Take Back The City #HomesForAll Ep.14

The actions of housing activists occupying vacant buildings in Dublin have once more captured the public imagination and highlighted the ever worsening housing crisis. Just over two weeks ago housing campaigners occupied a building on Summerhill in Dublin’s inner city. Ten days later they were ordered to leave by the high court. But this is not a short term protest. So last Friday they took over a vacant property on North Frederick St and are demanding that Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy uses the powers of the state to Compulsory Purchase (CPO) such private vacant properties and use them for ‘public […]

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Lynn Ruane #SocialClass Ep.13

Social class and impact of class on reducing the opportunities of children growing up in working class and disadvantaged areas is given little air time in Irish media and politics. Class is not supposed to be an issue in Ireland. How often do we hear discussions in the media on what it is like to grow up in Tallaght, Jobstown, Darndale, Finglas in Dublin, Moyross in Limerick, Ballybeg in Waterford? How many presenters of Irish media shows are from these areas –almost none. Class is silenced in Ireland. Poverty is hidden. Here on Reboot Republic we are breaking that silence […]

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Cost Rental with Rita Fagan & Dr John Bisset

Cost rental: a community solution to the housing crisis. This podcast discusses an innovative solution to the housing crisis –cost rental housing – that is being proposed by the Our Community – A Better Way housing campaign and which Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy launched in Inchicore this week. Dr John Bisset (author of Regeneration – Public Good or Private Profit?) and Rita Fagan are two community workers based in Inchicore who have been campaigning for the regeneration of St Michael’s Estate for almost two decades. They explain the central components of the cost rental housing proposal.   Please take a […]

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Michael Taft #LivingWage Ep. 11

The Living Wage is an idea which is gaining increased support as a way to solve rising inequality and in-work poverty, low pay and precarious (short term and insecure) employment. Joining us in Reboot Republic to discuss this and other issues including the role of trade unions in modern Ireland, is Michael Taft, a Research Officer with the trade union, SIPTU and member of the Living Wage technical group. They have defined the 2018 Living Wage at €11.90 per hour in contrast to the legal minimum wage which is just €9.65 an hour. Earnings below the Living Wage do not allow […]

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