Government forced onto the back foot
The success of the broadly based Right2Water campaign and the community groups that are actively preventing the installation of water meters has forced the government to backtrack to some degree in its strategy of imposing water charges.
Organised labour is essential for resistance
Referring to the Conservative Party’s handling of Britain’s early post-war economy, Aneurin Bevan of the Labour Party said: “This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organising genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.” In fairness to the Tories it has to be said that they are rarely short of such organising geniuses.
Ireland’s odious debt: A wake-up call
Those who think that only the “loony left” want to cancel or restructure Ireland’s odious debt have another think coming. For influential—and unlikely—voices on the other side of the ideological divide are calling for just that.
Recent articles in two influential bastions of economic journalism, Bloomberg in the United States—the premier global source of investment information—and the Financial Times in Britain
Continued success for #WorkMustPay
The Connolly Youth Movement continues to take part in actions against Job Bridge under the banner of the #WorkMustPay campaign to directly challenge the acceptability of employers taking on unpaid interns instead of providing even the basic respect of a minimum wage for workers.
The budget, water tax, and inflation
A household’s income will be affected by the recent budget (2015), and the water tax will reduce the household’s ability to spend. Inflation, expected to be 1.1 per cent in 2015, will reduce the amount of goods and services that a given income will buy in 2015 compared with 2014. Table 1 shows the position of single households in 2015.
Suffer the little children
The political establishment under Fianna Fáil and the Green Party made a political decision to plunge this country into debt by deciding to pay billions of euros back to unsecured bondholders and speculators. At the time, Éamon Gilmore of the Labour Party described Cowen and Lenihan as “economic traitors.”
Aistear casta cróga
Tadhg Kennelly, Bóthar Casta: Ó Éirinn go dtí na Filipínigh (Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim, 2015; €7.50).
Ba ghné shuntasach de shaol na hÉireann sa chuid is mó den fhichiú haois an méid sagart miseanach a chuir eaglais Chaitliceach na hÉireann ar fud an domhain.
Chambers’ 20th-Century Dictionary defines terrorism as “an organised system of intimidation.” At present, 70 per cent of global trade is controlled by five hundred corporations, and their greed will not be satisfied until they have complete control. One of the main weapons in their arsenal is free-trade agreements.
Mexicans fight dollar imperialism
The forty-three students “disappeared” by the municipal police of the city of Iguala in Mexico on 26 September 2014 are still missing. As the state wants to end popular reaction to their disappearance, their families and fellow-students vow to continue searching until they find the forty-three alive. However, it is feared that they were murdered by the police, or their accomplices in the drug gangs, and their bodies burned to avoid discovery.
Colombia: Tragedies often contain elements of comedy
Tragedies often contain elements of comedy; but the recent adventures of General Rubén Alzate of the Colombian army belong more to the theatre of the absurd. The general was captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dressed in civilian clothes, along with his lawyer and three other soldiers,
Reclaim the Vision of 1916: A Citizens’ Initiative for 2016
A group of concerned individuals has established “Reclaim the Vision of 1916—A Citizens’ Initiative for 2016,” in order to reassert the political principles and objectives that animated the 1916 Rising and to show their continuing relevance for Ireland today.
In defence of the Spanish Republic
The 3rd Annual Frank Conroy Commemoration at the Republican memorial in Kildare on Sunday 9 November was a huge success, with a large attendance that included Councillors Joanne Pender and Mark Lynch.
Frank Conroy, from Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, died on 28 December 1936 while fighting with the 15th International Brigade defending the Spanish Republic.
Cannibalism, concentration camps, and commodification
Jonathan Swift, Liam O’Flaherty, and Tomás Mac Síomóin, Three Leaves of a Bitter Shamrock (Dublin: Nuascéalta, 2014)
Earlier this year—on St Patrick’s Day, to be exact—Connolly Books in Dublin launched an extraordinary collection of three satirical texts, which could hardly be surpassed in their vision of horror.