News & Analysis

Review: Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”

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By Councillor Michael O’Brien The vicious harassment of the sick and unemployed by the Tory government in Britain provoked legendary director Ken Loach, now 80 years of age, to come out of retirement to make one more film. And what a film! ‘I, Daniel Blake’ tells the story of the eponymous character, a carpenter in his late fifties in Newcastle ...

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Sean Fitzpatrick trial: Jury selection of a different kind

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By Councillor Matt Waine On 3 October, the various defendants in the Jobstown trial, accused of falsely imprisoning then Tainaiste and Labour leader, Joan Burton, were assembling outside the Central Criminal Courts when who skips by, only Seanie Fitzpatrick on his way to plead not guilty to the charges of 21 counts of giving false or misleading information. Of course ...

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Invest in free education: No loan schemes, no fees!

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By Megan Oglesby Since 2008, the Irish third level education system has been greatly suffering, with cuts to university funding approximating to a cumulative €600 million over the years of recession and austerity. As a result of this, students were forced to foot the bill with the average annual registration fees growing to €3000 per annum, and student grants offering ...

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Public transport: Oppose privatisation & race to the bottom

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By Councillor Michael O’Brien Dublin Bus workers in SIPTU and the NBRU have accepted the pay offer of 11.25% over three years that emanated from the talks at the WRC. There is no doubt this higher offer has been won through the strike action spanning six days in September. Dublin Bus workers can hold their heads high as their determined ...

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Weak government faces “Winter of discontent”

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A coil can only be pushed back so much before it recoils and that’s what’s happening now as demands for pay increases are smacking Enda Kenny’s Government and different companies around the head. Garda organisations, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and others seem to be prepared to join workers at Bus Eireann and Irish Rail on a path towards ...

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Homelessness & drug addiction – deteriorating crises

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By Fiona O’Loughlin The scale of the crises in housing and drug addiction is becoming more and more evident on our streets. A striking feature of this crisis is the Government’s unwillingness to deal with this. Simon Coveney, the Minister with responsibility for housing, said in September;  ”We are running to stand still at the moment”.  The fact of the ...

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Bloody Sunday: Real accounting with the past needed

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By Kevin Henry The events of Bloody Sunday in January 1972 – when British paratroopers shot dead 14 unarmed people taking part in a civil rights march in Derry – was one of the most horrific and defining moments of the Troubles. This brutal act of repression had the effect of pushing thousands of young people into the dead-end of the IRA’s ...

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Apple tax scam, Jobstown- We need a party for the class struggles ahead

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By Kevin McLoughlin With a straight face, Enda Kenny says he is appealing the Apple judgement in the public interest. It is speculated that five or six other multinationals operating in Ireland are also being investigated. If the back tax figure for Apple is €19 billion, how much was robbed altogether from the public – in the public interest? Defending ...

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