Charlemont Street Community Garden

Today (5/2/12), the Dublin Citizens Defence Committee (CDC) in co-operation with residents in Charlemont Street, participated in organising and carried out work on a communal garden for the area.

Spokesperson for the CDC and Charlemont Street resident Tony Nicoletti commented:

“When Charlemont Street was giving the green light for redevelopment and as part of the de-tenanting process, all ground-floor flats have been vacated and boarded-up. This left the flats complex with plenty of unused gardens that have been lying idle now for quite awhile.”

“We got off to a good start today and began cleaning out rubbish and turning the soil in some of the gardens to make way for the planting of seeds and potatoes. This was the most labour intensive process of the gardening and all that’s left now to do is set about planting seeds.”

“The idea behind the communal garden is to create a space for the residents within the flats complex so that the young and old can use the area for play, learning, meeting, and socialising, as well as gardening, and also to give them the opportunity to participate and contribute their own ideas.”

“We would encourage all parents and kids to come along to our next gardening event. This is a great opportunity, especially for the kids from the area, to get involved in and help create a space they can call their own.”

For anybody who would like to take part in the gardening we will be meeting again in a couple of weeks time (18/2/12) at 2pm to start with the planting process.

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CDC Function Report

Ar an 14iú Bealtaine chuir an CDC ócáid tiomsaithe airgid thar a bheith rathúil ar bun. Cuireadh an oíche ar bun i dteach tabhairne an Deer’s Head ar Sráid Parnell i gcroílár chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. Príomhaidhm na hoíche ná chun tarraingt ticéid a chuir ar bun os rud é gur dhíol baill an CDC na céadta díobh sna seachtainí roimhe sin ionas airgead a chruinniú dár gníomhaíochta amach romhainn. Cuid tábhachtach eile den oíche ab ea na daoine a bhí bailithe ann a chur ar an eolas faoi obair an CDC agus na spriocanna atá againn don todhchaí chomh maith le béim a leagan ar an bhfáth go bhfuil sé criticiúil eagraíocht ar nós an CDC bheith ar bun agus an eacnamaíocht trína chéile. Sheinn Celtic Symphony ceol ar an oíche, idir meascáin balléidí, ceol traidisiúnta agus roinnt popcheoil. Ag deireadh na dála is oíche lán de craic agus spraoi a bhí ann. Chomh maith leis sin baineadh aidhmeanna na hoíche amach, bailíodh airgead don CDC agus daoine a cuireadh daoine ar an eolas faoinár dtionscnaimh agus pleananna don todhchaí.


On the 14th of May a highly successful fund raising event was held by CDC. The night was held in the Deer’s Head Public on Parnell Street in Dublin’s city centre. The aim of the night was primarily to hold a draw for which hundreds of tickets had been sold by CDC members in order to raise monies to promote our initiatives. Another aspect of the night, however, included the CDC informing all those present at the function of our objectives and the reasons why it is imperative that an entity such as the CDC be set up in these times of harsh economic depression. Music on the night was provided by Celtic Symphony who played a mixture of ballads, traditional and more contemporary music. All in all an enjoyable night was had by those in attendance and the purpose of the function to raise both funds for the CDC, and awareness of our work and plans for the future, was realised.

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~ Citizens Defence Committee Benefit Draw ~

14th MAY @10pm – Deer’s Head Public House, Parnell Street, Dublin.

*1st Prize: pair of boxing gloves signed by World Champion Anthony “The Pride” Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald talked to the CDC last Sunday and had this to say about the initiative:

”I support any community initiative that has the interests of citizens at heart where the foundation stone rebuilds the unbreakable community spirit of times gone by, where citizens and neighbours genuinely looked out for, and helped one another, something that has been sadly lacking in this era where economic survival takes precedent over community wellbeing”.

“I wish to think that in my role as a successful boxer from Inner City Dublin that I not only play my own part in rebuilding the same community spirit but also act as a role-model to the upcoming generation and show them that sport can play a healthy part in maintaining ones own health, wellbeing and discipline in a community atmosphere. This helps gain the unequivocal support of all citizens/neighbours. Those who have communities at heart should endeavour to rekindle the same community spirit of times gone by”.

