News & Analysis

5 reasons to march on 5 December

By Manus Lenihan 60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.     Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day. Kids are queuing in their school uniforms for ...

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Unfinished Business: For a Socialist Feminist Struggle to End Gender Violence

By Emma Quinn  On 15 October a popular social media post in Ireland captured the prevalence of gender violence. The image showed nine headlines appearing across the mainstream media on that day including the sexual abuse of a child, intimate partner violence, an attack and rape of a woman in a nightclub and an internationally famous “sports star” who continued ...

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NI general election: Pacts and polarisation

In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future of public services can also shape the outcome. Already, funding ...

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Delfin: English Language Teachers strike for union recognition

By Katia Hancke  “Like most labor battles, these strikes were about winning respect as much as anything else. More often than not, fights around pay are simultaneously struggles for basic human dignity…” – From “Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics” by Eric Blanc In the second week in November and seven weeks into their dispute, English ...

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O’Devaney Gardens Sell Out by the Greens, Soc Dems and Labour

By Fionn Daly  The ruling administration of Dublin City Council composed of Fianna Fáil, Green Party, Social Democrats and Labour have picked up from where the previous Sinn Féin led administration left off. They’ve agreed to the privatisation of council owned land, in this instance O’Devaney Gardens, in return for a paltry delivery of public housing. As far back as ...

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Review: ‘Sorry We Missed You’ directed by Ken Loach

By Andrea Murray Sorry We Missed You is a gritty and gruelling look at the “gig economy” by Ken Loach and the award winning team behind I, Daniel Blake. It’s a powerful exploration of the modern world of work and the challenges facing one particular family struggling to keep it together, set in and around Newcastle in North-East England. Ricky ...

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Brexit: Johnson deal threatens division and race to the bottom

The seemingly intractable problem of Brexit continues. After MPs rejected Boris Johnson’s plans to rush his deal with the EU through in three days, a further extension requested by Parliament against the wishes of the government was granted. Now, voters are set to go to the polls on 12th December after Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour backed the call, assured that a ...

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Cork North Central By Election: Vote for a socialist fighter

By Conor Payne Councillor Fiona Ryan has been selected as the Solidarity candidate in the upcoming Cork North Central By-Election. Fiona is a member of the Socialist Party. As an activist and Councillor, Fiona has a record as a fighter for working class people:   She has led tenants fighting against evictions, including the successful struggle of Leeside Apartments residents ...

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Capitalism – This broken system can’t be “reset” 

  By Daniel Waldron  “We need a dynamic capitalist economy that gives everybody a justified belief that they can share in the benefits. What we increasingly seem to have instead is an unstable rentier capitalism, weakened competition, feeble productivity growth, high inequality and, not coincidentally, an increasingly degraded democracy. Fixing this is a challenge for us all, but especially for ...

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Housing crisis and landlord abuse of power 

By Ruth Coppinger TD Exploitation has always been part and parcel of the private rented sector, including sexual exploitation. With the escalating housing crisis, the balance of power has dramatically shifted even more to landlords. But until recently‘sex for rent’ had only been anecdotal and not publicly brought out in Ireland. In September, Socialist Party members were approached by a ...

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