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Did Anglo-Irish Systematically Profit from Fraud? October 15, 2010

Posted by Garibaldy in Blogging, Capitalism.

Guido Fawkes is reporting that it did, and that he has documentation to prove it.

An amendment to the Constitution November 18, 2009

Posted by Tomboktu in Blogging, Bunreacht na hÉireann, Ethics, Internet.
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I am glad to see Fine Gael catching up with the blogosphere.

This proposal was posted on livejournal some months ago. (I do like the proposed short title in section 2(2).)


Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2009


As initiated


Image shows Official Seal of Ireland - The Irish Harp as it would be laid out on a printed version of a Bill





Mar a tionscnáodh




1.    Amendment of Article 35 of the Constitution.

2.    Citation.








WHEREAS by virtue of Article 46 of the Constitution any provision of the Constitution may be amended in the manner provided by that Article:

AND WHEREAS it is proposed to amend Article 35 of the Constitution:


1–(1) Article 35 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:

(a) in the Irish text – […],

(b) in the English text –

(i) the insertion of “except as provided for in section 6” after the word “office”, and

(ii) the insert of the following section after section 5–

“6 The remuneration of a judge may be reduced during her or his continuance in office only when and to the same extent that a reduction in pay is applied to a significant proportion of workers who remuneration is supplied from public funds.”.

2–(1) The amendment of the Constitution effected by this Act shall be called the Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution.

(2) This Act may be cited as the Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Putting Manners on the Judiciary) Act, 2009.








Purpose of Bill

The Bill is designed to amend the Constitution in order to achieve the following purpose: To make it constitutional for the pay of members of the judiciary to be reduced provided that this is done in a way and at a time that is similar to any reduction that applies to other public sector workers.

Good to see! April 13, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging, CLR empirebuilding.

I’m indebted to Irish Eagle for noticing this on the Daily Telegraph site:


I think I know how it got there and it’s good to see.

Gramsci would be pleased. Maybe.

Cedar Lounge Revolution: Irish Blog Awards… Best Irish Political Blog 2009. March 6, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging, Culture, Irish Politics.

Just to say a word of thanks to Damien Mulley who handed over the award for the Best Irish Political Blog 2009 to me earlier this week in a central Dublin hotel. Unfortunately the CLR wasn’t able to send one of its nationwide network of contributors and commentors on the day but it was very good of Damien to drop by.

Here it is (Fact: this is the very first award I’ve ever had even a part share in so trust me, you all get to see the photo!).

Once again, many thanks to those involved in this process. It’s genuinely heartening to get this award and it is built on the work of all of those who have contributed, commented and visited the Cedar Lounge Revolution.

Damien raised an interesting question, how this will be passed around the contributors to the CLR. I’m sure we’ll find a way…

Irish Blog Awards 2009: Best Irish Political Blog for Cedar Lounge Revolution… much appreciated… February 22, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging, Culture, Uncategorized.

Just a few words to say how grateful we are at the CLR for the award of Best Political Blog (and apologies for not getting a chance to post this up earlier). Thanks to Damien and all at the awards and congratulations to the other winners. Also thanks to everyone else who participated in the process. And thanks to everyone who posts and comments here. For various reasons, one of which was the march, we weren’t able to make it. But its very important to have such events in the blogging community, particularly because of the broad spread of opinions and types of blogs. From reading others blogs (and a well deserved win of the Grand Prix Prize to Suzy Byrne) it sounds like a great evening…

And to while away another Sunday… August 24, 2008

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging.
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Here’s something from our friend Prenderghast to read

Nice site too…

Fighting the other guy’s war… March 31, 2008

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging, Irish Politics.

There is a problem with the nature of the internet, particularly the unpleasantly named Web 2.0. For those who have use or have access to sites there is the opportunity to use them as and when the mood strikes. Which is unbelievably dangerous because it engenders a sense of importance, which can be illusory, and immediacy, which is very poison.

I’d echo entirely Conor’s words on Dublin Opinion about the recent problems over at Politics.ie, not because I’m a wimpish blogger, or middle-class bottling it in the face of power, but simply because they are right.

P.ie has become a bear pit in regard to all things Ahern and Tribunal. Words were allegedly put in the public domain that have now impelled a legal company into action with charges of defamation.

The possibility of such words being written was obvious, the response inevitable. And that David Cochrane has been, to some extent, caught in the crossfire is unfortunate.

But this is the real world where chances are a legal firm will be first to up the ante – particularly if they think that it is themselves who have been impugned.

To read this then as some sort of attack on Politics.ie with the motive of ‘chilling’ conversation on the topic of the Tribunals or Ahern is nonsense. To see that then as the rationale for a broader campaign to defend ‘free speech’ is near-risible. To then, as some (assiduously hunting with the hounds and running with the hare) suggest conspiracy – or rather air the idea that some are saying it is only to dismiss it while simultaneously spreading it yet further is … well, it is what it is.

In a situation like this there is one solution. The problem is dealt with as it by separate legal teams, because that’s the only way it can be dealt with. No public campaign on the internet is going to change this issue. No appeal to a gallery that will melt away at the first hint that this will incur either financial or other penalties. No dubious relocations whose efficacy has yet to be proven in Irish law.

