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For Fox Sake.

In Blog by Fedayn1 Comment

Waterford Foxhunt offers a new exciting internship – learn how to get dogs to go in and out of a yard and have a chance to impress the landed gentry for fifty quid on top of your dole with absolutely no chance of keeping your job at the end of it.

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They’re Looting The Town!

In #rabble11, Blog, Culture, faves, History, Illustration, politics, Print Edition by Donal Fallon1 Comment

While historical re-enactments are all the rage in this ‘Decade of Centenaries’, and we have seen everything from Ulster Volunteer Forces rallies to Fenian funerals re-enacted by enthusiastic historical societies, it’s unlikely we’ll see anyone recreate the looting of Noblett’s sweet shop come 24 April 2016. Donal Fallon has this tale of proletarian shopping in the rare auld times. Somewhat at odds with the popular narrative of the Easter Rising, widespread looting in the city was one outcome of the breakdown of law and order that came with the … Read More

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We All Clandestine Partied.

In Blog by Fedayn3 Comments

News from the Employment Appeals Tribunal today reveals that AIB held “clandestine parties” for staff following the state’s €30bn bailout of the zombie institution. Michael Glennon is the disgruntled former employee who, among other evidence of his employment, revealed that he had been invited to the behind-closed-doors Bankanalia. Interestingly, the report carried in the Irish Independent stands in contrast to their failure to report or even attend an Employment Appeals Tribunal case brought by their own journalist Catherine Murphy. Murphy won her case last month and was awarded €55,000 but … Read More

Burton’s War on Welfare Continues.

In Blog, politics by Fedayn8 Comments

  Twenty Gardaí have been seconded (presumably from roughing up women at water meter protests) to Tánaiste Burton’s Dept of Social Destruction Protection to fight Welfare fraud.   The trick here is to look tough on crime and hope the media plays along. However, there really isn’t much welfare fraud, despite the column inches. Last year the Dept reviewed a million cases and found savings of around €25m between overpayments, incorrect payments and negligible fraud. That’s €25m out of a Welfare budget of over €20bn. In 2012 just 84 … Read More

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#JobBridge: Maldron Hotels Staff Paid By Taxpayer.

In Blog by Fedayn14 Comments

  Dalata Hotel Group are the largest hotel operators in Ireland. With a successful IPO they’ve raised enough to buy out up to 25 hotels so why are they looking to get us to pick up the wages for their Commis Chef? Because JobBridge, that’s why. Here’s some detail on how deep their pockets are from “Turnover from operations in the leased hotels and managed hotels has grown strongly in recent years, from €35m in 2011, to €54m in 2012 to €61m in 2013. The operating profit margin before finance … Read More

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By The Food Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee.

In Blog by Fedayn25 Comments

Minister for Social Destruction Joan Burton is to officially open the Bia Food Initiative Food Bank in Cork tomorrow. Pursuing a policy of austerity leaves a growing number of hungry people in society. In Britain over half a million people rely on food banks. Tomorrow’s event is to promote the Public Private Partnership of a food bank that sources waste food from partner companies for distribution to the poor. Funding comes from philanthropeurs (seriously, that’s a word…) like JP McManus but there’s also a honey pot of €24m in EU … Read More

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A Wee Sit Down With The Lucid Lewis Kenny.

In #rabble9, Culture, Interviews by Rashers Tierney5 Comments

The work of poet Lewis kenny takes in everything from skagged out MDMA session victims and urban gentrification, right up to the importance of cherishing your ma. Rashers Tierney grabbed him for a chinwag about what makes him tick. We came across your videos on Youtube, saw you pop up at a We’re Not Leaving gig and a spoken word event in the Boh’s bar – can you introduce yourself to us and tell us what makes you tick?  Well my name is Lewis Kenny, I’m a 21-year-old spoken … Read More

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Ruin Fetishism: Documenting Europe’s Derelicts.

In #rabble8, Blog, Culture, politics by Stephen Bourke 0 Comments

With the number of ghost estates across the country estimated at over 900, Stephen Bourke talks to photographer Lisa Furness about her work documenting derelict buildings & squatting in Ireland, London & Spain. The big criticism of Urban exploration and the like is that it’s ‘ruin fetishism’. How do you respond to that? I see a lot of pictures that make empty buildings look dramatic and exciting. I see a lot of beauty in empty buildings, but I see a lot of sadness as well. For me they’re places … Read More