Protest against minimum wage cuts at the Dáil

A small but vocal crowd of protestors gathered outside the Dáil yesterday to both protest against a cut to the minimum wage and to present a petition against the same cut to TDs. Representatives of all the opposition parties were present at the protest.

Minimum wage worker Miranda Egan Stanley addressed the assembled crowd, saying, ‘As a minimum wage worker, I already struggle as it is and I don’t know how I’m expected to survive if my minimum wage is cut by one euro. If this proposal goes through we will not be able to survive and will be forced to get assistance from the social welfare.

BudgetJam budget day 'teach-ins'

As part of BudgetJam 2010 lecturers and students at several third-level colleges staged Budget Day “teach-ins” at campus bank branches in protest at the banks’ role in the economic crisis.

Protesters gave short lectures and answered questions about the relationship between banks’ reckless lending during the Celtic Tiger years and the latest Budget austerity measures -- including the increase in fees for third-level students.

On Shane Donnelly and Moyle Park

BudgetJammer Gavan Titley has written to the Moyle Park College Board of Mangement expressing his disquiet at the potential expulsion of student Shane Donnelly for his part in leading a walkout from the school in protest at the budget. It's pasted below.

A hint of revolution in the Examiner?

The 40m bonus to AIB staff is the last straw for the Examiner's editorial writer this morning. He/she seems to be suggesting that if the government don't voluntarily stop those payments, then they should be forced to by any possible means.
It really is time to draw the line in the sand and stand up for ourselves, this battered country and the kind of society we want this to be for our children. There is no point in beating around the bush, and no point in shadow boxing.

The language of charity

One way the Welfare State is being eviscerated in Ireland, as elsewhere -provided you accept the premise that Ireland had a welfare state worth talking about- is through the tried and tested language of charity.

'You. Me. Everybody.'

In the weeks leading up to the budget, as the IMF were descending upon us to 'talk' and the plans were being laid out to widen the gap between rich and poor, 120 billboards ran across the country which fitted perfectly into the government rhetoric of the moment. They read 'You. Me. Everybody. We're all just grown up embryos.' By Angela Nagle

Activism 3.0

(This article originally appeared on

Protests are increasingly appearing on the internet in real time in a myriad of ways. Adam Waldron takes a look at the smartphone applications that every activist needs