Above: Corbyn speaking at a leadership election rally to his supporters in August 2016. Photo by paulnew. Source: Flickr. With the recent renewal of the Labour Party in the UK reigniting the politics of hope, Patrick McCusker takes a look at how the Irish political system has perfected its barrier against the influence of the grassroots. The almost inevitable rise of Leo Varadkar to the office of Taoiseach was understandably overshadowed within a fortnight by events in the UK. Suprisingly for some, Jeremy Corbyn defied all but the most blindly optimistic prediction by not only avoiding disaster, but increasing Labour’s seat … Read More
This year’s Dublin Pride is on Saturday with big celebrations planned.
Riffing on the main parade’s theme of heroes, some folk are organising a “Working Class Queroes” bloc for the parade. They’ll be mobilising a radical presence “on an otherwise commercial and politically sanitised event”.
Above: Photos of the camp kitchen by Georgia Lalor. At one point in 2015 10,000 people a day were reaching the shores of Lesvos, a Greek island close to the Turkish mainland. rabble sent Tomás Lynch to Idomeni, a camp that sprouted up on the border with Macedonia, home to more than 14,000 migrants in March 2016 to speak to some of the volunteers. Katerina Sharma, an Irish woman from Cork who went to Lesvos three times last year at the height of the crisis was compelled in particular by the harrowing photograph of Ahlan Kurdi, the toddler whose body … Read More
Above: The statue of James Joyce on Talbot St. He was a language teacher too, and certainly showed what could be done with it. Unite the Union are making handy use of this factoid in their memes ahead of the protest tomorrow. Picture sourced from the Wiki Commons. Every summer Dublin’s streets are chock-a-block with language students. It’s a booming industry but remains largely unregulated with scumbag employer tactics like zero hours and bull shit “self-employment” scams leaving teachers in a rather precarious lurch. Unite the Union have sought a meeting with the Minister for Education Richard Bruton to discuss proposed … Read More
Joy Gerrard is an Irish artist based in London. Her recent work depicts protests in cities, expressionistic crowds spilling and surging within static architectural frames. She takes mundane and iconic images from newspapers and the internet, and turns them into ink paintings of different sizes. The act of reproducing these images draws attention to the spectator as witness and asks whether media coverage is ever neutral. Caitríona Devery spoke with her for rabble. Where are you currently working on? The next exhibition I have coming up is in the Drawing Room in London. It’s a show called Graphic Witness … Read More
As the Apollo Story progressed, most of the press attention focused on the artists, and a very small number of organisers. However, the real story of Apollo House is and always was the volunteers, over 700 of whom gave up their time to make it what it was. A stark reminder that the current housing system is broken beyond repair, and that a better world is possible. Tommy Gavin talked to many of the volunteers for #rabble13. These are some of their stories. We, this way. John, Resident (name changed): I stayed there [in Apollo House] for six days, … Read More
Above: Illustration by Mice Hell. Noonan’s permanently constipated looking head might have shuffled off the political coil but what kinda nonsense economic policy has he left us with? Ireland’s corporate free for all, otherwise known as a foreign direct investment strategy model has been undermined by the EU commission’s damning report into Apple. Reports of a 26% growth in GDP have little basis in the actual productive economy of the state, and the term “leprechaun economics” has been coined to summate the shambles. Sean Finnan takes us through whether any of this is actually sustainable and asks what lies at … Read More
Above: Arlene Foster speaking at the 2014 DUP Conference at La Mon House Hotel. Explaining to anyone who isn’t from Northern Ireland who exactly the Democratic Unionist Party are – something that’s been asked all over the internet since Friday morning’s dramatic events – and what exactly their problem is (a follow up question usually delivered in the next breath), always feels slightly odd to Tommy Downshire. So, we drafted in the wee bollocks to give us a 101 on the DUP. Being a millenial from ‘our wee cuntry’ means that the DUP are ‘always already’ there in the … Read More
Much of the talk surrounding the housing crisis has been focused on problems facing tenants in the private sector. Dramatic rent increases and spikes in homelessness in recent years have been especially severe in Dublin making this inevitable. However, long-term policy failures within the provision of a functional social housing sector are being ignored. Patrick McCusker takes a look at how repercussions of this are being felt across the city. State participation in the provision of housing has fallen from 33% in 1975 to 5% in 2014, a year in which a mere 515 social houses were provided. Private constructions … Read More