Ireland

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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ScamBridge to Launch a targeted campaign to force O2 off JobBridge

02 taking us for April Fools!

This week ScamBridge.ie announced a targeted campaign of protest against mobile phone company O2. Scambridge will hit their stores with a targeted campaign of protests, pickets and other forms of action. Last year the company recorded profits of €54 million, yet since JobBridge began, O2 have been a serial exploiter of interns, advertising for 10s of positions. The company could ...

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Housing Crisis: We Need Rent Controls!

A meeting hosted by Paul Murphy MEP on the housing crisis last Saturday

There is a housing crisis in Dublin that has seen a growth in homelessness and has put thousands of people into precarious situations. The latest report from the Peter McVerry Trust shows that in Dublin everyday 6 people are presenting themselves as homeless, and estimates that there are around 5,000 people currently homeless across the country. There is no doubt ...

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Binding and stringent climate targets needed for EU and Ireland

Nearly 30% of those emissions were belched out by the top 20 companies

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a damning indictment of the inaction and lip service paid by governments across the globe to what is now an impending environmental and humanitarian disaster. Over the last twenty years numerous reports have pointed towards the utter destruction which has been outlined in this report, but there has been ...

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Gateway Scheme: 28 people have benefits stopped or docked

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Figures reported in the media yesterday showed that just 92 people are currently on the Gateway scheme and that 28 people have seen their dole payments docked or reduced for refusing to go on the scheme I have said since the Gateway scheme was launched that it is state-sponsored slave labour, being used to by the government to attack the ...

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Big Gas companies: never let a crisis go to waste

Fracking is hugely unpopular due to its harm to the environment

In the context of the escalating political standoff over Ukraine between the US and the EU on the one side and Russia on the other side, big business and conservative politicians seem to remember Winston Churchill´s saying “never let a good crisis go to waste”. As part of the debate on escalating sanctions against Russia and possible Russian retaliation as ...

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Reject FG & Labour pro-Troika candidates in European elections

FG and pro troika candidate, Brian Hayes, with Enda Kenny.

Brian Hayes’ comments about Irish people liking the idea of ‘EU surveillance’ gave the game away. He supported the Troika when they were here and supports the ongoing supervision that will continue for decades. What EU surveillance is about is the undermining of the basic democratic right of people to elect a government to decide on economic policy. With the ...

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