Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

Ireland, the EU and the Brexit divorce deal- a socialist analysis

By Cillian Gillespie In December a question mark still hung over the future of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and Britain. This indicates the problems that will lie ahead for these negotiations in the coming months. The most important and contentious question was: What will be nature of the border between Northern Ireland and the South in the context ...

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Iran rocked by mass protests

Sudden largescale nationwide protests have shaken Iran. Sections of the masses have shown utter defiance of the regime. Youth, facing unemployment estimated to be between 25% and 40%, have particularly been to the fore. The protests, initially against the rise in prices and corruption, almost immediately developed into fighting and clashes with security forces with a mounting death toll. In ...

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Sharp rise in mental health problems

By Shane Finnan In the wake of the global financial crash in 2008, Mark Fisher – a socialist academic – commented on the “mental health plague” that exists in neo-liberal capitalist society. In a society where the primary ideology is built on a foundation of ruthless self-interest, individualization and profiteering, arising from an economic system that is characterized by a ...

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Fitzgerald resigns, government exposed

At the end of November, the Fine Gael minority government came close to collapse following further revelations about the machinations and web of intrigue surrounding the scandal of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. More information has come out of the attempts by the institutions of the Irish state to smear and discredit him. As well as bringing Ireland to the brink ...

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Wild animals banned from circuses: End all animal cruelty!

By Carah Daniel November 9 saw the historic and long-awaited victory of the animal rights movement. The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed announced that as of the January 1, 2018 wild animals will be officially banned from circuses. This comes just before Solidarity TDs and Socialist Party members Paul Murphy, Mick Barry and Ruth Coppinger were set to bring the ...

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The Living Legacy of the October Revolution

On the centenary of the October Revolution Eddie McCabe looks at the key events and conditions that brought about the world’s first socialist revolution and also explores the decisive leadership given by Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolshevik party. 

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The Spanish State: Its Francoist and repressive roots

By Kevin McLoughlin It’s just two generations ago that people in the Spanish State suffered under the brutal military police dictatorship of Franco. Undoubtedly, the repression imposed in Catalonia brings back memories of that hated time. Discontent grow in the years before Franco’s death in 1975. Fearing revolution from below, the regime was forced to implement some reforms, but in a way ...

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North: Irish language becomes a sectarian football

By Kevin Henry The current political impasse in the North continues in the wake of two election campaigns which have been described as the “mother of all sectarian headcounts.” Both Sinn Féinand DUP have consolidated their positions as the largest political force in their respective communities.  The current stalemate in terms of talks is a reflection of increased sectarian polarisation ...

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Irish Rail strike: Workers take a stand to defend pay & conditions

By Katia Hancke Irish Rail workers are due to go on strike at the end of October. The attempts by sections of the mainstream media to portray this as workers demanding a wage increase that the company simply can’t afford are very disingenuous. In reality, workers in all three sections of what used to be CIE – Dublin Bus, Bus ...

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