Friday, April 29, 2011

Reclaim the Republic - Repudiate the Debt

People’s manifestation - “HOPE AND DEFIANCE”

Music • Poetry • Songs

Thursday 12 May5:30–7 p.m.

Dáil Éireann, Kildare Street

Bring the family, National flags and Starry Plough flags

Organised by the Repudiate the Debt Campaign
43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 e-mail

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Decleration of dependance



IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of the Markets and not of the dead generations
from whom she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to our interests and strikes for her enslavement to debt.

Having disorganised and demobilised her spirit through her clandestine nexus of bankers and property developers, and through her open political organisations, having patiently perfected her corruption, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal ourselves, we now seize that moment, and, through the IMF and the EU, but relying in the first on her own weakness, we strike in full confidence of victory.

We declare the right of senior bondholders to the ownership of Ireland, and to the
unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by the Irish people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by their repudiation of the bank debt.

In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty: two times in the past decade they have asserted it in EU referenda – and been sent back to vote correctly.

Standing on our fundamental right and again asserting it in public in the face of the
watching markets, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a wholly-owned subsidiary of international financial markets, and we pledge our continued prosperity and the lives of the Irish people to the cause of its dependence, of its pauperisation, and its abasement among the nations.

The senior bondholders are entitled to, and hereby claim, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. Our Republic guarantees every necessary restriction on civil liberties, unequal rights and unequal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the misery and poverty of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing none of the children of the nation, and mindful of the differences carefully fostered by the senior bondholders, the IMF, the EU and the Irish government, which divide a rewarded minority from the passive majority at present.

Until our actions have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a full-on dictatorship, unrepresentative of the whole people of Ireland and needless of election by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Irish Government will administer the civil and economic affairs of the Republic in trust for the senior bondholders.

We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God of the Financial Markets, Whose blessing we invoke upon our actions, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by courage, humanity, or generosity. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its docility and lack of organisation and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the senior bondholders, prove itself worthy of the supine destiny to which we have called it.

Signed on Behalf of the “Provisional” Government by financial speculators unknown to you, acting through Enda Kenny, Eamonn Gilmore and Michael Noonan at present, with and for Olli Rehn, Jean-Claude Trichet, Ajai Chopra and Angela Merkel.


Saor Eire

'Saor Éire - A gathering for socialists and republicans'

Venue- Ashling Hotel(across from Heuston Station)

Date- Saturday May 7th

The purpose of the gathering is to open debate on topics which have dominated the struggle for Independence and Socialism in Ireland in the past year as well as to have discussion

10am- The resources of Ireland for the people of Ireland? The giveaway of Irish natural and the struggle to reclaim them. Speakers include Pat O'Donnell, Maura Harrington and a rep from Dublin Shell to Sea.

11am- 'James Connolly- Idol or Ideologue for Irish Republicans'. Speakers - Aindriais O’Cathasaigh (Author) and Dr Brian Kelly (Lecturer QUB). A discussion on whether Irish Republicans only see James Connolly in terms of his involvement in the 1916 Rising or seriously use his writings and actions over his lifetime as a guide to their political commitments.

12 Noon- Fightback against EU/IMF inspired cutbacks. Speakers include éirígí's Daithí Mac An Mháistír, Pepe Gutierrez from LASC and a speaker from the trade union movement.

1pm- Lunch

1.30pm- No Queen Here! Among others Brian Leeson of éirígí and Roger Cole of PANA will take part in a discussion on the imminent arrival of the commander of British military on a state visit to Ireland and how this visit needs to be resisted.

3.30- James Connolly Commemoration

Sunday, April 24, 2011

CP Press Statement April 24th


24th April 2011

Absolute betrayal of the asperation and the sacrifice of what 1916 was all about.

The statement by former Finance minister that the ECB/EU forced this state down the road to what is now the almost complete servitude of the Irish people to the interests of German and French bankers should mark a new low in the abysmal failure of the Irish establishment to protect the Irish people.

The pattern developing in the EU is one of the economically powerful centre dominating and exploiting the peripheral countries. This is not accidental but due to the nature of the EU, in accordance with the treaties governing it, especially the Lisbon Treaty.

Academics, politicans and press have unceasingly propagated the myth of a benign European Union. Reality has now caught up with the myth. It is time to cast off the illusions harboured by so many Irish organisations and people.

The EU and ECB have imposed draconion policies upon our people for generations to come, and are preparing to sell off valuable national public assets belonging to the Irish people to pay off a debt that is unpayable, unstainable, unjust and undemocratically imposed upon our people.

Lets the peoples voice be allowed, let the people decide if the spineless establishment are unwilling to stand up to the EU/ECB. We demand a referendum. That would be a real meaningful expression of what 1916 Easter Rising stood for. Let the people speak.

Eugene Mc Cartan
087 9733414

The ECB and EU pauperising the Irish people.

