Tues 8pm St Josephs) FINAL UPDATE: TUESDAY 29th May           Wexford town Wexford Sinn Féin @St Joseph’s Community Centre, Bishopswater, Wexford Town John Corcoran (Irish Commerical Tenants’ Association) Oisin Ó Conail (Co. Wexford … Continue reading

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“A Federation for the Eurozone and a Confederation for the rest of the EU”


(Note: The following replaces & corrects earlier version of 7/May) TWO TREATIES FOR THE EUROZONE AND AN AMENDMENT TO  ONE OF THE EU TREATIES  – ALL RELATED TO EACH  OTHER! Reply to Dr Gavin Barrett, Senior Lecturer in European Law, … Continue reading

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Euro-spawned divergent growth and inflation caused external payments imbalances


Euro-spawned divergent growth and inflation caused external payments imbalances. Government profligacy did not divide ‘saints’ from ‘sinners’. In the good years Germany was a near-sinner. Its budget deficit exceeded the Eurozone average and was a whisker below the 3% Maastricht … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Treaties: Citizens’ Guide


Ireland is being asked to approve two new international treaties and an amendment to the European Union Treaties. These are: 1. Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism (called ‘ESM Treaty’) 2. Treaty on Stability Co-ordination and Governance in the Economic … Continue reading

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People’s Movement Referendum Campaign


Warning: Permanent Austerity Ahead! The People’s Movement has opened an office in central Dublin for the duration of the referendum campaign on the Permanent Austerity Treaty. The office is at 5 Cavendish Row, directly opposite the Gate Theatre. We are … Continue reading

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Reply to Dr Gavin Barrett’s article on the Fiscal Treaty referendum in last Friday’s Irish Times


By Anthony Coughlan, Director, The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre “The Member States whose currency is the euro may establish a stability mechanism to be activated if indispensable to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a … Continue reading

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Gilmore: Ireland could apply to IMF if we reject the treaty


Via Politics.ie: Gilmore: Ireland could apply to IMF for money even if treaty rejected | BreakingNews.ie Tánaiste: Ireland could apply for second bailout with No vote – Newstalk.ie

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“No Minister Noonan, I didn’t ‘misinterpret’ IMF…”


 Tweets from Mark Paul, Sunday Times, regarding his story on IMF funding for Ireland in case of ‘No’ vote… 2h Mark Paul ‏ @MarkPaulST Reply Retweet Favorite · Open @SimonPRepublic thanks Simon. I wasn’t prepared for such a co-ordinated pincer … Continue reading

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Ó Cuív says “No”


The Journal.ie– Ó Cuív breaks ranks to advocate No vote in Fiscal Compact: Ó Cuív told the Adhmhaidin show that a No vote against the fiscal compact would lead to the appraisal of the European Stability Mechanism treaty, which is … Continue reading

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Ghostbusters quote, with special guest, Karl Whelan


Those “out-of-context” quotes… … & supposed Sinn Féin leaflet controversy, in a nutshell. Courtesy of the original Ghostbusters, and Professor Karl Whelan(*): Dr. Karl Whelan: Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake … Continue reading

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Vincent Browne & Joe Costello: “Labours way or Frankfurts”, Howlin & TD Expenses, Shatter vs. Fianna Fáil


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Lá Féile Pádraig Shóna Duit / Happy Saint Patrick’s Day…


Warning: Totally Politically Correct: The Onion A.V. Club – “The old sow that eats her farrow”: 22 sobering depictions of Irish life [yayy!] Alan Partridge on the Irish: The Muppets – “Ohhh Dahnnny Boyyyy… der peeps, der peeps err cawling…”:

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Lombard Street: “structure of the euro worsened divergences naturally arising from the differences between countries”


The structure of the euro worsened divergences naturally arising from the differences between the countries. The Dutch and Germans felt poorer than they actually were, the Spanish richer – and the low interest rates that were perceived as a benefit … Continue reading

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Peter Mathews TD (FG) – “It’s now time for the ECB to establish fairness within the eurozone”


The last government agreed that the State should pay €31bn to IBRC (formerly Anglo and Irish Nationwide) over a 13-year schedule ending in 2025. The first payment of €3.1bn was made in March 2011. The next payment is due on … Continue reading

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Automatic Austerity: 10 things you need to know about ’the Fiscal Compact’ (Corporate Europe Observatory)


On the 1st of March 2012, 25 EU heads of state or government will sign a new treaty[1], and if all goes as planned, it will enter into force early next year. The so called ‘Fiscal Compact’ was conceived in … Continue reading

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UPDATE: The “Fiscal Compact” Treaty & Irish Referendum: Pay No Attention to that Article 136 Behind the Curtain!


Treaty text is here. Initial and subsequent drafts here and here and here. BBC Q&A here. Peoples’ Movement – Commentary on the EU Permanent Austerity Treaty (Fiscal Compact Treaty); NationalPlatform.org – We need to postpone ratifying the ESM Treaty until … Continue reading

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You can’t HANDLE The Tweeter!


Irish Central – Irish tourist deported and barred from US after ‘destroy America’ tweet: Joking tweets about partying and quotes from “Family Guy” lands holiday makers in prison; … The agents told their suspects they would check their lugguage for … Continue reading

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#OccupyDameStreet public statement: the lock-down of the department of Finance


Media Advisory Updated- 25TH of January, 2011 – 06:30 GMT We are Occupy Dame Street, part of the Occupy Ireland and global Occupy movement. This morning at 6.30 am the beginnings of a social time bomb exploded in Dublin city … Continue reading

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“Everyone qualified to explain what happened complicit in pushing this… would give the rope to hang commentariat”


From Phillip Pilkington, writing at NakedCapitalism: “almost every single person in Ireland today qualified to explain what happened was complicit in pushing this economic ideology. And so to explain to the Irish people what actually happened would be to give … Continue reading

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Update (2): Bloody Sunday: Past… Present….. Future?


Brendan O’Neill / Spiked – The moral hijacking of Bloody Sunday:On the 40th anniversary of the massacre in Derry, it is remarkable how much Britain has exploited this event to its advantage… Courtesy of Saville, Bloody Sunday is now understood … Continue reading

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Ireland’s SOPA: “proposed law leaves future of Irish internet to discretion of Irish judges” – “the people will not accept diktat”


Stop SOPA Ireland Website; Politics.ie – Open letter from Tom Murphy, founder of boards.ie, to Sean Sherlock: Proposed New Law Minister Seán Sherlock has proposed a new law which is best explained here. It will be enacted by a single … Continue reading

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