Author Archives: Paul Murphy

High Court Injunction is a vicious assault on Right to Strike


The decision of the High Court to grant an injunction to the Dublin Airport Authority and Ryanair against the planned industrial action by trade unionist over the St Patrick’s weekend is an assault on the right to strike. This decision by the High Court is a vicious attack on the right of workers to strike in defence of their pay ...

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Minister Burton to host ‘serfdom seminars’ to promote free labour


Labour Party Minister Joan Burton is planning to host what can only be called serfdom seminars to promote free labour schemes like JobBridge and encourage companies to take advantage of state hand-outs to help drive down wages. Last month the Revenue Commission emailed companies across the country to advertise meetings with the Minister where she will advise them on the ...

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Patients Left Stranded as HSE Cuts Ambulance Service

A patient at St James Hospital, with a degenerative spinal disease and who wears a leg brace due to a badly damaged knee says he has been forced to cancel all his hospital appointments because of a decision by the HSE to cut back on an ambulance service. The ambulance service would usually collect him and other patients and transfer ...

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Were the Gardai Drunk on Shell’s Booze?


The latest allegations, and effective non-denial by the Gardai, about the giving of €35,000 worth of alcohol to Gardai by Shell come as no surprise to those of us who have participated in the protests in Co. Mayo over a long period of time. The Gardai in the area were commonly referred to as ‘Shell’s cops’ and with good reason. ...

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The Article the Sunday Independent Refused to Print

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In the Sunday Independent newspaper on August 4th, Labour Party councillor Richard Humphreys had this article attacking an interview in which I called for a new intifada, similar to the first intifada. I contacted the Sunday Independent, requesting my right to reply through an article of similar length ( approximately 750 words) to Humphreys’. This request was rejected, and instead I ...

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JobBridge looks for Teachers


Currently advertised on the  JobBridge website  is  a position as a primary school teacher in an unnamed school in Athlone. This will undermine the working conditions of teachers and new graduates alike. By using JobBridge the school, who would have had to get the position approved by JobBridge and the Department of Education, are acting against the interests of teachers. ...

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MEP Defends First Intifada Call

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Below is a press statement issued today by Paul Murphy MEP . It is in response to an article in the Jerusalem Post which contained condemnation from a number of MEPs on the call for a mass movement, similar to the first intifada to overthrow the Israeli capitalist establishment made in an interview with Russia Today. To view the news ...

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