Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

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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Ruth Coppinger TD on the Sexual Offences Bill

Statement from AAA TD and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger on the Sexual Offences Bill. The Sexual Offences Bill that has passed through the Dáil makes numerous important and progressive legal changes, including: updating the law to deal with internet-related forms of child abuse and child sex tourism; improving the laws on statutory rape; introducing harassment orders to prevent sex ...

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Ireland: World’s sixth largest tax haven

By Linda Schutz In December, Oxfam published a list of 15 countries which are the world’s worst corporate tax havens. With Bermuda first and Ireland in sixth, the report lists the corporate tax havens that drive the global race to the bottom by having low corporate tax rates, offering tax incentives and by refusing to cooperate with international efforts against ...

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During the next 100 days: Build the resistance to Trump’s agenda!

By Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative (Sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) One of the most reactionary, bigoted, and predatory administrations in modern history has officially taken office. The incoming Trump presidency, from the vicious tweets to the bizarre press conferences to the reactionary cabinet picks and executive orders, has millions of people understandably feeling they are in ...

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