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30% pay cut: Bus Éireann declares war on workers

By Mick Barry TD Bus Éireann’s proposals for a 30% cut in take-home pay for their drivers, possible compulsory redundancies and casualisation of work represent a declaration of war. Owing to the precedent that it would set, it represents a declaration of war not merely on bus drivers but on all public transport workers and the working class as a whole. ...

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Northern Assembly election – a Labour Alternative is needed!

The RHI scandal will mean that, while little is done to help the 42% of people here who live in fuel poverty, Northern Ireland’s Ferrari showroom will be kept cosy at a profit using public funds for the next 20 years. In Arlene Foster’s own rural constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone, 75% of GP surgeries face closure but Viscount ...

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Support the Apollo House occupation

By Councillor Michael O’Brien On 16 December activists with the Irish Housing Network along with others in the #HomeSweetHome group forcibly entered the vacant Apollo House office block and converted it into a hostel for the homeless. In doing so they tapped into a strong mood of anger in wider society over the ever-growing scandal of homelessness and rough sleeping ...

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Solidarity with “Home Sweet Home” occupation

Statement from AAA councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien on the occupation of Apollo House by housing rights activists with “Home Sweet Home” Press statement: Councillor Michael O’Brien, Anti Austerity Alliance, Beaumont Donaghmede ward, Dublin City Council Emergency motion submitted for tomorrow’s Dublin City Council North Central Area Committee meeting in Coolock calling for official recognition of Apollo House ...

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Institutionalised state racism: Direct Provision must go

By Councillor Fiona Ryan On Tuesday 15 November, after a gruelling 35 day hunger strike, a Kurdish resident of Direct Provision resisting a deportation order to Iran emerged victorious, with the state rescinding the order after his health began to decline upon refusing water in addition to food. This is just one story of many within the system who live ...

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Jobstown trial: Organise to oppose criminalisation of protest

By Katia Hancke Two years ago, many working class communities ravaged by austerity demonstrated enough was enough and got out on the streets against water charges. One such community was Jobstown in Tallaght, where a spontaneous protest inconvenienced Joan Burton for a few hours. The establishment media jumped on this and tried to demonise those involved as a “dangerous fringe”. ...

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Shameful inaction as housing crisis deteriorates

By Eleni Vetsika Despite government promises pre- and post-election, the scale of the housing crisis has only become sharper in the last few months. The most recent official figures show that a record total of 6,709 people are now homeless nationwide, which means about 1,173 families, and a shocking 2,426 children. In July of this year, the government published Rebuilding ...

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