The Tory election victory in Britain and Stormont’s economic consensus in support of the cutback agenda threatens the future of Northern Ireland’s youth while pandering to the multi-nationals corporations, Justin O’Hagan reports. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland fell by 200 in April to 55,400 after
Tom Crilly, a Workers’ Party activist in the Ringsend area of Dublin, calls for greater unity to build the left alternative inside and outside the Dáil Everyone on the left sees the need for unity, or at least the benefits of left co-operation, a strategy that broadens campaigns on the political,
Another generation of Irish youth is facing a tough decision, to stay and attempt to reform a failing state or succumb to the crony capitalist clique and accept emigration or unemployment. Below Conor McCabe examines the economic lunacy which puts the interests of bank bondholders before a country’s young people.
If the state can become the bail-out of last resort for failed financial institutions, it can become the employer of last resort for young people, according to Unite Economist Michael Taft. If, as Keynes said last century, ‘you look after unemployment the budget will look after itself’, then no wonder
Teachers Union of Ireland and Dublin Council of Trade Unions member Finbar Geaney gives his response to the proposals for a public service agreement 2010-2014 published following the recent Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and government talks. Tuesday March 30th will be remembered as the bleakest day in the
Dublin Port Workers Support Group organiser Joe Mooney gives his view of the lessons learnt in the Docks Strike, which over its seven month duration saw communities mobilised behind the workers but had a disappointing conclusion. The scene: A small fishing boat containing strikers and supporters, one standing with placard
The recent political haggling between the DUP and Sinn Fein, played out at Hillsborough Castle over 3 weeks laid bare the shortcomings of the Good Friday Agreement.
Never has the cementing of sectarian division in the institutions of government been more transparent.