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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,

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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

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Financial Justice Ireland is calling on the public to contact Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe saying that Ireland wants the IMF and World Bank to “drop the debt”. Under the title of #DropDebtSaveLives, Financial Justice Ireland is one of over 200 organisations across the world which has joined an urgent

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Mandate Trade Union has called for the immediate suspension of the decision by Debenhams management to put the company into voluntary liquidation in the Republic of Ireland, calling the move “opportunistic” and “cynical.” Debenhams shocked almost 2,000 workers in 11 stores last Thursday by announcing that its Irish stores “are

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The Irish state’s ‘bad bank’, NAMA, has only spent a little over one third of the €4.5bn which it had committed to new home building in 2015, according to figures released over the weekend. In October 2015 the then Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced in his Budget speech that

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As part of a series on frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, LookLeft speaks to a firefighter and paramedic about the pandemic, the response, and what the public can do to help. We cover the majority of the emergency ambulance cases in the Dublin area, as well as firefighting

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear who our society’s real essential workers are. In the first of a series of interviews with frontline workers, LookLeft speaks to a young worker in a major grocery retailer. I’m a general assistant for a major grocery retailer in North Dublin. The workload

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A petition calling on Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Robin Swann, to allow remote abortion provision in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost 2,000 signatures. Set up by the Alliance for Choice, the petition calls on Swann to use his power of designation in accordance with the

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Management in Dunnes Stores have confirmed the company will pay workers a 10% COVID-19 premium payment backdated to the 9th March 2020 following pressure from a Mandate Trade Union petition signed by more than 3,000 workers. This brings Dunnes in line with other retailers including Aldi and Tesco, who were the

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Tenant unions in Spain have called for a rent strike from 1 April due to the Coronavirus. As originally reported in eldiario.es, the call is for those economically affected by the crisis, small businesses and the self-employed / freelancers, to withhold rent payments until the Spanish Government agrees to suspend

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