Housing – more lies, more crisis

New figures dragged out of the government under the Freedom of Information Act prove it.

Housing – more lies, more crisis

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 […]

Lannigan’s Ball: How Long will FF and FG Partnership Survive?

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.

Lannigan’s Ball: How Long will FF and FG Partnership Survive?

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 […]

Fianna Fáil and water charges: the record

Fianna Fáil and water charges: the record

One day you open the papers and Fianna Fáil are against water charges- the next day they are for the charges and for pursuing people for unpaid bills. Fianna Fáil are playing a game of propping up the Fine Gael government while trying to play at being an ‘opposition’. 5 January 2016 Fianna Fáil Environment […]

Fianna Fáil- Two Faced

Talk of recovery is everywhere! There are those recent CSO recovery figures, heavily distorted by multinational tax evasion, claiming that the Irish economy grew last year by an astonishing 26%. There’s recovery too for some of those builders and developers who crashed the economy, offloaded their debts to NAMA and are now back in business.

Fianna Fáil- Two Faced

Talk of recovery is everywhere! There are those recent CSO recovery figures, heavily distorted by multinational tax evasion, claiming that the Irish economy grew last year by an astonishing 26%. There’s recovery too for some of those builders and developers who crashed the economy, offloaded their debts to NAMA and are now back in business. […]

Lesser Paid Teachers Fight For Equal Pay

Since January 2011, any teacher starting to teach for the first time in the Irish education system is paid based one of two new inferior salary scales. As a result, a teacher entering the profession this coming September stands to lose at least €240,000 over a forty-year teaching career!

Lesser Paid Teachers Fight For Equal Pay

Since January 2011, any teacher starting to teach for the first time in the Irish education system is paid based one of two new inferior salary scales. As a result, a teacher entering the profession this coming September stands to lose at least €240,000 over a forty-year teaching career! Originally dubbed ‘new entrants’ or Newly […]

Simon Coveney’s Big House Con

Simon Coveney has launched his new Housing Action Plan with quite a fanfare. Unsurprisingly much of the media has echoed Coveney’s own view of his proposals: a ‘game changer’, ‘47,000 new social houses!’, ‘the biggest housing programme in the history of the state’.

Simon Coveney’s Big House Con

Simon Coveney has launched his new Housing Action Plan with quite a fanfare. Unsurprisingly much of the media has echoed Coveney’s own view of his proposals: a ‘game changer’, ‘47,000 new social houses!’, ‘the biggest housing programme in the history of the state’. Tragically – and it is tragic for the homeless on the streets […]

Why do we have two Tory parties?

Why do we have two Tory parties?

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael dragged out government formation negotiations for weeks. Yet both parties are identical in terms of policy and politics- they are both right wing, neo-liberal parties. Why won’t they just unite? Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are both parties of the Irish elite, but have different historical origins. Fine Gael emerged […]

As people power forces water retreat- let’s talk about building an Ireland worth living in.

Fine Gael made water one of their ‘red lines’-they said they would never back down. Yet now we are looking at a ‘suspension’ of the charge until a commission decides what to do in nine months. This is a massive blow to the credibility of Fine Gael amongst their right wing support base.

As people power forces water retreat- let’s talk about building an Ireland worth living in.

Fine Gael made water one of their ‘red lines’-they said they would never back down. Yet now we are looking at a ‘suspension’ of the charge until a commission decides what to do in nine months. This is a massive blow to the credibility of Fine Gael amongst their right wing support base. The biggest […]

Fianna Fáil – have they changed?

Fianna Fáil’s resurgence in the recent election surprised many who thought that the kicking it got at the last election would be the start of the end for it, that the party would be reduced to a small irrelevant rump. However this resurgence should not be exaggerated. The party’s percentage of the vote went from 17.5% in 2011 to 24.3%. But 24.3 % is still the second lowest percentage it has ever got and a very long way from the close to 45-50% that it used to get for most of its history.

Fianna Fáil – have they changed?

Fianna Fáil’s resurgence in the recent election surprised many who thought that the kicking it got at the last election would be the start of the end for it, that the party would be reduced to a small irrelevant rump. However this resurgence should not be exaggerated. The party’s percentage of the vote went from […]