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(en) Ireland, Dublin, The call for the Mayday No Borders weekend

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 27 Mar 2004 17:03:23 +0100 (CET)

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Activists from the Dublin Grassroots network are calling for a
European day of action in Dublin on Saturday, May 1st, as the
highlight of a weekend of action from Friday April 30th, to
Monday May 3rd. These days of action will focus on symbols of all
that is wrong with the EU as it currently stands: militarism,
neo-liberalism, fortress Europe and the EU police state. We are
inviting people from all over Europe, and the world, to join us in
Dublin on Mayday to show our leaders that their agenda for EU
integration, driven by the wealthy and powerful, will face
resistance. We will also be using the days of action to highlight
local issues and campaigns which are linked to the broader
problems of corporate globalisation and the EU.

Read the full details here.

Do you want to get in contact with us?

Grassroots Dublin Network is comprised of individuals from
different organisations. The Network grew from the national
Grassroots Gathering, which occurs three times a year. Below are
some Dublin contacts and local contacts from around the country.
If you are interested in getting involved with Dublin Mayday
preparations in your local area then contact one of the emails

General emails to contact Mayday organisers:
grassrootsdublin AT yahoo.com
Accommodation emails:
accommodation AT hushmail.com (PGP encrypted)
Workers Solidarity Movement (platform anarchist group):
wsm_ireland AT yahoo.com, website
Gluaiseacht (environmental group):
info AT gluaiseacht.net, website http://www.gluaiseacht.net
Magpie Collective (squat/direct action collective):
iwannaspace AT wildmail.com
Organise! (Belfast Anarchists):
organiseireland AT yahoo.ie
Cork Anarchist Group:
corkanarchists AT yahoo.com
Dublin Anarchist Prisoner Support:
aps AT anarchistps.org

People from the Wombles and the Dissent! Network in the UK are
planning on travelling to Dublin for the Mayday weekend. If you
are living in the UK and plan on coming to Dublin, you can email
wombles AT hushmail.com

If you want to add anything onto this site, email the site
bluekingfisher AT hushmail.com

Indymedia Ireland has secured a large space in the city centre in
Dublin for ten days in the run up to the Mayday No Borders
weekend. This will be the Indymedia Centre for the duration of the
protests. There will be film screenings, photo exhibitions, practical
workshops on creating your own media, and various other events
happening from April 22nd onwards. If you are interested in
helping set up the centre, or would like to put an event on, please
contact the general Indymedia Ireland mailing list at imc-ireland
AT lists.indymedia.org

Some good sources of information on recent events are Indymedia
Ireland, http://www.indymedia.ie which is part of the global
Indymedia network. The site has news, photos, and commentary.
The Struggle site http://www.struggle.ws/new.html contains a
vast archive of news reports from anarchist/libertarian actions
around the country, with documents and information for you to download
for free. A recent addition, Anarchomedia, http://www.anarchomedia.org
is an excellent pool of Irish anarchist, activist and alternative news.
Recent events involving non-authoritarian groups and individuals
have included the campaign against the service charges, the
anti-war demonstration at Shannon airport, and solidarity actions
with the Thessaloniki hunger strikers, among others.

How do I get to Ireland?

For those of you who are travelling from abroad, there are two
ways you can get to Ireland, by plane or by boat. If you are
thinking of going by plane, many different companies fly into
Dublin so your best bet is to check with your local carrier. The two
main airlines that serve Dublin are Aer Lingus http://www.aerlingus.ie
and Ryanair http://www.ryanair.com. Aer Lingus is the national
airline, and although it is slightly more expensive than Ryanair,
they have a unionised workforce, mostly in SIPTU (Services
Industrial Professional Technical Union). For this reason we
would encourage you not to book with Ryanair even if they are
slightly cheaper. By booking ahead you will save money.

Dublin Airport is situated on the north side of the city, north of
Santry and south of Swords. Its approximately a 30 minute bus
journey into the city centre. There are private companies that run
express coaches into the city, but it is cheaper (yet slightly
slower!) to get the public bus service from the airport into town,
the number 41 will bring you into the city centre. A single fare
from the airport is e1.60 approx. For more information on routes
and fares check out the Dublin Bus http://www.dublinbus.ie website.

Ireland is served by a number of ferry routes, from the UK
and France. Irish Ferries http://www.irishferries.com/
serve a number of routes, including Holyhead (in Wales)
to Dublin, Pembroke (Wales) to Rosslare, and Cherbourg &
Roscoff (France) to Rosslare. Stena Line
http://www.stenaline.ie/ are another ferry company operating
to Ireland from the UK. In addition to the Holyhead to
Dublin route, they also sail into Dun Laoighre, as well
as operating a Fishguard (Wales) to Rosslare line, and from
Stranraer (Scotland) to Belfast. Swansea-Cork Ferries
http://www.swansea-cork.ie/ does exactly what it
says on the tin, i.e. it goes from Swansea to Cork.

