Tag Archives: Fine Gael

Green Party once again wrestles with its conscience… and wins

By Colm McCarthy On the 26 June the Greens announced that they had secured the necessary two-thirds majority to enter government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. In the end it was not even close, as 76% of their members supported the deal – a larger percentage than Fianna Fáil (74%), or a non-weighted measurement of the Fine Gael electoral ...

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The “Our” in “Our Shared Future” doesn’t include workers!

By Michael O’Brien The programme for government now approved by the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green parliamentary parties, and set to be voted upon by their respective memberships, is entitled “Our Shared Future” and runs to 126 pages. However, the “Our” in the document title does not include workers and those who believe in the need for a strong ...

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New Programme for Government: Continuing the capitalist status quo

By Mick Barry  What is revealed by the attempt to form an FF-FG-Green government and by the programme signed off on by their leaders? Green Party betrayal  In the deepest sense, it is more of the same and a betrayal by the Greens of the vote for change they benefited from in February and in last year’s local and European ...

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Stop attack on Covid-19 payment

By Councillor Kieran Mahon  The “Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment” was introduced in March in the face of the most abrupt wave of layoffs to ever hit workers in Ireland. March CSO figures put adjusted unemployment at 16.5%, from 4.8% in February amid carnage on the jobs front.  Unemployment is estimated to hit 22%. Including the Wage Subsidy Scheme to Employers, ...

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Green Party — Once again lured by trappings of power

By Colm McCarthy Environmental activist Greta Thunberg said recently that: “There is a lot of talk about returning to ‘normal’ after the COVID-19 outbreak. But normal was a crisis.” Taking little heed of this important warning, the Green Party has announced – despite some disquiet among its TDs – that it will formally enter talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine ...

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Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael document: A con to build Dáil majority

By Michael O’Brien A paper with the long-winded title “A draft document between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to facilitate negotiations with other parties on a plan to recover, rebuild and renew Ireland after the COVID-19 Emergency” has been circulated by those two parties to Labour, Social Democrats and the Green Party in an effort to assemble a majority government. ...

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COVID-19: Are we “all in this together”?

By Manus Lenihan Leo Varadkar said last night that “Viruses pay no attention to borders, race, nationality or gender.” He might have added that viruses don’t check your bank balance, don’t discriminate between billionaires and workers. In spite of this, the Covid-19 crisis does not iron out the class divide in society or the many other forms of oppression such ...

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A burning question: Housing crisis & the rule of profit

By Darragh O’Dwyer  The results of the recent general election reflected the deep and widespread desire for real change on a range of issues in Irish society.  Perhaps the most prominent among these was that of housing, a crisis which developed under the Fine Gael and Labour government but which spiralled dramatically out of control under the last four years ...

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Capitalist establishment rejected but… How can real change be achieved?

On 8 February, people cast their votes and produced an historic election result, the ripples from which will continue for some time, writes Kevin McLoughlin.  The two traditional capitalist parties were left reeling at the temerity of voters to only give them a combined vote of 43.4%. Insult was added to injury when it emerged they came only second and ...

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Are the Social Democrats a left alternative to the system?

By Conor Payne  The Social Democrats were one of the forces to benefit from the mood for change on February 8, successfully getting six TDs elected up from two in the outgoing Dáil. Their campaign focused on the need for public housing and action on the health crisis. Their manifesto called for 100,000 public homes on public land in the ...

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