Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Sinn Féin’s rightward shift continues

By Cillian Gillespie It would appear that the scandal surrounding the smearing of Maurice McCabe has drastically undermined the fate of this already weak Fine Gael minority government. The possibility of an election before the end of 2017 has increased substantially. Such an election takes place against the backdrop of increasing industrial unrest, as it is clear that the expectations ...

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Alarming hike in HIV diagnoses

By Eleni Vetsika It has been almost a year since very alarming figures regarding a serious hike in HIV diagnoses in Ireland have hit the news, yet little –if anything- has been done to tackle the situation. According to an HSE report published last year, there was a 30% increase in the rate of HIV diagnosis in 2015. Although this ...

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Maurice McCabe scandal-Power, corruption & sinister acts of revenge

GUBU is the acronym being commonly used to describe the chain of events surrounding the concerted campaign by senior Garda officers to smear the character of Sergeant Maurice McCabe in order to destroy the credibility of his claims of malpractice in the police force. Joe Higgins analyses the scandal surrounding the smearing of whistleblower Maurice McCabe. In fact, of the ...

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A socialist strategy to defeat Trump

By Samantha Rodriguez When Trump was elected last November in what can only be described as the most contentious protest vote of our lifetimes, questions were raised as to whether his Presidency would play out as threatened. Just one month from his inauguration and already it is clear that America’s new commander-in-chief is determined to implement his regressive agenda. Unprecedented ...

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The arts in Ireland: Starved of funding

By Síofra NicLiam In 2016, the Fringe festival featured a wide variety of shows, including “RIOT”, where Emmet Kirwan performed his, now viral, spoken word piece “Heartbreak”, telling the story of a young working class mother, along with other politically fuelled pieces. Other plays portrayed a punk rock gig that showed the financially driven interests of property developers, the psychological ...

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United States: A socialist strategy to defeat Trump

Article by Seattle Council Member and Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party  in the US) member Kshama Sawant on where next in the battle against the Trump regime. Originally published on Counterpunch.org.  Donald Trump and his bigoted, billionaires-club administration have ignited a social explosion unlike any that has ever greeted an incoming US president. The White House’s series ...

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Maurice McCabe smear campaign: Rotten state exposed

By Conor Payne The revelations about the smear campaign against Maurice McCabe have lifted the lid on the workings of the tops of the Gardai and the establishment as a whole. Despite talk of incompetence and ‘administrative errors’ the reality is clear: the tops of the Gardaí acted consciously to discredit a whistleblower with false allegations of child sexual abuse. ...

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1917: How socialist revolution inspired Irish workers

By Manus Lenihan In September 1921 the workers at the port of Cork city went on strike. They occupied the port and Bob Day, the union organiser, addressed the strikers as “Friends, comrades and Bolsheviks.” Day went on to explain what he meant by the word “Bolshevik”: a desire “that the bottom dog should go up and the top dog ...

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Universal basic income – what do socialists say?

By Judy Beishon, Socialist Party (England and Wales) The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a ‘universal basic income’ (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years – a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone ...

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Backward ideas hold back essential HIV drugs

By Thomas White Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new pill that prevents those who are at risk from contracting the HIV virus. It contains two medicines that are also used to treat HIV. If you take PrEP and are exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use these medicines can work to keep the virus from taking hold in ...

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