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The Zappone Affair & the hapless political establishment

By Mick Barry TD The “Katherine Zappone affair” clearly showed that cronyism is alive and very well in the upper echelons of Ireland’s political establishment.  It’s clear to anyone with an ounce of wit that the Foreign Affairs Minister must have agreed to create a job for Zappone as a special envoy at the United Nations back in late February ...

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Brian Leddin TD doubles down on sexism

We have already reported on the unacceptable behaviour of Brian Leddin TD for the Green Party in Limerick. He was part of a small WhatsApp group that was replete with sexist, misogynistic language, and specifically targeted two women, including local independent Cllr Elisa O’Donovan.  Although some of the most violent aspects (including ‘joking’ about Cllr O’Donovan being “ended” and “sleeping ...

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Green TD embroiled in sexist WhatsApp group scandal must go!

By Steph Lacey It has been revealed that misogynistic, sexist, and threatening WhatsApp messages have been exchanged between a small number of men and women interested in planning and heritage issues in Limerick city, one of whom is Limerick Green Party TD Brian Leddin.  These horrific messages were primarily aimed at an unnamed well-known female professional and Limerick city councillor ...

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Maurice McCabe smear campaign: Rotten state exposed

By Conor Payne The revelations about the smear campaign against Maurice McCabe have lifted the lid on the workings of the tops of the Gardai and the establishment as a whole. Despite talk of incompetence and ‘administrative errors’ the reality is clear: the tops of the Gardaí acted consciously to discredit a whistleblower with false allegations of child sexual abuse. ...

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#JobstownNotGuilty trial: Criminalising protest must be resisted

The clock continues to tick down towards the biggest political trial in decades. In April 2017, the first trial of adults for the false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her assistant will commence in the Criminal Courts of Justice. In advance of that, on 19 September, a 17 year old will go on trial in the Children's Court for the same offences.

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O’Higgins report: Rotten role of Gardaí exposed

By Dave Murphy The O’Higgins Report into the allegations of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has caused fresh controversy for the new Fine Gael government. The allegations, the attempted cover-up and how Maurice McCabe was treated has already resulted in the sacking of a Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, and the ‘resignation’ of a Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan. Violence against women ignored ...

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