rabble #3 has landed!Bono Is A Pox, Inner City Housing Struggles and IRMA’s Wet Dream…

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Welcome rabblers to our third issue and boy is it a good ‘un. This time round the rabble collective is getting stuck into the great enclosure debate.

Whether that be the privatization of the homeless services in Dublin city, the struggle for decent public housing in the north inner city or Sheriff Sherlock’s recent legislative moves against the free culture we’ve created for ourselves on the internet. We gang up on the household charge too. There’s not much we can add to that whole debate, so we’ve left it to our comedy writers and illustrators to stick the knife in. How a Labour Party in government could think a blanket piece of regressive taxation is a partial solution to keeping the IMF off our backs adds just more satirical fire to Ireland’s ever deepening comedy of errors.

We want to expand the remit of how we cover topics, we’d love to move the paper into a more investigative mode. That of course takes resources and a skills base that we are slowly working on. rabble could easily become a clearinghouse for scandals and the sort of whispered abuses that proliferate in Ireland. Our coverage of the homeless crisis points some way in this direction. Put it this way, if you have some insiders perspective and are looking for a platform to air some home truths, you know where we are. We’ve crammed this issue with even more quality illustrations and devoted the central spread to the current internet piracy debate. Our boy Boz has delved into the lower pits of hell for some inspiration on that one. This centrefold poster collection is one we intend to carry on with. Come have a go if you think you’re good enough.

Given the warm support we’ve received so far, we know you love what we do – so here’s hoping this issue is pushing in the right direction for you. But honestly, if you want to see more of this kind of thing you need to get supporting us. Putting effort into a paper like rabble is a bit of a gamble with the city. It begs the question does Dublin have a vibrant enough political and social underground to sustain such a newspaper?

In piecing together rabble over the past three issues we’ve covered a lot of ground, we know the city is going through an economically devastating time but weirdly it’s culturally richer than ever. That’s an odd place for rabble to work in, each of our print runs cost us over a grand. That’s not even putting any value on the personal time and energy that is being poured into the project by those of us involved. We have a few plans for rabble – imagine it a lot bigger, a lot more regular and with a lot more people chipping in with more features and real world hype.

If that’s to happen, we’ll need a little help

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