Retrieving memories of the 1913 Lockout

The 1913 Alternative Visions Oral History Group was set up in September 2012 to collect stories from people whose families, communities or unions have memories of the 1913 Dublin Lockout and to consider the legacy of the Lockout in the light of 100 years of subsequent history. The project is sponsored by various trade unions and is led by oral historians Dr Ida Milne and Dr Mary Muldowney. Interviews will feed into a book due for publication in 2013 to celebrate the centenary of the Lockout.

Budget 2013: 'Deeply regressive, both socially and economically'

Social Justice Ireland have this morning released a detailed response to Budget 2013. The group describes the Budget as “unjust and regressive", adding that "It does nothing to foster economic recovery or to provide a vision and direction for the country."

They say:There is a profound lack of any guiding vision that would suggest Budget 2013 was moving Ireland towards a future where everyone had access to the basics required to live life with dignity.

European Day of Action and Solidarity

Above: Plaza del Sol, Madrid (via Izquierda Undia).

Approximately 40 trade union organisations from 23 countries are staging a European day of action and solidarity today (14 November) with the aim of calling on Europe's leaders "to demonstrate their determination to really get to grips with the deterioration in employment and to respond to the growing social anxiety felt by Europe’s citizens". 

Campaign group calls on government to adopt equality budgeting in Budget 2013

Today, on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Equality Budgeting Campaign has called on the Government to introduce measures “to put a halt to the growing inequality and poverty seen in Ireland since the beginning of the economic crisis”. The campaign coalition, which includes lone parent groups, disability organisations, migrant organisations, trade unions and women’s groups, among others, says that it is possible for the Government to reverse the current trend toward increased hardship for the poorest people living in Ireland.

Correspondence between Denis O'Brien and Vincent Browne

Below is a correspondence between Vincent Browne and Denis O'Brien in June and July 2012.

The correspondence was initiated by Denis O'Brien in a letter dated 21 June addressing an Irish Times article and broadcasts in which Vincent Browne refers to Denis O'Brien's media interests and the findings of the Moriarty Tribunal.