Ireland

Lack of housing in ‘recovery’ Ireland has hit crisis

Collapse in building of social housing and lack of rent controls have worsened housing crisis

Social Justice Ireland’s latest report ‘Steps towards a Fairer Future’ shows that despite the government’s overblown spin about recovery, there has been no recovery for the majority of people with about 16% of the population living in poverty. One of the most pressing issues it highlights is the crisis in housing. There are over 90,000 on the housing waiting list, with ...

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Anglo Verdicts: System that Glorified Greed also Guilty

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After the not guilty verdict against Sean Fitzpatrick yesterday, many will believe that some justice has been done today with guilty verdicts against former Anglo Irish bankers, William McAteer and Pat Whelan. However, it would also suit many to say that what happened at Anglo was the result of these two men, and to portray them as rogues or as being in some way ...

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Acquittal of Sean Fitzpatrick: Who will be held accountable now?

Sean Fitzpatrick acquitted of all charges in relation to his time as head of Anglo Irish Bank

While many people will be disappointed with the acquittal of Sean Fitzpatrick in the courts today, this acquittal raises a much more fundamental issue. What happened during the property bubble in this state wasn’t the work of just a handful of rogue bankers. It’s not just individuals but also the political and legal system that allowed banks and speculators engage ...

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Climate Action Bill: Lack of targets & EU lobbying shows environment is down list of government priorities

Members of the Stop Climate Change Chaos group campaigning for targets in the Climate Bill

Only yesterday, the IPCC reported on the environmental disaster that is quickly approaching, today we have Minister Phil Hogan approaching cabinet with the Climate Action Bill which, taken in the context of the report, is a laughable joke. It has now emerged that the government have been lobbying the European Commission to try pull an accounting trick on how emissions ...

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ESRI Forecasts: If Recovery is Real, Lift Austerity Now

ESRI: Forecasting growth, but still calling for water tax

The ESRI today have forecasted growth of 3.5% this year. Firstly, I think it is necessary to note that all these forecasts come with a significant health warning. We have had predictions of growth for a number of years that haven’t materialised. This may well be no different. The fact of the matter is that for months we have heard ...

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Revenue must make public statement about suspending phone recording system in recent days

Revenue must make statement on reasons for suspending recording of calls

Information has been made available to my office this morning that, in recent days, the senior management at the Revenue Commissioners have suspended the use of the phone recording system, organised by the private company Red Box because of data protection concerns. The recordings are of conversations between members of the public and Revenue staff. The system has been up ...

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Department of Finance ‘cooking the books’ on corporation tax

Apple Sales International paid just 0.05% tax in Ireland in XXX

It is no surprise that the Department of Finance has concluded in a recently published ‘technical paper’ that the average rate of corporation tax that companies have paid in Ireland since 2003 is close to 11%. The message for the home audience has been and remains that corporations pay close to the 12.5% headline rate. This paper is aimed at ...

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