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 […]
The Irish political establishment have a major problem. The corruption at the heart of their state is being exposed through numerous ‘commissions of inquiry’. And on the streets, the protest movement is growing by the day. Instead of the large scale mobilisations seen at the height of the water charges movement, there are a host of smaller protests on a variety of issues. The message that ‘people power’ gets results has spread like wildfire.
Kieran Allen One long year I spent up in Dublin, One long year to learn nothing at all, One long year I spent up in Dublin, Learning new steps for Lanigan’s Ball. She stepped out and I stepped in again, I stepped out and she stepped in again, She stepped out and I stepped in […]
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 […]