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Workers’ Party councillor Ted Tynan has said that Cork City Council and other local authorities are suffering “death by a thousand cuts” from swingeing funding cuts and a public service jobs embargo that is strangling the council’s ability to respond to citizens’ needs. Cllr. Tynan spoke as he voted against

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Dara McHugh reports. Poor pay, working conditions and insecure employment have been highlighted in a survey of academic workers. According to the survey of over 180 academic staff conducted by Third Level Workplace Watch, 63% of those surveyed were paid by the hour, while 57% had been doing casual work

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Despite suffering from its own illegitimate debt burden, the Irish government voted against moves to assist states in a similar predicament at the UN, writes Éilis Ryan.  In late September 2014, Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner issued a statement that the United States was aware of, and potentially supporting,

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Government plans for investment in social housing have been criticised as insufficient to meet needs. Speaking to LookLeft, Dr Rory Hearne of NUI Maynooth said that the increase in the social housing budget “is a drop in the ocean in comparison to what’s needed”. The capital budget for social housing

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Oisín Fagan reports. Between October 15th and 17th, protests in London disrupted Europe’s largest property fair, which is a major player in the privatisation and financialisation of homes and cities. The London Radical Housing Network invited housing activist groups from across Europe to join the protests against the MIPIM property

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Many young Irish workers are being brutally exploited by companies while working in Australia, often by employers from their own country. Several newspaper reports in Australia have highlighted the unacceptable working conditions many young Irish workers are enduring. In September, evidence also emerged at a hearing of the Royal Commission

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The TEEU and NIPSA trade unions have passed motions calling for a campaign of opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed trade deal between the US and the EU. The stated aim of TTIP is to provide a boost to the US and EU economies, and

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Market-driven childcare is failing parents and children, especially those from poorer backgrounds. Eilis Ryan investigates the effects of unaffordable childcare. Anne Keating, a community development worker in Ballymun has firsthand knowledge of a childcare system which developed, not as a strategic policy around families’ and children’s welfare, but as a

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Gyunghee Park investigates the abysmal conditions for families living in direct provision centres.

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Tom Morrison argues that Independence will result in division not progress During the Scottish independence referendum campaign, Scottish Communists argued that what was on offer from the Scottish National Party (SNP) was a “fake independence”. SNP’s White Paper on independence, which was presented as a blueprint for the governing of

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