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    Paying The Sweat Equity

    Since we last reported, Limerick’s City of Culture successfully dealt with its teething problems. Paul Tarpey updates us on how it demonstrated an inclusive and city-wide approach to the arts. In the beginning the worries were structural. Could the 109 projects be delivered? Before he resigned, artistic director Karl Wallace had pulled together a mix […]

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    A Battle Fought Before.

    In recent months there has been a plethora of housing action campaigns established, all wishing to raise awareness around the issue of working class housing (or the lack of it) in Ireland today.  Donal Fallon takes us back to the crowbar brigades and squatting tactics of the 1960s’ Dublin Housing Action Campaign. The 1960s witnessed […]

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    A Wee Sit Down With The Lucid Lewis Kenny.

    The work of poet Lewis kenny takes in everything from skagged out MDMA session victims and urban gentrification, right up to the importance of cherishing your ma. Rashers Tierney grabbed him for a chinwag about what makes him tick. We came across your videos on Youtube, saw you pop up at a We’re Not Leaving […]

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    Murphy’s Law.

      We all know that De Valera’s vision of a Gaelic utopia manifested itself as a bit of a psychologically terrifying clusterfuck. Here, Síofra Gallagher looks at the cultural wing of his endeavours, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Society of the Musicians of Ireland), the organisation entrusted with promoting traditional dance and music since 1951, and asks […]

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    #meEJit: We’re Adults! Get RTE Away From Us!

    It is remarkable just how much RTÉ can chime with Irish government policy. Oireachtas Retort looks at Montrose’s latest offering of unreality TV. The broadcaster’s role in normalising austerity and undermining dissent is nothing new but their lifestyle & entertainment content is equally insidious. Think of it as Fáilte Ireland for the home audience. Towards […]

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    They Called It Acieed.

    Rashers Tierney chats to Piers Sanderson. He’s the director of a documentary about the early 1990’s Blackburn rave scene that saw a generation find wholly new uses for warehouses in the hard hit North of England. The presence of Thatcherism hangs heavy in your trailer for your doc. Tell me what life up north was […]

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    #rabbleRaker: An Employer’s Market

    A 2010 study found that Ireland is seventh on the list of countries with the most workplace bullying in Europe. Four years on, is anything getting better? Shannon Duvall has been hearing some stories that suggest not. Defined by the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland as “repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, […]

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    Who Works Here Belongs Here

    The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland has been kicking against the pricks for ten years now. Rashers Tierney sat down for a chat to see how the battle for inclusivity is progressing in the land of a thousand welcomes. rabble has collected anecdotal accounts of the rise of workplace bullying during the recession. Is the hidden […]

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Ukip Spring Conference - Day 1

Nazi Dancing Girls Gatecrash UKIP Conference

According to various websites today, a troupe of Nazi dancing girls and a 16 tonne WWII tank rolled into Margate in Kent, with ‘Springtime for Hitler’ blaring from the turret, to welcome UKIP delegates arriving for their spring party conference. It turns out that the group were promoting a production of ‘The Producers’ by Mel Brooks, which […]

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Fine Gael 404.

Isn’t that what you do during an election? One Fine Gael website has a had a facelift while others have vanished. Prompted by an Irish Election Literature post about Fine Gael’s election victory 4 years ago we had a rummage through some of their archive. All those whizz band dot eye ee websites? Gone. We’ve […]


It’s a Good Inquiry, Bill, Not A Great Inquiry.

There was a lovely social media rumour that Eamon Dunphy was making an appearance at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry after lunch today.   Unfortunately it’s untrue but you can use the link above to check out the livestream anyway.   Meanwhile some classic football Dunph via DangerHere: Ronaldo “We have to reassess Ronaldo’s reputation. Increasingly, […]

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Banksy’s Back In Gaza.

Street artist Banksy has been back to Gaza and he’s created a parody travel advert to document his new work. Banksy has been busy in Gaza for a decade now and his subversive art highlights the vicious Israeli regime’s treatment of Gaza’s imprisoned people. For background and earlier artwork visit EI. Banksy’s site has a fuller catalogue […]

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Is Hanging Too Good For ‘Em?

As news spread on Facebook and Twitter last night of a woman and a 15 year old girl injured outside a Fine Gael TD’s office it was interesting to see the media response. Despite no journalists on the scene of either the protests in Trim town or at TD Ray Butler’s home, RTÉ’s political staffer […]