News & Analysis

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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Clamouring demand grows to…Separate Church & State

By Cillian Gillespie The eighth amendment, passed in September 1983, symbolised everything that is insidious and rotten in the historic tie that has bound the Catholic Church and the Southern Irish State together since its foundation in 1922. It’s passing ensured that right wing, misogynistic Catholic doctrine would be written into law, equating as it did, the life of a ...

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Trans liberation & the struggle for anti-capitalist change

By Ollie Bell After winning repeal, the battle for equality is far from over. Trans rights are one of the many campaigns on people’s minds. Although binary trans people have a right to self determination in Ireland, transgender healthcare is still underfunded and the waiting list for Loughlinstown is now at 20 months. Twenty million euro has been spent on ...

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Childish Gambino’s “This is America”

Reviewed by Monika Janas Accompanied by cheery music with warm gospel voices a black man picks up a guitar from a chair, sits down and starts strumming as the camera moves onto a solitary figure in a warehouse. The latter turns to you and begins dancing, moving to the buoyant music. He takes out a gun, strikes a pose, and ...

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Ireland’s capitalist model- Tax haven for the 1%

By Darragh O’Dwyer A recent economic study revealed Ireland as likely being the largest tax haven in the world. Jointly carried out by academics in Berkeley University and the University of Copenhagen “The Missing Profits of Nations” estimated that €90 billion of corporate profits were channeled through Ireland in 2015, more than all of the islands of the Caribbean combined ...

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Cervical cancer scandal-The battle for justice continues

By Dave Murphy The cervical cancer scandal which has resulted in at least 209 women being misdiagnosed with the disease, left 18 dead and others terminally ill has rocked the confidence of women in the health service. Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of those affected, summed up the tragic effects of the scandal in a Morning Ireland interview saying “I’m dying ...

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