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Boycotting water charges – “not the Sinn Féin position”

By Laura Fitzgerald When Anti Austerity Alliance and Socialist Party TDs proposed a motion in the Dáil for a massive boycott to force the abolition of water charges, this is how Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, responded: “[T]he motion also calls for a boycott of water charge bills by householders. This is not the Sinn Féin position. We will support ...

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Profiteering from an essential element of life

By Joe Higgins TD Put the words “profiting from Water” into any internet search engine and hundreds of sites immediately present themselves. Business media like Bloomberg and Forbes and countless “investment analysts” purport to advise the reader on how the most essential element of life on the planet can be a source of lucrative profits for capitalist investors big and ...

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Statistical veneer of recovery covers reality of stagnation

The article was originally written in the middle of February 2015 as part of the pre-conference discussion of the Socialist Party. It has been slightly altered for publication. By Paul Murphy TD If the reports of the demise of Mark Twain had been much exaggerated, the opposite is the case for the southern Irish economy. Its rebirth, life and vitality ...

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Bin Your Bills Protest- April 18th

·          Bin Your Bills Protest– Dozens of campaigns committed to boycott launch major demo for April 18th ·         Non-Payment Network Appeal campaign groups, community groups & activists to get posters & leaflets into every ‘city, town, village & rural area’ in the country Speaking at a press conference outside Irish Water to launch the non-payment protest on April 18th Paul ...

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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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Alan Kelly’s bluster will be met with solid boycott

AAA – Alan Kelly’s bluster will be met with solid boycott and the sinking of Irish Water & government o No penalties or court cases until after General Election o Private Members Motion will give government last opportunity to scrap water charges before boycott sinks them and Irish Water o Anti-Austerity Alliance success & rapid growth show working class people ...

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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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Capitalist profiteering is destroying our planet

The world is hurtling towards environmental disaster. In the words of prominent American climate scientist, James Hansen climate change has brought us to the "precipice of a great “tipping point” where we are facing the prospect of the earth transitioning into “a different planet” in terms of climate and environment.

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