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Referendum in May Vote YES – Remove all restrictions on Divorce

By Paul Murphy TD “Hello Divorce – Bye Bye Daddy” was a key slogan of the right-wing No campaign seeking to prevent the introduction of divorce in Ireland in 1995. That referendum passed by the narrowest of margins, 0.5%. It is an indication of the sweeping social change which has taken place, particularly the undermining of the Catholic church, that ...

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FAI scandal: Sack the board & open the books

By Ruth Coppinger TD A bridging loan by John Delaney, the CEO, to the Football Association of Ireland; an injunction to prevent press coverage of it; a refusal to inform Sport Ireland of the transaction or to explain it since — all culminating in reports that Delaney was paid €3,000 per month rent on top of a fat cat salary ...

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“Our Union, Our Choice”

By David Vallely NASRA workers fight HSE union busting The current fight for union recognition by workers in the HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) is part of the fallout from the economic crash. The savage attacks on public sector pay during the depths of the austerity years coupled with a harsh regime of overwork and bullying was compounded by the ...

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A socialist feminist candidate for Europe

By Keishia Taylor Rita Harrold, a childcare worker and leading socialist feminist, is the Socialist Party’s candidate in Dublin for the 2019 European elections. As a founding member of ROSA – Socialist Feminist Movement in 2013, Rita has played a significant role in the repeal movement and winning legislation for choice and abortion up to 12 weeks on request. Alongside ...

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Nurses & Midwives’ deal: Return to pickets is key to victory

By Councillor Michael O’Brien As we go to press the Labour Court has issue its second recommendation on the settlement of the nurses and midwives struggle for pay parity with the therapeutic grades and pay equality for new entrants. The strike days in February were clearly having an impact. The original Labour Court recommendation was issued in a rush to avert ...

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The Brexit Calamity & the Role of the Workers Movement

 The prolonged countdown to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has thrown the Conservative government into a profound crisis. Ciaran Mulholland explains that the chaos is such that an anonymous European source has compared the UK to a “failed state”, and that the EU was able to impose its own terms when May came cap in hand seeking an ...

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Leeside Residents: Inspiring victory against vulture funds

By Councillor Fiona Ryan The year and a half long struggle of the residents of the Leeside Apartments in Cork City, against the vulture fund which purchased the distressed property in 2017, culminated in a victory this month. The large apartment block with the capacity to house over 75 households was sold to Cluid Housing Association and funded in cooperation ...

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Review: Feminism for the 99%

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto By Cinzia Arruzza, Nancy Fraser, and Tithi Bhattacharya Published by Verso, 2019 Reviewed by Laura Fitzgerald Less than 100 pages long, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto will be an attractive read for a new generation politicised by their experiences of oppression and exploitation under capitalism today, and of engaging in struggle. The text ...

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Fans outraged : FAI Must Make Statement On Rent Claims

Press release – Ruth Coppinger TD, member of Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Sport and Socialist Party member Fans outraged : FAI Must Make Statement On Rent Claims * Call To Open FAI Books & Allow Inspection by Workers’ Representatives *. Sack Delaney and Elect Board Dominated by Reps From Volunteers, Fans, Players and Workers Speaking ahead of the Republic ...

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Film Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

Directed by Barry Jenkins Reviewed by Emily Belton If Beale Street Could Talk is based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name. The film is set in New York City in the early 1970s and centres around 19-year-old Tish Rivers and 22-year-old Fonny Hunt. The two have been friends since they were young children and their friendship evolves ...

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