Author Archives: Socialist Party

Why nuclear power is not the answer to climate change

By Jess Spear The new HBO docudrama series Chernobyl debuted in May and quickly gathered a global following, becoming the top rated TV series of all time. The gripping storyline takes you from the scene of disaster on 26 April, 1985 when an explosion occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine, and follows one Soviet nuclear scientist’s ...

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Dublin Postal Drivers: Fighting for right to be in union of choice

By Paul Murphy TD A branch of around 100 Dublin Postal Drivers is faced with the prospect of effective expulsion from the Independent Workers Union as the IWU seeks to negotiate a merger with Unite. This is an active branch, representing An Post HGV drivers. They were formerly a branch of the Communications Workers Unions (CWU), but their branch was ...

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A crucial battle: NASRA workers must not stand alone

By Katia Hancke On 19 July, ambulance workers across the country organised in Nasra, a branch of the PNA, are once again going on strike. This is the eighth day of strike action these workers have to engage in – to win the right to be represented by the union of their choice and the right to engage in collective ...

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Oppose water charges through the back door

By Conor Burke From 1 July, Irish Water is seeking to implement excessive-use water charges of up to €500 per year. This will come as no great surprise to those of us who highlighted the programme for government agreed between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael back in 2016. The Socialist Party opposed and warned about this element of the legislation ...

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Capitalist crisis means living standards are in the crosshairs

By Joe Higgins The Irish Fiscal Council is the capitalist establishment’s neoliberal watchdog over the general issue of Government income and expenditure in the domestic economy. One of its roles is to press for cuts in government spending if it feels the right-wing political parties in power come under strong pressure to spend extra funds in areas like the health ...

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Review: Diego Maradona directed by Asif Kapadia

Reviewed by Kieran Mahon Diego Maradona, now 58, is the subject of Asif Kapidia’s latest film examining fame. Using access to hundreds of hours of unseen private footage, new interviews with Maradona, narration from his personal trainer and his ex-wife, and contemporary footage he has constructed an enthralling two hours and ten minutes of film.  It opens with a frantic, ...

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Defend jobs & livelihoods: Nationalise Bombardier

By Chris Stewart, Unite Irish Executive (Pers. Cap.) Three thousand, six hundred highly skilled workers at Bombardier, an aircraft manufacturer in the North, have been dealt another blow by the announcement that the multi-billion euro company is to sell-off its global aero structures division. The news came unexpectedly just days after the workers and their union Unite celebrated a significant ...

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From bad to worse: The student accommodation crisis

By Aindriú de Buitléir Every September students throw themselves back into another year of study and stress, particularly as demand for accommodation is high, while supply is at a record low. Students will increasingly have to choose their college preference not solely based on CAO offers but on the availability and affordability of accommodation.  Many students are forced to work ...

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Oppose imperialist warmongering against Iran

By Colm McCarthy The ordering, and subsequent cancellation of military strikes against Iran by the Trump administration is merely the latest in a series of escalations by the United States aimed at that country. The strikes that were apparently launched followed the shooting down of an unmanned drone in the Strait of Hormuz, but Trump claims he decided to change ...

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US: Standing against Trump’s racist border controls

By Linda Schutz At the end of June, the harrowing photo showing a drowned father and daughter lying face down in the water, the girl tucked into her father’s t-shirt, went viral. Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his one-year old daughter Valeria died in the water of the Rio Grande on the US-Mexican border. They were the victims of the ...

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