Ireland’s conservative establishment was on the ropes after February’s shock election result. But Leo Varadkar’s caretaker government has exploited the COVID-19 crisis to regain his authority — and is now counting on the Greens to keep the center-right parties in power as a recession looms.
Oliver Eagleton is an editor at New Left Review.
Asylum applicants in Ireland are forced to live in prison-like “Direct Provision centers,” whose private managers preside over shocking abuse. And Ireland’s “liberal” prime minister Leo Varadkar doesn’t seem to care.
Ireland’s government admits that housing prices are out of control. But its inaction has forced renters to stand up to landlords for themselves.
Irish activists won major concessions against water privatization. Now, the state is looking to imprison them.