Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

Government spin machine fiddles homeless figures

By Ciaran McKenna The prospect of homelessness figures crossing the 10,000 threshold has clearly worried the government in the last number of months. In response, they have clearly sought to fiddle the figures to ensure that this barrier was not crossed, illustrating the regime of spin that lies at the heart of the Varadkar government. The massaging of these figures was ...

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The 8th Repealed- How Yes was won

By Socialist Party reporters  The referendum to scrap the ban on abortion was easily passed with 66.4% to 33.6% on a turnout of over 64%, the highest ever for a referendum in Ireland. The result was nearly an exact reversal of the 1983 vote which imposed the ban, except nearly a million more voted this time. As the government, in ...

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“Bold, brave, undaunted”- The Life & Ideas of James Connolly

5 June 2018 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly. The following article was originally written for the Socialist Party’s publication “Ireland’s Lost Revolution 1916-1923- The Working Class and The Struggle for Socialism” in 2016. We are also reprinting an extract from an article from the same book “A Stand Against Imperialism and War” by Kevin McLoughlin ...

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Middle East: Oppose imperialism and Israeli State Terror

Editorial from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales Around the world people have watched in horror at the unfolding violence perpetrated by the Israeli state against Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Sixty were killed on 14 May alone, during protests against the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As we go to ...

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Women, the Church & the Irish State: A history of misogyny & repression

By Aislinn O’ Keeffe The power of the Catholic Church in Ireland was cemented even before the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922. The instatement of Penal Laws in the 17th and 18th century ensured that the repression of the Church would become tied to an Irish sense of identity for much of its population. However, ultimately the ...

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What’s fuelling the global revolt against misogyny & sexism?

Young people are entering the stage of struggle. This new wave of activists hold ideas of equality and liberation from oppression as central to their world-view. These young people have a passionate opposition to racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. In fact any denial of rights and dignity is being roundly rejected argues Monika Janas. A deep understanding of the need ...

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Karl Marx’s theory of class struggle: the working class & revolution

Two hundred years since Karl Marx was born and 170 years since his most famous work, The Communist Manifesto, was published, Eddie McCabe looks at Marx’s theory of class struggle and assesses its relevance for today.   Without the labour power of workers, capitalists can’t make profits. The system can’t function. Of all the things a capitalist can buy to ...

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Why you should be a socialist

By Cillian Gillespie How can five of the richest people on the planet have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion? Why did 82% of the wealth created last year go to the top 1%? In Ireland, supposedly the fastest growing economy in Europe, why are 10,000 people homeless? Wealth inequality, imperialist war, economic exploitation, a homelessness tsunami and ...

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100 years on: When working class power defeated conscription

April 2018 marks the one hundredth anniversary of a historic general strike in Ireland. Cillian Gillespie looks at the events of this strike and the revolutionary potential that existed in this movement to unite workers north and south.  23 April 1918 was a decisive day in the history of the working-class movement in Ireland. In the words of the self-proclaimed ...

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Misogyny, sexism & capitalism in the dock

The outcome of the Belfast rape trial saw an explosion of spontaneous demonstrations in every major city in Ireland bringing to the surface opposition to the culture of sexism and victim blaming in the legal system and society generally. It comes against the backdrop of the historic referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in the south and the emergence of ...

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