Rights denied: The implications of Brexit for Irish citizens

By Niall Muprhy. On 23 June 2016, 56 per cent of people in the North voted to remain in the European Union (EU). They did so because it is in our best interests politically and economically. The reckless and irresponsible rhetoric that has conditioned the British government’s approach to effecting […]

Emma De Souza: British government refuses to recognise Irish citizenship

By Emma de Souza. The Good Friday Agreement was overwhelming supported in referenda both North and South – yet a core principle and the very integrity of the treaty itself is currently being questioned and undermined. I am an Irish citizen born in Northern Ireland, whose Good Friday Agreement right to identify as such has been persistently denied […]

Youth rise up for climate, demanding revolutionary change

By Damien Thomson. Today is the day where hundreds of thousands of young people are expected to strike from school and take to the streets to demands immediate and radical climate action. Thousands have taken part in 37 different actions across Ireland, including an estimated 10,000 protesting outside the Dáil […]

Brexit may force Irish poultry industry to compete with subsidised US factory farms

By Cillian Doyle. Consider this scenario: the year is 2020, Britain has left the European Union and signed a free trade deal with the United States, and the Irish poultry industry now faces stiff competition in its chief export market from highly subsidised US producers. Now ask yourself, how much […]

Fortress Europe’s brutality goes mainstream

Guest post by Jon S. Rodríguez Forrest. Last year more than 2,200 people died at sea while they were trying to reach the European Union. These deaths are not an unfortunate accident. These are murders, the direct consequence of political decisions taken by the coalition of Conservatives, Social Democrats, and […]

How do we make the tech giants pay their fair share of tax?

By Verónica Grondona. Examples of massive corporate tax avoidance by multinational technology giants active in the digital economy have been widely covered in the media, prompting outrage among people across the world. So how do they get away with it? Google, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are all large enough companies […]

Captured states: When EU governments act as middlemen for corporate interests

By Vicky Cann. Do you know why the banks got their way after the financial crisis, while you shouldered the impacts of austerity? Or why our food will still be exposed to the dangerous pesticide glyphosate in the coming years? Or why the EU’s climate targets are much weaker than […]

EU endorses corporate power grab through secret investment courts

By Emma Clancy. This week the European Parliament voted to ratify the EU-Singapore free trade agreement, and voted separately to ratify the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement. The investment agreement includes an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which is why it was voted on separately. Irish MEPs from Fine Gael were […]

Europe’s silence on Catalan show trial is inexcusable

By Matt Carthy MEP.The leaders of the EU Commission and member states, along with the majority of MEPs, remain totally silent in the face of the political trial of 12 Catalan social and political leaders in Spain’s Supreme Court, which began today. Some of the defendants face up to 25 […]

#MeToo: Women get organised against sexual harassment in the workplace

Guest post by Amelia Martínez Lobo. Over the past several months, workers in the European Parliament have organised a campaign against the sexist harassment and violence that we experience in the absence of guarantees and protection of actionable protocols. The #MeToo movement in the European Parliament has as its fundamental […]