Monthly Archives: June 2011

We need working class fighters not gender quotas!

Minister Phil Hogan has unveiled a plan to impose a quota on the number of female general election candidates that parties must stand. Starting at 30% this will increase to 40% over time. Failure to reach the quota will result in cuts to state funding to the “offending” political party.

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Yes to Metro North

Two excellent public meetings organised by Clare Daly TD and the Socialist Party were held in Swords on the subject of saving Metro North. The working meetings have agreed to launch a cross-community campaign to save this vital project which will bring urgently needed jobs and infrastructure to thousands of people throughout North Dublin.

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State repression across Europe

The youth protesters in Spain have inspired many with the stand they have taken against austerity policies and the political establishment. However, they have also faced brutal state repression.

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15-M movement opens gates to new stage of struggle

The impact of the revolutionary conflagration which is sweeping North Africa and the Middle East in Europe has been immense. But the youth revolt currently taking place across Spain, with demos and "campouts" across Europe and beyond, is one of the most direct and powerful reflection of this impact yet to be seen.

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United Left Alliance must argue for socialist policies

The United Left Alliance, in existence just seven months, was established to pull together a slate of candidates in advance of a general election. The election then came quickly, a year and a half early, forced along because the deepening economic crisis smashed the basis for the government.

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Next steps for building the United Left Alliance

The United Left Alliance has the potential to be at the heart of the active resistance to the fresh round of attacks coming from the government in the months ahead. In order to achieve this potential there are important tasks the ULA has to focus on in the immediate future.

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Video: A World in Crisis

Here we post a video of a speech by Lynn Walsh, editor of Socialism Today (political journal of the Socialist Party, England & Wales) on the crisis in the world economy and international perspectives. An article dealing with some of these themes in more detail will be included in the new edition of the Socialist

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Greek drama continues

Divisions between EU politicians are widening. If the much discussed possibility of a Greek default is realised, it would shake the entire eurozone, and trigger further global financial turmoil. Over two articles, socialistparty.net assesses the situation.

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Vodafone redundancies should be resisted by workers

The announcement on Friday by Vodafone that they are to make 139 workers redundant and that their jobs would be shifted east is the latest sickening blow to workers in the telecommunications sector. It comes in the wake of their former parent eircom’s announcement on Thursday that they are to seek yet another 1,000 voluntary redundancies amongst eircom and Meteor employees.

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