Author Archives: Cillian Gillespie

How can Palestinian freedom be won?

On the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Cillian Gillespie looks at how the occupation of Palestine can be ended and how a just and democratic solution, upholding the national rights of both Palestinians and Israeli Jews, can be brought into existence. [The following article was written before the Israeli ...

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Jobstown is innocent: A rotten stitch up exposed

By Cillian Gillespie “The news has just come through from the Central Criminal Court and I am the first to report it to the House. Deputy Paul Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Michael Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Kieran Mahon, not guilty; Frank Donaghy, not guilty; Michael Banks, not guilty; and Scott Masterson, not guilty.” – Mick Barry TD As Solidarity TD ...

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Ireland, Brexit and why the EU must be opposed

The 52% vote in favour of Brexit is historic and has already had profound political and economic ramifications.sage a living forThe 52% vote in favour of Brexit is historic and has already had profound political and economic ramifications. Since the morning of the result David Cameron has announced his resignation as Prime Minister, the value of Sterling and stock market prices have plummeted drastically, the likelihood of a second referendum on Scottish independence has increased dramatically and moves are afoot by the Blairites in the Parliamentary Labour Party to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

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“Bold, brave, undaunted”: James Connolly’s socialist legacy

On May 12 1916, a fatally wounded James Connolly was brought by military ambulance to Kilmainham Jail and was later that day carried by stretcher to the courtyard of the prison. Unable to stand to face a firing squad after a bullet had shattered his ankle during the fighting of Easter week, he was strapped to a chair and shot. ...

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The 1916 Rising- Lessons for today

Below is the edited text of an article on the 1916 rising that appears in the latest edition of “The Socialist”, the monthly paper of the Socialist Party. We will be producing a lengthier analysis of this period of Irish history in a forthcoming booklet.  By Cillian Gillespie This weekend will mark the centenary of the Easter 1916 rising against ...

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Real change requires system change- The fight for a left government

By Cillian Gillespie After seven years and €31 billion worth of austerity, we are told that we are in the midst of an economic recovery. However, for most people this recovery means a new housing crisis, skyrocketing rents and the creation of low paid temporary jobs. There is now a working poor in our society, with 25% of the workforce ...

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Jobstown is not guilty: Fight this criminal injustice

Text of the Socialist Party leaflet given out a #JobstownNotGuilty protest today.   The criminalisation of those who protested against Joan Burton in Jobstown last November is a disgrace. This largely spontaneous protest by residents of a working class community was directed against a government Minister who has overseen cuts to rent allowance, child benefit and more recently lone parent ...

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