Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

US: Socialist candidate Ocasio-Cortez shocks establishment

By Leon Pinsky, Patrick Ayers and Tom Crean, Socilalist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US)  In what can only be described as a political earthquake, left-wing insurgent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated incumbent and Queens Democratic Party boss Joe Crowley by 15 percent in the primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the ...

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Clamouring demand grows to…Separate Church & State

By Cillian Gillespie The eighth amendment, passed in September 1983, symbolised everything that is insidious and rotten in the historic tie that has bound the Catholic Church and the Southern Irish State together since its foundation in 1922. It’s passing ensured that right wing, misogynistic Catholic doctrine would be written into law, equating as it did, the life of a ...

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Trans liberation & the struggle for anti-capitalist change

By Ollie Bell After winning repeal, the battle for equality is far from over. Trans rights are one of the many campaigns on people’s minds. Although binary trans people have a right to self determination in Ireland, transgender healthcare is still underfunded and the waiting list for Loughlinstown is now at 20 months. Twenty million euro has been spent on ...

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The global fight for LGBTQ+ rights

By Thomas White Internationally LGBTIQ+ people are under attack with crackdowns on the queer community going hand in hand with a general rising trend of repression against protest movements. Prominent attempted roll backs of queer rights in the US have been a feature of the Trump regime’s racist, sexist, pro-billionaire agenda. The attempted ban issued by official Twitter decree on ...

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Childish Gambino’s “This is America”

Reviewed by Monika Janas Accompanied by cheery music with warm gospel voices a black man picks up a guitar from a chair, sits down and starts strumming as the camera moves onto a solitary figure in a warehouse. The latter turns to you and begins dancing, moving to the buoyant music. He takes out a gun, strikes a pose, and ...

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Ireland’s capitalist model- Tax haven for the 1%

By Darragh O’Dwyer A recent economic study revealed Ireland as likely being the largest tax haven in the world. Jointly carried out by academics in Berkeley University and the University of Copenhagen “The Missing Profits of Nations” estimated that €90 billion of corporate profits were channeled through Ireland in 2015, more than all of the islands of the Caribbean combined ...

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Cervical cancer scandal-The battle for justice continues

By Dave Murphy The cervical cancer scandal which has resulted in at least 209 women being misdiagnosed with the disease, left 18 dead and others terminally ill has rocked the confidence of women in the health service. Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of those affected, summed up the tragic effects of the scandal in a Morning Ireland interview saying “I’m dying ...

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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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