– other prizes on the night include beautifully crafted handmade bodhráns, a framed Proclamation and a framed James Connolly photograph

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Radical Youth Conference – Report (26/03/2011)

Thaistil trí bhall den CDC ó thuaidh go Béal Feirste inné (26-03-11) chun freastal ar comhdháil daoine óga a radacú, a bhí eagraithe ag gníomhaithe neamhspleácha den eite chlé sa chathair darbh ainm Ógánaigh Uirbeach dóibh. Is i gCaife Fresh Claim ar Shráid na Ríthe, gar do lár na cathrach, a bhí an chomhdháil. Bhí neart daoine i láthair; thart ar daichead duine óg agus roinnt daoine níos sinne sa chaife. Labhair gníomhaithe óga ón Iodáil, an Chatalóin, Éire agus Tír na mBascach ar feadh tréimhse ar téamaí éagsúla. Ina measc bhí; an Feimineachas, gluaiseachtaí óga radacach agus sóisialta ina thíortha féin agus úsáid na Gaeilge mar theanga réabhlóideach.

Bheadh suim áirithe ag an CDC sa phlé bríomhar a rinneadh i ndiaidh na gcainteanna. Príomhthéama an plé seo ab ea feidhm an tsuiteoireacht mar uirlis chun daoine a pholaitiú, mar áiteanna ina bhféadfaí dul chun cinn breise a dhéanamh uathu agus mar áiteanna ina bhféadfadh daoine óga teacht ar bhonn caitheamh aimsire seachas iad a bheith i dtrioblóid. Is cúis sásamh é don CDC an scéal ó Thír na mBascach, áit a ndearna an ghluaiseacht ógánaigh, SEGI, dul chun cinn trí nasc a chothú le daoine áitiúla ina raibh siad ag suiteoireacht nuair a chuaigh siad i ngleic le ceisteanna mí-shóisialta. Tugadh suntas do easpa traidisiún bheith ag suiteoireacht in Éirinn. Cuireadh roinnt cúiseanna ar seo chun cinn, ar nós na coimhlinte sna sé chontae agus smaointe mí aimseartha cosmhuintir na hÉireann i leith chearta sheilbh. Thug baill an CDC achoimre ghearr dá gcuid aidhmeanna bunúsacha agus chuadar i mbun plé leis na daoine eile i láthair, lena mbeidh siad i dteagmháil as seo amach. I ndeireadh na dála, foghlaimíodh go leor agus pléadh neart smaointe, rud gan dabht, a chabhróidh leis an CDC cur lena dul chun cinn as seo amach.

Three members of the CDC travelled north to Belfast yesterday (26/03/11) to attended a conference on youth radicalisation organised by the independent left activists of Ógánaigh Uirbeach from the city. The conference took place in Café Fresh Claim on King Street, not far from the city centre. The conference was well attended, with about 40 youths and some older people turning up. Young activists from Italy, Catalonia, Ireland and the Basque County spoke for a period on topics such as Feminism, radical youth and social movements in their respective countries, and the speaking of the Irish Language as a mode of revolutionary thought.

Of particular interest to the CDC, was the lively discussion that followed the initial talks. This focused on the utlisation of squatting as an effective implement for political empowerment, the use of squats as springboards for other radical initiatives and as necessary components in providing social space for otherwise disaffected youth. A particular note of optimism for the CDC was the success of the Basque Youth movement, SEGI, in forming a strong bond with locals where they were squatting after addressing anti-social issues. The tradition of squatting in Ireland, or lack thereof, was remarked upon and various reasons for this were discussed such as the conflict in the six-counties and more generally the misguided, but strong, sense of anachronistic property rights harboured by the Irish. Members of the CDC gave a brief summary of their fundamental objectives and engaged with the other radical youths present whom they will liaise with in the future. All in all, plenty of food for thought was provided and the members of CDC in attendance benefitted enormously and will use what they learned in assisting with the progression of CDC initiatives going forward.

