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February 25, 2015

Not the elephant in the room anymore: Direct Provision System and Deportations

Do you remember the story of Somali asylum seeker Mohamed Sleyum Ali? Irish Times reported it: In March 2014 he was deported from Ireland, attacked and left to die within hours of his arrival in Tanzania…

One day he was in Dublin, soon after he was fighting for his life.

What do you think of this story?

Suspicious?

Horrific?

Sad? 

Unbelievable?

Not the elephant in the room anymore: Direct Provision System and Deportations

Do you remember the story of Somali asylum seeker Mohamed Sleyum Ali? Irish Times reported it: In March 2014 he was deported from Ireland, attacked and left to die within hours of his arrival in Tanzania…

One day he was in Dublin, soon after he was fighting for his life.

What do you think of this story?

Suspicious?

October 6, 2014

The US led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq seem to have little or no real impact on ISIS. Since the beginning of the airstrikes a number of civilians and some ISIS fighters are killed but the overall organizational structure and the fighting capacity of ISIS are intact. We are told by the US administration and the leaders of states who joined the coalition that “they will continue the airstrikes till ISIS is destroyed”. 

The US led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq seem to have little or no real impact on ISIS. Since the beginning of the airstrikes a number of civilians and some ISIS fighters are killed but the overall organizational structure and the fighting capacity of ISIS are intact. We are told by the US administration and the leaders of states who joined the coalition that “they will continue the airstrikes untill ISIS is destroyed”.

April 10, 2014

Addressing delegates at the annual conference of the Association of Garda Superintendents in Naas Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has warned Garda superintendents not to “jump to conclusions” about people on the basis of racial profiling. (1)

Addressing delegates at the annual conference of the Association of Garda Superintendents in Naas Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has warned Garda superintendents not to “jump to conclusions” about people on the basis of racial profiling. (1)

Reading the report in the Irish Times, what the Minister said at the conference initially sounds like a positive attempt to address the issue of racial profiling in the police force.  But before we come to this, there are some other significant points in his speech that we need take a note of.

March 1, 2012

As I started reading the report on thereferendum in the Irish Times, I noticed another item that said: “Fall in house prices accelerating”. Great! Thousands of mortgage holders, who bought a house just to put a roof over their family’s heads, are in further misery.  People who were stuck in a high and speculative investor-driven rental market, people who thought buying a home made sense, have been buried deeper in negative equity - the same people who suffered levies, cuts and job losses for the benefit of banks, builders and bond holders; the very same people whose mortgage debts (real money) to the banks stayed the same while all their income and the value of their homes kept dropping.  Not a few, but thousands of people are at the point of losing their family homes. They can’t sell them, they can’t pay for them but they are now asked to pay another €100 (to begin with) for their homes.

September 14, 2011

IRISH MEPs yesterday rounded on the EU’s energy commissioner, Guenther Oettinger from Germany

IT reports: IRISH MEPs yesterday rounded on the EU’s energy commissioner, Guenther Oettinger from Germany, for reportedly suggesting that the flags of countries with excessive deficits should fly at half-mast in front of EU buildings....

What a joke, these highly paid useless MEPs are fighting over flags... But then Irish Times should remind our MEPs the Lisbon Treaty and how they sold it to the nation the second time: "Solidarity... Ireland for Europe, Europe for Ireland"... Well MEP are you embarressed?