Tag Archives: Fine Gael

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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After General Election 2020- How do we win real change in Ireland?

Statement from Solidarity and the Socialist Party on the vote for Taoiseach today While it is practically ruled out that a Taoiseach will be elected and a government formed today, today’s events in the Dáil, at its first meeting since the General Election on 8 February, are very important. Since the historic vote, when Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael plunged ...

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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 ...

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Mick Barry TD on roots of housing crisis

By Mick Barry TD Just after Christmas, a corpse was found in the grounds of a derelict house in Cork. The head and the arms had been severed from the dead man’s body. The dead man was Frankie Dunne from the Northside of Cork city. Frankie had been homeless and had been living with the Simon Community. He was the ...

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Government of landlords and super-rich must go

By Kevin McLoughlin  “Leo channels his inner Bertie with ‘a lot done, more to do’ ploy.” That was a recent headline on an article from the Irish Independent and it sums up the recent antics of Leo Varadkar – making false claims in an attempt to hold onto power. Woeful record   Two recent widely-publicised videos contained a listing of some ...

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Seething anger at housing crisis grows

By Katia Hancke  On Thursday 5 December, in the middle of the day, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to demand action on the housing crisis. Working-class people from all over the city and beyond, many directly affected by homelessness at some point in their lives, brought their families and friends. All over the country, hundreds gathered ...

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