News & Analysis

No sell-off to IAG! Re-nationalise Aer Lingus

By Cllr. Mick Barry Willie Walsh’s International Airlines Group (IAG) is still bidding for control of Aer Lingus as The Socialist goes to press. Should IAG succeed in its endeavours Aer Lingus will be 100 percent privatised following its 75% privatisation under the previous Fianna Fail-led administration. Willie Walsh’s ruthless record Willie Walsh is a ruthless capitalist with a track ...

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No jailings, No arrests…. End political policing!

By Cllr. Michael O’Brien Sharp lessons have been learnt by anti-water charges campaigners in the course of the last six months about the role of the repressive arm of the state (Gardai, judiciary and prisons) when it comes to curbing effective protest tactics like blockading ministerial cars and preventing meter installation. One law for the working class… For many people ...

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JobBridge Beyond Reform

Government’s whole ‘labour activation’ policy now seriously undermined ·         100% dissatisfaction from those forced onto scheme yet government continue ‘mandatory’ approach ·         44% said that the scheme was being used by employers ‘solely for free labour’ ·         55.7% of interns unaware or unwilling to make complaint Paul Murphy ...

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Jailings of anti-water charges protesters: A disgrace!

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and ...

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Review: Fifty Shades of drivel

The following article was written is a review of the book Fifty Shades of Grey written upon its release in September 2012. A film adaptation of the book was released last Friday. The article is written by a member of the Socialist Party in Australia. Fifty Shades of Grey. Reviewed by Kat Galea, Socialist Party Fifty Shades of Grey has been hyped as a love ...

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“Dogs of war” unleashed in Jobstown

By Mick Barry The arrest of 21 anti water charges campaigners in Dublin,  the threat to arrest a further 17-21,  the threat to send a file to the DPP and the possibility of court action on serious charges   –  all are sure signs of the Gardai playing an overtly political role. The Gardai have simultaneously targeted the community of Jobstown, ...

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