Tag Archives: Fine Gael

Katherine Zappone rewarded for loyal service to the establishment

By Michael O’Brien What Ireland lacks in a UK system of honours, knighthoods and peerages is made up for in some measure by government appointments of their favourites to various paid statutory, board and ad hoc paying positions. Katherine Zappone’s appointment as ‘special envoy for freedom of expression’, a part-time UN position that will probably on average take up not ...

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Cancel the Leaving Cert: Fight for a real alternative to the points system

By Keishia Taylor, Shane Finnan & Conor Tormey In 2020, as the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic raged, students campaigned using coordinated social media actions, petitions and huge online rallies, to cancel the Leaving Cert and won. Now in early 2021, student action has put the cancellation of the Leaving Cert on the agenda, pressured opposition parties to ...

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Criminal government actions fuel alarming third wave of Covid-19

Yesterday evening, a new daily record of 7,836 recorded Covid cases was announced as the alarming third wave continues. As well as cases, hospital admissions, including those in ICU, and deaths are rising quickly. Despite the enormous sacrifices made by working-class people over the last ten months, we are now in a worse situation than the previous height of the ...

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Historic government coalition faces crises and class war

By Mick Barry TD “The country was very united during the pandemic. The economic crisis that is coming could be very divisive” – Leo Varadkar June 30.  140 days after the General Election a new government was formed in the Republic of Ireland on 27 June. The Government is made up of the two traditional right-wing parties Fianna Fáil (FF) ...

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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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