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You Have Been Allocated.

In #rabble13, Blog by Rashers Tierney1 Comment

Above: The cover illustration that accompanied the print version of this piece from #rabble13 by Brian Burke.   A feeling of being put through the ringer, harassed into dampening employment expectations and rightly pissed off that private companies have access to their data – that’s the general picture emerging from a survey carried out by rabble into various labour activation schemes including Job Path.  Rashers Tierney gives us the lowdown on how people responded and sketches what we can take from the whole thing.   Back in October critics clamored to pour praise on Ken Loach for his I, Daniel … Read More

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In Blog, Politics by Rashers Tierney0 Comments

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 system. Here’s what he had to say: “No child should be … Read More

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They’re Looting The Town!

In #rabble11, Blog, Culture, 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 outbreak of the insurrection. John Pitts, an academic who studies criminology … 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 Cash end up a senior organiser in a union in New Zealand? I first heard about the Unite fast food recruitment drive reading an Indymedia article one evening in 2005 … Read More

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#Meejits: The Youth of Today

In #rabble9, Blog, Culture by Paul Doyle0 Comments

Remember the Magaluf Girl scandal? When the tabloid’s mined drunken holiday experiences for cheap titulation to serve up as voyeuristic erotica. Paul Doyle nails tabloid journalism to its own shit-stained walls for it’s depressing and hypocritical treatment of young people doing what young people do. Make no mistake, if an 18 year old male from a forgotten working class area were to commit a crime, newspapers would have no hesitation in referring to him as ‘the 18 year old man’. He’s old enough to vote, to join the army, and go to prison, yet, when he jets off for a … Read More

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The More Things Change…

In #rabble9, Blog, Culture, Interviews by Rashers Tierney 1 Comment

  Competition time: Win tickets to the performance of the play on Thursday January 8th. There will be a panel discussion after the performance. All you have to do is take our reader survey and we’ll make like magic and pull a name from a hat.   My Name is Saoirse is set in 1980s Limerick and is a dark comedy about shifting, peanuts and abortion. Director Hildegard Ryan and writer/performer Eva O’Connor chatted to Rashers Tierney about how the religious orders still need to loosen their vampiric grip on our schools and of course their play, which was our … 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 word artist from Cabra, currently a student of Dun Laoghaire Institute … Read More

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No News Like Old News.

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn7 Comments

Doing the rounds on social media ahead of tomorrow’s Irish Water  protests is a Niall O’Connor ‘EXCLUSIVE’ in the Hedild. It mirrors a piece by ‘Ace reporter’ Ken Foy of the Indo from July in which he hacked up a two year old Garda operation and vomited it onto the page. The lads are not alone. ‘Operation Aughrim’ is an all-encompassing codeword for what appears to be regular Garda business that is wheeled out every few months for the purposes of filling blank boxes in between house ads and bikini pics. Since 2012 we’ve seen it described as a special operation targeting … 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 that are full of memories – inside them there’s no sense … Read More