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Lies & distortions against community protests, the AAA & the Socialist Party but Government & Water Charges completely undermined

A week can be a very long time in politics. On Saturday 15 November, following an anti-water charges protest in Jobstown, Tallaght, where Tánaiste Joan Burton was delayed in a car for two and a half hours, the entire media, government and establishment went into overdrive. They cast the community, the AAA and the Socialist Party, and Paul Murphy in particular, as being a ...

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100,000 on the streets represents an…Explosion from below

The demonstration on 11 October and on 1 November with 100,000 and 150,000 marching in Dublin and throughout the state respectively against the water charges, was the most significant protest demo in the state in decades, writes Laura Fitzgerald. Why? Because of the demonstration’s grassroots, “from below” nature, with working class communities locally organising to ensure large and vibrant turnouts from ...

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Fighting oppression – a Marxist viewpoint

Marxism is a philosophy and world view that seeks to materially analyse reality. Although it was not possible for Marx and Engels themselves to adequately address all questions of oppression, as well as other issues in their writings, they did specifically address women's oppression, racism linked to slavery and imperialism, and also the oppression of national groups, such as the Irish.

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Stunning by-election victory: a blow against water charges

It will be a day that's remembered for years to come in Ireland, 12 October 2014. An estimated 100,000 marched in Dublin against the hated Water Charges and Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) candidate, won a By-Election by leading the call for a mass campaign of non-payment and active resistance to this double tax.

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Capitalism: A future of austerity & stagnation

“MORE THAN five years after the onset of the financial and economic crisis the world economy is still weak, with growth in most key regions remaining below pre-crisis levels. Unemployment rates in the OECD remain high and productive capacity in the region has deteriorated.” - OECD report

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Are Sinn Fein a genuine left alternative?

The Local and European Elections last May revealed a massive rejection of austerity by working class people and a huge desire for a political alternative. In this context Sinn Féin have made huge gains and were clearly seen by many as a left and anti-austerity force. Sinn Féin use their platform in the Dáil to attack the government for its ...

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Joe Higgins on how water charges were beaten in 1996

In December 1996, the now Labour Party Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin – at that time Minister for the Environment in a Fine Gael/Labour Coalition government – announced the national abolition of Water Charges. This was a huge victory for the power of ordinary working class people, who had actively supported a massive three year campaign of boycott, protests ...

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