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Are You Daniel Blake?

In Blog by Rashers Tierney0 Comments

Above: The Seetec office located beside The Seventeen Shops in Cabra. Let us know if you have any experience of Job Path and other “labour activation” schemes via this survey. Irish cinema goers and fans of Ken Loach have been left gasping with horror at the austerity driven language of “labour activation” in the UK and the awful human impact it has. However, has similar to what the veteran director puts under the … Read More

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#spareChange: Help London’s Novara Media Build A War Chest.

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Novara Media is an ambitious London based collective of upstarts seeking to break the mould and limitations of left wing media. Today they set out on a marathon fundraising mission to assemble a 10k war chest. Rashers Tierney caught up with Aaron Bastani to get the lowdown on UK alternative media and what makes Novara different.   There’s a healthy renaissance of alternative media in the UK. I can think of Strike Magazine, … Read More

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Work Should Always Pay.

In Blog by Rashers Tierney0 Comments

Some lad from Labour (who sounds like a character out of Dallas) has organised a #livingwage forum today. Labour? A living wage forum? Jaysus, it’s like an episode of Red Dwarf at this stage.

The whole thing is presented as an optional extra for employers, or what iJoan referred to as a “voluntary bench mark”. Get fucking real. The biggest mind melt in this whole fiasco is the spectacle of government ministers talking out of both sides of their mouths.

Take the Tanaiste herself calling on employers to implement the damn thing cos god forbid she’d be bothered using her own legislative powers to do so. On the one hand they go with the rather miserly 50c minimum wage increase (in the face of popular criticism and the rejection of trade unions and migrant groups) and on the other hand they bay about the need for a living wage at events like this.

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A Harmful And Malicious Bill.

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn0 Comments

Senators Lorraine Higgins, Ivana Bacik and John Whelan are this evening bringing a Private Members Bill before the Seanad. The ‘Harmful and Malicious Electronic Communications Bill 2015’, according to the unelectable Higgins, “aims to protect against and mitigate harm caused to individuals by all or any digital communications”. Thing is, so-called cyber bullying is already covered by two pieces of legislation – Prohibition to Incitement of Hatred Act and the Non-Fatal Offences … Read More

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#lookup: Chq This Out.

In #rabble10, Blog, Print Edition by Chris McCall 1 Comment

Chris McCall takes a look at a free jacks on the North Quays and provides us with a complementary parable on the state we’re in. I found myself on the North Wall during daylight with an hour to kill and a bladder to empty. I decided to look in to the CHQ Building for the craic. There wasn’t any, but at least I didn’t have to pay to use the … Read More

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May The First Be With You.

In Blog, Politics by Rashers Tierney2 Comments

In the early 2000’s, activist Joe Carolan cut an unmistakable figure at demonstrations in our dirty old town. For the last decade however he’s been working in New Zealand with the Unite union which, on May 1st of all days, won a victory in the struggle for McDonald’s workers’ rights. Rashers Tierney picked his brains on how they did it. How did an Irish “red” with a fondness for Johnny … Read More

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What Is It About Unelectable Galway Senators?

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn22 Comments

Not to be outdone by Fidelma Freely Memes, Galway East Senator Lorraine Higgins has taken to the tweet machine to launch a Condemn-A-Thon. Let he who doth not cast a stone be assumed to have sinned, or something (see 2007 for it’s last relevance).   Senator Higgins came to light when roaring about Brickgate a few months ago. Calling Ireland a “Lawless Utopia” (sounds good to us!) we got our … Read More