Ireland

Dunnes Stores’ sub-15 Hour Contracts: The Reality of Fine Gael’s ‘jobs recovery’

Dunnes Stores: stepping up the race to the bottom with 15 hour contracts

Mandate’s announcement that it will launch a campaign to fight for better conditions for workers in Dunnes Stores is to be welcomed. Across many industries, but especially in retail, employers have used the recession to consciously try to undermine the wages and working conditions of its employees. They have played the ‘you’re lucky to have a job’ card to permanently ...

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Eamon Ryan’s brass neck!

Photo of Green TDs, including Eamon Ryan, following their entry into government with Fianna Fáil

It was breath-taking to watch the performance of Green Party Euro candidate Eamon Ryan on TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne as he blustered to unwind off the hook that he and Fianna Fail fashioned while in government when they signed the Troika Memorandum providing for the introduction of a water tax. He tried to cover up the Green Party’s role ...

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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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