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Discussion on Radicalization of Youth in Ireland

Dé Sathairn 26ú Márta/Saturday 26th March 3.00
After the march against the cuts to Belfast City Hall.
Fresh Claim Cafe, King Street, Béal Feirste.

Discussion on radicalization of youth in Europe.

Aoi-chainteoirí/Guest Speakers –

Flavia Rovella (Italy) – Feminism in southern Italy, the effect of the media and Italian mainstream politics on women in Italy and the need to speak about gender.

Arturo Villanueva (Basque Country) – Radical Basque youth movements in the independance struggle, Segi (Batasuna youth) and Basque youth assemblies.

Eudald Vilamajo (Catalonia) – Social movements in Barcelona and the role of the youth assembly in Catalan communities.

Tomaí Ó Conghaile (Ireland) – Irish Language development in the six counties and the potential for linguistic revival in Belfast.

Also there will be a guest youth speaker from the recently formed Dublin Citizens Defence Committee speaking about the positive effects of organising and radicalizing communities as well as practical advice on the work being carried out by the committee within communities.

The aim of the discussion is to raise awarness of radical ideas and movement throught Europe and work towards building a youth assembly in order to organise young people involved and interested in collectivism, contructive criticism and education.

Independant event.

Fáilte roimh cách/All welcome to come and support, drinks and food will be available throughout the discussion.
Bígí linn agus cúidígí linn ag tógáil todhchaí dearfach agus ag eagrú sochaí forásach.

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CDC Meeting Report – 19/03/2011

The inefficiency of the capitalist economic system is crystal clear for us to see here in Ireland since the so-called Celtic Tiger has been neutered. Vacant apartment blocks, crumbling half finished ghost estates, deteriorating infrastructure, zombie hotels and unused industrial units plague our cities and landscape. A consequence of a market system which allocates human and material resources for the purposes of profit and a quick buck. However, beyond the physical structures which we see wasted are the hundreds of acres of land in the Dublin area alone which was purchased by the Irish entrepreneurial class and primed for the construction of yet more Lego blocks, and but is now left idle due to a downturn in the capitalist market.

The working class which has been left to pick up the pieces and bail out these entrepreneurial parasites are facing mass unemployment and significant increases in the cost of their weekly shopping bill. With increasing mortgage repayments, fuel and heating costs, many people in Ireland, beneath the glitz and glam of existent societal wealth are in fact going hungry. As but one recent example:″

The Dublin Citizens Defence Committee believes it is both politically and morally just to liberate these idle lands for the purposes of helping communities grow their own food in these increasingly desperate times. It is no good to simply distribute food to those in need, as many charitable organisations do. It has been decided that the CDC, as one of its initial initiatives to be implemented, will attempt to organise communities towards empowerment and activism through an urban agricultural scheme. This Urban Agriculture Initiative will be implemented in tandem with other initiatives to encourage and develop community involvement. The CDC has set about working towards this immediate aim.

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CDC Meeting – Sat 19th

The next CDC meeting will be held on Saturday at 3.00pm in the Deluxe Public House on Capel Street, Dublin 1.

Up for discussion will be the housing, waste and community garden/agricultural initiatives.
It was agreed that the last meeting was very constructive and more focused than the first, so this should be a serious forward planning meeting for initiatives to be put into action in the near future. As those who were there will know, all five initiatives were discussed further, however it was decided that the water harvesting initiative and the anti-social behaviour initiative would be temporarily put aside for the time being.

The focus for the immediate future is for the development and implementation of the housing, waste and community garden/agricultural initiatives. Work has been done on those fronts, and more work will be done before the meeting on Saturday. We discussed getting the use of Seomra Sproi the last day for this Saturdays meeting but although they’re ok with it in principle, they didn’t get back us in time. Hopefully we’ll get it for the next meeting.

Hope to see you all there !

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