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Dublin City Council gives more public land to private developers

By Michael O’Brien, former Dublin City Councillor The effective giveaway of the Dublin City Council-owned plot of land on the Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock is the latest episode of a saga that has been ongoing for seven years, ever since the site was identified as a location for hundreds of badly needed housing units. Time and again the Council ...

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Nurses & midwives deserve better: no more poverty wages & unbearable conditions

By Catherine Finnegan Despite being nearly two years into the pandemic that has put healthcare workers at huge risk, nurses and midwives continue to be cruelly underpaid and overworked. The latest surge of Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm the health service, but nurses and midwives know all too well that even before the pandemic the country’s hospitals battled with capacity crises ...

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Cork students protest racism in school

By Brian McCarthy A large anti-racist protest was organised by school students at Glanmire Community College (GCC) in Cork on Friday, 12 November. The protest was about the fact that two students have been suspended for speaking out against racism.  Many students waved hand-made placards mocking the school’s motto of “Ní neart go cur le chéile”, which translates as “there’s ...

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No more data centres: stop kowtowing to the interests of Big Tech

By James McCabe The government has refused to rule out the possibility of electricity blackouts this winter. At a time of exponential rises in the price of electricity and gas for ordinary households, it has become apparent that data centres are creating a significant strain on the national electrical grid. In fact, there is currently a boom in data centres ...

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Inflation & the cost of living crisis: cut profits not pay!

By Harry Matthews As 2021 draws to close, it feels like we are lurching from one crisis to another. Perhaps it’s because we are. One year on from our first Christmas lockdown and our health system is on the brink with ICU at almost full capacity. Rents and homelessness are on the rise and COP26 has not given us much ...

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‘Blah, Blah Blah’ from Stormont on the climate crisis

“Blah, blah, blah” is how Greta Thunberg has described what we get from politicians across the world. This is strikingly seen at the COP26 climate conference where world leaders “lobbied” to water down reports which expose the urgency of the climate crisis. The COP26 conference is widely seen as a cop-out with a failure to “keep the goal of 1.5℃ ...

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International socialists mobilise in Glasgow for COP26 protests

By Marie O’Toole, ISA COP26 organising team World leaders have been gathering in Glasgow these past two weeks for the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in order to give the global capitalist system a fresh coat of green paint. What was always going to be a farce turned out to be even more underwhelming than might have been expected. Working ...

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Mass movement takes on vulture funds in Berlin

By Robert Cosgrave  On Sunday, 26 September – coinciding with Germany’s general election – 56.4% of Berliners (a figure that would very likely be higher were it not for restrictive citizenship laws) voted to demand the properties of the major corporate landlords be taken into public ownership and used for public housing.  This is estimated to be a total of 240,000 ...

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