Author Archives: Socialist Party

No Fracked Gas in Cork Harbour!

By Conor Payne A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Port of Cork and Texas-based energy company Next Decade. This deal would see fracked gas imported from the Rio Grande project in south Texas, near the Mexican border, and processed at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Port of Cork,  to be then sold to the ...

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British elections – Final countdown

By Claire Laker Mansfield, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland)  The final countdown has begun. With less than a week left of election campaigning, Corbyn and Johnson took part in the final televised head-to-head on 6 December. The debate revealed a contrast that could barely be clearer. In some ways, Johnson’s posh-boy debating society demeanour illustrated ...

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Seething anger at housing crisis grows

By Katia Hancke  On Thursday 5 December, in the middle of the day, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to demand action on the housing crisis. Working-class people from all over the city and beyond, many directly affected by homelessness at some point in their lives, brought their families and friends. All over the country, hundreds gathered ...

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Iraq – a tinder-box waiting to burst into flame

By Rob Jones – Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa – our sister organisation in Russia In 2003 the imperialist powers launched a brutal ‘shock and awe’ campaign intended to remove Saddam Hussein and establish a new democratic order in the Middle East. At least that was the official cover, in reality it was as much an attempt by western imperialism to get its ...

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France: Massive support for general strike against pension ‘reform’

By Simon D. LSP/PSL (our sister organisation in Belgium) According to an IFOP survey, 64% of French people believe that the general strike of Thursday 5 December is justified. President Macron’s pension reform is going badly. The list of sectors calling for a strike has grown steadily (railway workers at SNCF, transport workers at RATP, air traffic controllers, transport, energy ...

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10,517 (officially) Homeless at Xmas: End this rotten, rigged system

“I attended court with a young homeless boy who had been charged with theft of a bottle of orange, value €1…. A TD, on his way to, or from, his full-time, very well paid job in Brussels, stops by at Dáil Éireann to sign in, so that he can collect his full €51,600 expenses for his attendance in the Dáil.”- ...

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Seattle City Council election: Socialists defeat Jeff Bezos and Amazon

By Michael O’Brien It is not typical for a city council election contest in the US to be the subject of national and international attention. Socialist Alternative (US sister organisation of the Socialist Party) councillor Kshama Sawant’s successful defence of her seat was one such case. The concerted attempt by wealthy Republican Party donors and big corporations to unseat her ...

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Vote Fiona Ryan in Cork North By-Election

Text of leaflet for Socialist Party member and Solidarity Councillor Fiona Ryan’s By-Election campaign. Use your vote to strike back  Years of misrule by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are bringing us down: 10,400 officially homeless Record high rents at €1,372 per month in Cork City  Unaffordable childcare – €845 per month in Cork City  A cost of living crisis, ...

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2019: A turning point

By Per-Ake Westerlund from the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated  2019 marks a definite political turning point globally. Particularly in the last months, we have seen mass struggles and general strikes around the world with revolutionary characteristics. This is a mass explosion, a result of accumulated ...

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Northern Ireland: End Gender Based Violence

By Lucy Marron Northern Ireland, tied with Romania, is the region with the highest reported rate of femicide in Europe. One-fifth of women in the North will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and domestic abuse crimes have increased by 68% since 2004 at a time when funding for services and refuges for those fleeing abuse is ...

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