In regards to the household charges currently being introduced, there are a lot of people out there who feel it’s not their problem or duty to take on board such a great responsibility and burden at this time. I say to you, Ireland is at a crossroads and only some of us can afford the car. I’ve been hearing a lot of the Taoiseach and so-called ‘contradictory statements’ made regarding the people of this country. And I ask ‘what contradiction’?
At the end of January, the newly minted Unlock NAMA campaign opened up a property on Great Strand Street with a series of talks on the secretive agency that’s mortgaging away our futures. Rashers Tierney caught up with two of the trouble makers involved.
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.
Every now and then, when a mainstream newspaper decides they need some good news to counter the overwhelming gloom and endless, downward spiral of the economy, they turn to the arts. Barry semple is not impressed.
From cold-calling on flats – literally ringing on bells and knocking on doors and calling people on the phone. Then I found a contact who could introduce me to others. This made the process a little easier. I will not pretend that I found it easy to meet people – many were not interested in engaging with me. Some refused outright, others seemed to consider it yet when I turned up at a prearranged time to record a conversation they would not turn up or they had a change of mind or just would not answer the door or got someone else to answer the door.
A legend, a convicted “terrorist”, self-described as “a drinker with a writing problem”, Brendan Behan was one of the sharpest, most entertaining and rambunctious geniuses of our time.
There was no way I was moving in with someone to play the cripple and get things done for me. I’m too proud for that shit.
Lugs’ is the Garda who has most left his mark on this city. He is historically associated with the states response to changing youth cultures of the city, and also with the emergence of the infamous Garda ‘Riot Squad’ to tackle gang violence.
Donal Fallon takes a look at the months in the wilderness for the friday night faithful as they find something else to do in the League of Ireland “Off Season”.
Post ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland has more than its fair share of challenges. One being the endless amount of vacant space across the state. The Phibsboro Karate Club provides one possible solution. Barry Healy caught up with one of the projects founders, Eric, to find out more.