Finding a way out of the mortgage arrears crisis

During the boom years both the Irish government and the Central Bank were fast asleep at the switch when it came to regulating property lending. As such, they are now obligated to come up with a solution to the problem of residential mortgage arrears. By John Farrell Clark.

Reflections on a campaign

The boycott of the household charge is an important point of solidarity in this money-siphoning exercise we know as the recession. And solidarity with others is one of the best ways to overcome the fear that is currently propagated by those in power. By Eoin O'Mahony.

Moyle prepares to sign twinning agreement with Gaza

Padraig Mc Shane, Independent Chairman of Moyle District Council in North Antrim, is currently in Gaza and is preparing to sign a twinning agreement later today with the Mediterranean coastal enclave. The twinning is the first of its kind in the UK or Ireland and the first anywhere in the world since the siege on Gaza began.

Life on the dole

What is the reality of life on the dole, behind Government and media caricatures of scroungers and skivers? Paul Walsh finds out. 

I'm not on a shopping trip, I'm a citizen!

Endless exposure to product and service marketing has led to many people thinking of themselves as consumers rather than citizens. By Allen Meagher.

President Michael D. Higgins has walked into the room once noisily occupied by the forces for democracy, socialism and religion (and to a degree, capitalism) to speak the language of equality, hope, change and collective action.

Campaigners say promissory deal is a 'stitch up' and a lost opportunity

Above: Hoarding around the unfinished Anglo HQ in the Dublin docklands

The Anglo: Not Our Debt Campaign has described the deal on the deferral of the €3.1 billion promissory note payment due tomorrow as a “political stroke” that does not address the real issue and that squanders an opportunity to write down an illegitimate debt.