Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

1968- Year of revolution

By Cillian Gillespie It is fitting that 2018 opened up with the outbreak of revolts and upheavals in both Iran and Tunisia, with young people to the fore in both.  This year marks half a century since the revolutionary year that was 1968. This was a year that saw young people and workers challenge oppressive capitalist and Stalinist regimes across ...

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Film review: The Florida Project directed by Sean Baker

By Darragh O’Dwyer “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America.” – Walt Disney Few things excite children more than the prospect of a trip to Disney World – that fantastical utopia populated by the characters of their most treasured films. It might seem peculiar that  writer/director Sean Baker’s meditation on childhood ...

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The state & whistleblower scandal: A cesspit exposed

By Colm McCarthy The crisis caused by the smearing of Garda whistleblowers is far from over. To date, this scandal has led to the resignation of two Garda commissioners, two Justice Ministers and a Taoiseach, as well as  almost bringing the government to the point of collapse in November. Frances Fitzgerald was the latest to resign in December as a ...

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Where will Mary Lou McDonald lead Sinn Féin?

By Kevin McLoughlin When it looked as if there could be an immediate general election last November, any fanfare of farewell for Gerry Adams was shelved, as McDonald became the effective leader. Pearse Doherty and Michelle O’Neill ruling themselves out means there is no question of who will lead the party. While there may be a change in style under ...

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Socialist, pro-choice TD speaks- Interview with Ruth Coppinger

Carah Daniel spoke with Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger about the upcoming referendum to repeal the 8th and how the battle for abortion rights can be won in Ireland. Ruth was also a member of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment. What was it that brought about the committee on the 8th amendment? The Committee was set ...

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Ireland, the EU and the Brexit divorce deal- a socialist analysis

By Cillian Gillespie In December a question mark still hung over the future of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and Britain. This indicates the problems that will lie ahead for these negotiations in the coming months. The most important and contentious question was: What will be nature of the border between Northern Ireland and the South in the context ...

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Iran rocked by mass protests

Sudden largescale nationwide protests have shaken Iran. Sections of the masses have shown utter defiance of the regime. Youth, facing unemployment estimated to be between 25% and 40%, have particularly been to the fore. The protests, initially against the rise in prices and corruption, almost immediately developed into fighting and clashes with security forces with a mounting death toll. In ...

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Sharp rise in mental health problems

By Shane Finnan In the wake of the global financial crash in 2008, Mark Fisher – a socialist academic – commented on the “mental health plague” that exists in neo-liberal capitalist society. In a society where the primary ideology is built on a foundation of ruthless self-interest, individualization and profiteering, arising from an economic system that is characterized by a ...

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Fitzgerald resigns, government exposed

At the end of November, the Fine Gael minority government came close to collapse following further revelations about the machinations and web of intrigue surrounding the scandal of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. More information has come out of the attempts by the institutions of the Irish state to smear and discredit him. As well as bringing Ireland to the brink ...

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Wild animals banned from circuses: End all animal cruelty!

By Carah Daniel November 9 saw the historic and long-awaited victory of the animal rights movement. The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed announced that as of the January 1, 2018 wild animals will be officially banned from circuses. This comes just before Solidarity TDs and Socialist Party members Paul Murphy, Mick Barry and Ruth Coppinger were set to bring the ...

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