Monthly Archives: November 2015

Stunning victory for socialist in Seattle

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By Carah Daniel The amazing victory of Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant in the election to Seattle City Council is definitely a clear indication of the desire for a genuine alternative to capitalism on the part of working class. Not only was she elected in 2013, she was re-elected too at the beginning of November! An unapologetic socialist She has ...

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Potential for new Left movement


By Kevin McLoughlin Christmas is coming, so too is the general election and the political games involving the four main parties. However, there is an alternative to the political horse trading where the interests of working class people are just a chip to be bartered with so that these parties can gain power. We need a wholly new political movement ...

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Real change requires system change- The fight for a left government

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By Cillian Gillespie After seven years and €31 billion worth of austerity, we are told that we are in the midst of an economic recovery. However, for most people this recovery means a new housing crisis, skyrocketing rents and the creation of low paid temporary jobs. There is now a working poor in our society, with 25% of the workforce ...

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Can Sinn Féin deliver for the 99%?

Sinn Fein

By Laura Fitzgerald Unfortunately, despite Sinn Féin signing up to the Right2Change initiative that gives a different appearance, Sinn Féin are in fact moderating their rhetoric as they come closer to power in a rightward shift. Not only is Sinn Féin’s record on water charges weak with its continued refusal to advocate non-payment of the water charges, Sinn Fein have ...

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Worker exploitation rife in fishing industry

Fishing industry

By Councillor Michael O’Brien The Guardian newspaper recently published a major exposé about the systematic super exploitation of non-EU migrants in the fishing industry in Ireland. However this situation was brought to the government’s attention some years earlier by the office of Joe Higgins TD among others. In early 2013, at the prompting of Ken Fleming of the International Transport ...

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Schools Admissions policies: Separate Church and State

church and state

By Robert Cosgrave On Sunday, October 25 hundreds of people came out on the streets of Dublin to protest against the continued dominance of the Catholic Church in the Irish education system. Similarly in an online poll for the Irish Times released this year the majority of participants agreed that equal access to schools should be given to all children, ...

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The Bernie Sanders challenge

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The established political order in the US has been shaken up by Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Not only has he tapped into a widespread anti-corporate mood, he has also fired up interest in socialist ideas. TOM CREAN reports on the impact of his campaign, and the tasks it sets for the workers’ movement. The 2016 US ...

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