South

Past and present crimes

A strange paradox emerges in the posture struck by the political and media establishment in response to two major issues dominating the news over the past two weeks – the treatment of women in the Magdalen Laundries and the continuation of the saga of the former Anglo Irish Bank. Since […]

Brutal force used on peaceful anti-Property Tax protesters

Eyewitness reports of Garda violence at South Dublin County Council, on 11 February. Photo: Paul Murphy MEP being arrested by plain clothes Gardaí. Campaigners against the property tax — who staged one of a number of peaceful protests at Councils today —   have questioned why Gardai at South Dublin County […]

Joe Higgins condemns chaotic and grotesque rush of IBRC Bill

Next Saturday’s ICTU demonstrations should call for a repudiation of the debt and name the date for day of strike action to take on austerity agenda. In his speech in the Dáil in the early hours of this morning Joe Higgins railed against the government’s rushing of the Irish Bank […]

The truth about the deficit

The following letter was sent by Paul Murphy MEP to Minister Varadkar, to clarify the facts made on the 27 January episode of The Week in Politics. Below is a link to the program for any who missed it, http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10105797/ Dear Minister Varadkar, I hope you are well. Yesterday on […]

South: Austerity Treaty debate skewed due to falsehoods and lies

Even as the votes in yesterday’s Referendum are being counted to determine whether it’s ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the Fiscal/Austerity Treaty , attention will already be moving to the immediate and medium term future of the Eurozone and the fate of the millions of people in its economically beleaguered periphery. History may well show that the treaty itself was an almost irrelevant distraction from an honest appraisal of the cataclysmic problems that bedevil the currency union as all the contradictions in its economic and financial systems assert themselves with a vengeance.