Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

This weak government can be beaten

By Paul Murphy TD “The reality is that a small clique of hard-left, Trotskyite politicians, who are quite upfront about seeking to overthrow the current system, are now arguably setting the political agenda.” (Shane Coleman, Irish Independent 17 May 2016) Although he exaggerates, Coleman captures an important part of the political reality facing the new government and the ruling class ...

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Funeral arrangements for comrade Colm Halpin

Colm’s cremation Service will be on MONDAY AFTERNOON at 3.30PM in VICTORIAN CHAPEL, MOUNT JEROME CEMETERY HAROLD’S CROSS. All comrades are very welcome and invited to attend to celebrate Colm’s life and contribution to our movement.

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Comrade Colm Halpin 1950 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we bring the news of the passing of comrade Colm Halpin. Colm died today in St Francis Hospice, Raheny, surrounded by comrades. He had been suffering from  cancer, very bravely borne. Colm had a history of three full decades as a revolutionary socialist activist. He joined Militant the forerunner of the Socialist Party in ...

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A racist, sexist, billionaire, demagogue: How Trump can be stopped

By Conor Payne The rise of Donald Trump in the Republican Presidential Primary has been watched with horror by millions in the US and around the world. Trump is standing on a platform of open bigotry. From describing Mexican immigrants as ‘rapists’, his plan to ban muslims from entering the US, his call for women who have abortions to face ...

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Hilary Clinton: Candidate of war, Wall Street & Walmart

By Aprille Scully Hillary Clinton’s bid to become to the first woman President has resulted in calls for progressively minded workers and young people across the US to support her. The latter in particular, and significantly young women, have rejected this and instead have supported the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. Several opinions have tried to deduce how this could be. ...

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Why Sanders must stand as an independent

It is evident that the (un)Democratic Party has done whatever it thought necessary to block Bernie Sanders from gaining the presidential nomination and to stem the grassroots movement intent on challenging the billionaire class that has developed around his campaign, writes Emma Quinn. Despite national polls continually showing Bernie Sanders with the highest favourability rating of all presidential candidates it ...

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Assembly Elections: Positive moves against sectarian politics

By Daniel Waldron The campaign in the run-up to the Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little over-all change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression, with left forces taking important steps forward. Other than the usual sectarian ...

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Luas workers: Resilient in the face of threats

Luas workers continue to show the way in terms of fighting for a recovery for workers, writes Paul Murphy TD. They bravely rejected by 99% a proposal that would have seen the introduction of a two-tier workforce and increasing the working day from nine hours to nine and a half hours. The response of the company, Transdev, has been vicious. ...

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