Cancel Rio Tinto: Going beyond symbols to fight a racist system

Cancel Rio Tinto: Going beyond symbols to fight a racist system

By Carlo Sands.When mining giant Rio Tinto blew up two sacred Indigenous sites dating back 46,000 years in the Pilbara in Australia’s north-west earlier this year, it was with the consent of the state Labor government.  It shows that while the Western Australian (WA) Labor Party sometimes pays formal respects ...
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 ...
This is not a Green New Deal – it is greener business as usual

This is not a Green New Deal – it is greener business as usual

Below is an open letter to Green Party members in the Midlands, North East, West and North West on the Programme for Government, published by four of the party’s young and rural General Election 2020 candidates, Tate Donnelly, Julie O’Donoghue, Seán McCabe and Saoirse McHugh, on 20 June. As candidates ...
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 ...
26 women a week forced to travel from Ireland to Britain for abortion care last year

26 women a week forced to travel from Ireland to Britain for abortion care last year

Below Irish Broad Left publishes the joint statement from Alliance for Choice, Abortion Rights Campaign and Abortion Support Network, issued in response to the release of British Department of Health statistics reporting the number of women that travelled from Ireland to England or Wales to access an abortion in 2019. ...
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