Author Archives: Laura Fitzgerald

Strike & protests sends clear message: Take out the 8th

  By Laura Fitzgerald March 8th 2017 saw young people spilling onto the streets for abortion rights, many thousands of whom had walked out of schools and colleges to join the action, often participating in their first protest. The age profile was discernibly younger than even the youthful March For Choice demonstration in September 2016. The mood was defiant – ...

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Repealing the 8th & Abortion Rights- We won’t “tone it down”

By Laura Fitzgerald In October, the Government refused to give the AAA-PBP bill for a Repeal the 8th referendum, proposed by Socialist Party member, Ruth Coppinger TD, a second reading. It elucidated its interminable time-table for a referendum, namely six months for the Citizens’ Assembly to report, and another six months for the special Oireachtas committee to report to the ...

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Fighting for repeal & right to choose – what next?

By Laura Fitzgerald The March for Choice on 24 September is a crucial event in the fight for abortion rights. The fact it’s a march for choice, rather than a march for a tweaking of the 8th amendment, or a repealing of the 8th amendment to be followed by restrictive legislation that precludes actual rights, is important. Growing momentum The ...

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Worker exploitation, soaring profits…A summer of discontent?

By Laura Fitzgerald Predictions of a “summer of discontent” abound with industrial action looming in a number of sectors, both public and private. The state faces industrial disputes and possible strikes in the public sector with teachers, nurses, psychiatric nurses, midwives, Gardaí, as well as bus and rail workers with Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, and Dublin Bus. In the private ...

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Worker exploitation, soaring profits… A summer of discontent?

By Laura Fitzgerald Predictions of a “summer of discontent” abound with industrial action looming in a number of sectors, both public and private. The state faces industrial disputes and possible strikes in the public sector with teachers, nurses, psychiatric nurses, midwives, Gardaí, as well as bus and rail workers with Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, and Dublin Bus. In the private ...

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Repressive EU strengthens “Fortress Europe”

By Laura Fitzgerald Imperialist intervention into the Middle East by the US and key EU powers, aided by the Irish state with warplanes refuelling in Shannon, is at the root of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Today, over 50% of Syria’s population are displaced, many of whom have already been bereaved of loved ones, have been traumatised by seeing their home ...

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This rotten system must go- Join the socialists today

By Laura Fitzgerald “Accumulation of wealth at one pole is… at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole” – Karl Marx The richest 1% global elite own more wealth than the other 99% of the world’s population. Let’s reflect on that for a moment. There has never, in the ...

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