News & Analysis

Protesting is not a crime: #JobstownNotGuilty


The heinous targeting of Maurice McCabe and other Garda whistle blowers and the targeting of the Jobstown protestors by the state are two sides of the same coin. On one side a sinister smear campaign waged to silence McCabe and others by the top echelons of the Garda; in collusion with state agencies, the media and the political establishment. On ...

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Sinn Féin’s rightward shift continues

Sinn Fein

By Cillian Gillespie It would appear that the scandal surrounding the smearing of Maurice McCabe has drastically undermined the fate of this already weak Fine Gael minority government. The possibility of an election before the end of 2017 has increased substantially. Such an election takes place against the backdrop of increasing industrial unrest, as it is clear that the expectations ...

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Alarming hike in HIV diagnoses

HIV diagnosis

By Eleni Vetsika It has been almost a year since very alarming figures regarding a serious hike in HIV diagnoses in Ireland have hit the news, yet little –if anything- has been done to tackle the situation. According to an HSE report published last year, there was a 30% increase in the rate of HIV diagnosis in 2015. Although this ...

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Poverty: Bad for your health


The “cancer gap” that exists between disadvantaged and well-off communities is a case in point. A recent report found that the death rate from cancer in two areas of Dublin West differ drastically. Dr. Robert O’Connor speaking at The University of Limerick said “The death rate from cancer in Mulhuddart is nearly three times that in Castleknock even though they ...

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Maurice McCabe scandal-Power, corruption & sinister acts of revenge

Gardai and government

GUBU is the acronym being commonly used to describe the chain of events surrounding the concerted campaign by senior Garda officers to smear the character of Sergeant Maurice McCabe in order to destroy the credibility of his claims of malpractice in the police force. Joe Higgins analyses the scandal surrounding the smearing of whistleblower Maurice McCabe. In fact, of the ...

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A socialist strategy to defeat Trump


By Samantha Rodriguez When Trump was elected last November in what can only be described as the most contentious protest vote of our lifetimes, questions were raised as to whether his Presidency would play out as threatened. Just one month from his inauguration and already it is clear that America’s new commander-in-chief is determined to implement his regressive agenda. Unprecedented ...

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Review: “Dublin Old School” by Emmet Kirwan

Dublin Old School

Review by Darragh O’Dwyer Written and performed by Emmet Kirwan alongside Love/Hate’s Ian Lloyd Anderson, Dublin Oldschool is a two man show that soberly takes the audience on a drug-addled misadventure. Jason (Kirwan), a wannabe DJ whose ambitions seem to be constantly dashed by his tortured relationship with the ‘sesh’, bounces about to the city’s rhythms that blast from its ...

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The arts in Ireland: Starved of funding

Arts funding

By Síofra NicLiam In 2016, the Fringe festival featured a wide variety of shows, including “RIOT”, where Emmet Kirwan performed his, now viral, spoken word piece “Heartbreak”, telling the story of a young working class mother, along with other politically fuelled pieces. Other plays portrayed a punk rock gig that showed the financially driven interests of property developers, the psychological ...

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Maurice McCabe smear campaign: Rotten state exposed


By Conor Payne The revelations about the smear campaign against Maurice McCabe have lifted the lid on the workings of the tops of the Gardai and the establishment as a whole. Despite talk of incompetence and ‘administrative errors’ the reality is clear: the tops of the Gardaí acted consciously to discredit a whistleblower with false allegations of child sexual abuse. ...

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