News & Analysis

Ireland’s meat industry: super-exploitation & criminal mistreatment

By Cathal Curran The shocking mistreatment of meat factory workers and the inhospitable conditions under which they live and work has once again been highlighted, this time in a recent Guardian expose. This is an industry worth €4 billion and one built on the super-exploitation of its workforce  These workers are paid just a little over the minimum wage, and ...

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Women courageously speak out against sexual harassment & abuse in the army

By Valerie O’Leary The recent broadcasting of RTE’s “Women of Honour” programme on sexual harassment, bullying and sexist practices in the Irish Defence Forces is yet another example of the systemic toxic and misogynistic attitudes that exist in the military. Over the past few years, the rise of the global feminist movement, out of which came the #MeToo movement has ...

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Review: The Care Crisis by Emma Dowing

Reviewed by Caitriona Ní Chatháin In her book The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It, Emma Dowling explores the multifaceted world of care, and its degradation under decades of neoliberalism, and capitalism today. With a special focus on the situation in Britain, Dowling examines not only what we mean by ‘care’ and ‘care work’ but ...

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Aer Lingus workers resist permanent austerity during temporary crisis

As both ground and cabin crews at Aer Lingus vote against management austerity packages, Ruth Coppinger spoke to Aer Lingus workers about what workers have been going through at the airline. “I have young cabin crew colleagues regularly attending soup kitchens for meals and getting help from St Vincent de Paul. My own brother bought my son’s school books this year. ...

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Student accommodation crisis: we need public homes now!

By Ollie Bell It is no secret that Ireland is currently facing a housing crisis, but according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the student accommodation crisis is worse than ever. With long waiting lists and high rents, students are now exploring the options of living in B&Bs, hostels and hotels.  If public transport is an option then ...

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Failure to invest in necessary infrastructure results in water contamination

By Conor Burke The quality of drinking water in Ireland has long been a topic of contention. Hardly a year goes by in which some incident of contamination isn’t reported. The latest occurrence of failures in our water supply network happened in Waterford and Dublin, where over 900,000 people were exposed to dangerous contaminants — with 52 people in the ...

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Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Reviewed by Harper Cleves Sally Rooney’s third novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, was one of the most anticipated and hyped-up book releases in recent memory. For about two months in advance all of Dublin seemed to be waiting with bated breath for the 7 September release date advertised in every bookshop window — and a few fanatics could even ...

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North: Fight for genuinely integrated education

By Emma Ward This month sees the 40th anniversary of Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first integrated school.  Opening their doors in September 1981 they welcomed just 28 students, under police presence and armed guards, to a small Scout hall.  Since then, their numbers have flourished to over 1,400 pupils and they are regularly oversubscribed. However, despite the success of the ...

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Film review: Wildfire directed by Cathy Brady

By Kevin Henry Wildfire tells the story of two sisters, Lauren and Kelly, who grew up in a fictional Irish border town. The film starts with Kelly finally returning home after going missing and focuses on the bond between the sisters as they struggle with mental health problems resulting largely from their mother’s premature death. The sisters seek to discover ...

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“Housing for All” plan: Repackaging a failed model

By James McCabe  For so long we’ve been told that if we work hard enough, we can attain a comfortable standard of living or at the very least be able to afford the security of a roof over our head. Yet so many people are now in a situation where they can’t guarantee where they will be living from one ...

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