Monthly Archives: April 2017

Paul Murphy TD on Jobstown trials, political policing & the role of the state

“This public force exists in every state; it consists not merely of armed men, but also of material appendages, prisons and coercive institutions of all kinds…” The ‘public force’ designed to protect the interests of the ruling class described in Friedrich Engels’ (Karl Marx’s lifelong collaborator) Origins of the Family Private Property and the State is on full display in ...

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Jobstown trial: Burton shamefully claims Connolly’s mantle

By Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien The claim by Joan Burton today in the witness box that she is in effect a direct political descendant of James Connolly by virtue of being an ex- leader of the Labour Party drew a combination of gasps and sniggers from most people assembled in the courtroom. A cursory search for ...

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Britain: Corbyn must fight election with socialist policies

Theresa May has called a general election for one reason – not the reason she gave – but because of the government’s weakness in face of a rising tide of anger in British society. Workers are suffering the most prolonged squeeze on wages since the start of the nineteenth century. Benefits cuts are leaving millions without enough money to feed ...

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Ibrahim Halawa: Government inaction is damning

By Sami El-Sayed On 3 April, news emerged of the continuing deterioration of Ibrahim Halawa’s health. One of over 40,000 political prisoners in Egypt, Ibrahim has been held for over three years without trial by the el-Sisi dictatorship, with his trial delayed for the 20th time in March of this year. Halawa – an Irish citizen – has been on ...

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Medicinal cannabis – make it legal!

By Eleni Vetsika Medicinal cannabis could assist thousands of people in Ireland if legalised, however, the government are taking their time with the relevant legislation that has been proposed by Solidarity-PBP, despite being urged to take into account how urgent the issue is. The use of medicinal cannabis has proven to be beneficial for sufferers of an array of debilitating ...

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Tuam scandal: Church’s regime of horror exposed

By Fiona O’Loughlin When the full scale of the Tuam (grotesquely misnamed ‘Mother and Baby Home’) scandal was laid bare with the publication of names of the 796 babies who died from institutionalised state sanctioned neglect, sorrow quickly turned to rage. The infant mortality rate at this home was 30% higher than for babies born into families in the same ...

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Review: “Socialism on Trial”

Reviewed by James McCabe Reading the transcript of a courtroom testimony might seem like a boring prospect, but the testimony of James Cannon published as “Socialism on Trial” is a real page-turner. On the eve of the US entering World War II, Cannon, along with 28 other socialists and trade unionists were charged with plotting to overthrow the US government. ...

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Strike & protests sends clear message: Take out the 8th

  By Laura Fitzgerald March 8th 2017 saw young people spilling onto the streets for abortion rights, many thousands of whom had walked out of schools and colleges to join the action, often participating in their first protest. The age profile was discernibly younger than even the youthful March For Choice demonstration in September 2016. The mood was defiant – ...

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Is Sinn Féin right? Is a united Ireland on the agenda?

By Stephen Boyd The crisis at Stormont and Brexit has sparked debate and discussion on the prospects for a united Ireland. Sinn Féin, emboldened by their electoral success has seized on the opportunity to push for a border poll under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). They alongside the SDLP and now Fianna Fáil argue that the Brexit ...

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Socialists on trial

Three Socialist Party members – Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and Councillors Kieran Mahon and Mick Murphy – are among the first seven adult Jobstown defendants who will stand trial on Monday, 24 April. Eddie McCabe and Cillian Gillespie look at why socialists are being attacked and vilified by the capitalist state and establishment. 1) We don’t play by their rules. ...

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