Author Archives: Socialist Party

Oppose water charges through the back door

By Conor Burke From 1 July, Irish Water is seeking to implement excessive-use water charges of up to €500 per year. This will come as no great surprise to those of us who highlighted the programme for government agreed between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael back in 2016. The Socialist Party opposed and warned about this element of the legislation ...

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Capitalist crisis means living standards are in the crosshairs

By Joe Higgins The Irish Fiscal Council is the capitalist establishment’s neoliberal watchdog over the general issue of Government income and expenditure in the domestic economy. One of its roles is to press for cuts in government spending if it feels the right-wing political parties in power come under strong pressure to spend extra funds in areas like the health ...

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Review: Diego Maradona directed by Asif Kapadia

Reviewed by Kieran Mahon Diego Maradona, now 58, is the subject of Asif Kapidia’s latest film examining fame. Using access to hundreds of hours of unseen private footage, new interviews with Maradona, narration from his personal trainer and his ex-wife, and contemporary footage he has constructed an enthralling two hours and ten minutes of film.  It opens with a frantic, ...

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Defend jobs & livelihoods: Nationalise Bombardier

By Chris Stewart, Unite Irish Executive (Pers. Cap.) Three thousand, six hundred highly skilled workers at Bombardier, an aircraft manufacturer in the North, have been dealt another blow by the announcement that the multi-billion euro company is to sell-off its global aero structures division. The news came unexpectedly just days after the workers and their union Unite celebrated a significant ...

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From bad to worse: The student accommodation crisis

By Aindriú de Buitléir Every September students throw themselves back into another year of study and stress, particularly as demand for accommodation is high, while supply is at a record low. Students will increasingly have to choose their college preference not solely based on CAO offers but on the availability and affordability of accommodation.  Many students are forced to work ...

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Oppose imperialist warmongering against Iran

By Colm McCarthy The ordering, and subsequent cancellation of military strikes against Iran by the Trump administration is merely the latest in a series of escalations by the United States aimed at that country. The strikes that were apparently launched followed the shooting down of an unmanned drone in the Strait of Hormuz, but Trump claims he decided to change ...

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US: Standing against Trump’s racist border controls

By Linda Schutz At the end of June, the harrowing photo showing a drowned father and daughter lying face down in the water, the girl tucked into her father’s t-shirt, went viral. Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his one-year old daughter Valeria died in the water of the Rio Grande on the US-Mexican border. They were the victims of the ...

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No surprises in Greek general election

SYRIZA responsible for ND’s return By Xekinima reporters, Greece There were no surprises in the results of the July 7th elections in Greece, they confirmed the trends that were already evident in May’s Euro elections: Greece’s traditional right wing party New Democracy (ND) was the victor, SYRIZA’s support fell as voters punished it for its austerity policies, the Left remained ...

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‘Extinction Rebellion’ & the fight against climate catastrophe

By Conor Payne The mass anger over the developing climate catastrophe is bubbling over. This has been reflected particularly in the major youth protests and school student strikes, which has spread all over the world. Despite this very important movement, governments continue to largely pay lip service to the issue while the crisis continues unabated. Many young people will be ...

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Fights Sexism and Discrimination

By Maddie Grover (member of Socialist Alternative, sister party of the Socialist Party) The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for unequal compensation and lesser working conditions, compared to the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT). In previous years, the team has attempted to negotiate a fair wage and better treatment into their ...

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