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    <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6462627.stm" target="_blank">Beeb
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    Thousands of demonstrators have been holding anti-war rallies as the anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq nears.
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    In Washington, thousands braved cold temperatures to march to the Pentagon carrying placards denouncing the war.
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    Tuesday marks four years since the war began. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died as well as some 3,200 US troops.
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    Protests took place in other US cities including Los Angeles, in European capitals and in Australia.
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    'Shadow of death'
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    US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son
    died in Iraq, said those marching were walking "in the shadow of the
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    "It's like being in the shadow of the death star. They
    take their death and destruction and they export it around the world.
    We need to shut it down," she said.
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    Many carried black and yellow signs urging the US to
    leave Iraq as they made their way across the Potomac River from the
    Lincoln Memorial.
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    Organisers said freezing temperatures had probably
    discouraged some from taking part in the march which followed the same
    path as a key rally against the Vietnam War in 1967.
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    Several thousand others, many members of the armed
    services, gathered in counter rallies in support of the war, playing
    the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
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    In Los Angeles, police estimated that up to 6,000 people
    demonstrated in anti-war rallies which included flag-draped coffins
    being carried through the streets of Hollywood.
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    Europe-wide protests
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    Spain's protests were the largest in Europe, with some estimates putting the number of people taking part at 100,000.
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    In the capital, Madrid, protesters waved placards
    denouncing US President George W Bush and former Spanish Prime Minister
    Jose Maria Aznar for "war crimes".
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    Film director Pedro Almodovar was among those who took part.
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    He said he was present to protest against "the barbarities they have been committing in Iraq for the past four years".
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    In the Turkish city of Istanbul, more than 3,000 took
    part in protests, carrying signs reading "Bush go home" and "We are all
    Iraqis".
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    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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    Event/protest at Shannon at 4pm Bank Holiday Monday if anyone feels strong enough.
    "This was the performance Ireland had been threatening all championship but had only managed to produce in fits and starts. Defeats at the hands of France and Wales had put paid to their title aspirations, never mind a Grand Slam, but yesterday’s emphatic 24-8 win shows that this is a team moving in the right direction."

    The Irish Times after Ireland beat England at Lansdowne Road on 19/03/11

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      #3
      just hijacking the thread title, but fianna fail are about to get
      reelected in our name. The health service has been deconstructed in our
      name.

      Cork Airport looks like it may be forced to be unviable in our name

      Our politicians are relected crooks in our name.

      And if our economy which has a huge basis on fdi and the construction
      industry is going arse over tit, what we will have left to show for 10
      years of boom, will be feck all - done in our name


      Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice



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        #4
        Can't argue with any of that scots. What can we do? There will get back in.
        "This was the performance Ireland had been threatening all championship but had only managed to produce in fits and starts. Defeats at the hands of France and Wales had put paid to their title aspirations, never mind a Grand Slam, but yesterday’s emphatic 24-8 win shows that this is a team moving in the right direction."

        The Irish Times after Ireland beat England at Lansdowne Road on 19/03/11

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          #5
          Get a job.............hippies.
          Grandpa Simpson: The last time the meteors came, we thought the sky was on fire. Naturally, we blamed the Irish. We hanged more \'n a few.

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            #6
            @@@@SPAN id="news_c&#111;ntent">@@@@SPAN ="storyline">Good to keep in
            with them alright Chief (see below). Crooks, and we are so used to it,
            we dont care. And yes I blame Fianna Fail for their lies. Everytime you
            talk about scandals to a Fianna Fail supporter you hear the refrain -
            'They are all at it' , fortunately this is bo***cks, most politicians
            are honest - ish.

            Our electorial system though is built on corruption. "I'll sort out
            those potholes on that road for you alright, sure I know you'll
            remember me in May.".

            TD's should be involved in legislation. And thats all.

            If you need a local matter sorted it should be through civic information centres and other civic institutions.

            The farcical situation of being able to get planning sorted by going to your local TD needs to change.



            So my advice?



            Vote independent. doesnt matter who, and use every single line of your ballot paper with FF at the very bottom.







            @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">Cowen tops list for lobbying Revenue Commissioners@@@@/SPAN>@@@@/SPAN>
            @@@@SPAN ="storytime">18/03/2007 - 11:23:28@@@@/SPAN><div align="right"></div>The
            Minister for Finance lobbied the Revenue Commissioners on behalf of
            members of the public considerably more times than any other TD or
            senator last year.

            New figures have shown that while most TDs
            make just one or two representations, Brian Cowen lobbied the Revenue
            94 times in 2006.

            The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern made 27
            representations - the fourth highest number for any member of the
            Oireachtas - while Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny made six representations
            during the year@@@@/SPAN>
            Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice



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              Originally posted by scotscor
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              TD's should be involved in legislation. And thats all.
              If you need a local matter sorted it should be through civic information centres and other civic institutions.
              The farcical situation of being able to get planning sorted by going to your local TD needs to change.
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              Fair point and I'd agree that greater power needs to be delegated to local authorities in the area of allocation of funds. But are these civic institutions elected or unelected?


              Either you have a lack of accountability or the same problem at a local level.
              "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."

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                Originally posted by Jenta

                Originally posted by scotscor
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                TD's should be involved in legislation. And thats all.
                If you need a local matter sorted it should be through civic information centres and other civic institutions.
                The farcical situation of being able to get planning sorted by going to your local TD needs to change.
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                Fair point and I'd agree that greater power needs to be delegated to
                local authorities in the area of allocation of funds. But are these
                civic institutions elected or unelected?


                Either you have a lack of accountability or the same problem at a local level.
                it has to be unelected, someone should not be able to benefit from
                doing you a favour that is outwith the scope of their remit, if it is
                their job and they follow the rules then that job allows, but only to
                the limits then fine.

                But the idea that a planner or civic representative cant help with your
                planning but your local td can sort it is daft, and must be changed.

                Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice



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                  #9
                  Local councillors have no power over county managers and secretaries, all or most of whom are politically appointed lackies, so where do you go from there?

                  If this population were capable of outrage and regretfully it is demonstrably capable of no more than hand wringing, Cowen would be ousted in the next election for that interference, instead of being a poll topper. We either have a revenue service with teeth or we don't. There is no such thing as a little bit pregnant.

                  Similarly, if tribunals are getting too close to certain facts relating to the top cat, there is a blatant attempt to guillotine their workings. Some accountability and transparency. I have to say I find it comforting that Chief is happy with all of this though. So should we all be. Bloody ingrates.

                  Hello friends in Brussels. Baldy here

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                    #10


                    An unelected body involved in the allocation of funds would be very unlikely to make it past a constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court based on the doctrine of seperation of powers, at least I'd imagine it would.


                    The planning allocation system is a shambles though, the lack of transparency leaves it wide open to abuse.
                    "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."

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