Ireland

European Parliament rejects report on gender equality in 2012 -insult to women suffering austerity

This report correctly highlighted the effect austerity policies adopted by the EU and national governments have had, especially in countries under Troika intervention. They have resulted in huge setbacks in terms of equality between men and women. The report draws attention to the problems that affect the lives of many women in the EU- increased unemployment, precarious employment, the increasing ...

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Labour TD Admits that many CE schemes don’t provide any training and are being transformed into nothing but ‘cheap labour’

The Labour Party are very cynical in their portrayal of Community Employment schemes as progressive while one of their TDs, Joanna Tuffy, admitted on twitter that they are no different to the Gateway free labour scheme due to funding cuts the government have voted through. In a bizarre twitter exchange Joanna Tuffy, the Labour Party TD for Dublin Mid-West, let ...

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Message of Solidarity with International Women’s Day Protest

I fully support today’s protest in Dublin to mark International Women’s Day, as a very important and timely initiative. Across Europe, there is a conscious attempted to roll back the gains won by women. Austerity programmes across Europe are pushing women out of work and destroying important services. Women comprise the overwhelming majority of workers in some of the lowest ...

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Dublin City Council clamping targets: Graphically exposes clamping as a crude revenue gathering exercise

In correspondence that has been leaked to the media it has been revealed that Dublin City Council has set a target of 60,000 car clampings a year. These reports graphically expose that the City Council see clamping as a crude revenue making exercise and has abandoned any pretence of it being a traffic management exercise. Disgracefully they have even promised ...

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Apple’s corporation tax scams: Who is lying Apple CEO or the Taoiseach?

Today’s press has further revelations about the level of corporation tax paid by Apple Sales International. This again raises questions which the Taoiseach must answer. Once again, it has been revealed that Ireland is a tax haven for multinational corporations. The use of creative accounting, and scams like the ‘Double Irish’ have seen Apple Sales International pay a pittance in ...

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EU & Russia – Hands off Ukraine!

Today it was confirmed that Julia Tymoshenko, together with Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko, will attend the European People’s Party congress in Dublin this Thursday. While people are rightly horrified at the sight of Russian troops in Ukraine, they should not close their eyes to the reactionary forces being promoted by the European political establishment. Tymoshenko’s supporters, together with Yatsenyuk ...

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Gateway Scheme – modern day conscription

As if JobBridge wasn’t bad enough, the government will this year start to roll out their Gateway scheme and hope to have it fully operational by next year. Gateway is the latest weapon that will be used to attack the unemployed, lower wages and conditions for workers and create a free labour workforce. Under the scheme, long term unemployed people ...

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

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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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