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Gone Send Into Fiscal Space.

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  This week saw the new minority government put forward its first budget. The media discussion leading up to it gushed about how much of a golden shower our benevolent leaders would graciously piss down upon their various voting blocs. Shane Ragbags takes a look at how things played out. You might recall the formula for shilling this budget has been in circulation since before the election – the “fiscal space”. It will be with us for the foreseeable future, and you can’t escape it because every eurozone government now … Read More

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Welcome The SDZ.

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When our Obersturmführer for property developers, Simon Coveney designated the former Glass Bottle plant a Strategic Development Zone, there was plenty of celebratory hoo ha in the media for the 3,000 homes promised as part of the scheme. However far from being an answer to the capital’s housing problem, a little digging leads Rashers Tierney to find this SDZ represents a brewing triumvirate of social exclusion, vulture funds and tech sector worship that is quickly reshaping our city. Dublin needs houses and by god, the regime is going to … Read More

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Farewell Farmer.

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Friends of the Earth just published a new report looking into who the real winners will be from the TTIP deal. So what’s the conclusion? “The controversial trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for European farming, finds a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe. The report ‘Trading away EU farmers’ reviews modelling studies carried out in the EU and US on the impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The report concludes that TTIP will massively increase imports … Read More

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A Clare Message.

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Following a unanimous vote by Clare County Council sometime last week, a clear signal has been sent that the TTIP corporate raiding charter being stitched up at the moment is bad news for Irish society, food and labour rights. Brian O’Driscol of Clare Says No To TTIP sent us in the above photo of some local campaigners celebrating and told us how: “Many Irish people have never even heard of the deal! Some Irish MEPs have also been working hard to resist TTIP despite the fact that they, (the … Read More

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Pharmaceutical Assistance?

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One of our readers got in touch about some shenanigans within the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland that is going to adversely affect a predominantly female and part-time workforce. Ailbhe Ní Bhroin’s ma is a pharmaceutical assistant and she claims that the PSI is basically trying to force her and her colleagues out of the work force. They want to redefine their qualifications some 30 years after conferring them. We’ll let her take over: “Until 1979, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland offered a Pharmaceutical Assistant’s qualification which, in its most … Read More

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What’s The Story?

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Cast your mind back to the RTE leaders debate. RBB was being grilled by Claire Byrne on crime and he mentioned how government cuts had wrecked havoc to a youth project in his area? Well, Oasis had a demonstration today and there’s a short video capturing it all. Trade Union TV posted it about an hour ago saying: “There was a protest against the cuts to the Oasis youth project in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 21st February. This project gave alternatives to young people at risk to anti social … Read More

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Foreign Direct Austerity.

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Above: Trade in services as a percentage of GDP in selected countries and a second graph showing exports of goods and services as a percentage of GDP. Aidan Regan unpacks the official EU narrative which maintains that Ireland’s economic recovery is as a result of austerity. Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth: “In reality, the Irish recovery has nothing to do with austerity induced cost competitiveness and everything to do with a State-led enterprise policy to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) from the United States.” Whether one likes it … Read More

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Shaky Foundations?

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Aidan Regan has been reading an EU report and sent us this interesting tidbit about the shaky foundations behind our government’s rhetoric of recovery. It goes like so: “What is leading to an improvement in the Irish fiscal balance? If you listen to the government it is their “tough austerity choices”. This report, just published by the European Commission, debunks that myth. Deficit improvement is almost entirely explained by windfall corporate taxes. Corporate taxes are to Ireland what oil rents are to the gulf states. This is what will … Read More

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UNFair.

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Pictured: An Irish Housing Network protest just as the Christmas season was ramping up.   The nation is getting grilled again in the international spotlight. This time over our  the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We ratified it back in 1992 and today’s examination will be carried out by a group of 18 independent experts elected by the UN. Michael Barron is he founder of Belong2 and now the director of EQUATE. It’s a relatively new organization looking for a drastic root change in the schooling … Read More