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News in brief – October 2009

Electricity price rip-off - More pay rises for the rich - £106 million wasted on consultants - Bosses spell out attacks on third level education - Scrap Invest NI

By Owen McCracken, Socialist Party

NIE’s decision to cut electricity bills by a mere 5% from October will mean little to those currently living in fuel poverty in Northern Ireland. After electricity prices rocketed by 52% between July 2008 and January 2009, NIE has now reduced bills by a mere 15.8% over a period when wholesale fuels costs have fallen by 40%. This situation is a direct result of privatisation. As householders are being ripped off this company is exploiting its monopoly position to make huge profits. The only way to provide affordable energy is to bring NIE back into public ownership and run it democratically in the interests of ordinary working people.

HANDS OFF OUR EDUCATION

Young people have had enough of the Tories, Lib Dems and all the other right-wing parties who are lining up to carry out cuts, increase university tuition fees and cut the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Tens of thousands of young people across Ireland and Britain have taken to the streets to fight cuts while greedy bankers continue to receive millions in bonuses.

Lessons of Claudy

In July 1972 nine people were killed when three no-warning car bombs exploded in Claudy, a village just outside Derry City. July 1972 was the bloodiest month of the bloodiest year of the Troubles, but even then the Claudy attacks caused mass revulsion. Now a Police Ombudsman’s report into the bombs has implicated a deceased Catholic priest, Jim Chesney, in the attack. It has also alleged that the state and the Catholic hierarchy colluded to cover up his role.