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Too Old For The Playground, Too Young For The Pub.

In #rabble2, Culture, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by redmonk2 Comments

Too often young people’s behaviour is rubber-stamped by the media and local authorities as ‘anti-social’. Redmonk talks to a bunch of teenagers in Blanchardstown and finds that they are struggling with the internalisation of their own demonisation. By being force-fed the phrase ‘anti-social behaviour’ they now believe this phrase exclusively applies to youth.

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It’s a Dublin Thing.

In #rabble2, Culture, Highlights, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by James Redmond3 Comments

A gritty, urban poetry shines through Products of the Environment, a compilation album on Working Class Records. Track after track documents growing up with little in the way of options and realities dominated by drug abuse, crime and paranoia. Accompanying videos capture blighted estates full of hooded youth, pushed to the margins by the city’s economic apartheid. The sort of places the rest of us just cycle through.

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Full Interview With John Douglas of Mandate.

In Blog, Interviews, Politics by James Redmond1 Comment

In rabble#1 we explored the theme of internships and how the Irish unions were responding to them. Here’s the full transcript of our interview with John Douglas, head of Mandate. So, John – what are your own views on the emergence of this whole Job Bridge thing? I suppose my own view is that in terms of those sort of jobs, they would be bordering on displacing people from employment. … Read More

RTE Scum.

In #rabble2, Print Edition by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

In a world where Fade St and The Hills masquerade as reality TV, we need to deliver a sharp kick up the hole to the lifestyle choices and cultural values purporting to represent common lived experiences on RTE.

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{Job Bridge} Talking Union: The Fear Of Exploitation.

In #rabble1, Politics, Print Edition by James RedmondLeave a Comment

As the mess that is the state’s employment strategy becomes clear James Redmond talks to the unions about the rot at the centre of the scheme. The real lambs to the slaughter here are recent graduates. So where does the Union Of Students stand? They have a huge problem understanding themselves as workers, and with their membership of IBEC, we really weren’t expecting much from them. If you ever paid … Read More

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But Is It Art? How The Council Get Graf Wrong.

In #rabble1, Politics, Print Edition by Redmonk1 Comment

Redmonk considers the anti-social way the council treats graffiti. Graffiti art is often lumped in with many aspects of youth culture as ‘anti-social’. As mindless vandalism bereft of any artistic qualities, perpetrated by cowardly hoodlums under the cover of darkness, a faceless counter to decency and the notion of property. It is dealt with by gray paint, powerwashers and policy that I would describe as more ‘anti-social’ than the menace … Read More