By Cillian Gillespie “The news has just come through from the Central Criminal Court and I am the first to report it to the House. Deputy Paul Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Michael Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Kieran Mahon, not guilty; Frank Donaghy, not guilty; Michael Banks, not guilty; and Scott Masterson, not guilty.” – Mick Barry TD As Solidarity TD ...Read More »
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The stunning electoral upset delivered by Jeremy Corbyn on the basis of a radical, left platform has had an electrifying impact and is potentially a historic turning point. He has engaged a new generation of youth in politics and smashed the lie that socialist policies are unpopular. In contrast, predictions that the snap general election in Northern Ireland would be ...Read More »
By Eóin Dawson In the final days of the last Assembly Executive, before it collapsed under the weight the RHI scandal, the issue of Irish language rights re-emerged. The DUP’s Paul Givan announced a cut to the Líofa bursary scheme, which provides financial assistance to young people to attend Irish language courses in gaeltacht areas. With the sectarian line drawn, ...Read More »
The Citizens’ Assembly was established, not only as a government and political establishment delay-tactic in dealing with the 8th amendment, the consitutional abortion ban, but also quite clearly to manoevre to ensure that only limited change would be endorsed. It aimed to give a cover to politicians and an excuse to hold back on the growing demand from below for ...Read More »
Immediately after the protest in Jobstown in 2014, Joan Burton went to Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park, and what began was a polital joint venture involving two wings of the establishment. The Gardaí wanted prosecutions to help re-assert their authority and control in the many communities who had resisted the Gardaí’s action and political policing to support Irish Water’s ...Read More »
By Melissa Kelleher Leo Varadkar recently initiated a campaign through the Department of Social Protection targeting welfare fraud with the slogan “welfare cheats cheat us all”. The campaign features bus signs, radio adverts and billboards encouraging working-class people to spy on their neighbours and report any suspected ‘fraudsters’ to the department. The campaign alone is estimated to cost the taxpayer ...Read More »
By Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien If a “not guilty” verdict is returned at the end of the Jobstown protest trial it will be an occasion for celebration by working class and left activists throughout the state. In our “post-match” analysis of key moments in the trial where the credibility of the prosecution case was shaken it’s ...Read More »
“This public force exists in every state; it consists not merely of armed men, but also of material appendages, prisons and coercive institutions of all kinds…” The ‘public force’ designed to protect the interests of the ruling class described in Friedrich Engels’ (Karl Marx’s lifelong collaborator) Origins of the Family Private Property and the State is on full display in ...Read More »
By Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien The claim by Joan Burton today in the witness box that she is in effect a direct political descendant of James Connolly by virtue of being an ex- leader of the Labour Party drew a combination of gasps and sniggers from most people assembled in the courtroom. A cursory search for ...Read More »
By Sami El-Sayed On 3 April, news emerged of the continuing deterioration of Ibrahim Halawa’s health. One of over 40,000 political prisoners in Egypt, Ibrahim has been held for over three years without trial by the el-Sisi dictatorship, with his trial delayed for the 20th time in March of this year. Halawa – an Irish citizen – has been on ...Read More »