Monthly Archives: May 2017

North: Irish language abused by Orange and Green politicians

By Eóin Dawson In the final days of the last Assembly Executive, before it collapsed under the weight the RHI scandal, the issue of Irish language rights re-emerged. The DUP’s Paul Givan announced a cut to the Líofa bursary scheme, which provides financial assistance to young people to attend Irish language courses in gaeltacht areas. With the sectarian line drawn, ...

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#TravellerLivesMatter: The fight against racism & injustice

Travellers on this island face daily discrimination and racism by the Northern and Southern states and within society at large. Oisín Kelly looks at the growing demand for equality from a community that suffers enormously from poverty and bigotry and the effects that flow from this. Wednesday 1 March was an historic day for the Traveller community as their ethnic ...

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Socialists on the sex industry

Opposing pimps & traffickers Supporting sex workers’ rights & safety Socialist Party member and founding member of ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity), the socialist-feminist movement, Laura Fitzgerald analyses the different positions that have been taken towards the sex industry by sections of the left and groups such as Amnesty International. Neo-liberal capitalism has massively increased the ...

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A Stunning Blow- Citizens’ Assembly delay tactic backfires

The Citizens’ Assembly was established, not only as a government and political establishment delay-tactic in dealing with the 8th amendment, the consitutional abortion ban, but also quite clearly to manoevre to ensure that only limited change would be endorsed. It aimed to give a cover to politicians and an excuse to hold back on the growing demand from below for ...

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As Jobstown stands tall- Labour is in the gutter

Immediately after the protest in Jobstown in 2014, Joan Burton went to Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park, and what began was a polital joint venture involving two wings of the establishment. The Gardaí wanted prosecutions to help re-assert their authority and control in the many communities who had resisted the Gardaí’s action and political policing to support Irish Water’s ...

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Spinning lies with bogus figures- Varadker attacks social welfare recipients

By Melissa Kelleher Leo Varadkar recently initiated a campaign through the Department of Social Protection targeting welfare fraud with the slogan “welfare cheats cheat us all”. The campaign features bus signs, radio adverts and billboards encouraging working-class people to spy on their neighbours and report any suspected ‘fraudsters’ to the department. The campaign alone is estimated to cost the taxpayer ...

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French Presidential elections- Record rejection of political establishment

By Finghín Kelly Emmanuel Macron’s victory over far-right Front National candidate, Marine Le Pen, has been heralded in much of the media as a victory for the ‘centre’. This superficial analysis paints over a deep and profound political crisis for the representatives of French capitalism. This was an unprecedented election. For the first time since the foundation of the Fifth ...

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Jobstown trial: The establishment’s contempt for the working class

By Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien If a “not guilty” verdict is returned at the end of the Jobstown protest trial it will be an occasion for celebration by working class and left activists throughout the state. In our “post-match” analysis of key moments in the trial where the credibility of the prosecution case was shaken it’s ...

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