Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

Why we need a national health service

By Diana O’Dwyer In announcing the nurses’ overwhelming decision to strike, INMO President, Martina Harkin-Kelly said: “We’re standing up for safe staffing, fair pay, and for our patients, who deserve better care”. Decades of under-resourcing, compounded by austerity since the crash, have left us with 2,000 fewer nurses than in 2007 and less than two-thirds of the recommended number of ...

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Environmental destruction: “We should change the system itself”

By Gary McDonald “We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people”. These were the prophetic words spoken by 15 year old school student and climate activist Greta Thunberg in a stunning speech delivered at the COP24 UN climate change conference in Poland. Her ...

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Teachers demand pay equality

The Socialist spoke to Socialist Party member Sandra Fay, a secondary school teacher in Tallaght and an activist in the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI). She spoke about the next steps for teachers’ quest for pay equality after the ASTI and Irish National Teachers’ Organisations (INTO) rejected a bogus offer from the government last year. “These rejections on the ...

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Solidarity with nurses and midwives!

Full support for Nurses — a gain for them is a gain for all workers & for our health service Socialist Party members and Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Mick Barry have called for full support by all workers for nurses and midwives in their upcoming national strikes. “Nurses should get the full support of all workers and ...

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Mass general strike in India

Article by members of New Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in India, about the 150 million strong general strike against the Modi government. India’s Working Class people have a tremendous history of showing their built-up anger and collective bargaining strength time and again through General Strikes. Since the arrival of the disastrous policies of neo-liberalism in 1991, the working class ...

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Nigeria- World’s poverty capital- Interview with Nigerian Socialist

Nigeria has been named as the world’s “poverty capital” in 2018. The country has over 80 million extremely poor. In February next year there are elections, in which for the first time, the Socialist Party of Nigeria will be standing candidates. We spoke to Dagga Tolar from Democratic Socialist Movement (our sister organisation in Nigeria). Also read a report on ...

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The War of Independence, The Working Class & the Struggle for Socialism

By Kevin McLoughlin, first published in December 2016 in the Socialist Party’s book Ireland’s Lost Revolution, The Working Class and the Struggle for Socialism The 1916 Rising was the start of a revolutionary process that engulfed the whole of Ireland, North and South, for a number of years, in which the working-class movement reached a level of unity and political ...

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Review: Sorry To Bother You

By Rob Rooke, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “This is Telemarketing – Stick to the Script!” is the message shot at Lakekeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta) who plays Cassius Green in Boots’ Riley’s toboggan ride of a first movie. However, Sorry To Bother You does not stick to the typically sanctioned Hollywood script. Boots Riley, the ...

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France: The rise of the Yellow Vest movement

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “Yellow Vests” (“Gilets Jaune” named after roadside-safety vests) are a mass popular movement against the current establishment. It is a revolt that has been simmering in France for years. A revolt by ordinary people against the current political system…”- Pamela Anderson, Actress and Activist, 12/4/18. The ...

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France in revolt

By Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers International (the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated) For more than a month now, since 17 November, France has seen an apparently unstoppable revolt from below. A massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country, initially against a rise in the tax on diesel, but ...

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