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Four Courts

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith tweetz:

Just out of Four Courts – trying to get Dáil to debate our motion on Government misuse of money messages and unblock democratic process – climate and housing crisis measures blocked by this trickery; back at 2.30pm today.

Meanwhile…

Yesterday…

Opposition TDs seek injunction over decision to disallow new bill due to be debated in Dáil (Daniel McConnell, The Irish Examiner)

Related: What is the Dáil ‘money message’ argument about?

 


Saturday.

Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin.

The first public meeting of the new party called RISE led by Paul Murphy TD where they outlined five new policies under a ‘Green New Deal’.

These are: the “right to transport, sustainable agriculture, workers cant pay the price for climate change, introduce a four day week” and “take the power and wealth from the capitalist elite”.

Fight!

Fight!Rise

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This afternoon.

Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin 2.

Paul Murphy, who left the Socialist Party last week, at a Press Conference to launch his new political grouping, called RISE.

Via The Irish Examiner:

It stands for ‘radical, internationalist, socialist and environmentalist’, and was formed after a split in the Socialist Party.

Mr Murphy is the group’s only elected official and says he will stay within the Solidarity – People Before Profit banner in the Dáil.

Deputy Murphy acknowledges some people will see it as the left fracturing again.

He said: “I will understand people thinking that, to people who are a distance from the left, these debates may seem a bit obscure, I understand that.”

Paul Murphy Launches new Political Party (Irish Examiner)

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Update:




Above from left: Dave Murphy; Jessy Ni Cheallaigh, Paul Murphy, Kay Keane and Nicole McCarthy

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Last week: Splitter!

From top: Larry Goodman at Dublin Castle for the Beef Tribunal in 1991; Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe

Yesterday.

During a meeting of the Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach.

Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy asked Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe about a story which appeared in The Irish Times yesterday concerning the Goodman Group established by Larry Goodman,

Journalist Colm Keena reported that nine companies in the group made a profit of €170 million last year and had assets worth more than €3.45 billion – with the “bulk of the profits” booked in Luxembourg and “largely untaxed”.

Mr Goodman was at the centre of the Beef Tribunal in 1991, where it was eventually revealed that, under the then Fianna Fáil government between 1987 and 1989, his companies benefited from financial concessions, special arrangements and a change in the tax law to protect their income.

Mr Murphy and the minster had this exchange yesterday:

Paul Murphy: “In the papers today is the Goodman Group making a profit of €170million last year reportedly and paying, effectively, zero taxes through filing accounts in Luxembourg.

“The double taxation agreement that appears to still be operative with Luxembourg is from 1972 so it was written, it was agreed a couple of years after the one with the Netherlands. Is that an agreement you’re looking at revising or adjusting or think that, certainly from this vantage point, it would seem to be a problem if someone can make, or a corporation can make such amount of profits and be enabled effectively to pay zero tax on it.”

Paschal Donohoe: “So, as I said in relation to another question earlier on [from Labour TD Joan Burton], I’m not going to comment on the tax affairs of any particular company or individual.

“But in answer to your other question, in relation to our DTA [Double Taxation Agreement] between Ireland and Luxembourg, we will be updating that via use of the multi-lateral convention.”

Watch back in full here 

Nine Goodman companies made largely untaxed profit of €170m (Colm Keena, The Irish Times)

Top pic: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

Paul Murphy TD

They hate you if you’re clever.

And they despise a fool…

Are we guilty of not ‘telling the truth’ to the working class when we don’t bring a demand to leave the EU?

We always tell the truth to the working class. But we present the truth in the way which is most digestible to the working class at a particular time.”

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy quoted In internal party documents discussing Brexit and wider strategy by the Irish Times this morning.

*thud*

Socialist Party to present truth in ‘most digestible’ way to working class (Irish Times)

Rollingnews

” On the North Circular Road there is a building with 16 families living in apartments. Many young children are living there, looking forward to Santa coming, but before Christmas all those families have been issued with notices to quit.

The landlord is not a small accidental landlord but a businessman with multiple properties.

Yesterday, he told the tenants they were great tenants but said the market dictates the rent.

The ground for eviction is the supposed need for substantial refurbishment.

In reality, the tenants and the landlord know – I presume everyone here knows this and has seen it happen time and again – that this is yet another renoviction, something that deserves a word for itself now because it is so widespread, with the need for refurbishment used as a pretext to kick out tenants and hike up rents.

If these tenants are evicted, they will mostly be evicted into homelessness.”

Paul Murphy TD (top) in the Dáil this afternoon.

This afterenoon.

Paul Murphy TD grills the European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi over the bailout and his predecessor’s threat to the late Finance Minister Brian Lenihan during an appearance by the ECB chief at a Joint Oireachtas Finance Committee meeting.

Meanwhile…

The Irish economy has seen a particularly strong expansion in recent years. Ireland is now growing at the fastest pace of any euro area country,” he said.

“Unemployment has been falling too, and now stands well below the euro area average.

“This is all the more impressive given the severe crisis Ireland went through and the legacies it is dealing with, including high private debt and arrears.”

