Author Archives: Socialist Party

North: Election breakthrough for anti-sectarian socialist

“For me, this is not a personal victory but a political one – it is a victory for cross-community, socialist politics. It reflects a growing opposition to the sectarian games, cuts and backward social policies of the main parties.” These were the words of Socialist Party member Donal O’Cofaigh after he was elected as a Cross-Community Labour Alternative (CCLA) councillor ...

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IMF Warns of “Growth Slowdown” – Trump Increasing Economic Instability

By Alan Jones – Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) There were stark warnings about world economic prospects at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting Washington in early April. “A growth slowdown and a precarious recovery” warned the main IMF report, while Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that the global economy had slid into a “synchronized deceleration” was ...

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Demand free public transport now!

By Manus Lenihan We need to transform our cities and communities through free public transport. As well as abolishing fares, we need for a vast improvement in quality: an integrated public transport system based on trains, trams, buses and bicycles. No-one in a city or town should live or work more than a five-minute walk from public transport links, with ...

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Socialists frighten US CEOs

“I’m a capitalist, and even I think capitalism is broken”. This was the message from Ray Dalio, head of the world’s largest hedge fund, in a manifesto in April this year. Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, with assets of $17 billion, now worried as so many other US executives over growing criticism of capitalism. He also expressed his ...

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End the scandal of a two-tier health service

By Rita Harrold Successive governments have presided over the implementation of cuts and austerity that have devastated our health service. We have a criminal situation where the existence of a two-tier health system means if you want to have proper access to healthcare you must pay up. Over 100,000 people have been on outpatient waiting lists for over 18 months. ...

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Minimum wage: Why we need €15 NOW!

  By Shane Finnan Rents soar, the cost of living continues upwards, all the while wages remain, for the most part, restrained. Working-class people, especially the young, feel the pinch every week. Irish capitalism has failed to deliver for the working-class and young. Thousands of people are forced to stay at home in a state of delayed adolescence. Many are ...

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Workers and the Recovery: We want to live, not just exist!

  By Michael O’Brien Recent years of economic growth and an increase in employment rates constitutes the greatest part of the government’s claim of recovery. However, the ‘recovery’ in employment rates has not brought an end the cost of living crisis experienced by hundreds of thousands of workers. A real workers’ recovery is needed that combats precarity, struggles for real ...

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Housing crisis: An indictment of the capitalist market

  By Colm McCarthy The housing crisis is one of the greatest indictments of this government, and indeed of the capitalist market they represent. In February the official homelessness figures crossed 10,000, despite increasingly desperate attempts by the government to use creative accounting tricks to remove categories that would previously have been included from the official stats. The March figures ...

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“We only want the earth”- The case for socialist change

Darragh O’Dwyer and Cillian Gillespie make the case for a democratic socialist society based on need, not profit What type of economic system allows the 26 richest people to have as much as the 3.8 billion poorest? Why is it that, despite decades of warnings from the science community, we appear headed toward climate catastrophe? How do one in seven ...

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Vote 1 Rita Harrold: A Socialist Feminist Voice for Workers, Women & the Planet

This is the text of Rita Harrold’s leaflet for the European election campaign in Dublin that will be distributed to 250,000 homes in Dublin.  Let Us Rise!– Public Need Not Private Greed “The water charges and repeal movements show things can change. Rita Harrold & the Socialist Party were in the front-line of those victories. The nurses have also shown ...

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