News & Analysis

Worker exploitation, soaring profits… A summer of discontent?

By Laura Fitzgerald Predictions of a “summer of discontent” abound with industrial action looming in a number of sectors, both public and private. The state faces industrial disputes and possible strikes in the public sector with teachers, nurses, psychiatric nurses, midwives, Gardaí, as well as bus and rail workers with Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, and Dublin Bus. In the private ...

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Funeral arrangements for comrade Colm Halpin

Colm’s cremation Service will be on MONDAY AFTERNOON at 3.30PM in VICTORIAN CHAPEL, MOUNT JEROME CEMETERY HAROLD’S CROSS. All comrades are very welcome and invited to attend to celebrate Colm’s life and contribution to our movement.

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Comrade Colm Halpin 1950 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we bring the news of the passing of comrade Colm Halpin. Colm died today in St Francis Hospice, Raheny, surrounded by comrades. He had been suffering from  cancer, very bravely borne. Colm had a history of three full decades as a revolutionary socialist activist. He joined Militant the forerunner of the Socialist Party in ...

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Assembly Elections: Positive moves against sectarian politics

By Daniel Waldron The campaign in the run-up to the Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little over-all change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression, with left forces taking important steps forward. Other than the usual sectarian ...

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Luas workers: Resilient in the face of threats

Luas workers continue to show the way in terms of fighting for a recovery for workers, writes Paul Murphy TD. They bravely rejected by 99% a proposal that would have seen the introduction of a two-tier workforce and increasing the working day from nine hours to nine and a half hours. The response of the company, Transdev, has been vicious. ...

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Young workers hit by two-tier pay system

By Cllr Michael O’Brien The pressure is building up for a restoration of public service pay after a succession of attacks during the economic crisis. The Lansdowne Road agreement which was passed by the public service unions in May 2015 provided for an average restoration of about one third of the pay that was taken away from public servants in ...

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End the abuse of animal act circuses

By Carah Daniel Animal act circuses are a horrific form of animal abuse and exploitation. No wild animal should be trapped in a tiny enclosure, dragged around the country and forced to perform for human entertainment. Training animals to do circus tricks can’t be achieved with positive rewards because tigers, for example, are naturally terrified of fire but are often ...

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Bar workers face poverty pay as publican profits soar

By Terry Murphy In the last eight years there has been an ongoing attack on the pay and conditions of workers across all sectors, and an undermining of collective bargaining rights. A recent article by John Douglas, General Secretary of the Mandate trade union has highlighted the effect that this trend has had on Ireland’s 50,000 bar workers. At one ...

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