He said policies need to put in place to protect the exchequer and deal with “legacy vulnerabilities” in the system – especially the level of non-performing loans.

ECB chief warns Irish economy most at risk of overheating and Brexit (irish Examiner)

Meanwhile…

This morning.

Buswells Hotel Dublin

To mark Pride Week, Solidarity–People Before Profit Paul Murphy joined representatives of LGBTQ groups in Ireland to appeal to the Toaiseach not to hold up the Sex Education Bill which would remove religious ethos from the RSE curriculum.

The legislation, which is at the committee stage, is a private member’s Bill – providing for education about consent, contraception, abortion, sexuality and gender issues – and will perish without mainstream political support.

Above from left: Director of Shout Out Bella Fitzpatrick, UCD Students’ Union LGBTQ Coordinator Adrasteia Hughes, VP Dublin Region USI Aisling Cusack , Paul Murphy, Radical Queers Resist’s Erin Sterling and Act Up’s Davy Sulivan.

Previously: Paul Murphy: Time To Transform Our Sex Education

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From top: The Launch of Generation Precarious yesterday; Paul Murphy

Varadkar’s Republic of Opportunity sloganeering hides the reality of a Republic of Precarity for many workers.

The process of increasing ‘flexibility’ in the labour market has intensified over the course of the crisis and its aftermath. It is yet another indication of Naomi Klein’s ‘shock doctrine‘ in action – with a crisis of neo-liberal capitalism used to further embed that model.

Precarity can be an ambiguous concept, allowing the government and right-wing economists to deny any expansion. However, it can be defined broadly as employment “which is insecure, uncertain or unpredictable from the point of view of the worker.” (ICTU report: ‘Insecure and Uncertain’: Precarious Work in the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland).

It should be indisputable that precarious work in its myriad of different forms has increased dramatically in Ireland, as it has in western Europe and the US in the context of the economic crisis.

It takes multiple forms, from the ‘bogus self-employment’ to the widespread existence of zero hour or ‘if and when’ contract workers, as well as the spread of temporary and part-time contracts and agency workers and unpaid internships.

Side by side with that, corporate profits have gone through the roof – having doubled from €75 billion in Ireland in 2011 to €150 billion in 2015. These come at the expense of workers working harder and longer for the same wages.

The ‘gig’ or ‘contingent’ economy is presented by right-wing economists as being an opportunity for freedom and choice. In reality, it is a tool for reducing the cost of labour and increasing the rate of exploitation by denying legal rights that employees with permanent contracts would be entitled to. It represents a partial return to early 20th century working conditions.

A number of useful reports and studies have recently been published into the expansion of precarious employment in Ireland by TASC and ICTU. Some of the key features which emerge are the fact 12% of workers are now self-employed with no employees – in other words, likely to be effectively in bogus self-employment.

Some 7% of the labour force is working in temporary employment, with half of them (70,500 workers) in temporary employment because they could not find permanent work – a 179% increase on 2008.

Over the course of the crisis, there has been a significant increase in the number of workers who are employed part-time – with 456,200 workers, almost a quarter of all employees.

The fact that there are around 110,000 less workers in full-time permanent employemnt than there were in 2008 is a striking illustration of the changed nature of the labour market.

Just over 8% of workers usual hours varied considerably from week to week or month to month, meaning they probably have zero hour, low hour or if and when contracts.

The evidence illustrates that these precarious contracts are concentrated in certain sectors – such as hospitality, care work as well as construction. It is disproportionally young workers and women who are affected.

These statistics translated into the daily lives of workers means massive instability in people’s lives. It means an inability to plan for next week, nevermind next month, because you don’t know what hours you’ll be working.

It means being unable to get a mortgage because you can’t point to a guaranteed number of hours and income. It means a significant increase in mental health problems caused by such an unstable existence.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. The historic #McStrike in Britain won the biggest pay rise for workers at the company in 10 years. Deliveroo workers, who are a classic example of ‘bogus self-employment’ have also been getting organised.

Six years ago, we launched the ScamBridge campaign and website, which contributed to the public awareness of the reality of JobBridge exploitation which ultimately led to the scheme being abandoned by the government.

Yesterday, we launched Generation Precarious with the aim of doing something similar to tackle the much bigger issue of precarious work.

The campaign has a two track strategy.

Firstly, to raise awareness of the reality of precarious work and the impact it has on people’s lives and to push for government action to eliminate precarious work, through the banning of zero hour and ‘if and when’ contracts, the introduction of ‘fair scheduling’ and for the outlawing of all unpaid work along with a series of other demands.

Secondly, to highlight and expose particularly exploitative employers, as we did with ScamBridge. We want people to contact us with their stories.

In the coming weeks, we will be selecting our first employer to target for protest to expose their treatment of workers. Crucially, we will be working with those affected by precarious work to try to assist them getting organised into trade unions, which is ultimately the best way to ensure better working conditions.

Paul Murphy is Solidarity TD for Dublin South West and member of the Socialist Party. Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulmurphy_TD

Generation Precarious