News & Analysis

A socialist strategy to defeat Trump

By Samantha Rodriguez When Trump was elected last November in what can only be described as the most contentious protest vote of our lifetimes, questions were raised as to whether his Presidency would play out as threatened. Just one month from his inauguration and already it is clear that America’s new commander-in-chief is determined to implement his regressive agenda. Unprecedented ...

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Review: “Dublin Old School” by Emmet Kirwan

Review by Darragh O’Dwyer Written and performed by Emmet Kirwan alongside Love/Hate’s Ian Lloyd Anderson, Dublin Oldschool is a two man show that soberly takes the audience on a drug-addled misadventure. Jason (Kirwan), a wannabe DJ whose ambitions seem to be constantly dashed by his tortured relationship with the ‘sesh’, bounces about to the city’s rhythms that blast from its ...

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The arts in Ireland: Starved of funding

By Síofra NicLiam In 2016, the Fringe festival featured a wide variety of shows, including “RIOT”, where Emmet Kirwan performed his, now viral, spoken word piece “Heartbreak”, telling the story of a young working class mother, along with other politically fuelled pieces. Other plays portrayed a punk rock gig that showed the financially driven interests of property developers, the psychological ...

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Maurice McCabe smear campaign: Rotten state exposed

By Conor Payne The revelations about the smear campaign against Maurice McCabe have lifted the lid on the workings of the tops of the Gardai and the establishment as a whole. Despite talk of incompetence and ‘administrative errors’ the reality is clear: the tops of the Gardaí acted consciously to discredit a whistleblower with false allegations of child sexual abuse. ...

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Backward ideas hold back essential HIV drugs

By Thomas White Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new pill that prevents those who are at risk from contracting the HIV virus. It contains two medicines that are also used to treat HIV. If you take PrEP and are exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use these medicines can work to keep the virus from taking hold in ...

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Ruth Coppinger TD on the Sexual Offences Bill

Statement from AAA TD and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger on the Sexual Offences Bill. The Sexual Offences Bill that has passed through the Dáil makes numerous important and progressive legal changes, including: updating the law to deal with internet-related forms of child abuse and child sex tourism; improving the laws on statutory rape; introducing harassment orders to prevent sex ...

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Ireland: World’s sixth largest tax haven

By Linda Schutz In December, Oxfam published a list of 15 countries which are the world’s worst corporate tax havens. With Bermuda first and Ireland in sixth, the report lists the corporate tax havens that drive the global race to the bottom by having low corporate tax rates, offering tax incentives and by refusing to cooperate with international efforts against ...

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Role of vulture funds laid bare

By Sami El-Sayed On Monday 9 January, RTÉ aired The Great Irish Sell-Off. The hour long documentary outlined broadly the activities of appropriately named vulture funds in Ireland and across many parts of the world. The documentary showed the huge value in assets that these few vulture funds hold, the massive human cost for ordinary people, and the pittance in ...

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Free Ibrahim Halawa

AAA TD & Socialist Party member Paul Murphy recently visited Egypt to meet Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, who has been incarcerated by the el-Sisi military dictatorship since August 2013 to highlight the injustice of his case. Below he writes a report of the visit and the brutal realities of life under el-Sisi’s rule. “I want to go home.” That was ...

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