News & Analysis

Review: “No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State” by Glenn Greenwald

This powerful, gripping and incisive book was first published on 13 May 2014. Glenn Greenwald and, of course, his star whistleblower, Edward Snowden, have done a tremendous service in revealing the unimaginable scale of surveillance and repression being perpetrated in the USA, Britain and other countries. My regret is not reading this work when it was first published. Greenwald details ...

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Disgraceful attacks on the disabled

By Finghin Kelly On 1 April, with the support of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, the government passed the Social Welfare Bill. This legislation is no April fool’s joke; it contains serious attacks on the right of people with disabilities and the elderly to access a carer. As well as making it harder to qualify for a carer, now, instead ...

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AAA support bus workers strike against privatisation

Labour Party support for NTA stance ‘a disgrace’  Anti Austerity Alliance TDs Joe Higgins, Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy have issued the following statement on the bus strikes: “The NTA’s decision to franchise out 10% of Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus routes is all about a race to the bottom both for the wages and conditions of transport workers and ...

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The assault on public services continues

By Diana O’Dwyer After almost seven years of austerity, public services are at breaking point. Cuts in capital expenditure on housing of 84% have left 100,000 households on the housing list and spending per college student has been slashed 41%. These are just two examples of Austerity Phase One. And despite what Noonan and Burton say, it is nowhere near ...

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Why we need a left government

By Laura Fitzgerald Austerity is a one-sided class war. The politicians hand in hand with the major employers have waged a war on the pay, conditions and living standards of the broad working class through swingeing cuts to public sector pay and services, zero-hour contracts in the private sector, JobBridge, home and water taxes and more. This war is being ...

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