The controversy around the roll out of the Public Services Card continues after it was revealed that a woman in her seventies has been unable to collect her state pension for over 18 months after she refused to go through the procedures to acquire the card.
Dave O’Farrell writes: The Public Services Card is a biometric ID, the chip embedded in the card contains, in addition to your personal details, a biometric scan of your face. Expanded The cards were first introduced in 2011 and since then the list of services for which it is required has rapidly expanded. It is […]
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 […]
Much was made of Leo Varadkar’s youth and commitment to innovation and modernity during the blueshirt leadership elections.
Leo Varadkar with Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau on Toronto Pride By Sean Egan Leo’s campaign team made a whistle stop tour of Dublin’s hipster coffee shop circuit. The type of places where an avocado based breakfast and a cup of coffee will set you back at least twenty quid. Leo spoke about the marathons he […]
While the crisis in An Garda Síochána has been grabbing headlines and the ongoing saga of Noirin O’Sullivan’s long overdue departure and ground to a conclusion another, sinister, development has been going largely unreported.
By Eoin Ó Murchu Since late 2016 there has been a significant increase in the number of armed response unit (ARU) Gardaí on the streets. They are provided with expensive German made weapons and vehicles set to the tune of €60,000. Their ostensible role is to combat gang activity and improve potential response rate to […]
The Government, via the National Transport Authority (NTA) have announced plans to privatise 10% of Dublin Bus routes. Over 350 drivers will be affected and the plan will mean a private multinational will be given over 150 buses by the state to operate the routes affected. A similar plan will be announced soon for Bus Eireann routes.
pic: Go Ahead bus awarded contract By Owen McCormack Despite attempts to paint it as otherwise this is privatisation. Existing publicly owned services and buses will be handed over to a multinational to operate for profit. The move is justified by the NTA on the grounds that increased “competition” in buses operating in Dublin will mean […]
Owen MacCormack writes: A majority of public sector unions have voted to accept a new public sector pay deal. However there remains significant opposition to the Government plan especially in teaching unions. The delay is a rotten one which does not address many core issues and copper fastens pay inequality and many of the austerity measures introduced in the last eight years.
But teachers unions reject it. Support teachers fight for pay equality pic: Jack O’Connor , President of SIPTU and Chair of the Labour Party It is no accident that the leader who has done most, this year as in the past, to sell this rotten deal is Jack O’Connor, President of SIPTU and Chair of the […]
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 come from the political establishment. Yet the evidence […]
Leo Varadkar has promised a referendum on Repealing the 8th Amendment for some time in 2018.
As we explain in our centre page articles this is far too slow because every day Irish women are suffering and put at risk by the current state of the law. Nevertheless there is likely to be a referendum and some stage and it is likely that the Irish people who voted Yes to Marriage […]
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 […]