News & Analysis

Hospitality bosses lobby again for pre-mature re-opening

By Michael O’Brien The loud voices from the hospitality lobby went into hiding in the new year. This was after the “meaningful Christmas” promised by Micheál Martin, which led to the easing of restrictions in December, contributed to skyrocketing levels of infections and the highpoint of mortality. Six months on, these same individuals and their most ardent supporters from the ...

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What lies behind the Mica scandal?

By Catherine Finnegan Thousands of people marched on Dublin’s Convention Centre on 15 June to call for 100% redress for homes affected by the mineral mica. Over 6,000 homes were built throughout the 1990s and early 2000s with defective blocks containing high levels of mica which has resulted in catastrophic cracks and fissures appearing inside and out of people’s homes ...

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Sinn Féin refuse to oppose repressive legislation

By Mick Barry and Finghín Kelly The Offences Against the State Act was renewed by the Dáil on 23 June on a vote of 86-7. Sinn Féin deputies left the chamber immediately before the vote and did not participate or vote against it. The Criminal Justice Act was passed by a similar margin with the same approach taken by Sinn ...

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National Maternity Hospital must be 100% public, secular & progressive

The resounding two-thirds majority vote in the 2018 repeal referendum vote was undeniably a vote for both abortion rights, and more generally for a progressive, secular Ireland. Building on the Marriage Equality vote that affirmed LGBTQ rights, it represented a watershed rejection of the cruel church-state nexus of repression of the past. A total insult The very idea that in ...

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Amazon UK destroys 130,000 goods a week: A system built on waste

By Finn McKenna  “’A leaked document showed more than 124,000 items marked as ‘Destroy’ in just a week… This is just ONE warehouse. If you have a system where this is possible — and even profitable — that’s a clear sign that something is fundamentally wrong.” The above quote is from renowned climate activist Greta Thunberg. She was describing the ...

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Pride 2021: Rainbow Capitalism will not win LBGTQ+ liberation

By Ollie Bell Every June, companies without fail try to seem LGBTQ+ inclusive by changing their social media icons to the rainbow flag and selling pride themed merchandise. While this shows a postive shift in society’s view of LGBTQ+ people, with big business forced to reflect this, rainbow capitalism does very little to positively impact the lives of queer people ...

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George Nkencho should be alive – more proof

By Peter McGregor On 26 May 2021, a man shot and injured two Gardaí during an hours-long standoff at a house in Whitechapel in Blanchardstown. He barricaded himself in the house and refused to cooperate with the Gardaí before shooting at them and fired at least seven shots at the Gardaí over the course of the incident, with Gardaí returning ...

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Mica scandal: profiteering creates housing disaster

By Mick Barry TD  More than 3,000 householders from Donegal, Mayo and Clare travelled to Dublin on 15 June to demand a proper compensation scheme for their homes destroyed by mica. Mica is a mineral that can be contained in concrete blocks manufactured from quarries. It soaks up water like a sponge and has the potential to make blocks crumble. ...

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Irish tax haven under threat – break with this failed model

By Manus Lenihan For decades Irish economic policy has been based on low tax for multinational corporations. The model came into being in the 1950s due to the historic weakness of Irish capitalism and in turn its inability to develop a strong manufacturing base and economy. It needed foreign capital to do so, and in playing a subservient role it ...

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