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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Tom Crilly remembers Workers’ Party Ringsend stalwart Angie Murphy (née Whelan) Life determined there was one major issue for Angie Murphy, ‘health’. Back in the 1980s the-then Health Minister, Barry Desmond T.D., included the closure of Dublin’s inner city hospitals in his plan for ‘a rationalization of the health services’.

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Hope is growing that the Miami Five Cuban patriots will soon be released, writes Sarah Duffy. Five Cubans — Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González — are serving lengthy sentences in different U.S. prisons after being arrested in 1998 and sentenced in 2001 for attempting

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Right across the world, working-class families, the unemployed, the sick and the elderly are being made to pay the cost of the current crisis of capitalism. Jobs are being lost, wages are being cut, working conditions are being attacked, and social security spending is being savagely cut by governments who

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An estimated 15,000 citizens crowded onto the streets of Belfast on Saturday 23rd October despite pouring rain to protest against the ConDem cuts, and the DUP’s willing hatchetman Sammy Wilson. The march and rally, organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions under the slogan “There is a Better, Fairer

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The Summer 2010 edition of LookLeft can be read in full at the link below. LookLeft Summer 2010

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The EU’s former Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid has applauded King Leopold II, the Congo’s late 19th century colonial master whose regime was responsible for between five and 20 million deaths, as a “visionary hero”, writes Francis Donohoe. Louis Michel, a Belgian former EU commissioner and current prominent Liberal MEP, stated

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