Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Shameful inaction as housing crisis deteriorates

By Eleni Vetsika Despite government promises pre- and post-election, the scale of the housing crisis has only become sharper in the last few months. The most recent official figures show that a record total of 6,709 people are now homeless nationwide, which means about 1,173 families, and a shocking 2,426 children. In July of this year, the government published Rebuilding ...

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The Socialist Party and support for the Corbyn movement

Article from “The Socialist” , paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales on our approach towards the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party in Britain. Socialist Party members have received widespread support from trade unionists, anti-cuts activists and supporters of Jeremy Corbyn both inside and outside the Labour Party for our calls for democratising the Labour ...

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Women rising around the world

By Aprille Scully Inequality under the capitalist system has accelerated in recent years and sees the top 1% own more wealth than the 99%. Neoliberalism means privatisation and underfunding of public services which particularly affects women in areas of health, education, maternity leave and low pay. It’s in this context that across the world we are seeing a new generation ...

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After decades of neo-liberalism… The political “centre” cannot hold

By Stephen Boyd Over 35 years ago, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan took up the ideas of neo-libearlism and used them as the foundation of what they saw as a new era for capitalism. “The market would discover a natural hierarchy of winners and losers, creating a more efficient system than could ever be devised through planning or by design. ...

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Decisive industrial action can end wage restraint

By Mick Barry TD The government have been forced to retreat on their pay policy by a wave of strikes. Luas drivers, bus workers and teachers have all taken to the picket lines to oppose wage restraint. The mere threat of strike action by Gardai caused extreme jitters at the Cabinet table. The government were forced to make more than ...

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Q&A: What’s behind the US Presidential results?

With the election of Donald Trump, a racist, misogynistic, ignorant, demagogic billionaire occupies the most powerful office in the world. Here CONOR PAYNE and EDDIE MCCABE look at some of the most pressing issues and questions that arise as a result. How could Trump have won if he was one of the most hated candidate in US history? This was ...

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US: Deeply damaged, the two parties limp towards the finish line

The country is “slouching towards the mutual assured destruction of our political system.” – William S. Cohen, former secretary of defence under Bill Clinton In this election between the two least popular presidential candidates in modern history, whoever wins tomorrow will enter office facing unprecedented levels of popular hostility. Hillary still holds a narrow lead in most polls. But, with ...

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Sean Fitzpatrick trial: Jury selection of a different kind

By Councillor Matt Waine On 3 October, the various defendants in the Jobstown trial, accused of falsely imprisoning then Tainaiste and Labour leader, Joan Burton, were assembling outside the Central Criminal Courts when who skips by, only Seanie Fitzpatrick on his way to plead not guilty to the charges of 21 counts of giving false or misleading information. Of course ...

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Invest in free education: No loan schemes, no fees!

By Megan Oglesby Since 2008, the Irish third level education system has been greatly suffering, with cuts to university funding approximating to a cumulative €600 million over the years of recession and austerity. As a result of this, students were forced to foot the bill with the average annual registration fees growing to €3000 per annum, and student grants offering ...

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