News & Analysis

O’Higgins report: Rotten role of Gardaí exposed

By Dave Murphy The O’Higgins Report into the allegations of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has caused fresh controversy for the new Fine Gael government. The allegations, the attempted cover-up and how Maurice McCabe was treated has already resulted in the sacking of a Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, and the ‘resignation’ of a Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan. Violence against women ignored ...

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Worker exploitation, soaring profits…A summer of discontent?

By Laura Fitzgerald Predictions of a “summer of discontent” abound with industrial action looming in a number of sectors, both public and private. The state faces industrial disputes and possible strikes in the public sector with teachers, nurses, psychiatric nurses, midwives, Gardaí, as well as bus and rail workers with Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, and Dublin Bus. In the private ...

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From bad to worse: Housing crisis deepens

By Lea Valance The Dublin Inquirer website published a study in February showing how much people would need to earn as an hourly wage for their rents to be affordable (no more than 30% of pre-tax income) in different parts of the city. Using official Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) figures, the study showed that Dublin 11 is the cheapest ...

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This weak government can be beaten

By Paul Murphy TD “The reality is that a small clique of hard-left, Trotskyite politicians, who are quite upfront about seeking to overthrow the current system, are now arguably setting the political agenda.” (Shane Coleman, Irish Independent 17 May 2016) Although he exaggerates, Coleman captures an important part of the political reality facing the new government and the ruling class ...

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The Church, the State & the oppression of women

By Emma Quinn In 1922, the Southern Irish State was born into poverty and a backward economy. The Catholic Church was the perfect crutch for its limp ruling class to prop itself up and assert its power and authority over the working class. It was also the tool to provide needed services like healthcare and education in the absence of ...

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Worker exploitation, soaring profits… A summer of discontent?

By Laura Fitzgerald Predictions of a “summer of discontent” abound with industrial action looming in a number of sectors, both public and private. The state faces industrial disputes and possible strikes in the public sector with teachers, nurses, psychiatric nurses, midwives, Gardaí, as well as bus and rail workers with Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, and Dublin Bus. In the private ...

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Funeral arrangements for comrade Colm Halpin

Colm’s cremation Service will be on MONDAY AFTERNOON at 3.30PM in VICTORIAN CHAPEL, MOUNT JEROME CEMETERY HAROLD’S CROSS. All comrades are very welcome and invited to attend to celebrate Colm’s life and contribution to our movement.

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Comrade Colm Halpin 1950 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we bring the news of the passing of comrade Colm Halpin. Colm died today in St Francis Hospice, Raheny, surrounded by comrades. He had been suffering from  cancer, very bravely borne. Colm had a history of three full decades as a revolutionary socialist activist. He joined Militant the forerunner of the Socialist Party in ...

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