News & Analysis

Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

By Harper Cleves Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People and Lenny Abrahamson’s BBC adaptation of this novel  have been the subject of widespread adoration and controversy. Criticisms hurled at both works have ranged from hailing Rooney as ‘the Marxist voice of a generation’ to diminishing both the novel and screen adaptation to a series of ’longing stares exchanged’ between ‘extremely privileged ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Oppose Government plans to hold the Junior and Leaving Certs

By Michael O’Brien The high handed approach of the Department of Education and Science in their proposals for the state exams this year has provoked an angry reaction by teachers (and indeed school students sitting these exams), which is at odds with the accepting tone of the initial online statements issued by the TUI and ASTI. Since the shutdown of ...

Read More »

Covid-19: State must act to support workers in the arts

By Martina Stafford The precarious conditions of work for artists and performers has been acutely exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ireland’s culture of under-payment for artists’ work leaves many feeling like it is a race to the bottom for the crumbs of an ever shrinking loaf. The crumbs being offered by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic amount to ...

Read More »

Review: Big Farms Make Big Flu by Rob Wallace

By Sam Belton Covid-19 is spreading across the globe at an alarming pace, overwhelming health infrastructure and killing thousands, many of whom are frontline healthcare workers and poor people who lack early access to testing. Covid-19 is the acute respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, also known as the coronavirus. Genetically, this virus is 82% similar to the coronavirus responsible for ...

Read More »

Workers cannot wait to safeguard their health – unions must act

By Mick Barry TD On Weds 25 March 1,000 workers at Moy Park Portadown walked off the job demanding proper health and safety protections for the workforce. The same day nearly 100 workers at a Larry Goodman meat plant – ABP in Lurgan – did the same thing for the same reason. On Friday 27 March workers at Linden Meats ...

Read More »

Review: ‘The Guards: Inside the K’

By Dean O’Donnell The first episode of Virgin Media’s new 5-part docuseries The Guards: Inside the K aired earlier this week to widespread acclaim from viewers and critics alike. Set in the “K-district”, a term that describes the policing precinct encompassing Blanchardstown, Cabra and Finglas, the show follows Gardaí on the beat in some of Dublin’s most deprived suburbs.  Yet, ...

Read More »

Starbucks & Nespresso’s child labour secret exposed

A boy of ten or twelve carries a sack of coffee beans bigger than his torso up a steep hill. He stops to rub his back, grimacing in pain, then picks up the sack again and carries on. This is the true face of Starbucks and Nespresso, behind the mask of “ethical” corporate branding: children working for 40 hours a week, for about £5 per day.

Read More »

Support teachers’ strike for equal pay

By Diarmuid Naessans, TUI (personal capacity) The Teachers Union of Irelands TUI campaign of strike action for Equal Pay for Equal Work will receive huge support from workers and the general public. New entrant teachers earn 14% less in the early years and 10% less over the first ten years at a time when life choice decisions are made. The ...

Read More »