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Corruption, rural broadband & the disaster of privatisation

By Dave Murphy A minister should know that having dinner with a businessman involved in bidding for a state-contract can seriously shorten their ministerial careers. Denis Naughten, on the other hand, apparently didn’t see the harm in having numerous meetings and dinners with David McCourt, a billionaire American businessman, who was the last remaining bidder in the state’s failing National ...

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Our crisis. Their profits- Protests shine light on housing crisis

By Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Mick Barry Ten thousand people attended a lunchtime protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday, Oct 3 to protest Government inaction on the growing housing crisis and demand change. The protest was called by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the National Homeless and Housing coalition  –  a coalition of student unions, ...

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Dublin Fringe Festival: Artists’ rights undermined

By Síofra Nic Liam With the beginning of Dublin Fringe Festival, the unpaid “heroes” are being highlighted and thanked. Unfortunately, this gratitude doesn’t pay the bills of struggling artists. This, however, is the norm, with many young artists and arts administration workers taking unpaid work in exchange for exposure, or else experience, despite these unpaid roles not necessarily providing any ...

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Dublin Bus on the chopping block

By Councillor Matt Waine The National Transport Authority (NTA) has now published a report by US transport consultancy firm, Jarret Walker, that drastically overhauls Dublin Bus. The claim is that this will significantly improve connectivity and frequency. However, reading the small print we see that this is simply a re-rationing of Dublin Bus’s existing stock, which will actually worsen the ...

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Take back the city: Build a mass movement for housing

The following article is from the latest issue of The Socialist about how we can build a mass movement for public housing for all. It was written before the brutal attack by Gardaí and private security thugs on the occupation in North Frederick Street, which sparked a spontaneous protest of over 1,000 on the streets of Dublin City centre.   By Mick ...

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Social Democrats: Radical alternative or Labour mark two?

By Cillian Gillespie The last decade has seen convulsive change in Ireland. From 2008 onwards, we witnessed a devastating economic crisis and an eight year regime of austerity. This was followed by a neoliberal recovery where lack of affordable housing and childcare, underfunded social services and growing precarity in the workplace have become the norm. This is “capitalist realism”, Irish ...

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Aretha Franklin: A powerful voice for liberation

By Adam Dudley In 1947, five-year-old Aretha was one of the five million black Americans who migrated from the rural South to the industrial Northwest in the 20 years following the Great Depression. In the late 1950’s her father, Reverend C.L Franklin became active in the civil rights movement and in 1963 organised the Walk to Freedom in Detroit – ...

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A creature of capitalism: Why you should march against Trump

By Monika Janas The pathetic toadies in government will be rolling out the red carpet the billionaire bigot , “Grabber-in-chief”, US President, Donald Trump in November. There are many reasons why we should hit the streets when Trump arrives. He has shamelessly whipped up racism and Islamophobia, he is a misogynist, a climate-change denier and has virtually threatened nuclear war ...

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Making history: First Trans Pride takes place in Dublin

By Thomas White, organiser of Trans Pride On 28 July, Dublin had its first annual Trans Pride. It was organised from the beginning as a grassroots protest by and for Trans people. It sought to bring Pride back to its radical roots as a protest movement. It rejected the corporate veneer that suffocates most Pride events, with companies that carry ...

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Solidarity with Summerhill Occupation

The following article was written by Socialist Party members William Foley and Robert Cosgrave who have participated in the Summerhill occupation. Since the night of 7 August, housing activists have been occupying apartments on Summerhill Parade owned by slum landlords, Pat and PJ O’Donnell. A banner hanging from an upstairs window declares: “Homes For All.”. In a week where pictures ...

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