It requires first and foremost cool heads, restraint, and the sort of compromise that is one aspect of the nature of the legal system. Particularly when what we’re talking about are commercial entities.

But restraint is not the nature of the internet, of boards, or whatever. In an echo of the supposedly ‘legacy’ media, immediacy is all. What is written takes on a life of its own. The ‘campaign’ becomes all, in a perfect simplification. We’re all ‘meant’ to rally to Politics.ie (best of all someone started a P.ie ‘pledge’)…

Nevermind that Politics.ie closed down discussion of the Tribunal and Ahern. Nevermind that they weren’t asked to in the original letter, and were questioned as to why they did so in the second letter. Nevermind that apparently they are going to reopen it as soon as it suits. Not the solicitors. I think the actions were understandable, but developed into the wrong response. So why on earthy would I or any thinking human being pledge ‘support’? Or as a poster on P.ie put it;

I support Dave Cochrane. I don’t support those who persist in putting his site and personal finances in jeopardy especially those mouthing off when service of legal action may be imminent.

My thoughts entirely.

Addendum: I note that Adam Maguire got some unkind words directed at him for daring to express his (entirely moderate) opinion about the matter on Newstalk today. That’s pretty unfair to, as anyone who has met Adam will confirm he’s a good observer of all things internet. Slightly entertaining was the confusion of him with Damien Mulley who is also guilty of thoughtcrimes… albeit ones that date back some time now…

Irish Election and the Blog Awards… March 3, 2008

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging.

News has come to us of a well deserved win for Irish Election as best political blog. For myself I found it absolutely invaluable during the election (albeit on the day of the count I wound up in the Teachers Club on Parnell Square multitasking by drinking pints, periodically checking out the news from next door where Cián and Simon had established a ground control for Irish political blogging and keeping a weather eye on the RTÉ coverage! The death of the Left, indeed.).

And it’s also worth noting their generosity in providing a platform for many other bloggers to put up material, something which has sustained it through the pre and post-election period. One other point. That they have a somewhat divergent political direction in terms of their identifications on the political spectrum has been no harm at all.

Anyhow, I have almost no other news from the Awards which neither I nor my comrades from here attended due to our paranoid and excessive need to keep our identities secret! I’m kidding. But from what reports are filtering through it sounded pretty good.

While I’m at it… January 16, 2008

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging, Class, Social Policy.

A superb riposte to The Dubliner magazine by Donagh at Dublin Opinion on the issue of class, power and societal structures…

An Phoblacht, The Cedar Lounge Revolution, Coolacrease and Blogging… November 21, 2007

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Blogging, Irish History, Media and Journalism, Sinn Féin.

Nice to see the CLR mentioned in the most recent issue of An Phoblacht. Here is the relevant column (I’ve excised the bits that don’t refer to the CLR so that you can go buy your own copy)…


Frankly it’s a glowing tribute, and much appreciated, although whether we’re anywhere near that good (or even adequate) is a different matter.

Personally I don’t think blogs can achieve the sort of critical mass that they do in the US. The US has – to my mind – a very mature and engaged political system at certain levels. There is remarkable interaction and engagement by those who are politicised. And this, I think, is perhaps partially because elections are much more a part of US general life, in terms of electoral contests for municipal and other organisations than they are in this society, or indeed the one next door. That can lead to oddities, as we’ve seen on numerous occasions, and the system does become slanted towards those with money, as distinct from those without. But, the principle is a good one, and one that could be adopted more widely.

Anyhow, I’m continually reminded of this when I listen to the various NPR shows on the internet (incidentally, talking as Conor was about dumbing down the media… people can keep (most) of the BBC, although not all). We complain here about a tilt towards the right in our society but listen to ‘Left, Right and Centre’ or ‘To the point’ and the range of ideological positions is quite remarkable and makes our own media seem very tame.
Now, I’m not suggesting for a moment that what is true of NPR is true of the entirety of U.S. society, but it is reflective of a serious strain of political thinking that crosses partisan lines and I like that – a lot. And to return to my central point, this leads to a politically engaged spectrum which consumes a range of information from various sources, some of remarkable quality. And that means that bloggers have a much greater penetration into that system (it’s very noticeable to me how many people on the NPR shows have their own blogs – mind you they probably have their own myspace pages as well…natch!).

At the Irish Election Bloggers Conference last Autumn Guido Fawkes was the main speaker (incidentally, good to see the IE redesign which is clean, crisp and logical. Fair dues to Simon and Cian and designer/coder John Blackbourne). He seemed to be pushing a very proactive line, a sort of Private Eye on internet steroids. That’s fine as far as it goes, but in a smaller, more personal polity like the one(s) on this island it is more difficult. To ‘break’ news, or even to cross a certain line and ‘create’ news is near impossible, and almost certainly impossible to do on a daily or weekly basis.
But reflecting on a discourse, now that’s a different matter. And I think that’s pretty good in itself.

Still, that leads me to another thought. We’ve already sent out a call for further material to the Left Archive. More would be appreciated, particularly material from the smaller groups that haven’t been represented yet (yes! I want that SWM leaflet I handed good money over in ’88 and promptly lost). But it would also be interesting to hear if you have any ideas for the Cedar Lounge Revolution. What do you like or dislike? Any thoughts on improvements? Stuff you want to see?

Comment here or drop us a line at cedarlounge@yahoo.ie

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