Trade unions and the Government have negotiated a pay deal for all public sector workers.
Picture: SIPTU recommends this shameful deal Some unions will start voting in the next week. The deal is a major setback and effectively locks in austerity measures brought in during the recession. It awards minuscule pay rises but effectively gives the Government a blank cheque in other areas. It copper fastens pay inequality; newly recruited […]
Seán Egan writes: Leo Varadkar’s election as the head of Fine Gael and summary coronation as Taoiseach, facilitated by Fianna Fáil signals a continuation of the worst aspects of Fine Gael policy as well as a renewed attack on workers’ conditions and on ordinary people in general.
While Varadkar spouts platitudes about ‘opportunity’ and being ‘neither left nor right’ his less guarded moments and his political past reveal that he is a free market fundamentalist determined to enrich the privileged at the expense of the rest of us. Varadkar gained prominence in large part due to his impassioned critiques of Fianna Fáil […]
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 […]
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 […]