A threat to free speech? Irish police arrest Anti-Austerity peaceful protestors, some as young as 14.

Ireland has seen some controversial measures by the Garda Siochana with regards to what has been dubbed “political policing” by some politicians and journalists the past week.

Within the last 7 days, 11 Anti Austerity and Anti-Irish Water charges protestors (including political party members)  had their homes raided by up to 8 law enforcement officers at a time. Some of those arrested were as young as 14.

The manner in which the arrests were carried out has been heavily criticized, with regards to the timing of such arrests (some as early as 7 in the morning) and the waste of Garda resources used to execute the arrests (24 policemen were used to carry out 4 arrests).

One such arrest involved Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, who opened his door to 6 Gardai (policemen) who raided his home, and then hauled him to the police station for hours of questioning regarding an incident which occurred in November 2014.This involved the Irish minister for Social Protection Joan Burton who, after implementing extremely harsh and controversial tax measures and budget cuts, met unwelcoming crowds when she presented herself in one of Dublin’s biggest socially disadvantaged areas, Jobstown, Tallaght.
Rather then address the crowds or answer questions, the minister sat in her car on her phone while protestors chanted slogans and obstructed her vehicle. A primarily peaceful protest, the most extreme element’s occurred when the Minister was hit by a water balloon from one of the protestors. A cement brick was also hurled at a Garda vehicle by a bystander.

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Burton has advocated a number of controversial and harsh austerity measures to repair the damage of the Irish Banking crisis, in which the mistakes and debts of bankers sank the Irish economy, and plummeted the country into debt, the burden of which was then passed to the taxpayer. The Minister has also oversaw the illegal privatization of Ireland’s water resources.
2 months after the events in jobstown, 11 people including 2 children and 3 political opponents of the Ministers Party, Labour, have been arrested.

Also, efforts are being made on behalf of the government, and Irish media, to stifle publicity about the arrests

“Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy was silenced when he attempted to raise concerns over “political policing” in Ireland’s parliament on Thursday.

The Ceann Comhairle, responsible for chairing Irish parliamentary debates, ruled he was out of order. Murphy’s microphone was subsequently switched off”

-RT.com


Are such actions an attack on the right to protest and free speech? And, more alarmingly, is political policing being used to quench opposition in the run up to Irish General election? The arrests are blatantly an attempt to criminalize the Irish Water protestors, however to the contrary, the events seemed to have reinforced the view of many that the Irish government is quite openly, resorting to desperate measures to quench any political opposition to them and their policies.

Outrage at such authoritarian measures have been expressed at numerous protests throughout Ireland, and even abroad, with a protest taking place outside the Irish embassy in London last Wednesday.

Pedophilia in the Establishment- Why is Justice Being Prevented?

News of late has been riddled with various sex and child abuse scandals among prominent politicians, bankers and others stretching from the US across the Atlantic to the UK. Both countries pillars of western democracy.

Prince Andrews has been under the spotlight with child abuse allegations, and his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, convicted of soliciting underage girls for prostitution.

It has emerged that Bill Clinton too was in constant contact with the Billionaire Epstein, and had regularly flew to his Florida properties.

People in the UK are no stranger to the legacy of politican Cyril Smith, a pedophile of historic proportions, whose activities were covered up by the British Parliament during the 1980’s. Proof is slowly emerging that Thatcher, and others knew the extent of child abuse that was occurring in prominent ranks of the UK Parliament, but chose to protect those involved.

All of these events are hideous, and truly shocking for everyone involved. whats increasingly hideous, is the obstruction of justice that is being implemented by the Government to protect the names and positions of those involved.

Bluntly, why are governments and state authorities protecting these pedophiles? Files and information regarding the names of individuals have been classified, and remain so in the “interests of national security”.

We, as taxpayers, are funding establishments that lie frequently to the people about political issues such as tax, fracking, the privatization of resources and State agencies, wars- and now pedophilia.

Where does the line stop?
This, if nothing else should be the wake up call to people that democracy is NOT working.

  • If Democracy is the a system designed “for the people, by the people”, why do UK residents have no say in the controversial Fracking legislation, despite 90% public opposition to it? Why is the UK’s NHS being privatized?
  • Why do US Citizens get dragged into foreign wars they don’t agree with until false pretenses of WMD?
  • Why are Irish citizens lied to about bank bailouts, forced to pay illegally implemented Water Charges which the majority are opposed to?

    And now, why are taxpayer funded Politicians, Policing organizations,and others trying to obstruct justice and protect a number of exploitative, despicable individuals?

    This is Democracy.

    An illusion of justice, freedom of choice, and honesty, maintained by instilling the fear that whilst our governments aren’t the best, they could be worse. Recent events make me wonder. Could they be?

