Fianna Fail are defending the indefensible. In the name of ‘stability’, the stability of a rotten, corrupt system of which they were the main architects over decades they are propping up a government that is both malicious and incompetent in equal proportions. In the process they are denying the people their say, their right to […]
82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.
Memet Uludag As the news was announced by the Department of Justice there was some mixed reaction in the town of 2000, but despite the unease and anger towards the government for its handling of the issue and its failure to consult, people were mostly sympathetic and wanted to welcome the refugees to their […]
Emma Hendrick replies to Panti Bliss’s call for moderation
Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) is a nationally recognised figure who has campaigned on LGBTQ issues for many years. In 2014 he gripped the hearts of the nation with his Nobel Call from the Abbey theatre. To date, his speech, which offered a deeply personal account of homophobia in Ireland, has been viewed over 800,000 […]
Car insurance costs in Ireland are out of control. Almost everyone has seen their insurance costs increase dramatically – even if they have never made a claim, or they know someone who has had this experience.
Dave O’Farrell This is a very serious issue for a large number of people for whom a car is an absolute essential for simply living their daily lives – particularly given the states ever decreasing funding for public transport. Many excuses have been offered for these spiralling costs but they don’t stand up. Insurance companies […]
Is the continued denial of Traveller Ethnicity a failure of the state or a strategy of State Racism?
Lorraine McMahon Travellers are an indigenous minority who have been part of Irish society for centuries. There are just over 36,000 Travellers in Ireland, less than 1% of the population. Yet successive governments have denied formal recognition of Traveller Ethnicity. This has denied Travellers their rights and resulted in detrimental impacts on their lives. In […]
Vulture funds have swooped on Ireland with a ruthless determination that has hardly ever been seen in other parts of the world. They are buying up vast swathes of Irish property – and the Fine Gael led government is encouraging them.
Kieran Allen A vulture fund brings together wealthy investors who pool their money to search for quick profits. Typically they move in two ways. Either they buy up distressed property – houses, apartments or commercial units – whose prices have collapsed after the crash of 2008. Or they buy up the debts. They approach institutions […]
Mega-developer, Richard Barrett, of Treasury Holdings fame is back with a vengeance. He and his friend, Johnny Ronan were bailed out to the tune of €2.6 billion by the Irish Tax Payer in 2008.
Councillor Melisa Halpin writes: Now, Mr Barrett has reinvented himself as Barrtra Capital and they have put in a proposal for a major development of the historic harbour of Bulloch near Dalkey. This proposal has really annoyed the people of the area and the many users of the harbour. Nearly 500 people turned up to […]
The Government are trying to dismantle Bus Eireann and savage the pay and conditions of drivers as well as the services provided across the country.
CIE workers united can beat these attacks. Owen McCormack The Government are trying to dismantle Bus Eireann and savage the pay and conditions of drivers as well as the services provided across the country. The plan is to run down the state subsidised service and encourage more private operators using non-union workers on inferior terms […]
Election in the North: The Time for Change is Now, ‘Recovery’ in the South: The Time to Fight is Now
For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation.
Election in the North The Time for Change is Now For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation. For decades […]
The problem is that the set-up of the Citizens’ Assembly channels people’s opinions down particular pathways. It frames the information presented to them in certain ways which will shape their recommendations.
Who would not be in favour of a citizens’ assembly to make recommendations concerning the 8th Amendment? People discussing all the intricacies of the 8th Amendment, in workshop style, chaired by the cooperative Justice Laffoy and the whole thing’s streamed and available on You Tube – how democratic is that? Certainly, the 99 citizens particularly […]