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Last Resorts.

In #rabble15, Politics, Print Edition by Sean FinnanLeave a Comment

“There’s a constant effort at balancing the interests. However there are fundamental contradictions in the interests of the tenants and the landlords. The landlord’s aim is to raise rent to make more money out of it and then the tenants aim is to have a secure place to live. This is playing out with slum landlords illegally evicting people using a high level of threat and violence, sending round heavies. RTB can’t really deal with that complex of a case or that level of force being applied by the landlord.”

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Tuam Babies.

In #rabble11, Highlights, History, Politics, Print Edition by Adrienne Corless3 Comments

When the case of the 796 Tuam babies became global news in Summer 2014, locals there found the then little-known burial ground of the former Mother and Baby home in the glare of the public eye. Adrienne Corless writes about the need to face difficult truths.   A Commission of Investigation, headed by Judge Yvonne Murphy, aims to acknowledge and reveal what was once covered up in the entire country’s … Read More

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Minister Reilly Please Resign.

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn3 Comments

On the day the he announced a redress scheme, Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) have called for the immediate resignation of the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly. There’s background on SoS via theJournal.ie and updates from Reilly’s press conference this morning via the SOS_Ireland Twitter account. The following Press Release has been issued by Survivors of Symphysiotomy: SoS Chairperson Marie O’Connor said that the group, which represents 99 per cent of survivors in Ireland, had … Read More

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#rabbleReels: Secrets And Children.

In Blog by Fedayn4 Comments

  Sinead O’Shea’s stark documentary for Al Jazeera investigates the number of children who died in the state’s care during the 2000’s and the neglect and abuse faced by children in its care services.   “I think that the HSE is essentially a busted flush in dealing with children’s services. The HSE has been a grossly dissfunctional agency right across the health service. It’s been a disaster in the childcare area.” … Read More

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Bread And Circuses

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn4 Comments

Ministers Joan Burton and Joe Costello visited the Paris Bakery on Monday and met with workers and supporters occupying the premises. The workers have been left without wages (as detailed here) and are occupying until they find justice. Union representatives had choice words for the visiting Ministers and left them in no doubt that this better be more than a photo opportunity following a disastrous election weekend for Labour. Results are needed … Read More

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The Septic Tank Full Of Secrets

In Blog, History by Fedayn104 Comments

 In 1925, Galway County Council appealed to the Bon Secours sisters to open a nursing home for mothers and babies. Fifty years later two boys stumbled upon a mass grave. Between 1925 and 1961 St.Mary’s Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, operated under the care of the congregation of Bon Secours. Reports now emerging about the ‘Home’ are what we have come to expect when dealing with institutions of the Catholic … Read More

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No Dough Low Blow, Owners Call The Po Po

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn3 Comments

  The unpaid workers from Paris Bakery have occupied the premises on Moore Street. Gardaí were called and the owner Yannick Forel and staff were spoken to. It seems that undercover Gardaí on site were not going to prevent the occupation of the premises earlier today. Follows the statement issued by workers, see links at bottom for continued updates.  UPDATE: Billy Wall from OPATSI Union (representing the workers) is denied access by … Read More

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#meEJit: We’re Adults! Get RTE Away From Us!

In Blog, Politics by Oireachtas Retort 4 Comments

It is remarkable just how much RTÉ can chime with Irish government policy. Oireachtas Retort looks at Montrose’s latest offering of unreality TV. The broadcaster’s role in normalising austerity and undermining dissent is nothing new but their lifestyle & entertainment content is equally insidious. Think of it as Fáilte Ireland for the home audience. Towards the end of Ireland’s housing bubble we had I’m An Adult Get Me Out of … Read More

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Ethnic Profiling In Ireland

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn3 Comments

Despite Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s recent denials, ethnic profiling is a part of our policing. Phoenix FM‘s Freda Mullin Hughes spoke to Aisling Twomey of Pavee Point about this issue.   Aisling Twomey: One of the things that’s been very worrying for us lately is news of what’s emerged about the Garda PULSE system and particularly about Traveller and Roma children being recorded on it and given criminal intelligence numbers. … Read More

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#rabbleReels: Driven

In Blog, Culture, Politics by Rashers Tierney3 Comments

Phelim Drew burns with on-screen intensity in this short burst of film-making that lands blow after blow on Ireland’s corporate lackies. Meet Thomas, a man in his mid-forties who shits bricks as each bill piles up high with nothing coming in and imminent eviction brewing.  Directed by Ian Thullier, this features a wonderful monologue about unregulated cowboys and a political class that twiddled their fingers while Ireland fell on its knees. If … Read More