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Dunnes Stores strikers say Nimrod,“He kept us going”

The recent visit to South Africa of the 1980s Dunnes Stores strikers to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela enabled the strikers to visit the family of the late Nimrod Sejake who while a political refugee in Ireland had supported and inspired the strikers. The visit by the IDATU - now Mandate - members who had taken unprecedented action by refusing to handle South African goods in solidarity with oppressed black workers, was reported on in the Irish Times 12th December and was clearly for the strikers and Nimrod's family of huge significance.

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Housing crisis enriching landlords’ profits

Labour and Fine Gael housing policy is to enrich private landlords and boost their profits by not providing social housing and push more people into rent supplement arrangements. Figures reveal that the government gave €400 million to private landlords in 2012. The top 20 earners, all owning over 100 houses each, pocketed a massive €5 million. One landlord alone took ...

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Anelka’s salute a scandal – kick racism out of football

Although Nicolas Anelka has never been far from controversy, the West Broms striker’s behaviour took a darker turn when he performed the ‘quenelle’ salute after scoring against West Ham. The quenelle, described as an inverse Nazi salute was invented by French comedian Dieudonné M'bala who has been convicted for hate-speech several times.

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Limerick AAA Statement on City of Culture

Call for new, representative committee to run City of Culture events Focus should be celebrating local artists and culture, not corporate ‘rebranding’ Committee should be made up of representatives of the artistic community, cultural groups and broader Limerick public Limerick City East Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) candidate Derrick Towell, who is a studio member in ARC (Artist Resource Centre) on Lower ...

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Landlords enriched by government propping up private rent sector

Market Solutions to housing crisis have failed – programme of affordable state provided accommodation to buy or rent is needed Responding to the figures made available today showing the extent to which the landlord class continue to be enriched by rent supplement payments, amounting to €400 million in 2012, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin Paul Murphy said: That 20 landlords ...

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