Last Tuesday, while looking for special treatment for the undocumented Irish in the States, Enda Kenny got called out for playing the “Irish Card” by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Jamie Goldrick takes a look at the notion of Irish exceptionalism and asks why do our politicians feel they can ask for special treatment. In one sense this episode can be seen as typical of the parish pump politics that we’re … Read More
Aodhan Ó Ríordáin jets off to the States this week to try and crack America with his unique brand of hypocritical liberalism, trumpeting himself as an anti-racist icon in contrast to Trump’s policies of detention and deportation of undocumented migrants.
Photo: Justin Trudeau back in 2013. Credit to Taha Ghaznavi via Creative Commons Last week, the media swooned over holier than thou Trudeau’s meeting with that evil orange monster Trump. Eoghan McNeill takes a look behind the quiff and glistening smile of the liberal’s favourite head of state. I’ll say this for Justin Trudeau: he is a very handsome man. And I’ll say that unreservedly. He has the smile, hair, gait and … Read More
Above: Tesco workers in Artane. Taken from Tesco Workers Together facebook page. Tesco workers are out on strike again today at various locations across Ireland in order to prevent management from tearing up contracts of employment and imposing pay cuts of up to 20% without agreement. They’ve had great support from the wider public, and some celebs like Aiden Gillen and Anne Doyle. However, Tesco management are putting thousands of euro … Read More
Above: Clare Daly speaks to crowds behind the Dáil at a water protest back in 2014. One of the most viral pieces of media ever rabble has ever put out. Clare Daly has been one of the few, along with Mick Wallace and Luke “Ming” Flanagan, consistently raising the cacophony of corruption in An Garda Siochana even as others around them play willful ignorance and ridicule them. rabble sent Sean Finnan … Read More
We had a chat with #strike4repeal to see what it is all about.
We saw you put a call out for a strike in Ireland, what is your demand?
Aoife: We are demanding that the government give us a date for a referendum on repealing the 8th amendment. The state’s talking shop on this issue, coming on 34 years since the constitutional change, is dangerous and cowardly. The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013 just criminalised abortion further under the guise of a totally inaccessible ‘legal route’ which, given the case of Ms. Y, would be pretty ill-advisable for anyone to pursue. It seems the government is happy to wait around, delay and bow down to a minority wing of anti-choice zealots; we are not.
Above: #Strike4Repeal call-out for International Women’s Day 2017. #repealthe8th After a weekend where millions around the world followed women in protest against Trump, there’s been a bit of a racket on the Irish social meeja about a #strike4repeal A facebuke page appeared last night issuing a call-out for a non-traditional #strike4repeal in Ireland on Wednesday the 8th of March, which is of course International Women’s Day. They released the below … Read More
Above: A piece of street art proclaiming a hero. Photo by Timothy Krause on Flickr. The decision by the Barack Obama administration to commute the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning is something of an anomaly of late. It is the strange phenomenon of a good news headline. With Trump rising to the throne, Sean Finnan takes a look. There is a strain of mythos being written into American politics over the … Read More
It’s the Winter Solstice and the darkest day of the year as receivers Mazars go to the high court to serve an injunction to turf 35 homeless people back out on the streets right before Christmas.
Introduced as a six-month temporary solution 16 years ago, Ireland’s policy of effectively warehousing asylum seekers still exists today with figures showing that Ireland refuses asylum to 90% of applicants. Céad míle fáilte? This country is no stranger to emigration, at its highest point only three fifths of those born here stayed. The others left without skills and mostly from the poorest parts of the country. For every 100 migrants that left, … Read More