News & Analysis

Review: Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly

SRAB Films, Rectangle Productions, 2019 Reviewed by Róise McCann Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables (2019) borrows its name from Victor Hugo’s historic novel written in 1862 but is most relevant in 2020. The film is set in the district of Montfermeil, where Ly grew up and where the events of Hugo’s original were written to have taken place. “It hasn’t changed ...

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Oscar Traynor Road debacle: Build public homes on public land

By Michael O’Brien, former Solidarity Dublin City Councillor (2014-2019)  The news that the proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) development of the council owned Oscar Traynor Road site, known locally as the Lawrence Lands, was voted down by Dublin City Councillors was a very welcome turnaround. This was shaping up to be a criminal giveaway to private developers. The proposal involved ...

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Teachers action can win pay equality, safeguard health & safety

By Diarmuid Naessans  At the end of October, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) voted to take industrial action up to and including strike action on several key issues. The long-standing equal pay for equal work ballot was passed to act with one or both other teachers’ unions. In more recent times health and safety issues ...

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Covid threat from mink farming: barbaric industry must go!

By Oisin Kelly The outbreak of a new strain of the corona virus among mink farmed in Denmark is a new alarming development in the covid-19 crisis. It not only opens up the fears many have of a wave of a new strain of the virus, but also exposes the nature of agriculture under capitalism. Denmark has the largest number ...

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We need fighting trade unionism – lessons & legacy of the Debenhams struggle

By Michael O’Brien As we go to press the struggle by the Debenhams workers for the honouring of the redundancy agreement their union Mandate reached with the employer in 2016 has passed its seventh month, and has long since earned its place in the lore of this country’s labour history.[1] The court injunction granted to the liquidator KPMG against the ...

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Covid crisis exposes a rotten system that must be challenged

Fifty million people have been infected with Covid-19 globally, with over one and a quarter million tragically losing their lives. In Ireland, we’ve had 65,000 cases with over 1,900 deaths in the South and 42,000 cases with over 750 deaths in the North. A second wave is now overwhelming health services across Europe. Like climate change, the roots of this ...

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What’s behind the #LeoTheLeak scandal?

In the last number of days the government has been hit by another scandal, this time relating to the actions of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.  Last Saturday an article in The Village magazine exposed how in April 2019, then serving as Taoiseach, Varadkar leaked a confidential government document to his friend Maitiú Ó Tuathail, president of the now defunct National Association ...

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#RepealTheSeal: The Mother & Baby Homes archive scandal

By Leah Whelan  The government decision to seal the Mother and Baby Homes archives for 30 years has been met with huge backlash from working-class communities. The move to seal the documents for three decades, despite survivors concerns, can be regarded as another form of abuse on working-class women – with survivors noting that for those impacted “consent was taken ...

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Covid-19 and education: Working & studying in safe environment is a right

By Kate Relihan  “Our schools are overcrowded, underfunded and dealing with a global pandemic on a wing and a prayer” — principal Tiernan Ó’Neill of Corpus Christi DEIS primary school in Moyross, Limerick, synopsised brilliantly the reality for school staff on Newstalk on Tuesday, 21 October.  He rightfully pointed out that schools have never closed since the first lockdown in ...

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Reclaiming the ‘season of the witch’

By Aislinn O’Keeffe Halloween is the time of witches and ghouls. The time, according to the original pagan beliefs that signalled when the veil between our world and the Otherworld was at its thinnest. At this time, you might encounter the spirits of your ancestors, or demons or devils. In order to protect yourself from these unwanted visits, it was ...

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