News & Analysis

Housing market: Prices, profits & repossessions rise

By Finghín Kelly The realities of “recovery” Ireland is in sharp contrast to the official propaganda we are daily fed. Nowhere is this more obvious than when we look at the housing crisis. Last month the Courts Service revealed that 586 repossession orders were granted by the courts in the first three months of this year. This represents a 600% ...

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North: Step up the fight for LGBTQ equality

By Kevin Henry The vote for marriage equality in the South is an important point of inspiration in the fight for equality here. Many will also be disappointed that, once again, Northern Ireland is being left behind when it comes to LGBT rights, as well as women’s rights, while racist attacks increase and sectarian division continues to pervade society. DUP: ...

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Burton’s shameful attack on lone parents

By Fiona O’Loughlin From July 30,000 lone parents will no longer qualify for One Parent Family Allowance with many losing up to €80 per week as they are switched to Jobseekers Allowance. Stigmatising lone parents Burton and Co are spinning this cut as some kind of charitable feminist gesture to encourage women back into the workforce .The implication being that ...

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Joe Higgins TD on new legislation and water charges

“Householders who refuse to pay water bills will have charges deducted from wages or dole”, screamed the Irish Independent in early May in response, no doubt, to a behind the scenes briefing from Government officials. We are getting used to these types of headlines. In March, the Irish Times told us: “Irish Water may deduct unpaid bills from wages and ...

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Resounding YES to LGBTQ Rights: Now Repeal the 8th!

By Laura Fitzgerald As well as a blow to homophobia and a hugely positive recognition of LGBTQ lives, the inspiring and decisive marriage equality referendum victory is a robust boost to the fight for a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment as a mobilised and politically engaged section of LGBTQ people, women, the working class and young people that were ...

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A Historic victory for Equality

The Yes vote the Marriage Equality referendum represented a huge vote in support of equality for LGBTQ people and in support of progress and social change. The streets of Dublin and other cities were packed with people celebrating a victory which was the culmination of decades of struggle by LGBTQ people. This Facebook post from LGBT activist Panti Bliss captures ...

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North: Election marks growing rejection of sectarian status quo

By Daniel Waldron and Kevin  Henry While the election in Northern Ireland may, on the surface, seem to have been business as usual, the results suggest that rejection of the sectarian status quo is growing. Opposition to austerity and reactionary social policies found a voice in the midst of the campaign. There are positive pointers towards the opportunities to build ...

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Film review: Russell Brand’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

Helen Pattison reviews The Emperor’s New Clothes, the latest film starring Russell Brand and directed by Michael Winterbottom. “I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know”. That is comedian Russell Brand’s opening gambit in The Emperor’s New Clothes. You might not know these examples, he says, but you know the story of tax evasion and huge bonuses ...

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