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A communal garden that has become a centre for a local community in west Dublin is threatened with destruction by the local Catholic Church, Áine Mannion reports.

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With State administrations increasingly held in the grip of financial interests and their powers curtailed by a neo-liberal EU, Francis Donohoe and Richard O’Hara ask if local government should be looked at as an arena for progressive change

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Businessman and media owner Denis O’Brien’s role in Irish society is once again to the fore of political debate, Siobhan Mitchell reports.

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New legislation on collective bargaining won’t undo the damage done to workers’ organisation by Supreme Court decisions and the 1990 Labour Relations Act, Richard O’Hara reports

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In recent months the anti-water charges movement has developed from street protests towards a mass boycott and possible electoral intervention, reports Dara McHugh

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Protestant working class communities in Northern Ireland are economically disadvantaged but can they find a politics to represent them, asks Paddy Wilson and Christopher Bailie.

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Young people painting a mural. It reads 'Connecting our imagination, how do we imagine a positive future?'
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Youth work has been targeted for cuts, a move that will ensure that the true social cost of austerity will only be fully revealed in decades to come, Francis Donohoe reports

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Woman running past hoarding with graffiti in Dublin docklands
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The Dublin Docklands are once again being developed with the creation of profit superseding any concern for communities, Richard O’Hara reports

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Rally of Northern Ireland trade unions
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The Stormont House Agreement means misery and job losses for workers while maintaining social division, so who actually benefits, asks Justin O’Hagan  

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Women in Pink Hi Vis
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The water charges struggle campaign has seen women come to the fore as increasingly politicised working class communities refuse to accept further cuts to their living standards, writes Áine Mannion  

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With opinion polls showing the broadly anti-establishment vote running at nearly 50%, attempts are being made to create progressive electoral alliances in the run up to the next General Election in the Republic, reports Dara McHugh

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Water tax protest on bridge
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Dara McHugh takes a look inside the working class revolt over water charges that has shook the Republic’s establishment.

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