The recent revelation that Arthur Cox will be acting for Japan Tobacco (JTI) in its threatened court action against the State to block plain cigarette packaging serves as a warning of the possible consequences of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, coming into force. This supposed free trade agreement is currently being negotiated by the US and EU in almost complete secrecy, and more or less exclusively at the behest of large multi-national corporations and business lobbyists, who comprised 90% of the stakeholders consulted by the European Commission's trade department during its preparation for the TTIP negotiations.
People Before Profit activists in the Rathmines area of Dublin are helping to set up a Dublin Tenants Association. A launch meeting attended by Richard Boyd Barret TD, local councillor, Sonya Stapleton, and housing activist Gerard Maher will take place in Devitt’s Pub (upstairs) in Camden Street on Thursday 19th February at 8.30 pm. It is hoped a movement for rent regulation will spread outwards across the city.