Trying to keep their students away from the rabble fighting climate change, this week fee-paying schools reminded the rest of the country of the ‘tad infuriating’ fact of their very existence. There are 51 fee-paying schools, two-thirds of which have a Catholic ethos. Last year, they were subsidised by the public to the tune of €90m. Most of this went on teacher salaries, as well as capital expenditure, grants for computer equipment, and sports facilities. Those 51 schools represent 7%
School secretaries have upped their campaign for equal pay and conditions with demonstrations on Saturday outside education minister Joe McHugh’s constituency office, as well as Department of Education offices in Dublin and Athlone. The rallies took place as the trade union Fórsa prepares to reveal the result of a nationwide
Ballyfermot and surrounding areas have experienced what some have described as a ‘suicide epidemic’ in recent months, with young people the prime victims. In response, a local community group called Helping Others More Everyday, or HOME, has been launched to provide the community with a positive attitude to mental health.
Hong Kong is making headlines worldwide as an extradition bill, designed in reaction to a high-profile case in which a man allegedly murdered his pregnant girlfriend, was met with protests. Key leaders of the demonstrations were caught meeting with U.S. diplomats, raising questions as to whether the protests are being
Residents in the Vallecas, Carabanchel and Torrejón areas of Madrid have refused to accept rent increases after their public homes were sold to the vulture fund Blackstone. In 2013 Blackstone’s Spanish subsidiary Fidere acquired 5,314 public properties – including 1,860 social housing units – from the Empresa Municipal de la
A demonstration protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland drew over five thousand supporters outside Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance yesterday, with the event being organised by a broad coalition of progressive organisations under the banner of Stop Trump Ireland. Speakers included representatives from groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Union
Baptist pastor Steven Anderson has become the first person ever to be barred from entering Ireland under exclusion powers created in 1999. The controversial American preacher had planned to hold a sermon in Dublin on May 26th, but under Section 4 of the Immigration Act 1999, Minister for Justice Charlie
Yesterday, a letter from the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) was sent to the CEO of Dublin Bus, highlighting the concerns that the union holds with Dublin Bus carrying an advertising campaign for investigative journalist turned right-wing conspiracy theorist Gemma O’Doherty, who is running in the upcoming European elections.
The government is progressing its plans to increase the pension age and ensure the benefits of improved healthcare and technology are not shared with workers. At present, the age of entitlement to the State pension is 66. It is scheduled to increase to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028. Published last October, the Roadmap for Pension Reform commits to linking future changes in the State pension
Fianna Fáil has been accused of promoting increased EU and NATO spending by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA). Highlighting that Fianna Fail is fighting the 2019 EU Parliament elections as a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), PANA pointed to the ALDE Election Manifesto,