Monthly Archives: June 2019

A generation faced with stress & anxiety

By Heather O’Callaghan At the end of May, The Irish Times released a survey of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 conducted by Young Social Innovators. Sixty percent of those surveyed described their generation as stressed, anxious and depressed, while a mere 11% described it as motivated. With the housing crisis (which currently sees over 10,000 people ...

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No Contact Order Bill: Taking a stand against gender-based violence

By Harper Cleaves A new report put out by the United Nations on homicide reveals that 87,000 women were murdered globally in 2017, and that over half of these women were killed by intimate partners or family members. This means that every hour, six women across the world are killed by a person they know. In this context, a new ...

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New assault on abortion rights in the US

By Lucy Marron In May, the Alabama legislature passed a near total ban on abortion, the most restrictive state law in the US since the Roe v. Wade ruling made access to terminations a federal right in 1973. This bill makes abortion illegal at any stage of pregnancy, except when the pregnant person’s life is at risk, and it threatens ...

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Free public transport – not BusConnects

By Kieran Mahon With the overdue second round of proposed Bus Connects route changes due out in September the emphasis will again come on workers and communities to organise and defend jobs and public transport services. The initial Bus Connects proposals received short shrift in working-class communities across Dublin. It was correctly identified as a fast track to more privatisations, ...

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Non-medical support staff vote for strike action

By Carol Brogan As we go to press, SIPTU have announced 20 June as the day for 24 hour strike by 10,000 non-medical support staff. Health Support Staff voted by 94% in favour of strike action, while separately 97% of HSE hospital chefs also voted in favour of strike action. Porters, healthcare assistants, cleaners, laboratory aides, surgical instrument technicians, etc ...

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How long can Hong Kong’s “zombie” leader Carrie Lam cling to power?

Interview with Vincent Kolo taken from www.chinaworker.info, the website of our sister organisation in Hong Kong/China/Taiwan on the mass protest protests that have erupted in Hong Kong against attempts to introduce a new extradition law. After one in four of Hong Kong’s population join mega demonstration – how far can the movement push? The incredible mass movement in Hong Kong ...

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Direct Provision = Institutionalised state racism

By Fiona Ryan Recent documents leaked from the Department of Justice exposed the rotten politics at the heart of the continued Direct Provision (DP) Asylum system. Despite minor reforms it remains one of the most restrictive in Europe. Officials claimed a recommended doubling of the weekly payment to asylum seekers from €21.60 to €40.85 would create the “most generous” system ...

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#TeachDontPreach: Protests demand proper sex education

By Andrea Murray On May 28, parents of children who attend Castleknock Educate Together National School staged a protest at the school’s continuing use of Catholic marriage agency Accord to deliver Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) to fifth and sixth class students. Accord was set up in 1962 by Catholic bishops and is clearly biased in their direction. Educate together ...

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The Ballymurphy Massacre: Families deserve truth & justice

By Kevin Henry Six months before Bloody Sunday – when the infamous Parachute Regiment (Paras) killed 14 unarmed protesters at a civil rights march in Derry – eleven people were killed in Ballymurphy by the same regiment. For over 48 years, the families of these victims have been denied justice by the British state. Now, an inquest is finally highlighting ...

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