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Department must acquire Tyrrelstown schools

Now that planning permission has been given by Fingal County Council for the building by Twinlite Developments of two schools in Tyrellstown (F08A/0787), the Dept of Education must immediately step in and take responsibility for these schools, as it does ordinarily in other areas. In July, Joe Higgins and I objected to this planning application, not to delay permanent schools ...

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Management fees limbo must be ended

Thousands of residents in Ongar, Latchford, Tyrrelstown and elsewhere remain locked into contracts with private management companies and are increasingly falling into arrears as the recession bites. Such residents should use the local elections to pass judgement on the parties who stood over this. They must elect candidates who have real track records – not just vocal opposition or gimmicks ...

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Rent allowance slashed

Socialist Party candidate for the North East ward Dave Keating this morning slammed HSE boss Brendan Drumm’s €500,000+ wage cheque and said that it was an insult in the week that tens of thousands of rent allowance recipients received correspondence from the HSE outlining cuts in their allowance.Dave Keating said:  “I am receiving daily phone calls now from tenants who ...

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No to privatisation of the ESB

No to privatisation of the ESB

By Dave Keating

George Lee wants to sell off Bord Gais and the lucrative parts of the ESB, supposedly to fund a jobs creation programme. The irony is that in order to sell the ESB, Fine Gael has supported Fianna Fail's policy of cutting the staff of the semi state company in half to just 6,500, with further staff cuts planned. Fine Gael has also supported the government's policy of introducing so called competition in the generation and selling of electricity. This they say is in order "to reduce the price for consumers". However the very opposite has happened.

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Housing crisis

By Councillor Clare Daly

 

TWO YEARS ago, Anne her partner and her two children owned their own house and ran a small business. As the loan for the business was tied in with their house, when the business ran into trouble they lost their home also.

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Interview on Budget cuts

Fiona O’Loughlin spoke to Tracey who lives in Clondalkin with her 18 month old son.

Fiona: How have the cutbacks in recent budgets affected you and your family?

Tracey: “I am single parent and I work part-time two days a week. My childcare costs me €75 per week so losing the early child care supplement will hit me very bad. I was getting €93 per month and this will now be cut to €45 per month until December but then it’s gone altogether. Between this and the other cutbacks I don’t know if it will be worth my while staying in work, even though I want to.

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Joe Higgins: Why I’m Standing for Euro Election

THE REASON I am standing in the Euro Elections in Dublin is to give the people of the capital city the possibility of a clear socialist alternative to all the establishment political parties.

There is no doubt that the current economic catastrophe will be foremost in the minds of people as they vote on 5 June in both the Local and Euro elections. They will want to punish Fianna Fail for its’ pro-speculation policies that engineered the huge property bubble that has inevitably burst with horrific consequences. They will also want to hit back at both Fianna Fail and the Green Party for their current policies of making working people pay for this crisis while bailing out the banks and the speculators.

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