The Drivers in Dublin Bus who have served strike notice, beginning from midnight Sunday 4th August, are 100% right to stand up to the company’s planned cuts to their earnings and working conditions. Apart from the obvious cuts in sick days and overtime payments the deal on offer in effect gives the company a blank cheque on future schedules and issues like traveling time that could have serious effects on every driver’s working conditions. This deal is a clear indication of the race to the bottom policy being pursued by management at Dublin Bus it will allow the company to recruit new drivers on much reduced pay and on a part time basis.
There has been an unexpected decision taken by South Dublin County Council to send all stray and surrendered dogs to Ashton Pound rather than the Dunboyne Pound starting from Thursday 1st August.
By Jacob Richards
And so after three long years Bradley Manning’s trial has come to a close and he has been convicted on five counts of “espionage charges”. He was acquitted on the most serious of all charges which was that he had “aided the enemy”. Yet with the acquittal aside Manning will still face the prospect of being jailed for up to a maximum of 130 years when his sentencing begins at Fort Meade today.
The announcement by The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, that survivors of Bethany Home would not be included in a redress scheme has been met with great anger and disappointment. Mr Shatter, speaking on RTE radio one on 24th July stated that children who had been fostered out to inappropriate care were not the responsibility of either Bethany Home or of the State. Furthermore the role of the Home as a mother and baby home was another reason for its exclusion from the redress scheme.