Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Role of vulture funds laid bare

By Sami El-Sayed On Monday 9 January, RTÉ aired The Great Irish Sell-Off. The hour long documentary outlined broadly the activities of appropriately named vulture funds in Ireland and across many parts of the world. The documentary showed the huge value in assets that these few vulture funds hold, the massive human cost for ordinary people, and the pittance in ...

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US: Climate change denier takes power

Since taking power Donald Trump has a) given the go ahead to Keystone XL and Dakota pipelines b) forbidden scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency from speaking to the media and said they will have to submit their work to the White House for review before it is published c) Removed all reference to climate change from the White House ...

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Free Ibrahim Halawa

AAA TD & Socialist Party member Paul Murphy recently visited Egypt to meet Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, who has been incarcerated by the el-Sisi military dictatorship since August 2013 to highlight the injustice of his case. Below he writes a report of the visit and the brutal realities of life under el-Sisi’s rule. “I want to go home.” That was ...

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30% pay cut: Bus Éireann declares war on workers

By Mick Barry TD Bus Éireann’s proposals for a 30% cut in take-home pay for their drivers, possible compulsory redundancies and casualisation of work represent a declaration of war. Owing to the precedent that it would set, it represents a declaration of war not merely on bus drivers but on all public transport workers and the working class as a whole. ...

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Palestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation

Just before Christmas the United Nations security council symbolically voted 14-0 declaring Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as illegal. The United States abstained, denying a veto sought by Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition government in Israel and US President-elect Donald Trump. A week earlier, Socialist Struggle Movement – the Israel/Palestine section of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI- the international socialist organisation to ...

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Northern Assembly election – a Labour Alternative is needed!

The RHI scandal will mean that, while little is done to help the 42% of people here who live in fuel poverty, Northern Ireland’s Ferrari showroom will be kept cosy at a profit using public funds for the next 20 years. In Arlene Foster’s own rural constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone, 75% of GP surgeries face closure but Viscount ...

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Mexico: 20% Fuel hike sparks mass protests

By David López, Izquierda Revolucionaria (México) The answer that the Mexican working class has given to the gasolinazo (fuel price hike) has been overwhelming. In four days the entire country has experienced intense mobilizations and acts of protest.  Various cities have witnessed roadblocks, the occupation of gas stations and forced closures of Pemex supply-plants. The government is conscious of all ...

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Trump prepares vicious attacks- We must prepare resistance

Trump’s victory in the presidential election was a profound shock to tens of millions of progressive workers, young people, immigrants, women, people of color, Muslims, and LGBTQ people across the U.S. The target list of Trump’s administration has become clearer. This is compounded by a rise in hate crimes around the country since the election. The enormous fear and anger ...

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Below is an editorial from Socialism Today, the monthly magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales on the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Throughout the year the Socialist Party will be producing articles on this momentous event including its impact on Ireland.  The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. The 1917 revolution stands out ...

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