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Features, National

The apology by the state broadcaster, RTE, and agreement to pay damages to a number of parties who felt they had been wronged by having the word ‘homophobic’ attributed to them is well and truly out of order and a worrying display of capitulation by RTE.  Major questions need to be asked about RTE’s role in this as part of a wider discussion about equality and media bias.
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Features, Justice, National

The Appeal Hearing of John Paul Wooton & Brendan McConville who were both convicted of the killing of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll in 2009, and sentenced to life imprisonment, drew to a close, on Friday October 18th in the Belfast Appeal Court. The case was heard over two weeks.

Four TDs Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Maureen O’Sullivan and Eamon O’Cuiv attended the appeal hearing, along with Gerry Conlon of the Guilford 4, who spent 15 years in jail in one of the most infamous miscarriages of justice and who is a leading member of the group calling for Justice for the Craigavon 2.
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Dáil Debates, Economy, National

Speaking on the Social welfare and Pensions Bill 2013 Clare accuses Government Ministers of glossing over the high emigration figures and demonizing the unemployed.  There is no evidence to suggest that social welfare cuts will create jobs on the contrary it will lead to further emigration.  Click on the link below to watch Clare’s contribution to the debate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAFT4PocbHU&feature=youtu.be

Economy, Features, National

By Jacob Richards

Labour may like to suggest they have the interests of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society at heart but in reality it appears their policies are more akin to something we would see put forward by the British Conservative Party. In fact much of Labour’s accompanying rhetoric suggests the party is quite content to embrace Tory values.

Let us consider the measures introduced in last weeks’ budget and targeted at young people under the age of 26. In the case of Jobseekers between the age of 22 and 26 the government introduced a flat cut of €44. This means that for those aged between 18 and 24 jobseekers payments will now amount to just €100 a week while those aged 25 will now receive €144. These cuts are cruel and unnecessary in themselves but worse still, they have been accompanied by the most condescending and arrogant rhetoric of government ministers towards young people. Labour in particular have been exceptionally bad offenders. During Leaders Questions last week, the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore proclaimed, “the best place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flat screen television. It is at work or in education and training.”
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