Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Damning report on inequality

By Diana O’Dwyer A new report by TASC shows that Ireland has the worst ‘market income’ inequality in the EU before tax and social welfare. – The top one percent of households receive ten percent of wages, profits and rents, or €373,000 on average. – The top ten percent receive a third of market income and own 42-58% of wealth. ...

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AIB back in profit – must remain in public ownership

· After socialising losses, profits can now be shared by society… · Banks can become a public utility to advance economy rather than make profits The Anti-Austerity Alliance has said that the news that AIB has returned to profit should spark a debate in Irish society about the economic role banks currently play in society and the role they could ...

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The inspirational life of Eleanor Marx

By Christine Thomas (originally published in Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales) Eleanor Marx played a pivotal role in the mass strikes in the East End of London in the 19th century and campaigned for a mass workers’ party. She was to the forefront of the struggle for women’s rights and for international solidarity. CHRISTINE ...

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International Women’s Day 2015

Oppose the capitalist system of oppression & inequality By Lea Valance Restrictive abortion laws Approximately 25% of the world’s population lives in a country where abortion is restricted and is only allowed when it poses a risk to the life of the pregnant woman. In Europe, Ireland and Malta are the most restrictive, on par with countries like Chile, Brazil ...

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No sell-off to IAG! Re-nationalise Aer Lingus

By Cllr. Mick Barry Willie Walsh’s International Airlines Group (IAG) is still bidding for control of Aer Lingus as The Socialist goes to press. Should IAG succeed in its endeavours Aer Lingus will be 100 percent privatised following its 75% privatisation under the previous Fianna Fail-led administration. Willie Walsh’s ruthless record Willie Walsh is a ruthless capitalist with a track ...

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Lessons from Greece – how can the Troika be defeated?

By Paul Murphy TD No sooner had the Greek people decisively voted to end austerity, than the European establishment moved to annul the election results. The key demands upon which Syriza was elected – the kicking out of the Troika, a European debt conference to reduce the debt burden and a lifting of austerity – were dismissed. European capitalism bears ...

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JobBridge Beyond Reform

Government’s whole ‘labour activation’ policy now seriously undermined ·         100% dissatisfaction from those forced onto scheme yet government continue ‘mandatory’ approach ·         44% said that the scheme was being used by employers ‘solely for free labour’ ·         55.7% of interns unaware or unwilling to make complaint Paul Murphy ...

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Jailings of anti-water charges protesters: A disgrace!

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and ...

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“Dogs of war” unleashed in Jobstown

By Mick Barry The arrest of 21 anti water charges campaigners in Dublin,  the threat to arrest a further 17-21,  the threat to send a file to the DPP and the possibility of court action on serious charges   –  all are sure signs of the Gardai playing an overtly political role. The Gardai have simultaneously targeted the community of Jobstown, ...

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