The pandemic has stretched and stressed our already under-resourced healthcare system. Eoghan Gardiner talks to Phil Ní Sheaghda to learn about how the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is fighting to protect the workers at the frontline. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) represents upwards of thirty thousand nurses
Despite upwards of one thousand deaths as a result of COVID-19, some employers continue to operate while completely snubbing public health guidelines. One essential worker employed in a Dublin warehouse told LookLeft that social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) are “non-existent” in his workplace. Explaining the lack of PPE,
Minister for Health Simon Harris has wrongly claimed that there have been eighteen coronaviruses before Covid-19. Harris said on RTÉ 2FM that there “has been 18 other coronaviruses”, implying that the current pandemic was given its name because it is the 19th coronavirus. Attempting to dismiss the blunder, he attributed
Councillors in South Dublin have indicated their intent to sell-off public land in Killinarden for private development. The proposal, put forward by council management, includes provision for 300 affordable homes, 100 private houses and 100 social housing units. The ruling group, made up of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, the Green
Workers in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services have begun the process of balloting for strike action following a dispute with management over outsourcing. According to their union SIPTU, the row comes after management’s decision to use an external supplier for household and catering services at their St. James’s St. premises.
As 2019 draws to a close, LookLeft Magazine‘s Eoghan Gardiner reviews the year gone by. 2019, like all years, has had its ups and downs, but truthfully, it was a tough year for workers and their families. Fine Gael’s hopeless housing policy According to the Department of Housing, 9,987 people
South Dublin County Council has voted to increase rent by an average €156 per year as part of their Annual Budget for 2020. The budget, which was voted on in the council chamber earlier this month, reports an “average increase of €3 across the board”, which works out at an
Irish Water has issued a boil water notice, the second in just two weeks, to over 600,000 homes across Dublin, Kildare and Meath. Once again, customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant are affected by the notice, which has been put in place due to turbidity (cloudy water due to
The environmental movement cannot alienate the working class or we’ll never tackle the climate crisis
Last week, environmental pressure group Extinction Rebellion organised what they refer to as Rebellion Week, a week of action to voice their opposition to the ongoing climate crisis. This has included a number of protests, improv jam sessions and non violent direct action training. A number of supporters camped out
Ballyfermot and surrounding areas have experienced what some have described as a ‘suicide epidemic’ in recent months, with young people the prime victims. In response, a local community group called Helping Others More Everyday, or HOME, has been launched to provide the community with a positive attitude to mental health.