Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Dublin Bus on the chopping block

By Councillor Matt Waine The National Transport Authority (NTA) has now published a report by US transport consultancy firm, Jarret Walker, that drastically overhauls Dublin Bus. The claim is that this will significantly improve connectivity and frequency. However, reading the small print we see that this is simply a re-rationing of Dublin Bus’s existing stock, which will actually worsen the ...

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Aretha Franklin: A powerful voice for liberation

By Adam Dudley In 1947, five-year-old Aretha was one of the five million black Americans who migrated from the rural South to the industrial Northwest in the 20 years following the Great Depression. In the late 1950’s her father, Reverend C.L Franklin became active in the civil rights movement and in 1963 organised the Walk to Freedom in Detroit – ...

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North- Bonfire debate can ignite conflict

In the aftermath of the Eleventh Night bonfires last year, Belfast City Council passed a Sinn Féin motion authorising the forced clearing of bonfire sites. When this policy was implemented against an anti-internment bonfire in the Divis area of west Belfast, it led to small-scale rioting. If there is an attempt to do the same this year in Protestant areas ...

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End Direct Provision: ­Right to work for refugees must be granted

By Fiona Ryan The Right to Work campaign is centred around the need for asylum seekers to be able to access the workforce, free of discrimination and against the insurmountable barriers the Irish State has laid down in opposition. The campaign, led by asylum seekers themselves and those most affected by the state-sanctioned racism that the Direct Provision (DP) system ...

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The economy: Precarious, neo-liberal growth fuels inequality

By Paul Murphy TD “Irish households have ‘never been better off’” blared the Irish Independent headline on 8 January 2018, citing an IBEC economic review.  A major propaganda drive is underway to suggest that the ‘good times’ are back and that the crisis of capitalism in Ireland over the past decade was nothing more than a blip away from the ...

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Blue Planet shows impact of capitalist pollution

By Aprille Scully Plastic – a durable and inexpensive material – is an invention that has been a boost for humanity, used in everything from medical equipment to clothes. Under capitalism, however, the cheap material has allowed companies to make products more cheaply and therefore increase profits. The cost of mass producing such a durable, non-biodegradable material that is so ...

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Underfunded & Church controlled: Proper healthcare denied to Trans community

By Thomas White Currently in Ireland there is a real lack of access to decent and appropriate health care services for Trans, Intersex and other gender nonconforming people throughout the health system. There are only a handful of medical practitioners in the country willing to prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Gender Reassignment Surgery, and an outmoded “diagnoses” based system ...

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Review of “Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment”

By Yanis Varoufakis   Published by Atlantic Books, 2017 Reviewed by Paul Murphy TD Adults In The Room is a must-read for those who aspire to building a left that can achieve governmental power and transform society. That is not because Yanis Varoufakis has the answers about how to achieve that, but because his experience as Finance Minister brutally demonstrates ...

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