Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

Paul Murphy TD on Jobstown trials, political policing & the role of the state

“This public force exists in every state; it consists not merely of armed men, but also of material appendages, prisons and coercive institutions of all kinds…” The ‘public force’ designed to protect the interests of the ruling class described in Friedrich Engels’ (Karl Marx’s lifelong collaborator) Origins of the Family Private Property and the State is on full display in ...

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Jobstown trial: Burton shamefully claims Connolly’s mantle

By Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien The claim by Joan Burton today in the witness box that she is in effect a direct political descendant of James Connolly by virtue of being an ex- leader of the Labour Party drew a combination of gasps and sniggers from most people assembled in the courtroom. A cursory search for ...

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Britain: Corbyn must fight election with socialist policies

Theresa May has called a general election for one reason – not the reason she gave – but because of the government’s weakness in face of a rising tide of anger in British society. Workers are suffering the most prolonged squeeze on wages since the start of the nineteenth century. Benefits cuts are leaving millions without enough money to feed ...

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Medicinal cannabis – make it legal!

By Eleni Vetsika Medicinal cannabis could assist thousands of people in Ireland if legalised, however, the government are taking their time with the relevant legislation that has been proposed by Solidarity-PBP, despite being urged to take into account how urgent the issue is. The use of medicinal cannabis has proven to be beneficial for sufferers of an array of debilitating ...

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Review: “Socialism on Trial”

Reviewed by James McCabe Reading the transcript of a courtroom testimony might seem like a boring prospect, but the testimony of James Cannon published as “Socialism on Trial” is a real page-turner. On the eve of the US entering World War II, Cannon, along with 28 other socialists and trade unionists were charged with plotting to overthrow the US government. ...

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Socialists on trial

Three Socialist Party members – Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and Councillors Kieran Mahon and Mick Murphy – are among the first seven adult Jobstown defendants who will stand trial on Monday, 24 April. Eddie McCabe and Cillian Gillespie look at why socialists are being attacked and vilified by the capitalist state and establishment. 1) We don’t play by their rules. ...

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Martin McGuinness – from IRA leader to Stormont minister

The IRA campaign, the ‘peace process’ and the working class The death of Martin McGuinness has been marked by a genuine outpouring of grief in Catholic areas. His funeral became a celebration of a life of struggle and the tens of thousands who attended clearly agree with Gerry Adams that he was a “freedom fighter”, not a “terrorist”. Not all ...

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Russia 1917: When women workers sparked a revolution

By Fiona O’Loughlin “On the morning of 23 February, one could hear women’s voices in the lane which the windows of our department overlooked: ‘Down with the war! Down with the high prices! Down with hunger! Bread for the workers!’ Myself and several comrades were at the windows in a flash…The gates of No.1 Bol’shaya Sampsion’evskaya manufactura were wide open… ...

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Poverty: Bad for your health

The “cancer gap” that exists between disadvantaged and well-off communities is a case in point. A recent report found that the death rate from cancer in two areas of Dublin West differ drastically. Dr. Robert O’Connor speaking at The University of Limerick said “The death rate from cancer in Mulhuddart is nearly three times that in Castleknock even though they ...

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Review: “Dublin Old School” by Emmet Kirwan

Review by Darragh O’Dwyer Written and performed by Emmet Kirwan alongside Love/Hate’s Ian Lloyd Anderson, Dublin Oldschool is a two man show that soberly takes the audience on a drug-addled misadventure. Jason (Kirwan), a wannabe DJ whose ambitions seem to be constantly dashed by his tortured relationship with the ‘sesh’, bounces about to the city’s rhythms that blast from its ...

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