Monthly Archives: November 2018

#ThisIsNotConsent: Victim-blaming in rape trial provokes mass anger

By Socialist Party reporter “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” These comments from defence barrister Elizabeth O’Connell in a Cork rape trial have sparked ...

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Maurice McCabe and the rot inside the state

By James McCabe Whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s efforts to expose corruption in the local Garda force in Cavan was met with vicious reprisals from the national leadership of An Garda Síochána. Misconduct and corruption are nothing new for the police force of this state, but even so, many were shocked to discover that the top echelons of the Gardaí conducted a ...

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Project fear and Brexit: How should trade unions should respond?

By Kevin Henry The trade union movement, which claims 800,000 members north and south have a responsibility to oppose any aspect of a Brexit deal which is not in the interests of their members. For example, the Central Bank has warned of potential of 20,000 job losses in the South. In the North, various figures point toward a serious recession.  ...

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Review: Mistaken Identity – Race and Class in the Age of Trump

Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump  By Asad Haider Published by Verso Books, 2018 Reviewed by Laura Fitzgerald …. when the liberal language of rights is used to defend a concrete identity group from injury, physical or verbal, that group ends up defined by its victimhood and individuals end up reduced to their victimized belonging. Asad ...

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Devastating IPCC report on climate change: Capitalism must be challenged!

The debate on the reality of human-caused climate change is over, now is the time to act. The recent report issued by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) showed that dramatic change is required before 2030 to prevent a catastrophic climate scenario. Worse than thought The study outlined the extremely dangerous consequences for the Earth’s climate and ecosystem unless ...

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Review of Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie

Rosie, Tiff, 2018, Directed by Paddy Breathnach Reviewed by Grace Gageby The housing crisis in Ireland today has created an increasing precarity for an entire generation. The Fine Gael government has presided over the normalisation of sky rocketing rents, slum landlordism, young people locked out of the housing market, people sleeping rough on the street with emergency accommodation services at breaking point, ...

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Bring #MeToo into the workplace

By Harper Cleves The #MeToo movement has gained traction globally since October 2017 following the allegations made by prominent Hollywood actors against media mogul Harvey Weinstein. In the wake of these accusations, actor Alyssa Milano posted a tweet calling on fellow survivors to post ‘me too’ in solidarity. Within 12 hours she had half a million replies. Furthermore, by the ...

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INTO members reject bogus proposal to end two-tier pay

We spoke to two Socialist Party teacher activists about the ballot results on the government’s proposal to supposedly address two-tier pay. Kate Relihan, a member of the INTO reacted to the news that the proposal was rejected by 53% vote to 47%. “Myself and other rank and file activists opposed this offer given that it would have perpetuated inequalities for ...

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