Repeal the 8th – women can’t wait

Amidst the debates on potential government coalitions, emerged the idea that we need social democratic parties – such as the Labour Party – in order to bring about progressive social policy. This is not true. It was Fianna Fáil who brought in the 1947 Health Act which introduced universal health care. Provision of basic services such as these are legislated for only when the need for them becomes dire enough or when people get out on the streets and demand change – such as the protest involving 30,000 pensioners in October 2008 in response to a threat to withdraw medical cards.

Repeal the 8th – women can’t wait

Amidst the debates on potential government coalitions, emerged the idea that we need social democratic parties – such as the Labour Party – in order to bring about progressive social policy. This is not true. It was Fianna Fáil who brought in the 1947 Health Act which introduced universal health care. Provision of basic services […]

Strike wave in Germany

There has been a wave of industrial action sweeping Germany over the last few weeks.

Strike wave in Germany

There has been a wave of industrial action sweeping Germany over the last few weeks. Train drivers have been out on strike on multiple days since May over rates of pay. The train company, Deutsche Bahn, is a private joint-stock company with the Federal Republic of Germany being its single shareholder. Also in May, special […]

Strike wave in Germany

For decades now, wages have not risen in Germany. Much like we have seen with the water movement in Ireland, it has taken longer than expected to see a fight back.

Strike wave in Germany

There has been a wave of industrial action sweeping Germany over the last few weeks. Train drivers have been out on strike on multiple days since May over rates of pay. The train company, Deutsche Bahn, is a private joint-stock company, with the Federal Republic of Germany being its single shareholder. Also in May, special […]

How Clean is Your Water?

As the government asks us to pay twice for our water, it is a good opportunity to look at the quality of the water we are expected to drink and bathe in.

How Clean is Your Water?

As the government asks us to pay twice for our water, it is a good opportunity to look at the quality of the water we are expected to drink and bathe in. It has emerged that Irish Water feels that water sources serving over 220,000 people may have to be “abandoned” as they are not […]

Addiction Ireland

Gardaí are applauding themselves over the “success” of ‘Operation Stilts’ – the crackdown on “antisocial” behaviour in the city centre, which means they have been carrying out searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act and moving on “undesirables” from busy shopping and tourist districts.

Addiction Ireland

Gardaí are applauding themselves over the “success” of ‘Operation Stilts’ – the crackdown on “antisocial” behaviour in the city centre, which means they have been carrying out searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act and moving on “undesirables” from busy shopping and tourist districts. This issue stems from the state establishing the main methadone clinics […]