The prosecution of water charges protestors from Jobstown, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, on the charge of ‘false imprisonment’ is an attack on all our democratic rights.
The notion that sitting down around Joan Burton’s car is ‘kidnapping’ or false imprisonment is so obviously ludicrous that it must have been the result of a deliberate plan concocted by the Department of Public Prosecutions, the State and the Government. What is that plan? It is first to take revenge for the defeat that […]
After the Magdalene Laundries, after Tuam and the other Mother and Baby Homes, after the Christian Brothers, after the child abusing priests, after Savita Halappanavar, after the National Maternity Hospital fiasco, and 25 years after the X-Case enough is enough. IT IS TIME TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE!
Separation of church and state is a basic democratic principle. It derives from Thomas Jefferson and the American Constitution and is practised in many countries as diverse as France, India and Singapore. What it means is that every citizen has the right to believe in and practice the religion of their choice without any discrimination. […]
Theresa May has called a snap Westminster election, despite consistently saying she would not. It is an opportunistic move. Everything she and the Tories do is cynically thought out.
(Picture: Tory PM Theresa May) Fiona Ferguson They have no core principles, except supporting the elites and the wealthy. Her attempts to use Brexit are no different. Theresa May supported remain and the EU in the referendum, not because she gave a damn about Europe, but because she saw it was a means to strengthen […]
Since the Banking Crash of 2009 there has been a serious lack of investment in the Irish Permanent Defence Forces.
Wayne Boston The equipment is as antiquated as a shabby sofa, and shabbier still are the pay and conditions that service personnel have to endure. This is especially true in the investment in its servicemen and women who, since 2009 have seen cuts to pay, allowances and even pensions. A qualified 3 star private can […]
The economic mentality of the government behind the Direct Provision System in Ireland is no different to its response to housing or health crisis in this country:
Memet Uludag While ordinary people are left to suffer from lack of public provisions and duty of care, private companies enjoy millions of profits from this suffering. Direct Provision as a business has turned the state’s duty of care to victims fleeing war and oppression into profits for private companies. The Direct Provision System was […]
At the ASTI Convention in Killarney, delegates voted to continue the union’s campaign of industrial action in support of the principle of “equal pay for equal work” and acceptable reform of the Junior Cycle.
Mark Walshe Although they stopped short of backing strike action, delegates overwhelmingly backed a protest at the Dáil on the first day of the upcoming public sector talks on a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. TUI and INTO members will be invited to the protest. Delegates also backed a motion to ballot for strike […]
After three weeks, the Bus Eireann strike was called off to allow for a ballot to take place on Labour Court proposals. The proposed deal was announced at the same time that a separate ballot of Dublin Bus workers in Siptu showed a large majority (67%) had voted to take solidarity action with their Bus Eireann colleagues.
Owen MacCormack The Labour Court deal was timed to stop the dispute spreading to other CIE companies such a Dublin Bus. Management, backed by the Government and Minister Shane Ross, had originally wanted pay cuts of around 30% and widespread new flexible working conditions. They had talked up the scale of crisis and openly threatened […]
Simon Harris shamelessly announced that the Sisters Of Charity were to be the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin. Within five days of this announcement nearly 100,000 people had signed a petition against it.
Linda Kehoe Yet despite the public, medical and political uproar he has continued to defend his position, saying that the new NMH will “have clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, without religious, ethnic or other distinction, as well as financial and budgetary independence”. How can he say this […]
To the surprise of the politicians who set it up the Citizens’ Assembly made a clear call to overturn our out-dated and anti- women ban on abortion.
Marnie Holborow An overwhelming 87% of the Citizens’ Assembly voted against retaining the 8th Amendment as it currently exists. It expressed the view that socio-economic reasons were grounds for terminations up to the 22nd week of pregnancy. It recommended that terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy. The assembly took the view […]
New figures dragged out of the government under the Freedom of Information Act prove it.
Despite all the promises from the government and the talk from Minister Simon Coveney NOTHING is being done to solve the housing crisis. Last year the number of new homes built in the State was just 2076, compared to the Government’s lying claim of 15,000. And out of that 2076 total there were only 848 […]