Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Labour right to be in a panic over Water Tax as electoral slaughter looms

The Labour Party is in an obvious panic over water charges looming large as the Local and European Elections approach. They are right to be. Labour's infamous 'Tesco' Ad during the 2011 General Election Campaign specifically named a Fine Gael water tax of €238 per annum as one of the key things they would stop if in government. Their betrayal on this will cost them dear.

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Hillsborough tragedy – the final chapter?

'Heartbreak, tributes, tears' was the headline in the Liverpool Echo as the next chapter in the Hillsborough tragedy unfolded. "Let our kids know that he wasn't a hooligan" was the plea of the widow of victim Patrick Thompson.

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Statement on proposals for a Dublin Mayor

Socialist Party demands stand alone Plebiscite whereby massively far-reaching proposals can be properly debated. Forcing a Plebiscite on May 23 along with Local and Euro Elections, with no adequate time for debate, would be anti-democratic and unacceptable.

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Taking a stand against fracking

Leading anti-fracking campaigner and Socialist Party member Donal O'Cofaigh has been selected by anti-fracking activists to stand as a local election candidate in Enniskillen in May. Here he outlines the importance of the election campaign and the fight for a seat to strengthen the movement to stop fracking beyond the elections.

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Ireland’s inequality increases

New figures released for 2013 highlight how Ireland is a country of widening inequality, with a massive divide growing between the super-rich elite and big business on the one hand and the majority of the population subjected to brutal austerity on the other.

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Capitalism – “Working for the few”

We are living in a world where there is massive social and economic inequality. This situation is outlined in the Oxfam briefing paper “Working for the Few” which shows that the top one percent of the population have increased their income since 2008 and seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years. While multinationals get away with paying a minimal tax rate we are bombarded by such unfair taxes as the property tax and the up-coming water charge.

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