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    Unruly

    The fragile rule of law in Ireland by David Langwallner What is meant by the Rule of Law and is such a concept honoured in Ireland today? I believe that the rule of law though arguably an unqualified good is not being adhered to in this state save mostly by the judiciary and that the […]

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    Banksters

    The recent history of Irish banking and its regulation is so comprehensively negative we should now look to community banks by David Langwallner As the latest banking fraud, ripples across the beleaguered public con-sciousness it is salutary to recall that the concept of banking has always been counter-intuitive, an artificial entity with legal personality that […]

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    Banksters

    As the latest banking fraud ripples across the beleaguered public consciousness it is salutary to recall that the concept of banking has always been counter-intuitive. Artificial entities with legal personality that charge and pay out interest, but whose purpose is to protect the assets of its shareholders. Banking has never prioritised the protection of those […]

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    Democracy Works

    It’s been a bad couple of years for democracy. The Brexit fiasco was the most humiliating British retreat from Europe since Dunkirk, but this time, entirely self-inflicted. Yet, rather than an alarm, Brexit instead turned out to be a blueprint for the bloodless US coup that followed, where right-wing extremism seized the world’s most powerful […]

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    DUPed

    Ireland and the EU have been outmanoeuvred by the UK into a deal that gives NI and perhaps ultimately the whole UK a competitive advantage trading into Ireland and the EU, by allowing a retreat for NI and the UK from EU environmental, social and other typically non-economic standards.

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    Needed: Mass party of the socialist Left

    It is almost a decade since the beginning of the financial crisis which brought capitalism to the point of collapse. In the intervening years, working-class people have been forced to carry the cost of bailing out the system through various, vicious austerity programmes. Establishment political parties across Europe and the world have been greatly reduced, […]

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    Housing: ‘the carrot and the stick’

    There’s been plenty of talk about “carrot and stick” for our housing predicament. At a property Summit last month, commentators exhumed memories from the industry boom and bust and suggested numerous ways to revive the sector. Much discussion revolved around the fact that there is no official metric for the measure of new housing output. […]

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