In Part two of a three part article on the Irish economy, Paul Murphy looks at some of the factors depressing the domestic economy, focusing on debt and unemployment, as well as analysing whether the government's export focused strategy can be successful.Read More »
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Peter McLoone, the disgraced General Secretary of IMPACT will retire from his position in May. McLoone’s replacement, chosen by IMPACT’s central executive committee, is Shay Cody.Read More »
The proposal to close fifteen libraries in the Belfast area has been met with strong opposition. Hazel Gilliland, who has been campaigning against the closures in Ballymacarrett told the The Socialist that, "the proposals would have a devastating effect.Read More »
One year on from the killing of two British soldiers at Massereene barracks in Antrim and the shooting of a PSNI officer in Craigavon, attacks carried out by dissident republican groups have become more frequent, sophisticated and deadly.Read More »
Mortgages should be immediately re-assessed and reduced. Commenting on the “Negative equity in the Irish Housing Market” report from the ESRI, Joe Higgins MEP said...Read More »
In the current economic climate it seems those of us lucky enough to have a low-paid job have forfeited our right to respect and decent treatment. With hundreds of thousands on the live register at the moment, it's an employers' market. The employed are feeling the pressure of thousands in the queue behind them, and the pressure of employers trying to cut down on costs.Read More »
The TEEU applied for a variation of the Registered Employment Agreement in order to implement the increase in the rate of pay for electricians in the building industry that was agreed after the week long strike in mid 2009. Yet again, on 19 February last, the Labour Court adjourned a decision on the matter.Read More »
The Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, has spelt out plans to make a further €3 billion in cuts at the next Budget. €500 million of these cuts are to come from public sector "reform" and if the unions don’t agree, he will impose further pay cuts.Read More »
Taxi Regulator must put a halt to issuing new taxi licenses and implement an independent review of the Taxi industry.Read More »
"The obscene notion of people being forced to work, particularly in physically or mentally stressful jobs, until the age of 68 before they can retire is an obscenity. Mary Hanafin complains that we are living too long. Well there is no better way to shorten the lives of building workers, teachers and so on than prolonging their working lives" – Joe Higgins MEP.Read More »