Author Archives: Socialist Party

Prince Andrew: a stomach-churning example of the unaccountable, super-rich elite

By Jacqui Berry, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England and Wales) “Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do” sneered Prince Andrew as he struggled to contain his disdain for ordinary people.  In an astonishing interview with BBC Newsnight, Prince Andrew spectacularly failed in his attempts to distance himself from convicted sex offender ...

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Mental health crisis and the system

By Michael Shields In Ireland and across the world, people are grappling with a mental health crisis. According to Mental Health Ireland’s most recent figures, one in 12 Irish people are affected by depression, and one in 10 children experience mental health problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there are 300 million people living with depression worldwide, 23 million ...

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Support the locked out SK Biotek workers

By Michael O’Brien One hundred and fifty SK Biotek workers, members of SIPTU and Connect, have been locked out for a week by their bosses in response industrial action that they started last month. The pharmaceutical manufacturing plant has been in operation in Swords for over 40 years originally as Bristol Myers Squib until December 2017 when it was sold ...

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5 reasons to march on 5 December

By Manus Lenihan 60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.     Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day. Kids are queuing in their school uniforms for ...

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Unfinished Business: For a Socialist Feminist Struggle to End Gender Violence

By Emma Quinn  On 15 October a popular social media post in Ireland captured the prevalence of gender violence. The image showed nine headlines appearing across the mainstream media on that day including the sexual abuse of a child, intimate partner violence, an attack and rape of a woman in a nightclub and an internationally famous “sports star” who continued ...

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NI general election: Pacts and polarisation

In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future of public services can also shape the outcome. Already, funding ...

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Delfin: English Language Teachers strike for union recognition

By Katia Hancke  “Like most labor battles, these strikes were about winning respect as much as anything else. More often than not, fights around pay are simultaneously struggles for basic human dignity…” – From “Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics” by Eric Blanc In the second week in November and seven weeks into their dispute, English ...

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O’Devaney Gardens Sell Out by the Greens, Soc Dems and Labour

By Fionn Daly  The ruling administration of Dublin City Council composed of Fianna Fáil, Green Party, Social Democrats and Labour have picked up from where the previous Sinn Féin led administration left off. They’ve agreed to the privatisation of council owned land, in this instance O’Devaney Gardens, in return for a paltry delivery of public housing. As far back as ...

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Bolivia: No to the coup!

Fight the right-wing and imperialism throughout Latin America By Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução – LSR (our sister organisation in Brazil) On Sunday afternoon (10 November,) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, and Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, announced their resignation from their positions in a process that can only be characterized as an ultra-right wing coup d’état backed by landowners, the military ...

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US: How socialists defeated Amazon’s bid to buy Seattle’s elections

Jeff Bezos’s bid to buy Seattle City Council has backfired. Despite big business dropping unprecedented cash behind Amazon-backed candidates in all seven council races, Seattle voters rejected this attempt to flip the council to the right in all but two of the seven council races. In Seattle’s most-watched, most expensive, and most polarized council in decades, Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant ...

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