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Last night.

At The Ivy restaurant on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

A group of workers, trade unionist and activists gathered at The Ivy restaurant to highlight what they claim is ‘tip theft’ of workers’ tips.

They also read out a ‘menu’ of workplace issues (top), they claim have been reported by past and present staff, to customers and management.

In a statement to the Irish Times today (see link below), the restaurant said:  “100 per cent of credit card tips are shared amongst the entire 150 staff members members (excluding management)”.

It added: “A gratuity per hour is paid to every staff member in addition to their contractual hourly wage and is guaranteed by the company in that any shortfall, regardless of whether any tips are paid by patrons, will be made up by the company.”

“All cash tips are kept by the individual waiter/waitress, although they are encouraged to share these tips with their colleagues.”

The protest follows Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins telling the Dáil on March 7:

“Recently, I’ve been approached by workers in a new, very swanky and expensive Ivy restaurant where the company are taking the major proportion of tips paid to staff – using these tips to make up the difference in their wages.

“I’ll give you an example. One worker signed a contract, in October, for €14.90 an hour. They’re now being paid €9.80 an hour and the difference is being made up with the tips. So this company is robbing the workers of their money and we don’t know where the rest of the money is going…it seems to be pocketed by the company.”

Protest held outside Ivy restaurant in Dublin over waiters’ tips (Áine McMahon, The Irish Times)

Previously: Swanky



From top: National Chairperson of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi; IPSC’s National Organiser Aisling Micklethwaite and IPSC’s press officer Betty Purcell; gardaí

This afternoon.

Outside RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and their supports, protest against Israel hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and call for RTE to boycott the event.

Meanwhile…

A few moments ago…

On RTÉ One’s News at One

The head of the Irish Eurovision Delegation, RTÉ’s Michael Kealey responded to calls for a boycott and to the protest currently taking place outside RTÉ studios.

He told journalist Áine Lawlor that RTÉ is a public service broadcaster and doesn’t “take political stands”.

He said taking political stands is “not something we do”, before adding that the Eurovision is about music and not politics.

And he added: “If we introduce politics, you’ll have to look at the whole Eurovision itself.”

Listen back in full here

Update:

Update:

Protest at RTÉ calls for boycott of Eurovision song contest (RTE)

Earlier: EU May Like This

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Second last pic: Barry Lenihan

This morning.

Outside the Dáil.

Children gathered to protest against climate change.

Pics: Aisling Kenny and Siobhan de Paor (top)

Ciaran Tierney tweetz:

Veteran peace activist Margaretta Darcy (82) lay down on the roadway outside @ShannonAirport [yesterday], to protest against the use of the facility by the #US military over the past 17 years.

Margaretta Darcy?


This morning/afternoon.

Teachers protest outside the English language school Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin 2, which has gone into liquidation – suddenly leaving staff without jobs and owed one month’s wages.

Teachers occupy premises of English language school (Emma O’Kelly, RTÉ)

Previously: College Drops Out

Top pic: Sauvignon Blanc

Rollingnews

Today’s Irish Daily Star

Murtles writes:

Obviously The Irish Daily Star have learned nothing from this controversy judging by their condescending headline.

Yesterday: Free Tomorrow?

At The Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 at 1pm.

A protest will take place following statements made during a trial in Cork in which a 27-year-old man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl was found not guilty.

Barrister Elizabeth O’Connell SC, for the accused, had asked the jury to consider what the woman was wearing, saying:

“Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

ROSA (Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity) writes:

“Clothing has nothing to do with consent. It’s time the judiciary were trained not to use rape myths. Time is up for rape culture. Join the protest.”

Similar protests will also take place in Cork and Limerick.

More here

Previously: ‘The Way She Was Dressed’

Meanwhile…

Members and supporters of the group Dublin Tenants Association holding a picket outside the headquarters of Ires REIT on Grand Canal Dock, Dublin in July 2017

In May 2017.

Fiona Reddan, in The Irish Times, reported that two-bed apartments in The Maple apartment complex in Sandyford, owned by Ires REIT, were set to be rented out for €2,750, setting a new rental price record in the area in the process.

Members and supporters of Dublin Tenants Association subsequently protested outside the offices of Ires REIT.

On Saturday, Craig Farrell, in The Irish Sun, reported that, due to a legal loophole, tenants of The Maple apartments were facing rental price hikes of up between 20 and 26 per cent – despite the apartments being situated in a Rent Pressure Zone where rent can only be increased by four per cent per year.

Last Friday, several tenants protested outside the Ires REIT offices after getting letters from Ires REIT about the pending rental increase.

Last night, Ms Reddan, of The Irish Times, reported Ires REIT has abandoned it’s plans to increase rent by 20 to 26 per cent and, instead, will increase the cost by four per cent.

Ms Reddan reported:

“The Maple was launched last summer, setting new rent highs for the area, coming on the market at €1,925 for a one-bed and €2,570 for a two-bed apartment. Some tenants of the development, which is at full occupancy, were told that their rents would rise to as much as €2,800 following the proposed rent hike, which was due to kick in on January 1st 2019.

“However, following a demonstration outside the offices of the landlord by affected tenants, and engagement with the property company, Ires will now apply a lower rate of rent increase, of 4 per cent, at the development.”

There you go now.

State’s biggest private landlord shelves 25% rent rise in Dublin (Fiona Reddan, The Irish Times)

Previously: IRES My Case

REIT It And Weep

This morning.

Students, including Sophie Gibbons from University College Dublin (top), prepare for the Raise The Roof protest taking place outside Leinster House today over the housing and accommodation crisis.

The protest will take place from 12.30pm until 2pm.

Raise The Roof

Previously: All Rise

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

UPDATE:

Sinn Féin TD John Brady tweetz:

So Leinster House is under lockdown as the people mobilise to demand government action on housing & homelessness.