REPEAL, NOT REPLACE
At the centre of the recent fascist demonstration in Charlottesville was the attempt to defend a monument to pro-slavery Confederate General Robert E. Lee .
The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville. James Grannell writes: Some liberals, probably with good intentions, have said they deplore racism and slavery but defend this and other Confederate statues on the grounds of maintaining an objective historical record. In reality neither the erection nor the demolition of public monuments has ever been politically neutral or […]
Conchúir Ó Raidaigh writes: As the beginning of a new academic year looms for thousands of Irish students, a now yearly frenzy for accommodation begins.
pic: Hines Binary Hub in Inner City Dublin This time however, it’s worse than any year before, just as it was last year, and the year before that. A chronic shortage of student beds, dire living conditions and record breaking rents are symptoms of the worst housing crisis in the history of the state. In […]
The truth about the housing and homelessness crisis is bitter and hard to face. It is that, for all Eoghan Murphy’s fine words and initiatives, it is getting steadily worse and its going to get worse still.
The reason is very simple. It is that the Fine Gael Government is ideologically committed to a market based, capitalist solution to the crisis and there is no market based capitalist solution. There are lots of possible solutions but the Government rejects them all because they are based on state intervention which infringes the sacred […]
Sean Egan writes: In March 2016, leading republican activist Tony Taylor had his licence revoked and was remanded in Maghaberry prison, a facility notorious for human rights abuses including violent searches and prolonged solitary confinement.
Taylor had been convicted of a firearms offense in 2011 but had received parole. To this day, no justification for the revocation of his parole has been given. As this goes to print Taylor will have spent more than 550 days interned without facing any charges or evidence. In his native Derry, a campaign for […]
Donal McKendry looks at the parallels. The Jobstown case has once again shone light on the corruption in the Irish state and among powerful elements within the Gardaí. We are told that there was no conspiracy in this case. Instead, the prosecutor’s independence was robust enough to withstand any potential pressure that may […]
Annette Mooney writes: When a tiny number of unelected officials can force through a deeply unpopular project, you know you live in a corporate regime.
For decades the people of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount in Dublin have expressed their opposition to having this Covanta incinerator here. Even the mainly right wing city councillors voted to oppose it. But now it is built and has begun receiving waste because unelected officials decided. On top of this on 14 June waste burning at the […]
Hardly a month goes by that we are not reminded of the barbaric obstacles put in the way of women in Ireland exercising choice over their lives.
At the end of June, the UN ruled that failing to provide an abortion for 40-year-old Siobhán Whelan, who was carrying a foetus with a fatal abnormality, amounted to a violation of human rights. In the same month figures showed that among the thousands of women travelling to Britain for an abortion, 15 were under […]
In Ireland up to 12 women a day either leave the country for an abortion or access illegal abortion pills. The only legal abortion in Ireland can be procured under The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 (PLDPA).
This Act allows abortion if a woman’s life is in danger, including risk of suicide. Once it is determined that a woman’s life is at risk due to suicide, a doctor and two psychiatrists have to unanimously agree that termination of a pregnancy is the solution. And this system is failing. It is barbaric, perpetuates […]
By John Lyons, People Before Profit Councillor for Beaumont-Donaghmede, Dublin North Central It was John Lyons who moved the motion on Dublin City Council to fly the Palestinian flag through the month of May.
‘After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria,” stated Benjamin Netanyahu in late June, referring to Amichai, the first entirely new state-approved settlement to be constructed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since the Israeli-Palestine Oslo peace accords were signed in 1993. With […]