Author Archives: Ruth Coppinger TD

Trust people, not the Dáil, to deliver abortion rights

The Citizens’ Assembly on abortion rights was set up under pressure from the Repeal movement. It surprised the conservative Dail when it recommended that women and pregnant people be trusted - that abortion should be legalised upon request up to 12 weeks; for socio-economic reasons up to 22 weeks; for health; and for fatal foetal abnormality.

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No amendments, no “Citizens’ Convention”: Repeal the 8th now

By Ruth Coppinger TD The demand for Repeal of the 8th amendment abortion ban is growing throughout Irish society. It has become a key issue among young people, although recent polls by Amnesty show support for change across every age and region. More than ever before, there is a chance to remove from the Constitution a sectarian, misogynistic law that ...

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The movement from below – working class self-organisation

In the last six years, austerity was imposed without the same level of protest as took place in other countries. Working class people were reeling from the shock of the recession and, of course, given no lead by the union leadership. Now, the establishment's claims of economic recovery have given more confidence to people to challenge austerity, crystallising around the hated water charges.

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AAA – building a movement for the 99%

What party represents the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets on 11 October and 1 November (and the many others not on those marches who applaud them)? It's obvious there is a gaping political vacuum, with no major party or movement basing itself on fighting the cause of workers, the unemployed, pensioners and young people.

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Suicidal rape victim denied abortion; 8th amendment must go

Under new act women are being treated as vessels without basic human rights While protecting the identity of the woman, all the facts must be immediately made public The current process to determine suicidality must be scrapped Abortion must immediately be made available in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormalities and where there’s a threat to the health of ...

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State must build public housing

Despite more than 289,000 vacant dwellings in Census 2011, there is the most serious housing crisis seen in this country for decades. Few of these vacant properties are being turned over to the state. Many are being deliberately held onto by developers, Nama or receivers, clearly waiting for prices to rise again and turn a profit.

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After Haddington Road – Should a new teachers union be set up?

Following the ballot on Haddington Road by ASTI members, a meeting is being called to consider setting up a new secondary teachers union. The meeting is called by some members of ASTI Fightback, (an activist group within the ASTI), in reaction to anger and frustration felt at the imposition of a third ballot and the ongoing machinations of the union leadership.

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