Northern Ireland

EU referendum: “OXI” to a bankers’ Europe

By Ciaran Mulholland Tory Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold an “in-out” referendum on the European Union (EU) in Britain and Northern Ireland by the end of 2017. His preference is to hold the referendum in 2016 if possible, depending on the outcome of negotiations with the other 27 countries in the EU. It is clear that he ...

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Collusion: The­ British State’s dirty war

By Stephen Boyd The BBC Panorama programme ‘Britain’s Secret Terror Deals’ has shed light again on the murky world that was the dirty war fought by the British state in Northern Ireland. This harrowing documentary focused on high-profile sectarian killings and assassinations in which it is alleged state forces such as the RUC, MI5, Special Branch and Army Intelligence protected ...

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North: Step up the fight for LGBTQ equality

By Kevin Henry The vote for marriage equality in the South is an important point of inspiration in the fight for equality here. Many will also be disappointed that, once again, Northern Ireland is being left behind when it comes to LGBT rights, as well as women’s rights, while racist attacks increase and sectarian division continues to pervade society. DUP: ...

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North: Election marks growing rejection of sectarian status quo

By Daniel Waldron and Kevin  Henry While the election in Northern Ireland may, on the surface, seem to have been business as usual, the results suggest that rejection of the sectarian status quo is growing. Opposition to austerity and reactionary social policies found a voice in the midst of the campaign. There are positive pointers towards the opportunities to build ...

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Trade unions & Sinn Féin: Dangerous times

“We publish below an article originally printed in the northern March edition of The Socialist newspaper. Recent comments by trade union leaders, claiming that Sinn Fein are “anti-austerity” rings hollow when spoken at the same time that public sector workers are engaged in a struggle against savage Assembly cuts, including those imposed by Sinn Fein ministers. These statements also threaten ...

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Controversy over Newry Play Park

In 2001, a childrens’ play park in Newry was named after hunger striker Raymond McCreesh. The move remains intensely controversial to this day. In recent weeks sectarian politicians from Sinn Fein and the unionist parties have clashed repeatedly in the council chamber, on the airways and in the press on the issue.

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Stormont faces crisis over welfare reform

Only weeks after the “historic” Stormont House Agreement, the Assembly Executive hit another bump in the road, with Sinn Féin withdrawing support for the programme of attacks of benefits known as welfare “reform”.

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Hooded men: State brutality under the spotlight

By  Daniel Waldron On the basis of new evidence having come to light, the Irish government has agreed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the case of the ‘Hooded Men’. These fourteen men were interned without trial in 1971 and subjected to horrific abuse – termed “deep interrogation” – at Ballykelly army base. None of ...

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“Conscience” Clause enshrines homophobia into law

By Kevin Henry The attempt by the DUP to amend Northern Ireland’s equality laws to allow religious business owners to refuse services to LGBT customers if it is “facilitating” an act against their religion is an attempt to enshrine a right to discriminate into law. This attempt to drive society backwards would make it perfectly acceptable under the law for ...

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