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Dublin Bus workers vote to reject race to the bottom

By Councillor Kieran Mahon Dublin Bus drivers’ overwhelming rejection of proposed changes to rostering, working hours, and terms and conditions illustrates the chasm between the government’s privatisation model for public transport and the workforce’s desire for a clean, efficient, and accessible transport system for Dublin while defending hard-won working conditions. The ballot result – 96.7% rejection among the 2,070 votes ...

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Ireland’s shocking rise in greenhouse emissions

By Catherine Finnegan Greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland were at their highest levels in 2019 since measurements began, according to a recent report on the Status of Ireland’s Climate. The report was published this month by researchers from the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, Met Éireann and the Marine Institute. It ...

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Gulf stream slowdown shows need to end climate change & capitalism

By Haritha Olaganathan The Gulf stream’s warmth stretches from the tip of Florida northwards along the US East Coast. It is one of many currents in the thermohaline, or Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), an essential system credited for the hospitality of the Northern hemisphere. It carries warm water from the Tropics to the North Atlantic “like a conveyor belt,” ...

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Climate change debate: The ‘overpopulation’ myth

By Manus Lenihan  The latest report on climate change has been released to the accompaniment of terrible fires and floods around the world. It contains the most urgent warnings to date concerning the scale of the disaster we face. Yet there’s a lot of confusion about the real causes of climate disaster. Here are two headlines from The Guardian over ...

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“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” review

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Black Caucus in commemoration of Black August Harlem, New York – In the summer of 1969, two historic musical festivals took place that would have epic proportions for the course of musical history and define one of the most politically turbulent times in U.S. history. The 1960s were a ...

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Two new reports find hospitality sector rife with exploitation

By Finn McKenna Before Covid reached Ireland it was an established fact that young people are facing a future precarity, but the pandemic has worsened this prospect. Nowhere is this more evident than in the hospitality and retail sector, where exploitative conditions are rife. Pre-Covid, hospitality workers found themselves facing an array of testing and grinding working conditions, ranging from ...

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#Merriongate: Another calamity for the out-of-touch establishment

By Pádraig O’Flynn Appointments made with a nod and a wink to state boards have no place in our democracy.– K. Zappone, 2015 Irish civil servants in the relevant departments will have been scurrying frantically in the last few days to update Covid-19 safety guidelines for the hospitality sector. Yes, it appears to have transpired that the government significantly loosened ...

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Dublin Skaters VS The Temple Bar

By Finn McKenna Readers may be familiar with the events of 28 July, where an alleged assault of two teenage skateboarders by door staff of the Temple Bar pub took place. Video footage circulated online capturing the event, which resulted in mass indignation within the skateboard community in Dublin and with young people more broadly. The Temple Bar reviled Various ...

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Oppression & the Olympics: How can we challenge discrimination in sport?

By Aoife Coppinger The Norway Beach Handball team went viral recently after they were fined by the European Handball Federation for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms, with the organisation stating that it was “improper clothing”. Team captain Katinka Haltvik said that the rule is “embarrassing” and for obvious reasons. While the men’s team wear a vest top and shorts, ...

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