Last night Minister for Health Mary Harney announced she would not contest the general election. In a surprise move, she also offered her resignation to Taoiseach Brian Cowen. By Alison Spillane
One of the longest-serving members of Dáil Eireann, Ms Harney explained she felt someone who was not running in the general election should not continue to serve in the Cabinet.
Yesterday Is Féidir Linn (IFL) published its position paper on the 2011 general election. The paper sets out the group's position on the banking crisis, the government's four-year plan, the EU-IMF-ECB bailout and Budget 2011. As well as this it outlines policy priorities for the next government.
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. To date no EU Member State has either signed or ratified the Convention. By Alison Spillane
Despite the concerted efforts of left-wing activists, community groups and movements like Claiming Our Future, Ireland's protest movement appears to be waning. While some might argue this is down to a political apathy peculiar to Ireland, many consider the media and organisations such as Ictu and the USI to be serious obstacles to widespread resistance. By Alison Spillane