News & Analysis

Cancel Leaving Cert 2020 now! Listen to the students!

Statement from Mick Barry TD  Leo Varadkar, Joe McHugh and the Department of Education display cold disregard for the opinions of 61,000 young people. Unmoved, they remain intent on bullying young people into sitting the Leaving Cert. This Dickensian meanness — even after Fianna Fáil, their soon to be partners in Government, finally bowed to the popular opposition to Leaving ...

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Review: “Home – Why Public Housing is the Answer”

Review: “Home – Why Public Housing is the Answer”  by Eoin Ó Broin, Merrion Press (2019)  Reviewed by Michael O’Brien Though published in early 2019, Sinn Féin’s surge in this year’s general election fuelled a fresh spike in sales of this book pushing it back into the best sellers’ shelves. Eoin Ó Broin has been Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson since ...

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Covid-19 lockdown & gender-based violence

By Andrea Murray As the outbreak of Covid-19 began to take hold, experts warned of the risk of increased gender based violence and abuse of children. Intimate partner violence increased significantly during the HIV / AIDS pandemic, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. Research from previous pandemics and disease outbreaks align with what we’re now seeing emerging from Covid-19. Economic insecurity ...

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Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael document: A con to build Dáil majority

By Michael O’Brien A paper with the long-winded title “A draft document between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to facilitate negotiations with other parties on a plan to recover, rebuild and renew Ireland after the COVID-19 Emergency” has been circulated by those two parties to Labour, Social Democrats and the Green Party in an effort to assemble a majority government. ...

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Debenhams’ workers protest today

By Mick Barry Today, Debenhams workers at 7 stores throughout the state staged protests at the company’s decision to go into liquidation with the loss of 2,000 plus jobs. Debenhams may go into full liquidation in just nine days time and the workers therefore left with bare minimum statutory redundancy from the state’s social insurance fund. Companies such as Debenhams, ...

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Debenhams axes 2,000 jobs – But workers can fight back

By Mick Barry TD Debenhams announced the closure of all its 11 shops in the Republic of Ireland on the Thursday evening before the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. At the same time they announced that their UK operations were being put into administration. The High Court has since appointed a liquidator for the Irish shops.  These closures mean the loss ...

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