Monthly Archives: April 2012
Getting back on track
Late last week I put my back out and have not been able to do much, thus the gap in blog posts. I’m almost back to normal now, so will be resuming transmission and getting up a bit of a backlog of pieces and finishing half-done bits and pieces next week.
State asset sales
by Barry Healy
Roll up, roll up! The great sale of state assets is upon us.
It was hardly a surprise when news broke in February that The Dublin Government intendeds selling off numerous state assets. Their plans will see parts of Bord Gáis Éireann’s and the ESB sold off, followed by the sale of Coillte and the remaining 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus when ‘market conditions are favourable’ for an ‘acceptable price’. They claim the money will be used to write down debts and invest in job-stimulus programmes.
The €3 billion expected return from the sale, however, will hardly put a dent in what has become a colossal debt. Nor has it to do with, or will it help stimulate the economy but rather privatisation will lead to job losses, increased prices, worsening service for consumers and big profits for those who purchase them. After all why would investors invest if not for a profit?
Of course the ‘jobs’ angle is being used to soften up what is essentially the continuation of the failed neoliberal agenda which fuelled capitalism’s latest crisis.
Government policy for the past four years has been one of aggressive Read the rest of this entry
Below are a list of interviews that appear on the blog:
Gerry Ruddy: https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/interview-with-veteran-socialist-republican-gerry-ruddy/
Marian Price (from early 2000s, reprinted from The Blanket): https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/interview-with-marian-price-from-early-2000s/
Tommy McKearney (2009): https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/2009-interview-with-tommy-mckearney/
Brian Leeson (2008): https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/building-an-alternative-movement-in-ireland-interview-with-eirigi-national-chairperson-brian-leeson/