If you are coming to Ireland for any protests, landing in Dublin or
Dun Laoighre is possibly the easiest option. Dun Laoighre is
served by the local DART (train) and Dublin Bus services and is
only about 45 minutes from Dublin's City Centre. Rosslare is
approximately 2 hours south of Dublin by train. Cork is
approximately 3 and a half hours away, and Belfast is about 2 and
a half. The trains in Ireland are run by Iarnrod Eireann
http://www.irishrail.ie, check out their site for a full
list of train timetables. A slightly cheaper option
is Bus Eireann http://www.buseireann.ie/, again their site
has all details of prices and times to and from other locations.

operate ferry crossings between Stranraer-Belfast,
Holyhead-Dublin (Dublin Port or Dun Laoghaire) and
Fishguard-Rosslare. Adult monthly return fares cost £39 for the
Holyhead-Dublin sailings and £30 for Fishguard-Rosslare.
Cheaper rates are available for OAP's and children, see website for

Stenaline also operate a 'sail and rail' deal. 'Super Economy
Return' fares (lowest prices but limited choice in crossing times
per day) are a cheap way of getting to Dublin with fares costing
£34 (Chester), £41 (Manchester and Liverpool) and £54
(London & Cardiff).

The Dublin Duo special offer (Stenaline) costs £63 (Chester),
£74 (Manchester and Liverpool) and £90 (London)and includes
train to Holyhead, ferry crossing and DART ticket from the port to
Dublin city centre FOR TWO PEOPLE.

The Virgin Value special offer also run by Stenaline offers cheaper
fares depending on how far in advance you book your ticket. 14
days in advance costs £32 with fares of £48 and £58 when
you book 7 and 3 days in advance. Prices include travel between
London and Holyhead, ferry crossing and DART ticket from port
to Dublin city centre.

Irish ferrries operate crossings from Holyhead-Dublin and
Pembroke-Rosslare. Both cost £30 for adults and £22.50 and
£15 for students and children respectively.

All prices quoted above are for return fares in UK pounds sterling.
Consult the relevant websites for more detailed info.

Where can I stay?

We have set up a contact email address for accommodation. If you
or your group are intending on coming to Ireland for Mayday or
during the EU presidency then please get in touch as soon as
possible. The number of people that we can look after is extremely
limited. We will be helping people on a first-come, first-served
basis. Apologies but it is a lot of work and we simply don't have
the resources to help thousands of people! The contact address is
accommodation AT hushmail DOT com (the email address is up
here in this format to stop spammers automatically detecting it).
We advise you to bring basic sleeping materials such as a sleeping
bag and possibly a tent in case the accomodation centres are shut

There are loads of youth and backpacker hostels in Dublin as it is
a very popular destination for young tourists (often with no
money!). Some good sites to check out are Hostel Dublin
http://www.hosteldublin.com/, and also Allens Guide
http://www.allensguide.com/hostels/Dublin-Hostels.php .
We cant speak from experience because we've never
stayed in any tourist hostel, but from talking to
people who have, Isaacs http://www.isaacs.ie/ seems
to be a decent bet, reasonably priced and clean,
plus there's a rake of pubs in the vicinity (and a
Garda station as well!)

If you're looking for something a bit more upmarket then you
should consult the Irish Tourist Board, Bord Failte, they will be
able to recommend a bed & breakfast or hotel for you.

What are my legal rights in Ireland?

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties http://www.iccl.ie/ has recently
produced the second (updated) version of their informative booklet called
"Know Your Rights". You can download this at their website in Adobe Acrobat
PDF format (click here http://www.iccl.ie/about/knowyourrights2003.pdf
to download it). It contains information on a wide variety of
issues, relating to arrest, searches, legal rights, powers of
detention, etc in Ireland and is worth reading to familiarise
yourself with your civil liberties in Ireland.

You can now download an information sheet on your legal rights
in Ireland, relating to arrest and detention. You can download it in
PDF or Word format.

Preparing for street demonstrations

As we have said above in the call for people to participate in the
actions, everyone is welcome to join in regardless of their age,
gender, ethnicity or background. We respect diversity, and people
from the Grassroots Dublin Network will also respect people's
decisions regarding which level of action they want to pursue. All
choices will be accomodated in every environment - we will be
looking out for everyone and making sure that those who want to
observe from a safe zone will be protected.

We reccommend that everyone intending on coming to Dublin
during the EU presidency inform themselves of personal safety
and security for street demonstrations. There is a wealth of
information on the internet about this, here are some links below
that will help you to get started.

An Activist's Guide To Basic First Aid
A list of gear to bring
The Black Cross Medical Collective
Protect yourself against Baton Charges & Police Tactics
Protect yourself against Tear Gas
Protect yourself against Pepper Spray

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