Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Dunnes Stores strikers say Nimrod,“He kept us going”

The recent visit to South Africa of the 1980s Dunnes Stores strikers to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela enabled the strikers to visit the family of the late Nimrod Sejake who while a political refugee in Ireland had supported and inspired the strikers. The visit by the IDATU - now Mandate - members who had taken unprecedented action by refusing to handle South African goods in solidarity with oppressed black workers, was reported on in the Irish Times 12th December and was clearly for the strikers and Nimrod's family of huge significance.

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Protection of Life During Pregnancy offers no new rights

Almost immediately after the Protection of Life During Pregnancy came into effect, both the Irish College of General Practitioners and the College of Psychiatrists expressed concern regarding their members carrying out abortions under the terms of the bill, with the College of Psychiatrists going further to suggest to its members not take part in the review panels where the sincerity of pregnant women expressing suicidal thoughts are judged by panel consisting of an obstetrician and two psychiatrists.

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An Post – 67% vote to stay in CPSU

CPSU An Post members have voted by a significant majority not to join the CWU but to remain in the CPSU. This decision went against the wishes of the CPSU general secretary, the CWU general secretary and the management of An Post who all encouraged the move.

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Haass talks failure – Sectarian politicians cannot find way forward

The scene seemed set for yet another 'landmark' deal in the history of the peace process. The negotiations continued into the early hours of New Year's Eve. Yet – despite six months of work and 33 days of negotiations and much fanfare – the talks process led by US diplomat Richard Haass failed to reach agreement between the five Assembly Executive parties on how to deal with parades, the past, flags and emblems, with only the nationalist parties endorsing the final draft proposals.

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Anelka’s salute a scandal – kick racism out of football

Although Nicolas Anelka has never been far from controversy, the West Broms striker’s behaviour took a darker turn when he performed the ‘quenelle’ salute after scoring against West Ham. The quenelle, described as an inverse Nazi salute was invented by French comedian Dieudonné M'bala who has been convicted for hate-speech several times.

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US: Kshama Sawant inauguration speech

Below we publish the text of today’s speech by Kshama Sawant, newly elected Seattle city councillor from Socialist Alternative (CWI in USA). A video of the speech can be see here (starting 29 minutes in).

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