News & Analysis

Sharp rise in mental health problems

By Shane Finnan In the wake of the global financial crash in 2008, Mark Fisher – a socialist academic – commented on the “mental health plague” that exists in neo-liberal capitalist society. In a society where the primary ideology is built on a foundation of ruthless self-interest, individualization and profiteering, arising from an economic system that is characterized by a ...

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Fitzgerald resigns, government exposed

At the end of November, the Fine Gael minority government came close to collapse following further revelations about the machinations and web of intrigue surrounding the scandal of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. More information has come out of the attempts by the institutions of the Irish state to smear and discredit him. As well as bringing Ireland to the brink ...

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Wild animals banned from circuses: End all animal cruelty!

By Carah Daniel November 9 saw the historic and long-awaited victory of the animal rights movement. The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed announced that as of the January 1, 2018 wild animals will be officially banned from circuses. This comes just before Solidarity TDs and Socialist Party members Paul Murphy, Mick Barry and Ruth Coppinger were set to bring the ...

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Capitalism and the mental health crisis

By Ciaran Mulholland The capitalist system is bad for your mental health. This has been known for decades but the defenders of the system either ignore the evidence, or if they are forced to admit it, they simply shrug their shoulders and claim that as there is no alternative economic system nothing can be done. Boom and slump  The problem ...

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Latest Amnesty Poll shows Pro-Choice is the “Middle Ground”,

by Diana O’Dwyer The latest Amnesty opinion poll shows what ROSA and the Socialist Party have been saying all along – that the public are way ahead of politicians and the establishment media on abortion rights. Ever since the Citizens’ Assembly voted in April, we’ve been told the “middle ground” will never support such an “extreme” outcome and so the ...

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Review: Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

By Jess Spear Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the American presidency was without doubt the biggest political movement in the US in the past 30 years. It inspired millions of people to get active and organized to fight for radical change. After nearly a decade since the economic crash of 2007/8, millions of homes lost, lives destroyed, services left underfunded, and ...

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North: Irish language becomes a sectarian football

By Kevin Henry The current political impasse in the North continues in the wake of two election campaigns which have been described as the “mother of all sectarian headcounts.” Both Sinn Féinand DUP have consolidated their positions as the largest political force in their respective communities.  The current stalemate in terms of talks is a reflection of increased sectarian polarisation ...

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Irish Rail strike: Workers take a stand to defend pay & conditions

By Katia Hancke Irish Rail workers are due to go on strike at the end of October. The attempts by sections of the mainstream media to portray this as workers demanding a wage increase that the company simply can’t afford are very disingenuous. In reality, workers in all three sections of what used to be CIE – Dublin Bus, Bus ...

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Establishment attempt to overturn Citizens Assembly proposals

By Diana O’Dwyer A year ago, there was a sudden outbreak of tone policing of the abortion rights movement in the media. In the space of a month, upwards of thirty articles appeared urging women not to be so shrill, to be reasonable, to tone it down for fear for alienating the so-called “middle ground”. This just so happened to ...

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North: Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

Nationalise Bombardier! A brewing international trade dispute is threatening thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland. One thousand workers at Canadian aerospace company Bombardier’s Belfast plant are engaged in building wings for its new C-series passenger jet. Last year, Bombardier secured a major order for the planes from US airline Delta but that has now been put in jeopardy by a ...

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