A quick search on that old go-to Daft.ie turns up a couple of possibilities. But, before making a phone call, you yawn, scratch your bits, and open a new tab on your web browser. Click, clack, the search engine does the work and you feast your red-rimmed, half-crossed marbles on this beauty: RentedandRated.ie. Or LandlordsLaidBare.org.
The current mess we are in is often explained by an unusual obsession with bricks and mortar rooted in a colonial history. The Irish love to own their own home because those nasty Brits didn’t let us, it’s the spectre of the famine all over again. At best these myths obscure the true reasons behind Ireland’s current economic situation.
Ah yes, those racketeering parasites that cream it in from your rent receipts while you live in a ramshackle hovel. rabble assembled this collection of tales to chill your spine. “It was so cold that when I plugged in my phone to charge in my bedroom it said ‘will not charge at this temperature’. As it came into Summer, a horrific smell filled the flat; we sourced it coming from … Read More
When we start putting together an issue we never know where it’s going, this one started off with murmurs about looking at the poxy manner in which the state constantly transfers public wealth into the coffers of private landlords, then took on anti-social behaviour, landed some digs at the national broadcaster, examined policing in working-class areas, got fed up with late night transport and lots of other random bits in between.
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
Here’s a fly-on-the-wall documentary about a major American newspaper trying to find its feet in the digital age. Over the course of a year, Andrew Rossi filmed in the offices of the New York Times; gaining unprecedented access to its daily workings and capturing it at a unique juncture where dailies played a grim race to see who went under first. Season 5 of The Wire constantly springs to mind: it’s a lot of quick talking guys chewing the cud on the ethics of journalism and avoiding redundancy offers.
Our first issue contained an interview with one of the heads behind NAMAlab: here’s the whole transcript. Firstly, I was going to ask you how NamaLAB was set up and how a whole year of DIT students were dragged into tracking how NAMA is affecting the city? Well it was initiated by our year heads in the Dublin school of Architecture. This year we entered our final year and there … Read More
A few weeks ago, rabble hooked up one of our contributors with a dodgy recorder. He spent twenty minutes lurking around the edges of #occupydamestreet, catching vox pops with those passing by. In total our very own Paddy Gorman interviewed around 17 people. They ranged from the homeless, to students, day-shopper culchies, old school Dubs, local business people and even an Egyptian that was in Tahir square. Have a listen … Read More
Dublin reggae fans and all sound system heads, are in for a real treat over the next few weeks: the Reggae Movement exhibition is due in town. Curated by Ronan Lynch of Irie Up magazine, the show promises an illustrated journey into the history of sound system culture, not to mention the chance to get your wind on to some dancehall. James Redmond hears why the only good system is a sound system.
The presidential puppies have just two days left to yelp about who should be top dog in the Áras, so rabble took some time out to examine their prospects – saving you the pain of paying any more attention to what’s been a miserable farce. If you are sheltering from the rain in front of the TV tonight, be careful friends – Pat Kenny is hosting the final#Aras2011 debate at 9.40pm on RTE 1.