    It takes certain type of people to condone and ignore child abuse. Yet, that’s whats running the country.


Why Irish eyes aren’t smiling: Irish Water

After years of fierce austerity measures, the Irish Water debacle seemed to blast the last few bits of patience the Irish people had. No scheme has gathered more public unrest and controversy then the formation of the privately owned company Irish Water. This article is not attempting to influence or inform your decision on whether to pay the charge or not. There is a plethora of information out there to do that. What will be discussed however is why exactly the formation of the company Irish Water is illegal, as is the actions of the Irish Government. What follows is utter insults to the integrity of the people of Ireland by Fine Gael and Labour, and the tactics employed by the Government and Irish water to legitimize blatant illegal actions, resulting in an illegal domestic charge, and illegal contract (both by Irish and EU law) and nothing but an abuse and mockery of the Irish people


Lies

“Today I enter into a covenant with the Irish people……Honesty is not just our policy, it is our only policy”220px-EndaKenny2007FineGael
Enda Kenny, the Day he was elected as Taoiseach, 9th of march, 2011

Fine Gael and Labour were elected in a time of severe economical crisis. Severe cuts, increased taxes, and high unemployment and a general feeling of despair greeted the new coalition government, whose best policy was honesty, if words are anything to go by. Now, while no one would ever voluntarily testify to the honesty of a politician,  people had genuine hope, or at least belief, that a new party could hardly be worse than the last.
What came was a series of exploitative job schemes (Jobbridge) rooted in maintaining a welfare state, and yet again, increased taxation. But this time, the tax came in a form completely unexpected. While Water charges had been on the cards as early as 2009, no-one could have predicted the deceitful tactics employed by the Irish government to privatize Ireland’s water.


                                                                                                                                                                                     Is That Even legal?

On the 25th of December-yes, Christmas day- the legislation to privatize Irelands water, The Irish Water Act 2013, was signed into law. This was to pass the law without massive amounts of public attention
Firstly, there is existing EU legislation (Europeans Competitions Treaty Act art. 82 and 86) which prohibits the privatization of natural resources, so the Irish Water Act is in breach of EU competitors law.
Also, under the EU Water directive 2000, Ireland does not have to pay for water charges. However, as the Irish Water website kindly informs us “The Irish Government introduced national legislation in 2013 (Water Services Act No. 2) obliging Irish Water to introduce charging for the supply of domestic water services.”
It is highly evident from the above that the implementation of the company Irish Water was managed in a way to go unnoticed and unapproved by the people of Ireland.
To add further insult to injury, the Minister Alan Kelly is due to renew Ireland’s EU exemption on Water charges in January, which he intends not to do. As reported on avaaz.org ,

“Last week the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said that Ireland did not have an exemption from domestic water metering and charging as defined in the EU Water Services Directive.
This was simply untrue, and the EU have confirmed this.”


A Torrent of Tyranny

• Irish Water is owned by Denis O Brien, who owns GMC/Sierra and Communicorp, a media Giant who owns many of Ireland’s radio stations. Irish Water was not a legally registered or certified company at the time it signed a contract with the Irish Government, and did not possess an EU (required) Tax certificate of registration.
• Many have been critical of Irish Water’s bullying threats to people who don’t pay their charges. Turning off their water supply, directly taxing their wage or social welfare payment, but interestingly circling around court hearings. Irish water is currently being delayed due to major disputes in the courts already.
• Irish people already pay Water charges. The Property Tax introduced in 2011 is supposed to cover the costs of “Essential Services” which includes the water system. VAT was increased in the 1970’s to cover the costs of maintain the water infrastructure. The government, and company Irish Water want you to continue paying these, plus your average 260 euro a year.
• The meters currently being installed in thousands of homes across Ireland are the same meters that are currently being uninstalled across America due to concerns of dangerous radiation emissions.


Final Thoughts

Irish people are angry for a number of reasons; a strange company demanding details and PPS no’s, employing bullying tactics to those who don’t pay an already paid for charge,  and the blatantly deceitful illegal and bullying actions of the Irish Government complacent to Irish Water in the form of controlled media, downplaying the real issues with regards to the privatization of Ireland’s water, ignoring mass protests, and most recently, Enda Kenny’s refusal to call a general election early, despite widespread angst. There is a lack of transparency in the Irish government, and the establishment of Irish Water is a prime example of why: to push through agendas in favour of the elite few. There is a history of such in Irish politics. As long as they can bully and make unreasonable demands of the Irish people, be assured, they will continue to. Rising rent and house costs, rising intuition fees, “Temporary” Universal social charge, Property Tax, Water charges: only we can decide when it will end. Ireland is no longer a land of scholars, but a land of many who can no longer afford education, a place to live, and soon, one of the  basic human needs, water.

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”

-Plato