Monthly Archives: June 2015

Public Sector workers-Reject the Lansdowne Road Agreement!

By Councillor Michael O’Brien The Labour Party is desperate to try demonstrate in the short time that remains for this government that it can deliver for workers. This, and the original scheduled expiring of the Haddington Road Agreement were the key factors motivating the negotiations resulting in the Lansdowne Road agreement they reached with the leaders of the public sector unions and which will go ...

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What kind of Left challenge is needed?

By Kevin McLoughlin Working class people made the demonstration of 11 October last year a historic event. They mobilised themselves and changed the political situation in the whole country and in so doing they propelled Right2Water to a prestigious position of being a key convenor for this new movement. Incredibly within months in another historic mobilisation, the working class has ...

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EU – A force for progress or profits?

By Paul Murphy TD This article was written for the June Northern edition of “The Socialist”, paper of the Socialist Party. In the coming two years there will be a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Here Anti-Austerity Alliance TD and Socialist Party member Paul Murphy outlines why socialists oppose the European Union and why it is ...

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Collusion: The­ British State’s dirty war

By Stephen Boyd The BBC Panorama programme ‘Britain’s Secret Terror Deals’ has shed light again on the murky world that was the dirty war fought by the British state in Northern Ireland. This harrowing documentary focused on high-profile sectarian killings and assassinations in which it is alleged state forces such as the RUC, MI5, Special Branch and Army Intelligence protected ...

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Housing market: Prices, profits & repossessions rise

By Finghín Kelly The realities of “recovery” Ireland is in sharp contrast to the official propaganda we are daily fed. Nowhere is this more obvious than when we look at the housing crisis. Last month the Courts Service revealed that 586 repossession orders were granted by the courts in the first three months of this year. This represents a 600% ...

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North: Step up the fight for LGBTQ equality

By Kevin Henry The vote for marriage equality in the South is an important point of inspiration in the fight for equality here. Many will also be disappointed that, once again, Northern Ireland is being left behind when it comes to LGBT rights, as well as women’s rights, while racist attacks increase and sectarian division continues to pervade society. DUP: ...

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Burton’s shameful attack on lone parents

By Fiona O’Loughlin From July 30,000 lone parents will no longer qualify for One Parent Family Allowance with many losing up to €80 per week as they are switched to Jobseekers Allowance. Stigmatising lone parents Burton and Co are spinning this cut as some kind of charitable feminist gesture to encourage women back into the workforce .The implication being that ...

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Qatar: World cup of corruption and exploitation

By Paddy Meehan Sepp Blatter’s decision to resign as FIFA President didn’t come as a result of the horrifying conditions migrant workers face in building the new stadiums in Qatar, but as a final attempt to save the corrupt elite at the top of the federation. A number of the voting members of the selection committee for the 2018 and ...

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