Foyle Haven is a frontline day service providing accommodation, food and support to vulnerable people including street drinkers and the homeless, writes Gavin Campbell
A rescue package was organised last year after Big Lottery funding ended, but fears have been expressed over the Haven’s long-term future. Haven workers were put on protective notice and informed funding was only guaranteed through to March 31st creating tremendous anxiety for those who depend on its services, for their families and for its dedicated workforce. Without […]
Gino Kenny TD writes: Clondalkin Equine Club opened its doors on 2 February 2017. The new facility on the Fonthill Rd in Clondalkin will stable twenty horses giving security to young local teenagers that their horses are safe.
For many years there has been an ongoing conflict between local horse owners and the council. Responsible horse owners regularly faced the heartache of the council impounding their horse, and if they could not pay €800 their pet would be euthanized. South Dublin County Council have spent o half a million euros over the […]
Dublin Rathdown People Before Profit recently held a well-attended meeting in Rathfarnham on Council development plans for developing a wooded area in the Dublin Mountains, writes Dr Peadar O’Grady
Last year South Dublin County Council and Coillte in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland published a plan to turn the grounds of both Massey’s Estate and the Hellfire Club into a major tourist attraction, including a large ‘interpretive centre’ with a restaurant and shop; a sky-bridge that extends over the road between the two wooded areas […]
It was a great privilege to be there in the Dail on 1 March when Traveller Ethnicity was finally recognised by the State and it was a delight to witness the joy and excitement among so many in the Traveller Community.
Brid Smith writes: Of course this was long overdue but the fact that it has now been achieved is down to decades of brave and persistent campaigning by the Traveller Community themselves, by their organisations and by their allies. It’s a big step forward because it acknowledges what is an established scientific and social fact; […]
As Socialist Worker goes to press the great Anti-Water Charges movement stands on the cusp of victory.
The Oireachtas Committee, set up to deal with the matter, has – as this is written – an anti-water charges majority, just. A couple of days ago Housing Minister Simon Coveney stated that normal water bills would be abolished. “Water charges are gone, they’re going to be abolished,” said Coveney. “Normal usage for households across […]
The Irish health care system is in crisis. Each year 350 people die needlessly on waiting lists that seem to grow ever longer.
Cyril Brennan Despite crocodile tears from successive governments, the cold reality is that over the last thirty years thousands of beds have been stripped from the system. There is a better way. We demand a massive investment programme that would prioritise prevention over cure. Specifically, we advocate a state run home help service and a much […]
Reports from AST; Firefighters and Trinity workers
ASTI workers fight on. Despite a huge campaign from the media and Government intimation, teachers who are members of the ASTI rejected a deal in January which made little concession on the issue of equal pay for new teachers. A majority of ASTI members rejected the deal and the union will continue its campaign which […]
It lied through during the McCabe crisis and is trying to hold back the democratic wishes of the people to be rid of water charges. It cuts a pathetic sight. Looming behind these crises is the long term decline of Ireland’s two and a half party system. After the last election, FF and FG did […]
Murder by neglect; religious bigotry; vicious class prejudice – these are the ingredients that lie behind the horrible crimes of Tuam. Nobody now will dare to defend what was done. The ‘casual’ or was it ‘routine’ disposal of eighty dead infants in a septic tank. – utterly indefensible – and as we […]
In November 2012, Arlene Foster, then Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), initiated the 'Renewable Heat Incentive' (RHI) scheme.
Gavin Campbell The Department for the Economy estimates RHI will cost the public purse a staggering £490 million while the Northern Ireland Audit Office has issued a statement saying it could eventually cost over £1 billion. The scale of the debacle has triggered fresh elections in the North and plunged Northern politics into crisis. The […]