What European Commission President Barroso has described as a “silent revolution” is underway in the European Union. A further diminution of democracy is being pushed through in order to facilitate the imposition of a permanent economic shock doctrine. Cutbacks, privatisation and downward pressure on wages will be institutionalised through the
The southern state’s natural resources were systematically handed over to foreign multi-national corporations by a Fianna Fáil regime mired in corruption but the political class has no appetite to right this wrong writes Stewart Reddin. The so called ‘’democratic revolution’’ as Enda Kenny described the outcome of the recent southern
By Kevin Brannigan A young Dublin based student had his trip from his parents’ home to college interrupted recently when he found himself in the back of a Special Branch car being whizzed off to spend a day answering questions in a south Dublin Garda station holding cell. The first
John Lowry Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson’s recent comments in support of integrated education have only served as a reminder of the extent of sectarianism and segregation in Northern Ireland. The DUP leader has called for a commission to be established to examine the development of an integrated
Cash-strapped Cork City Council drafted in 20 cleaning staff to remove hoardings from derelict buildings in the Knocknaheeny area in preparation for the visit of a Fianna Fáil politician. During the ‘clean-up’ for the October 11 official opening of a new community centre in the area by Junior Minister for
Last year tax protestors took to the streets of Dublin to highlight the hypocrisy of U2’s Bono in the wake of the band’s 2006 decision to move its business to Holland, a well-known tax-shelter. U2’s move came after the Irish Government capped the artist income tax exemption scheme at €250,000.
Francis Donohoe On Budget Day December 7 Lecturers and students at several third-level colleges staged Budget Day “teach-ins” at campus bank branches in protest at their role in the economic crisis. Protesters gave short lectures and answered questions about the relationship between banks’ reckless lending during the Celtic Tiger years
When the Gardaí attack what they call “left wing extremists” by force or by word, they are not just attacking people; they are attacking a set of ideas that offer an alternative to the rotten neo-liberal ideology that the political establishment and the business elite have foisted on us for the last two decades.