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 […]

Water Charges –Still the Issue

As Socialist Worker goes to press the great Anti-Water Charges movement stands on the cusp of victory.

Water Charges –Still the Issue

The Oireachtas Committee, set up to deal with the matter, has – as this is written – an anti-water charges majority, just. A couple of days ago Housing Minister Simon Coveney stated that normal water bills would be abolished. “Water charges are gone, they’re going to be abolished,” said Coveney. “Normal usage for households across […]

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. […]

The Threat of TTIP

TTIP, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, sounds boring. It is a proposed EU–US trade agreement which is scheduled to be ratified later this year. It may sound innocent and progressive – just about facilitating trade - but do not be fooled; TTIP and its sister agreement CETA (between the EU and Canada) are dangerous deals that puts the interests of big business before the interests of people, their health and our environment.

The Threat of TTIP

TTIP, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, sounds boring. It is a proposed EU–US trade agreement which is scheduled to be ratified later this year. It may sound innocent and progressive – just about facilitating trade – but do not be fooled; TTIP and its sister agreement CETA (between the EU and Canada) are dangerous […]

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 […]

2016- Let’s make this a year for change

This year marks one hundred years since the 1916 rebellion. That generation fought to remove the boot heel of an Empire and create a more equal society.

2016- Let’s make this a year for change

This year marks one hundred years since the 1916 rebellion. That generation fought to remove the boot heel of an Empire and create a more equal society. For James Connolly and the Irish Citizen’s Army that society was a socialist society- where workers North and South would democratically control the wealth of society in the […]

Water charges: Beat the Bullies

As a direct result of the mass water charges revolt in the autumn of last year with hundreds of thousands on the streets the Government found itself left with no sanctions to make people pay the hated charges.

Water charges: Beat the Bullies

Sink Irish Water with Mass Non-Payment As a direct result of the mass water charges revolt in the autumn of last year with hundreds of thousands on the streets the Government found itself left with no sanctions to make people pay the hated charges. Now they are trying to deal with this by bringing emergency legislation […]

Day “X” has arrived. Legislation on Water Charges to pass through Daíl next week.

New legislation is to be rammed through the Daíl next week regarding Water Charges. Two bills are to be introduced yet only information on one has been released. Cllr Bríd Smith said “As predicted, this legislation is yet another attack by the Government on the most vulnerable in society. This week we see cuts to One parent families take effect while this Government has plans to lump another bill onto households via Landlords as debt collectors?. It’s completely unacceptable.”

Day “X” has arrived. Legislation on Water Charges to pass through Daíl next week.

New legislation is to be rammed through the Daíl next week regarding Water Charges. Two bills are to be introduced yet only information on one has been released. Cllr Bríd Smith said “As predicted, this legislation is yet another attack by the Government on the most vulnerable in society. This week we see cuts to […]