On 23 May the people of Ireland will have an historic opportunity. Almost 100 years after the Easter Rising, we will finally have the chance to break the grip of the three main political parties.

Fianna Fail, backed-up by Fine Gael and their Labour lackeys have held a virtual stranglehold on power since the founding of the state.

20/04/2014 - 14:57


Gerry Carroll is standing as the People Before Profit candidate for the Black Mountain ward, West Belfast, in the upcoming council election on 22 May. His candidacy offers voters a welcome alternative to the politics of privatisation and austerity which have defined the current period.

Michael Wallace

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office have shown more than 750,000 people are living in poverty in Ireland, a grim and terrifying statistic when you understand that it also includes 220,000 children and 68,000 pensioners.

Michael Wallace

Michael Noonan has denied the existence of a property bubble that has seen prices in Dublin rise 17% in the last year and forced thousands out of their homes. And he wants prices to rise still faster! Noonan claims to have faith in ‘vulture capitalists’ as our saviours in resolving the chronic housing shortage.

Two hundred people gathered in Dublin last week to discuss and debate building opposition to the Government's new Water Charges. The Conference was organised by Cllr Brid Smith and supported by the Unite Trade Union.

Everyone unanimously endorsed a strategy to confront this unjust charge.

In The Unions

27,000 teachers protested outside their secondary schools across the country yesterday in a show of strength against Minister Quinn's changes to the junior cycle.

The protest of 27,000 teachers was organised by ASTI and the TUI. Both unions are balloting members for strike action and results will be announced on march 26th.

Dozens South Dublin County Council workers had a protest today at 5pm outside the SDCC building in Tallaght. This coincided with the council meeting.

On Feb 26th the TEEU will begin a series of targetted strikes against non-compliant contractors.


Kiran Emrich

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