Robs Notes:

Introduction into communism ‘The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.’  Communist Manifesto (1848). While there were many theorists of various kinds of communism both before Marx (e.g. Henrde Saint-Simon, 1760–1825; Charles Fourier, 1772–1837) and as contemporaries (e.g. Pierre Joseph Proudhon, 1809–65), the person almost always seen nowadays as the…

In the News: 09-09-2019

Taoiseach  Leo was in his first face-to-face talk today with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussing Brexit, the talks which lasted more than an hour, were described as “positive and constructive”. The talks centered around Brexit and the Irish border “issue” which is something that looks unlikely to be resolved. In other British political news…

In slow news:

In 2017, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, then minister for social protections. launched a self-described “hard-hitting publicity campaign designed to raise awareness of social welfare fraud and encourage members of the public to identify potential cheats.” More recently the current government launched a campaign to  ‘get tough with insurance fraudsters’. A recent report in the Irish Times…

In the News: 5-7-2019 Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in intensive care

In Irish news: Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in intensive care after falling ill last night. According reports It is understood Cowen had been experiencing some ill health in recent weeks. More information to follow. In other Irish news:People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has hit out at the government for opposing the party’s Climate Emergency…

In the News: 4-7-2019

In the news today the Taoiseach apologises over ‘sinning priest’ comments he made to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin where he likened him to a sinning Catholic priest in his comments in the Dáil yesterday. The chances of another recession in Ireland are 100 per cent, as the country is a small, open economy, highly-indebted, and relying on international…

The Health sector disaster

Health minister Simon Harris is facing mounting problems within the health sector as 37,000 nurses go on strike. Not only are nurses demanding a competitive wage, we learn that yet to be built children’s hospital costs are spiraling out of control. While the government is pushing back on the nurses’ demands, they are pushing forward…