The new Minister for Housing has an opportunity to end the homeless crisis and start to fix our broken housing system. This will only be achieved if he abandons the failed policy consensus that has dominated government thinking for the last three decades.

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Emily is nine years old. She will soon have spent a full year of her young life living in a hotel. She is one of almost 2000 children across the state who will sleep in emergency accommodation tonight.

It will cost €36,000 to keep Emily and her mother in that hotel for 12 months. €100 for every night they spend cooped up in a small room, living out of suitcases.

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Love him or loath him you have to admit that Vincent Browne has done the state some service. He is one of the few presenters who can unnerve even the most seasoned media performer.

Like a cranky, scruffy old dog with a well chewed bone he just won’t let go – even when the rest of the pack has drifted off in search of more meaty morsels.

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What a difference a year makes. Early 2015 was a moment of enormous optimism for the Left in the eurozone periphery.

Syriza had swept to power in Greece on 36% of the popular vote. Sinn Féin and Podemos were riding high in the Irish and Spanish polls and looking like potential leaders of left led governments.

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History is not a straight line. Events do not simply evolve one after another. Periods of apparent stability are riven with antagonism. Tensions accumulate. Crises erupt. New moments are born.

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After Irish Water

Posted: March 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

The general election has thrown up many uncertainties. One thing not in doubt however is that a majority of people voted to scrap water charges and abolish Irish Water.

A majority of TDs in the 31st Dáil are committed to ending water charges and replacing Irish Water. No Government, including the current caretaker administration, has a mandate to continue with these failed policies.

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Although unfinished at the time of his death, Peter Mair’s Ruling the Void, is an important book. It tells the story of the slow death -or what Mair calls the ‘hollowing out’- of Western European liberal democracy.

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