The Irish government’s servile approach to the Apple tax ruling is emblematic of how the power of multinational corporations fundamentally undermines democracy, argues Fiach McKenna. “Economic Sense”. It’s a term we hear right before every election. It’s a term used by neo-liberals to criticise even the mildest of social democrats
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while calling out, “I can’t breathe!” The next day, a popular uprising swept the country. It is impossible to give numbers and statistics to fully communicate the extent of this resistance. Protests are taking place coast to
Dave Gibney examines the recent High Court ruling striking down the construction sector SEO and looks at the implications for workers and their trade unions The Irish Courts have once again ruled against workers who have engaged in a collective bargaining process to improve their conditions of employment. The High
Rather than placing job creation to the fore, right-wing governments in London and Dublin are intent on pushing hundreds of thousands more people into the dole queues, reports Conor McCabe. Northern Ireland is currently experiencing a ‘second wave’ in unemployment. The initial job losses in construction and manufacturing, and subsequent
As the Tories plan a massive onslaught on Britain’s public expenditure the evidence mounts that indiscriminate cut backs only further damage the economy, but Europe’s ideological diehards will not listen, according to Aidan Regan. The Spanish government introduced a massive austerity package on 27th May 2010 amounting to €15 billion,
Free Education for Everyone (FEE) activist Donal Fallon reports on the success of NUI Maynooth students in organizing to oppose Fianna Fáil corruption and support the unions. The ‘Student Movement’ in Ireland is a funny one. It tends to find itself in a stagnant state and with its banners well
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