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 […]
Trade unions have been under sustained attack globally, and in the North are fettered by a litany of anti-union laws to colloquially as the “Thatcher anti-union laws”, these labour restrictions are actually Stormont’s anti-union laws since they are a devolved matter.
Unsurprisingly, only when two socialist MLAs entered the arena were these anti-labour laws challenged. Former People Before Profit MLA Eamonn McCann introduced a private members bill to the NI Assembly: The Trade Union Freedom Bill. This legislation was launched and entered consultation before the Assembly collapsed this year. The Trade Union Freedom Bill has received […]
For the first time in the history of the NI Assembly, Unionists have lost their overall majority following the 2 March snap election.
(Picture: Arlene Foster at Omagh Count) With the reduction of MLA seats from 108 to 90, the DUP’s 28 seat hold is only one ahead of Sinn Fein and it has lost its ability to veto legislation through the Petition of Concern mechanism. A massive turnout for Sinn Fein has given the party a mandate […]
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 […]
Two recent reports cast a revealing light on what’s really happening with inequality in Ireland – its getting wider.
(picture: Denis O’Brien: down to his last super-yacht. Yours to hire at €326,000 a week.) The first was from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published on 28 February. It showed that the pay gap between men and women in Ireland is now 6.5 percentage points wider than it was in 2012, according to new […]
Memet Uludag, Convenor of United Against Racism writes: As part of its struggle to combat racism in Ireland United Against Racism will be holding a Rally and March in Dublin on Saturday 11 March.
It will assemble at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance and march to the Central Bank Plaza. It is also part of an international week of action against racism in many different countries. Similar events will be held elsewhere in Cork and Galway. This rally and demonstration will have three themes: Dump Trump. Trump is […]
The magnificent strike by Tesco’s workers forced management to back down, at least temporarily and we hope permanently, on their threat to unilaterally impose changes in working conditions.
Following on from the victories by the LUAS drivers and Dublin Bus drivers this proves that strong industrial action works. The solidarity and commitment of the Tescos workers was outstanding. They are all low paid workers but they took action on a principle in defense of their fellow workers, understanding that an injury to one […]
Modern Irish society and women's role in it has been shaped by events in the mid 19th century. Mary Smith writes:
The famine wiped out half the population in twenty years. To rebuild society and ensure survival, new ways of organising the land and family life were introduced. The Catholic Church came to dominate and its power was further entrenched with the establishment of the newly independent Republic. The virgin mother became the role-model for Irish […]
International Women’s Day has always been a day of action, not a day for flowers and passivity!
This year on the 8th March we are being called upon to #BeBoldForChange and to #StrikeForRepeal. Every year, for over a century, women have had cause to march because our society values women less than men. We are paid less, promoted less often, less likely to hold office, more likely to be unemployed and more likely […]