USI special congress report

Tyler McNally gives us a report and some snaps from last weeks special congress on the funding of 3rd level education. 

Last week, over 180 delegates from Students’ Unions all over Ireland attended the Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) Special Congress, called during it’s last national conference to decide the USI’s position on how Third Level education should be funded, which was held in UCDSU.

In the run up to this Special Congress, a preferendum was held online at www.usivote.com on which, USI members could vote for whatever option out of the five available they believed to be the right one, then provided the turnout was quorate these results would give individual SUs a mandate on how delegations vote. Continue reading

Is The Time Coming Where We’ve REALLY Had Enough?

With increased expenses such as the household tax, septic tank charges and the growing likeliness of fracking in Ireland, more and more ordinary people are joining the left against the government. Pádraig McCarrick looks at why this time, things could be different.

“It is morally wrong, unjust and unfair to tax a persons home”.

An interesting quote that’s been surfacing online and on radio the last few weeks is not belonging to one of the usual political firebrands like Joe Higgins, but attributed to none other than Enda Kenny, speaking in 1994, when Fine Gael were opposing a Fianna Fail/Labour coalition attempt to introduce a property tax. Many of the arguments against the charge in ’94 still valid today: anti-home ownership, double-taxation etc were all part of a Fine Gael Leaflet condemning the coalitions plans. So what’s changed? Continue reading

Budget Day & #occupynaas Day Four [LIVEBLOG]

Here we go again.

13.21- Launching straight into tweet machine news: