Tomás Ó Flatharta

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English Queen and US President Obama Close the Phoenix Park

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A common argument in favour of the Obama and English Queen Visits to Dublin and other parts of Ireland is that tourism will be boosted :

Tourism Ireland Chief Niall Gibbons believes  “the visits of US President Barack Obama and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in May to yield a significant long term boost for the Irish tourism sector.”

http://www.newstalk.ie/2011/news/4tourism-chief-says-obama-queen-visits-will-boost-industry47/

Perhaps Mr Gibbons will comment on how the close down of Dublin City Centre for a week will affect tourism?

Horrendous Restrictions are planned :

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0512/breaking5.html

The shutdown measures include  the closure of Phoenix Park – home to the Zoo, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland :

“Dublin Zoo is celebrating record breaking numbers in 2010 as 963,053 visitors passed through the gates. This is the highest ever footfall in the 180 year history of the Zoo and is a whopping 31,187 more visitors than the previous record year in 2008.”

http://www.dublinzoo.ie/News/66-24/A-Record-Breaking-Year-at-Dublin-Zoo.aspx

These visits are causing one attack on democratic rights after another

http://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/eirigi-councillor-louise-minihan-condemns-dublin-city-council-censorship/

Time for the left to unite in defence of democratic rights, and put organisational differences to one side;  the right are on the warpath, aided and abetted by the Labour Government Ministers.

Written by tomasoflatharta

May 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

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  1. Harry Browne describes the Dublin lockdown : http://www.counterpunch.org/browne05162011.html

    Collective Resistance reprints a timeless James Connolly article about the visit to Ireland in 1911 of Liz Windsor’s ancestor King George V :
    “We deny all allegiance to this institution of royalty”
    http://collectiveresistance.com/2011/05/17/we-deny-all-allegiance-to-this-institution-of-royalty/

    tomasoflatharta

    May 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

  2. Piers Mostyn analyses the royalty cult :

    Monarchy in the UK

    http://socialistresistance.org/2091/monarchy-in-the-uk-the-string-that-ties-the-robbers-bundle

    Essential reading for haters of 21st Centurt West Britonism – Once Again, James Connolly’s wonderful 1911 polemic against the British king gets a star billing.

    tomasoflatharta

    May 21, 2011 at 12:03 am


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