Tag Archives: Leo Varadkar

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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A tale of two Covid crises – billionaire bailouts & bupkis

By Mike Murphy We’re all in this together apparently. But, like a ship that’s taking on water after a frontal collision, only one end of the vessel is going under; the other end is ascending. The Covid-19 pandemic is very much upon us, and we are all well aware of the strong economic implications. The World Bank predicted in June ...

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Covid-19 payment: Varadkar insults social welfare recipients (again)!

By Shane Finnan  Yesterday Taoiseach Leo Varadkar provoked widespread anger amongst workers and young people with his out-of-touch Thatcherite comments on Newstalk radio. He described the emergency Covid-19 payment of €350 payment as “unsustainable” and “unfair”. It didn’t take long for the ‘we’re all in it together’ mask to slip! Varadkar’s idea of “unfairness” stems from the fact that nearly ...

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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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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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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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5 reasons to march on 5 December

By Manus Lenihan 60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.     Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day. Kids are queuing in their school uniforms for ...

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Another attack on the unemployed: Abolish JobPath now!

By Kieran Mahon The collapse into administration of Working Links, one of the companies involved in the provision of the Jobpath “work activation” scheme, is a welcome one for those who have to deal with the Department of Social Protection. At least for Working Links there is the ever-growing comfort blanket (funded entirely by the public exchequer) of €75.7 million. ...

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