Property Tax: The war begins in earnest now

From this week the latest bitter austerity pill will be administered to our hard pressed low and middle income earners as letters arrive in every home from the Revenue Commissioners demanding the new property tax. Although having the Revenue logo, they will arrive by edict of the Troika, the economic […]

Walkout by four unions from ‘Croke Park 2’ talks justified and welcome

A new alliance of fighting unions needed to campaign for ‘no’ vote across the public service Responding the the walkout by UNITE, the CPSU, INMO and the IMO from the Croke Park II talks Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said: “The walkout of these four unions combined with those unions and […]

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, Dear Minister Varadkar, I hope you are well. Yesterday on […]