News & Analysis

“Dogs of war” unleashed in Jobstown

By Mick Barry The arrest of 21 anti water charges campaigners in Dublin,  the threat to arrest a further 17-21,  the threat to send a file to the DPP and the possibility of court action on serious charges   –  all are sure signs of the Gardai playing an overtly political role. The Gardai have simultaneously targeted the community of Jobstown, ...

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End state racism against asylum seekers

By James Hallinan After being forced to flee their country, asylum seekers end up being marginalized here and become one of the most vulnerable sections of society. They end up being stripped of some of their rights. They can’t work or get proper education, are placed in cramped accommodation, and have limited control over when or what they eat. Direct ...

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Hooded men: State brutality under the spotlight

By  Daniel Waldron On the basis of new evidence having come to light, the Irish government has agreed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the case of the ‘Hooded Men’. These fourteen men were interned without trial in 1971 and subjected to horrific abuse – termed “deep interrogation” – at Ballykelly army base. None of ...

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“Conscience” Clause enshrines homophobia into law

By Kevin Henry The attempt by the DUP to amend Northern Ireland’s equality laws to allow religious business owners to refuse services to LGBT customers if it is “facilitating” an act against their religion is an attempt to enshrine a right to discriminate into law. This attempt to drive society backwards would make it perfectly acceptable under the law for ...

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Review: Vessel

By Fiona O’Loughlin The documentary film Vessel, screened by ROSA in December, is an inspiring account of the development of Women on Waves and Women on Web. It charts how a group of women led by Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, endeavoured to provide abortions to women who lived in states that banned or restricted abortions. They wished to create a space ...

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Vultures make a killing on NAMA property

By Diana O’Dwyer A little noted feature of the so-called ‘recovery’ from the banking and property crash is the sell-off of residential and commercial property to international capitalist investors. Typically enough, the impact on the former property-owners and -occupiers has varied enormously, in accordance with their power and wealth and influence over government policy. There was never any bailout for ...

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Only 47% register with Irish water

Press Statement: Anti-Austerity Alliance (2nd February 2015) CSO & EPA studies show Irish Water understating by 260,000 the number of houses which need to register · Irish Water refuse to reply to information supplied to them by AAA despite give assurances they would by last Friday · Registration figures if taken at face value are a disaster for Irish Water. ...

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