By Diarmuid Naessans At the end of October, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) voted to take industrial action up to and including strike action on several key issues. The long-standing equal pay for equal work ballot was passed to act with one or both other teachers’ unions. In more recent times health and safety issues ...Read More »
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By Oisin Kelly The outbreak of a new strain of the corona virus among mink farmed in Denmark is a new alarming development in the covid-19 crisis. It not only opens up the fears many have of a wave of a new strain of the virus, but also exposes the nature of agriculture under capitalism. Denmark has the largest number ...Read More »
By Michael O’Brien As we go to press the struggle by the Debenhams workers for the honouring of the redundancy agreement their union Mandate reached with the employer in 2016 has passed its seventh month, and has long since earned its place in the lore of this country’s labour history. The court injunction granted to the liquidator KPMG against the ...Read More »
Fifty million people have been infected with Covid-19 globally, with over one and a quarter million tragically losing their lives. In Ireland, we’ve had 65,000 cases with over 1,900 deaths in the South and 42,000 cases with over 750 deaths in the North. A second wave is now overwhelming health services across Europe. Like climate change, the roots of this ...Read More »
In the last number of days the government has been hit by another scandal, this time relating to the actions of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Last Saturday an article in The Village magazine exposed how in April 2019, then serving as Taoiseach, Varadkar leaked a confidential government document to his friend Maitiú Ó Tuathail, president of the now defunct National Association ...Read More »
By Leah Whelan The government decision to seal the Mother and Baby Homes archives for 30 years has been met with huge backlash from working-class communities. The move to seal the documents for three decades, despite survivors concerns, can be regarded as another form of abuse on working-class women – with survivors noting that for those impacted “consent was taken ...Read More »
By Kate Relihan “Our schools are overcrowded, underfunded and dealing with a global pandemic on a wing and a prayer” — principal Tiernan Ó’Neill of Corpus Christi DEIS primary school in Moyross, Limerick, synopsised brilliantly the reality for school staff on Newstalk on Tuesday, 21 October. He rightfully pointed out that schools have never closed since the first lockdown in ...Read More »
By Aislinn O’Keeffe Halloween is the time of witches and ghouls. The time, according to the original pagan beliefs that signalled when the veil between our world and the Otherworld was at its thinnest. At this time, you might encounter the spirits of your ancestors, or demons or devils. In order to protect yourself from these unwanted visits, it was ...Read More »
By Finghin Kelly Budget 2021 has been heralded as the biggest in the state’s history. After a decade of austerity and balanced budgets, this does represent a certain turn away from those policies. This is in line with capitalist governments around the world who are boosting state spending in order to save capitalism – not just from the effects of ...Read More »
By Brandon Byrne The Social Dilemma provides an insightful new look at the impact major social media platforms have had on society and how by design they foster addiction. Director Jeff Orlowski presents these insights through a series of talking head interviews with tech industry insiders whose work has brought them close enough to see the critically flawed design at ...Read More »