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Ireland at the crossroads

Ireland at the crossroads

By Frank Hayes The daily reality check of deepening poverty, zero hours, minimum wages and an “unfree-market”-driven housing crisis, combined with endemic health, public service, and community care cut-backs, frame the doorstep ambush for Ireland’s election candidates. There’s been a loss of faith in the ability of the failed, old, tried – but no longer […]

Ireland on the edge

Ireland on the edge

Ireland’s on-going water wars are provoking a new moment of crisis in the troubled Republic where Brexit has been described as “the most profound crisis” in history of the post-colonial state. The possibility of a hard UK/EU border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, disrupting communities and well established hinterland trading patterns, presents […]

Ireland’s shameful Poltroon Parliament

Ireland’s shameful Poltroon Parliament

Report from Ireland by Frank Hayes An unprecedented number of Independent/Other deputies (23 non-party candidates) were elected in the Irish general election on February 26.  It was a sharp judgement on the pro-austerity Politics of the establishment parties which have dominated the “Free State” Republic of Ireland for almost a century. Alongside these, six socialist […]

A tipping point nears in Ireland

A  tipping point nears in Ireland

It’s almost two months since the Irish General Election and still there’s no government that the 158 members of the Dail can agree on.  This is an unprecedented impasse, and amounts to a full constitutional crisis.  The present arrangements can deliver neither democracy nor recovery, stability or credibility. Ireland, unlike the UK, has a written constitution […]