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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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Scotland: 1.6 million vote Yes in a working class revolt against austerity

In the teeth of a ferocious campaign from the British capitalist establishment, the independence campaign in Scotland won the support of more than 1.6 million people in Scotland, overwhelmingly from the working class, securing 45%. No won with 55%. According to the YouGov polling organisation support for independence stood at 24% in January 2014. This increased by 21% in nine ...

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Greyhound lockout – a fight for all workers

It is now nine weeks since Greyhound workers were treated in the style of William Martin Murphy by their employer, Michael Buckley. They arrived to work – were presented with new contracts, including pay cut of up to 35% and a change to a whole series of other working conditions and were instructed to sign or they were not working. After refusing to sign, they were escorted off the premises by security. Agency workers immediately began doing their jobs. This is 1913 in 2014.

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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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