Republic of Ireland

Rotten System Frees Bankers and Jails the Poor

The decision to allow two crooked former Anglo-Irish bankers to walk free from the Dublin Criminal Court this week has been greeted with outrage across the country.
Judge Martin Nolan ruled that it would be “unjust” to send former Anglo directors, Pat Whelan and Will McAteer, to jail “as a state agency led them into illegality and error.”
Nolan amazingly claimed that their actions were “not motivated by avarice or greed or the pursuit of profit”, despite both bankers having substantial shareholdings in the crashed bank!

Cllr Brid Smith, People Before Profit, launches her European election campaign

At a Press Conference this morning Cllr Brid Smith, People Before Profit, launched her European election campaign. Cllr. Brid Smith, a leading member of the People Before Profit Alliance, is a long-standing campaigner and trade union activist and is playing a leading role in struggles the water charges and austerity.

People Before Profit stands record number of candidates for South Dublin County Council elections

The People Before Profit Alliance is standing a record number of candidates for SDCC in the upcoming election. The four selected candidates were officially nominated today at the SDCC offices in Tallaght.

The candidates are:
Cllr Gino Kenny - Clondalkin
Ruth Nolan - Lucan
Nicky Coules - Tallaght South
John Flanagan - Rathfarnham

Simultaneously, a national launch of 43 candidates was taking place in Buswell's Hotel with the publication of the local election manifesto.

Some of the issues in the 'Local Government Manifesto' includes:

People Before Profit launched a local manifesto today to outline what its 43 candidates hope to achieve on local councils.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit national director of elections said at the launch of the People Before Profit manifesto for local government that
“The expectation of the Irish people of local authorities is low because there has been a systematic policy of centralisation and transfer of power to unelected city or county managers. People Before Profit however are determined to bring real change on these bodies”.

Speaking at the launch, Melisa Halpin –a candidate for Dun Laoghaire –said,

Resistance to water charges has now spread to several areas of Dublin's northside as residents protest and block the installatio

People Before Profit Alliance Dublin City Council candidate for Beaumont/Donaghmede John Lyons has witnessed first hand the rising resistance to the Government's plans to double-charge the people for water:


Following the registration of three candidates representing People Before Profit Alliance in Donegal on Tuesday, a call has been made for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Independents to “put their money where their mouth is”.

Clondalkin residents join the battle against water meters

Over 40 residents in Rowlagh Estate, Neilstown, joined a street meeting on Monday evening to discuss the response to water metering in the estate. Last week Irish Water had informed residents that metering will begin in the next few weeks.
In response People Before Profit Alliance Councillor Gino Kenny called a street meeting on a green area in the middle of the estate.

Teachers Heckle Minister! Shock! Horror!

The grip of the establishment on RTE was seldom so graphically on display as in its reaction today to the heckling of Ruairi Quinn by teachers at the ASTI conference yesterday.

I mean cuts to teachers’ pay, cuts in education spending, cuts to DEIS schools, cuts of SNAs, increased student fees – they’re just par for the course. These are hard times, there is no alternative, we all have to make sacrifices and all that. But heckling a minister that’s really out of order!

500 Homeless Children and Parents Living in Hotels

By Michael Wallace

More than 500 homeless children and parents are being forced to live in hotels while the FG/Labour government stokes up another housing bubble, gloats about it and encourages property speculators to make millions.
According to the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, local authorities are now using hotels as a last resort to avoid the horrendous prospect of families ending up sleeping on the streets.

In support of Travellers’ rights.

On 17 April an Oireachtas committee recommended that Travellers be recognised as an ethnic minority.
The Joint Committee on Justice and Equality said “it is no longer tenable for this State to deny Traveller ethnicity” and that it is “long past time for this State to honour our responsibilities to the international conventions on human rights”.

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