News & Analysis

Are the Social Democrats a left alternative to the system?

By Conor Payne  The Social Democrats were one of the forces to benefit from the mood for change on February 8, successfully getting six TDs elected up from two in the outgoing Dáil. Their campaign focused on the need for public housing and action on the health crisis. Their manifesto called for 100,000 public homes on public land in the ...

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Unforgiven: Labour leadership battle after another bruising election

By Colm McCarthy In the aftermath of the election that cemented their historically poor results of four years ago, Labour leader Brendan Howlin resigned, triggering a leadership race. The race will pit Alan Kelly, the most prominent figure remaining from the 2011-16 cabinet, against Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.   A force for social progress? Ó Ríordáin is a key propagator of the ...

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Allied Bakeries strike: Workers rise to the challenge, bosses fold under pressure

By Neil Moore, Unite Hospitality Organiser (personal capacity) Bosses at Allied Bakeries have been forced to significantly improve their abysmal pay offer after powerful and decisive strike action by workers in Unite and the Bakers’ Union – BFAWU. The militancy and determination of the workforce has won them an above-inflation pay increase as opposed to real-term incomes falling, as would ...

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After General Election 2020- How do we win real change in Ireland?

Statement from Solidarity and the Socialist Party on the vote for Taoiseach today While it is practically ruled out that a Taoiseach will be elected and a government formed today, today’s events in the Dáil, at its first meeting since the General Election on 8 February, are very important. Since the historic vote, when Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael plunged ...

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Review of Little Women (2019) – Directed by Greta Gerwig

By Ginger Jentzen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women has struck a resounding chord with audiences, particularly young women. Why does this book continue to resonate with us one hundred and fifty years later, and what did this latest version bring us? While a multitude of texts analyze or glorify war, ...

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Support the CE Supervisors and Section 39 Workers!

CE Supervisors and Section 39 workers stand out as two of the groups of workers most shabbily treated by the outgoing government. It is therefore timely and correct that a protest is taking place today amidst the discussions about government formation to put it firmly on the political agenda for whoever comes to power. The absence of a pension scheme ...

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Ruth Coppinger to contest Seanad election

Statement from Ruth Coppinger “Today I registered to stand for election for the NUI constituency of the  Seanad.  My aim is to use the national platform it provides to advance the unfinished business of workers and women’s rights  in particular, as well as the need for radical action on the housing crisis and climate change. Many noted how the Seanad ...

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Film Review: Parasite

Claus Ludwig, Socialist Alternative, Germany, recommends the 2019 film directed by Bong Joon-ho and winner of the Palme d’Or and the Oscar for Best Picture The Smell of Poverty “They all smell the same,” says Da-song, the son of the rich Park family, about the four members of the Kim family who crept into the villa of the Parks as domestic ...

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Support teachers’ strike for equal pay

By Diarmuid Naessans, TUI (personal capacity) The Teachers Union of Irelands TUI campaign of strike action for Equal Pay for Equal Work will receive huge support from workers and the general public. New entrant teachers earn 14% less in the early years and 10% less over the first ten years at a time when life choice decisions are made. The ...

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