Now it’s the PSNI —Corruption rules OK!

The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has been the focus of some media attention recently over allegations that alongside others in the top brass of the PSNI, he has been involved in corruption and a cover up, relating to an investigation in 2014 about bribery and misconduct. The Police ombudsman is leading an inquiry into the matter.

Now it’s the PSNI —Corruption rules OK!

Gerry Carroll says The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has been the focus of some media attention recently over allegations that alongside others in the top brass of the PSNI, he has been involved in corruption and a cover up, relating to an investigation in 2014 about bribery and misconduct. The Police ombudsman is leading […]

Why I campaign for choice

Sean Egan interviews repeal activist Aislinn Shanahan Daly

Why I campaign for choice

1.How did you get involved with pro-choice activism? The first social movement I ever engaged with was the abortion rights movement. I attended the march for choice in 2014, and it played a huge role in my politicization. I felt like those affected by a lack of access to abortion deserved justice, and as a […]

Abortion Rights Fight – North and South 

North and South of the border there is a growing movement for a woman’s right to choose. Abortion reform is back in the mainstream media because tens of thousands of people have rallied across Ireland within the past year to demand changes in the law. 

Abortion Rights Fight – North and South 

By Becca Bor  and Adrienne Wallace In the South, the movement for abortion rights is organising to repeal the 8th amendment in the upcoming referendum; and in the North, the discussion around liberalisation of the anti-abortion laws has coincided with political volatility and impasse in the North. Ireland, on both sides of the border, remains […]

Stop Benefit Cuts – Oppose Universal Credit

The latest raft of Tory benefit cuts is hitting the most vulnerable very hard across the North. The role-out of ‘Universal Credit’ is being geographically staggered but has already begun in Limavady and Ballymoney. 

Stop Benefit Cuts – Oppose Universal Credit

By Shaun Harkin  Universal Credit replaces different benefits but will mean a reduction in what many people can receive. People moving onto Universal Credit are being left without benefits or any form of income for six weeks. As a result, already overwhelmed food banks are preparing for a surge in requests. The so-called ‘benefit cap’ […]

People Power can win Equality

The North appears to be moving closer to direct rule from London. No official reports of the talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein on restoring the Assembly are publicly available but it should be assumed the DUP are refusing to budge on an Irish Language Act and other equality issues. 

People Power can win Equality

Pic: Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster By Shaun Harkin In the absence of a functioning Stormont Executive, James Brokenshire, the Tory Northern Ireland Secretary of State, legislated for a financial budget. Since the Assembly collapsed over the RHI ‘cash for ash’ scandal last January civil servants have been running government departments. Though unelected, they have […]

Behind the Ryanair cancellations

The political establishment are trying to gag pilots from giving evidence to a Dail Committee over the relationship that exists between the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Ryanair. But the pilots are back soon and will give evidence then.

Behind the Ryanair cancellations

By Brid Smith, People Before Profit TD. Evan Cullen, President of the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) was to address the Transport Committee on October 4 on the underlying reasons why Ryanair had cancelled 50 flights a day. The day before he was due to speak, a solicitor’s letter arrived from Ryanair. But, the committee […]

Stop the Health Cuts, End Austerity

The North has been without governing institutions since the Assembly was collapsed in January in a crisis that began with the nearly £500 million Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scandal involving the former DUP First Minister Arlene Foster. 

Stop the Health Cuts, End Austerity

pic: Royal Victoria Hospital ; Belfast Health Trust set to make £26.3 million  savings out of £70 million cuts in the North No functioning Executive means unelected civil servants under the direction of James Brokenshire, the Tory secretary of state for Northern Ireland, are running government departments and with no budget in place they are imposing […]

No Rotten deals with the DUP

Stormont negotations should extend equality demands

No Rotten deals with the DUP

The recent DUP decision to vote with Corbyn’s Labour opposition in the House of Commons against the Tories to end the pay cap for NHS workers and to oppose the proposal to increase student fees by £250 has underscored the weakness of Theresa May’s Tory/DUP government. It also underscores the chasm between the DUP and […]

Cllr. Matt Collins says: The Politics of Bonfires

Matt Collins is a People Before Profit Councilor on Belfast City Council. Here he sets out some the complexities of dealing with the issues of bonfires in the City.

Cllr. Matt Collins says: The Politics of Bonfires

Cllr. Matt Collins (People Before Profit, Belfast City Council) This summer the issue of bonfires was at the centre of politics in the North, with tension increasing after it emerged that Belfast City Council effectively colluded in the storing of large amount of material for loyalist bonfires, and then some weeks later when sporadic violence […]