Being monitored

Being monitored

A poem by Sven Kretzschmar. The sit-in protesters of North Circular Roadtook their seats just when the word came aroundof the government spying on you and fellow artistsfor inadequate subordination to this green-great country.Brothers and sisters of basic dignity unclad in the lack of rebellious red, some in everyday clothes,others ...
The deadly politics of colonial borders during the Covid-19 pandemic

The deadly politics of colonial borders during the Covid-19 pandemic

By Niamh Ni Bhriain. Covid-19 is causing thousands of deaths every day, but the pandemic is killing in other ways too. Governments around the world responded to the pandemic by shutting their borders to international arrivals and severely restricting people’s freedom of movement. While for some this was unprecedented, for ...
The toxic impact of neoliberalism on young people’s mental health

The toxic impact of neoliberalism on young people’s mental health

By Diarmaid Twomey. As someone who has worked with children and young people in various capacities for some time, I have been fascinated by the focus on their mental health in recent years. More specifically, I have focused on what society deems responsible for their mental health problems, and how ...
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 ...
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. ...
Neasa Hourigan warns Greens of ‘most fiscally conservative’ government in a generation

Neasa Hourigan warns Greens of ‘most fiscally conservative’ government in a generation

Below Irish Broad Left reprints the speech made by Dublin Central TD Neasa Hourigan to the Green Party’s online special convention on the Programme for Government held on Thursday 18 June. Just as in 2007 our party has come together for a special convention that will shape the party, the ...
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