The ECB and EU pauperising the Irish people.

Repudiate the debt

The press revelations of claims made by the former Finance Minister, that the European Central Bank and the European Union played the decisive role in forcing the bank bailout in the form of the bank guarantee confirm what our campaign has been saying since its foundation.

The Irish people will be forced to pay for a crisis not of their making. State assets will be sold of to pay for a debt that is not our responsibility. Generations to come of our people will have to carry a burden that is the responsibility of the
that is clearly failing and is now hopelessly mired in debt.

As this government of no hopers assembles to mark the 95th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, it now implements the same policies as the previous government which abandoned the people for the sake of German and French banks. The country's independence is all but gone,and they are incapable of asserting any resistence to or opposition to the jugernaut of the EU/ECB.

It is time for the trade union movement and all democratic opinion to shed the illusions that the EU/ECB are friends of our people or our country. We must build the campaign to repudiate this unjust, unpayable and anti-democratic debt. We once again call for a referendum on this debt, to allow the people decide.

Eoghan O'Neill

Demo outside Dail May 12th

RECLAIM THE REPUBLIC - Honour James Connolly

Repudiate the debt


Thursday 12 May
5:30–7 p.m.
Music • song • poetry
Dáil Éireann
Kildare Street

Bring Starry Plough and national flags

McCarthy delivers as requested

Repudiate the Debt Campaign

20 April 2011

McCarthy delivers as requested

The McCarthy report has delivered what was set out by the previous Government under the tutelage of the EU and IMF. As is standard practice, they appoint the necessary people to ensure the required outcome.

The money raised from the sale of these important people’s assets will do nothing to bring down the massive corporate debt that the previous coalition imposed upon the Irish people, continued by this coalition of the hopeless.

What is required is not that state companies and assets should be sold but rather that they should form the central core of a renewed economic and social development on a more sustainable basis.

These state companies have been built over decades and have played a central role in the economic, social and intellectual life of the country and the skill basis of the economy. Their privatisation will break that basis of historical skills and the intellectual basis so central to economic development.

Eoghan O’Neill

CP Press Statement April 20th


20 April 2011

A bankrupt system politically and economically

Once again Colm McCarthy has delivered what the Irish establishment and their EU and IMF masters desired. The proposal to sell off large sections of valuable state companies and assets is yet another example of how bankrupt the political and economic establishment has become and how their system has degenerated.

Companies such as CIE, RTE, An Post, An Bord Gáis, the ESB, Coillte, Bord na Móna, the Irish Aviation Authority and ports have been built up over decades from the taxes of working people.

They have contributed to providing stable employment and have helped develop the skill base and the intellectual level of the country. They are essential to building and sustaining any future economic development. Private Irish capital and transnational corporate capital have failed to develop a sustainable economy.

It is clear that the Irish establishment will do anything and sell everything to save themselves and their cronies. The vultures of venture capitalism will quickly gather to asset-strip and pick the bones of what is left of the Irish economy, while tens of thousands of our citizens will scatter across the world looking for the means to feed their families.

What is needed is a radical departure in political and economic policies from what is on offer by all the parties represented in the Dáil. The system cannot be mended but needs to replaced with a strategy aimed at building an economy for the common good.

Eugene McCartan
General secretary

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A coalition of obedient servants of the EU and IMF

15 April 2011

A coalition of obedient servants of the EU and IMF

The much-heralded “renegotiation” of the terms of the imposed EU-IMF “Programme for Ireland” proved to be nothing more than a damp squib.

The hurt being felt among our people is growing, as more and more people are being stretched to the limit and beyond.

As recent surveys show, our people cannot afford to carry this unpayable debt any longer. Families are being forced to make great sacrifices to keep their heads above water. The EU and IMF are virtually determining what we have for breakfast as people struggle to pay bills and to feed themselves.

We can no longer carry German and French banks on our backs. The people must be allowed to vote on this deal and on the massive transfer of wealth from the people to foreign and domestic banks.

The fig leaf of re-establishing the minimum wage that the outgoing coalition Government cut is nothing but a ruse. They asked for nothing, and got even less.

Eoghan O'Neill

Friday, April 15, 2011

Socialist Voice April

New edition of SV out now:

some great articles on the economy and workers resistance

Palestine Day - Free Child Prisoners

Dear friends,

please see below information about the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign's event this Sunday 17th April to mark Palestinian prisoners day. It would be great if you could make it along, and forward or otherwise publicise the notice to colleagues, friends and family that may be interested.

On Sunday April 17th at 2pm the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will mark Palestinian Prisoners Day with a demonstration at the Spire in O'Connell St.

The demonstration will call for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners imprisoned by the Israeli State - those 'convicted' in Israeli Military courts and those interned without trial under the 'Administrative Detention' regime. There will be a particular focus on the issue of child prisoners - of which there are currently 216 (45 under the age of 16) being held in Israeli jails.

