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CETA and Irish Housing

This blog post is written by the CATU Campaigns Group, which is campaigning against CETA – the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The below lies out the case for how CETA might impact housing policy in the country as well as other social concerns. How will CETA empower Canadian …

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Phibsboro and Cabra Fight Co-Living

In this blog, union members report on how CATU Phibsboro-Glasnevin and CATU Cabra have been exploring novel forms of community organising during lockdown as part of a battle to stop two co-living developments in the area. Reports Of Co-Living’s Death Greatly Exaggerated When the government raised the white flag on …

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What is mutual aid?

In this article Edel answers the question: ‘what is mutual aid?’ She explains how people have worked together in many different contexts to meet needs in their communities both in the past, and under the current pandemic. In this she makes a case that our movements and organisations must always …

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Is there power in a union? Part 2

Housing, capitalism, and why it’s time to unionise by Aaron Downey (Training and Education Officer) Housing is a commodity under capitalism; the current economic system where most industry (and property) is owned by private individuals, and goods are produced for the market. By commodity I mean something which is produced …

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Is there power in a union? Part 1

The political background to housing and community action in Ireland by Aaron Downey (Training and Education Officer) This is adapted from a talk given as part of a series of educational sessions organised by Greater Manchester Housing Action. CATU Ireland was properly launched around a year ago, with our first …

Vultures Out of Coolock

This statement was written by CATU members in Coolock in reference to the recent rezoning and sell-on of the Chivers site in the area. You can read more about that background here. CATU is building a branch in the Coolock-Artane-Darndale area. If you live in any of those areas and …

CETA and Irish Housing – pt. 2

Our power to influence decisions on homes is under threat because of a dodgy trade deal: CETA Minister Darragh O’Brien’s (FF) long awaited Housing For All strategy promises affordability and supply above all else, so why is the government also trying to push through the EU Trade Agreement, CETA, which …