Ireland

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

REVENUE (1)

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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Action Plan for Jobs 2014 – Another lesson in spin & buzzwords to be delivered today

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech in the Convention Centre yesterday as part of National Employment Week was full of spin. The idea of National Employment Week, and the address delivered by the Taoiseach must come as a kick in the teeth to the hundreds of thousands of unemployed people. It brings the government’s Orwellian double-speak to new levels, holding an event ...

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Will the Irish language’s second class status in the European Parliament be extended for another 5 years?

Buried in a multitude of votes tomorrow in the European Parliament is a seemingly technical vote on ‘the extension of rule 147 to the 8th Parliamentary Term’. It may seem technical but what it is about is the extension of a derogation on providing for full interpretation of meetings and translation of documents in Irish for another 5 years. If ...

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