News & Analysis

Dublin Bus on the chopping block

By Councillor Matt Waine The National Transport Authority (NTA) has now published a report by US transport consultancy firm, Jarret Walker, that drastically overhauls Dublin Bus. The claim is that this will significantly improve connectivity and frequency. However, reading the small print we see that this is simply a re-rationing of Dublin Bus’s existing stock, which will actually worsen the ...

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Take back the city: Build a mass movement for housing

The following article is from the latest issue of The Socialist about how we can build a mass movement for public housing for all. It was written before the brutal attack by Gardaí and private security thugs on the occupation in North Frederick Street, which sparked a spontaneous protest of over 1,000 on the streets of Dublin City centre.   By Mick ...

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Social Democrats: Radical alternative or Labour mark two?

By Cillian Gillespie The last decade has seen convulsive change in Ireland. From 2008 onwards, we witnessed a devastating economic crisis and an eight year regime of austerity. This was followed by a neoliberal recovery where lack of affordable housing and childcare, underfunded social services and growing precarity in the workplace have become the norm. This is “capitalist realism”, Irish ...

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Aretha Franklin: A powerful voice for liberation

By Adam Dudley In 1947, five-year-old Aretha was one of the five million black Americans who migrated from the rural South to the industrial Northwest in the 20 years following the Great Depression. In the late 1950’s her father, Reverend C.L Franklin became active in the civil rights movement and in 1963 organised the Walk to Freedom in Detroit – ...

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A creature of capitalism: Why you should march against Trump

By Monika Janas The pathetic toadies in government will be rolling out the red carpet the billionaire bigot , “Grabber-in-chief”, US President, Donald Trump in November. There are many reasons why we should hit the streets when Trump arrives. He has shamelessly whipped up racism and Islamophobia, he is a misogynist, a climate-change denier and has virtually threatened nuclear war ...

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Making history: First Trans Pride takes place in Dublin

By Thomas White, organiser of Trans Pride On 28 July, Dublin had its first annual Trans Pride. It was organised from the beginning as a grassroots protest by and for Trans people. It sought to bring Pride back to its radical roots as a protest movement. It rejected the corporate veneer that suffocates most Pride events, with companies that carry ...

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Solidarity with Summerhill Occupation

The following article was written by Socialist Party members William Foley and Robert Cosgrave who have participated in the Summerhill occupation. Since the night of 7 August, housing activists have been occupying apartments on Summerhill Parade owned by slum landlords, Pat and PJ O’Donnell. A banner hanging from an upstairs window declares: “Homes For All.”. In a week where pictures ...

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North- Bonfire debate can ignite conflict

In the aftermath of the Eleventh Night bonfires last year, Belfast City Council passed a Sinn Féin motion authorising the forced clearing of bonfire sites. When this policy was implemented against an anti-internment bonfire in the Divis area of west Belfast, it led to small-scale rioting. If there is an attempt to do the same this year in Protestant areas ...

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End Direct Provision: ­Right to work for refugees must be granted

By Fiona Ryan The Right to Work campaign is centred around the need for asylum seekers to be able to access the workforce, free of discrimination and against the insurmountable barriers the Irish State has laid down in opposition. The campaign, led by asylum seekers themselves and those most affected by the state-sanctioned racism that the Direct Provision (DP) system ...

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One year of Varadkar’s spin & neo-liberalism

By Paul Murphy TD A year in office as Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has intensified the neo-liberal direction of the Irish economy and society, while also attempting to cover up the resulting worsening inequality and social crises with spin. The method by which he won the Fine Gael contest contained all the evidence one needed to predict how he would rule. ...

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