The IPSC have called this demonstration - as part of the international activities taking place on Palestinian Prisoners Day 2010 - as we believe that all Palestinian political prisoners are victims of Israeli colonialism and apartheid. We therefore demand the release of all political prisoners held by the Israeli state.

Palestinian Prisoners - The Grim Reality

According to ADDAMEER, the Palestinian Prisoners' Rights NGO, at present over 5,770 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by the Israeli state for resisting Israeli colonialism, Apartheid and oppression. Of those, 216 are children, 37 are women, 12 are elected Palestinian representatives and over 200 are 'Administrative Detainees' - that is they have been interned without trial not having been charged with any crime or seeing the secret evidence against them. Those 'convicted' prisoners were jailed by non-jury Israeli Military Courts (all Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are subject to Israeli military law, while Israel's colonial settlers are ruled by Israeli civil law - yet another example Israel's Apartheid system). These courts, biased from the outset, do not meet international fair trial standards.[2]

Over four decades of illegal Israeli military occupation, Palestinians from all walks of life have been illegally detained by Israel. Since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, over 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel. This forms approximately 20% of the total Palestinian population in the OPT. Considering the fact that the majority of those detained are male, the number of Palestinians detained forms approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Kevin Squires
IPSC National Coordinator

Left Belfast Festival


Please see the link below regarding the Left Belfast Festival which is running the week before May Day.

" The first Left Belfast Festival is here. In the week leading up to the time where we appreciate the efforts and gains made by workers in their fight for progress it's incumbent on us to sharpen our ideological tools in the modern day struggle.

The Left Belfast Festival aims to display the analytical rigour as well as celebrate some of the creative vibrancy of socialism. During the week we will open space for democratic debate and discussion on issues that impact on us all as well as show both local and international films that act as catalysts for progressive criticism."

Irish musicians prevented from travelling to Cuba

U.S. government prohibits musicians travel to Cuba the Obama follow the instructions of the George W. Bush? Why the leaders of a country that is valued as a guarantor of freedom in the world, prevent that freedom is exercised by its citizens when it comes to travel to Cuba?

These questions emerge from the feelings of frustration that accompany John McAuliff and his 24 colleagues from the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) of Treasury Department, a sort of Big Brother pursued by every type of treatment of citizens of their country with the Caribbean island, told that they would issue no licenses for travel to Cuba, where they were to participate in the Cultural Traditions II Celtic Festival, from 15 to 26 April in Havana.

The U.S. government denied a license to travel to Cuba with a group of traditional Irish music that he planned to attend the event organized by the Office of the Historian of the City and the artists who will attend Ireland, Spain, Canada and Cuba. (RC)

Libya eyewitness accounts

Libya eyewitness accounts

Here is an interesting text:

Also this is worth looking at:

Repudiate the Debt Statement on Iceland


Press statement

10 April 2011


The Repudiate the Debt Campaign welcomes and applauds the decision of the people of Iceland to reject the bank bail-out that would subsidise the wealthy elite. They showed great courage in rejecting the terms and conditions and in resisting the pressure from the European Union and international finance houses.

We repeat our demand for a referendum to allow the Irish people a vote on the growing mountain of debt placed on the backs of the Irish people by the outgoing Government and added to by the present one. We demand the same democratic opportunity as the people of Iceland have won.

Eoghan O’Neill
087 2172440

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Repudiate the debt - for a better future

Repudiate the debt - for a better future

new video!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

CPI Statement

The EU determines that the Irish people must pay the debt

Anyone still blinded by euro-spin, or still suffering under the delusion that the European Union is some sort of benign force in the affairs of this state, need only look at the imposition of even greater debt upon the Irish people in order to keep bankrupt Irish banks afloat and thereby pay their debts to German, French, British and Dutch banks.

The black hole that is the Irish banking system was revealed as never before with the results of the bank “stress tests” today. The Government will throw another €24 billion or more down this bottomless pit, bringing the total so far to €70 billion. That’s the estimate for now.

The European Central Bank laid down the benchmark for this clientelist Government when it made it clear that the Government should not cede ground to the mood of the people and that the senior bond-holders should not pay the price for their reckless speculation. What is clear is that, no matter what the Irish people believe or demand, this Government and its EU masters will put the interest of big finance houses ahead of them.

The Government is hoping that somehow it can cobble together two semi-functioning banks out of the mess that is the Irish banking system. They are as bankrupt as the previous Government was and as the Irish banks they are trying to save.

There are no solutions to be found in the straitjacket that is being imposed that will be in the interests of the people. There are no solutions to be found that put the people first either in the policies being pursued by this Government or in the road map imposed by the EU-IMF deal.

Let the people have their say! Give them the opportunity to vote in a referendum on whether they wish this and future generations to be bonded labourers to pay off debts that are not theirs.