The Citizens’ Assembly was established, not only as a government and political establishment delay-tactic in dealing with the 8th amendment, the consitutional abortion ban, but also quite clearly to manoevre to ensure that only limited change would be endorsed. It aimed to give a cover to politicians and an excuse to hold back on the growing demand from below for ...Read More »
The Citizens’ Assembly was established, not ...
Immediately after the protest in Jobstown in 2014,...
“This public force exists in every state; it consi...
By Laura Fitzgerald March 8th 2017 saw youn...
By Stephen Boyd The crisis at Stormont and Brexit ...
Immediately after the protest in Jobstown in 2014, Joan Burton went to Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park, and what began was a polital joint venture involving two wings of the establishment. The Gardaí wanted prosecutions to help re-assert their authority and control in the many communities who had resisted the Gardaí’s action and political policing to support Irish Water’s ...Read More »
“This public force exists in every state; it consists not merely of armed men, but also of material appendages, prisons and coercive institutions of all kinds…” The ‘public force’ designed to protect the interests of the ruling class described in Friedrich Engels’ (Karl Marx’s lifelong collaborator) Origins of the Family Private Property and the State is on full display in ...Read More »
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 – ...Read More »
By Stephen Boyd The crisis at Stormont and Brexit has sparked debate and discussion on the prospects for a united Ireland. Sinn Féin, emboldened by their electoral success has seized on the opportunity to push for a border poll under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). They alongside the SDLP and now Fianna Fáil argue that the Brexit ...Read More »
Three Socialist Party members – Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and Councillors Kieran Mahon and Mick Murphy – are among the first seven adult Jobstown defendants who will stand trial on Monday, 24 April. Eddie McCabe and Cillian Gillespie look at why socialists are being attacked and vilified by the capitalist state and establishment. 1) We don’t play by their rules. ...Read More »
By Daniel Waldron The snap Northern Ireland Assembly election took place in the aftermath of the ‘cash for ash’ scandal which emerged in December, the most recent in a series of debacles which left Stormont – and particularly the DUP – shrouded in a smog of incompetence and corruption. After 10 years of DUP / Sinn Féin-led government characterised by ...Read More »
The heinous targeting of Maurice McCabe and other Garda whistle blowers and the targeting of the Jobstown protestors by the state are two sides of the same coin. On one side a sinister smear campaign waged to silence McCabe and others by the top echelons of the Garda; in collusion with state agencies, the media and the political establishment. On ...Read More »
By Manus Lenihan The Maurice McCabe scandal has been another grim reminder that we don’t have a “free press” (in the true sense of the word) here in Ireland. Rather we have a media that in general has an overly-cosy relationship with the establishment. With the McCabe scandal, it’s clear that big sections of the media cooperated with the mafia-style ...Read More »
GUBU is the acronym being commonly used to describe the chain of events surrounding the concerted campaign by senior Garda officers to smear the character of Sergeant Maurice McCabe in order to destroy the credibility of his claims of malpractice in the police force. Joe Higgins analyses the scandal surrounding the smearing of whistleblower Maurice McCabe. In fact, of the ...Read More »