For an ambitious EU Financial Transaction Tax worthy of the name

For an ambitious EU Financial Transaction Tax worthy of the name

By Emma Clancy. The recession we are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – together with the urgent need for climate transition – will require unprecedented public investment by the European Union (EU) and its member states. The EU’s absurd debt and deficit rules – combined with the ...
After neoliberalism: Naked class war aided by the state

After neoliberalism: Naked class war aided by the state

By Zack Breslin. Neoliberalism has been exposed as a failed doctrine, first by the financial crisis that erupted more than a decade ago and now by the Covid-19 pandemic. What replaces it? The seismic events of the financial crash of 2008 revealed the consequences of allowing rampant financial capitalism to ...
Ireland’s Apple antics fuel global race to the bottom on corporate tax

Ireland’s Apple antics fuel global race to the bottom on corporate tax

By Mairéad Farrell TD. Last Wednesday, July 15, there was a collective sigh of relief from the government. The European Union’s General Court had ruled against the EU Commission in Ireland and Apple’s appeal against its state aid ruling. The Court found that the 0.005% corporate tax rate that Apple ...
Apple’s 0.005% tax rate in Ireland endorsed by EU court

Apple’s 0.005% tax rate in Ireland endorsed by EU court

By Emma Clancy. The verdict of the General Court of the European Union – which overturned the European Commission’s finding that Ireland illegally granted state aid to Apple – is a win for the second-wealthiest corporation in the world. It is a win for Ireland’s tax-haven economic model, and for ...
Greenwashing austerity

Greenwashing austerity

By Emma Clancy. Members of the Irish Green Party voted overwhelmingly to enter a coalition with the two traditionally dominant centre-right parties on Friday. Coming less than a decade after the Greens were decimated for their last stint as a junior partner in government – propping up Fianna Fáil and ...
Programme for Government rewards wealthiest with yet another tax cut

Programme for Government rewards wealthiest with yet another tax cut

By Michael Taft. It is not the biggest issue in the Programme for Government. But sometimes small proposals can speak volumes. So what are we to make of the following commitment in the PfG? “The 3% USC surcharge applied to self-employed income is unfair and proposals will be ...
Labouring beside Lough Erne: a history beyond orange and green

Labouring beside Lough Erne: a history beyond orange and green

By Séamas Mac Annaidh. This is a book review of Labouring Beside Lough Erne, a Study of the Fermanagh Labour Movement 1826-1932, by Jim Quinn. This is the first part of a projected three-part history of the labour movement in County Fermanagh from the early 19th century to the 1930s. ...
Capitalism’s accumulation crisis prompts attacks on wages and organised labour

Capitalism’s accumulation crisis prompts attacks on wages and organised labour

By Lisbeth Latham. The central driver of the capitalist system is the drive for capitalists to constantly increase profits – failure to do so can be a trigger for a crisis within the capitalist system. Since the end of the long boom in the early 1970s, capitalism, particularly in the ...
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