Banna Strand – Roger Casement

This popular ballad is sung throughout Ireland, in respect of the memory of Roger Casement, a hero of the 1916 Rising. A variation on the lyrics can be found here. Banna Strand (unknown author)  ‘Twas on Good Friday morning, All in the month of May, A German Ship was signalling, Beyond out in the Bay, … Continue reading “Banna Strand – Roger Casement”

Beware Greek Bearing Gifts – Yanis Varoufakis.

Yanis Varoufakis recently launched the ‘Democracy in Europe Movement’ , aiming to reform the current European Union by persuading it to be democratic. Varoufakis says that it is better to “work within” the EU to fix it, rather than leaving, as proposed in the UK’s #Brexit referendum and as demanded by an increasing number of Europeans.   … Continue reading “Beware Greek Bearing Gifts – Yanis Varoufakis.”

TiSA Trade in Services Agreement

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a proposed treaty between 23 Parties, including the EU and the United States. TiSA is to liberalise (i.e. privatise!) the worldwide trade of services such as banking, health care and transport. Currently most public services in the US are private, e.g. local police, prisons, education etc. TiSA will … Continue reading “TiSA Trade in Services Agreement”

CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is similar to TTIP but is between Canada and the EU. The agreement is waiting for final approval by the Council of the European Union and the EU Parliament. Whether approval by all EU member states is needed is disputed, so is whether we citizens have any say. … Continue reading “CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement”

ISDS Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) allows an investor the right to sue a foreign government for losses arising from changes in local laws, regulations etc ISDS is to work with TTIP, it is already an established practice under NAFTA, TPP and other trade agreements. Foreign investors may sue states – but states may NOT sue investors … Continue reading “ISDS Investor-State Dispute Settlement”

TTIP Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an agreement between the EU and the United States; similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Taken together these ‘agreements’ ensure US control over world trade, ignoring other interested parties such as Russia and China and even the World Trade Organisation … Continue reading “TTIP Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership”

Parade for RIGHTS in 2016

The following is the text of the talk delivered by Diarmaid Ó Cadhla at the parade held in Cork on the eve of the actual Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, 23rd April. There is widespread celebration of the 1916 Rising, huge numbers are attending events to pay their respects to the men and women … Continue reading “Parade for RIGHTS in 2016”

1916-2016 CENTENARY YEAR

To honour the Irishmen and Irishwomen of 1916 we must make a reality of the principles for which our forefathers laid down their lives – we must cherish the children of our nation equally, we must have unfettered control of our own destiny, we must assert our sovereign right. To do anything less is to … Continue reading “1916-2016 CENTENARY YEAR”

Biographic Summary – Diarmaid Ó CADHLA

Born January 1961, early years lived in An Rinn, Port Láirge, a rural Gaeltacht area in Waterford – living in Cork city for over 40 years since. Graduate of CIT in Business Studies & Marketing, and later of UCC in Computer Science and Irish. Successful Business Systems Consultant for nearly 30 years, in IT & … Continue reading “Biographic Summary – Diarmaid Ó CADHLA”

Letter to Constituents of Cork South Central

The solution starts here… People must be Represented, not any Political Party, Banks or other vested interests Dear Neighbour, There is a way out, we can have a bright future if we choose it. The solution starts with our accepting responsibility to do what is needed… we must stop voting for any Political Party. Successive … Continue reading “Letter to Constituents of Cork South Central”