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Local elections: Class politics the only answer to sectarian division

The media coverage of Northern Ireland’s local election results has focused on the growth of the vote of the Alliance Party, and to a lesser extent the Green Party. These two parties are said to represent “the middle ground”. The increased vote for these parties is an important development but the headlines represent a partial truth only. A more rounded ...

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North: Election breakthrough for anti-sectarian socialist

“For me, this is not a personal victory but a political one – it is a victory for cross-community, socialist politics. It reflects a growing opposition to the sectarian games, cuts and backward social policies of the main parties.” These were the words of Socialist Party member Donal O’Cofaigh after he was elected as a Cross-Community Labour Alternative (CCLA) councillor ...

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Demand free public transport now!

By Manus Lenihan We need to transform our cities and communities through free public transport. As well as abolishing fares, we need for a vast improvement in quality: an integrated public transport system based on trains, trams, buses and bicycles. No-one in a city or town should live or work more than a five-minute walk from public transport links, with ...

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End the scandal of a two-tier health service

By Rita Harrold Successive governments have presided over the implementation of cuts and austerity that have devastated our health service. We have a criminal situation where the existence of a two-tier health system means if you want to have proper access to healthcare you must pay up. Over 100,000 people have been on outpatient waiting lists for over 18 months. ...

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Minimum wage: Why we need €15 NOW!

  By Shane Finnan Rents soar, the cost of living continues upwards, all the while wages remain, for the most part, restrained. Working-class people, especially the young, feel the pinch every week. Irish capitalism has failed to deliver for the working-class and young. Thousands of people are forced to stay at home in a state of delayed adolescence. Many are ...

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Workers and the Recovery: We want to live, not just exist!

  By Michael O’Brien Recent years of economic growth and an increase in employment rates constitutes the greatest part of the government’s claim of recovery. However, the ‘recovery’ in employment rates has not brought an end the cost of living crisis experienced by hundreds of thousands of workers. A real workers’ recovery is needed that combats precarity, struggles for real ...

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Housing crisis: An indictment of the capitalist market

  By Colm McCarthy The housing crisis is one of the greatest indictments of this government, and indeed of the capitalist market they represent. In February the official homelessness figures crossed 10,000, despite increasingly desperate attempts by the government to use creative accounting tricks to remove categories that would previously have been included from the official stats. The March figures ...

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“We only want the earth”- The case for socialist change

Darragh O’Dwyer and Cillian Gillespie make the case for a democratic socialist society based on need, not profit What type of economic system allows the 26 richest people to have as much as the 3.8 billion poorest? Why is it that, despite decades of warnings from the science community, we appear headed toward climate catastrophe? How do one in seven ...

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Vote 1 Rita Harrold: A Socialist Feminist Voice for Workers, Women & the Planet

This is the text of Rita Harrold’s leaflet for the European election campaign in Dublin that will be distributed to 250,000 homes in Dublin.  Let Us Rise!– Public Need Not Private Greed “The water charges and repeal movements show things can change. Rita Harrold & the Socialist Party were in the front-line of those victories. The nurses have also shown ...

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Outrageous and astronomical costs- Free public childcare now!

By Katia Hancke Every parent of young children in Ireland already knows it, but official reports once again confirm that childcare costs in Ireland are astronomical. They are crippling middle and low-income families. As a percentage of income, childcare costs in Ireland are higher than anywhere else in the EU. The average weekly full-time childcare costs of €177.92 nationally, rising ...

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