News & Analysis

Stormont faces crisis over welfare reform

Only weeks after the “historic” Stormont House Agreement, the Assembly Executive hit another bump in the road, with Sinn Féin withdrawing support for the programme of attacks of benefits known as welfare “reform”.

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European Union: A Europe for the markets and corporations

By Finghin Kelly The thin cloak of democracy that EU leaders like to cover themselves in was graphically pulled away in the aftermath of the recent Greek elections. The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker commented that “there can be no democratic choice against the European treaties”, while the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble stated that “Elections change ...

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Government must ban home repossessions by banks

· Profitable state-owned banks should write down mortgage debt · Repossession crisis will become intensify homelessness crisis The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today responded to comments made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the increase in home repossessions being lodged by banks and the inaction of his government: Ruth Coppinger TD said: “There are bills for repossession lodged on 1,673 family homes ...

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Why is Big Business showering Sinn Féin with money?

By Manus Lenihan Last November, Friends of Sinn Féin held a dinner at the fanciest hotel in Manhattan, raising $350,000. The image of stinking-rich people dining in the Times Square Sheraton, each forking out thousands to Sinn Féin, doesn’t sit well with the left-wing, “champion of the people” image that Adams and co were acting out at their Ard Fheis. ...

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Joe Higgins on SIPTU’s support for Sinn Fein

During the last seven years of austerity, the Irish Congress of Trades Unions (ICTU) and its biggest component, Siptu, capitulated utterly in front of the diktats of the financial markets as imposed by the Troika resulting in working class people being forced to salvage the capitalist finance system. SIPTU and Labour betrayal The ICTU and Siptu leadership shamefully supported the ...

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Damning report on inequality

By Diana O’Dwyer A new report by TASC shows that Ireland has the worst ‘market income’ inequality in the EU before tax and social welfare. – The top one percent of households receive ten percent of wages, profits and rents, or €373,000 on average. – The top ten percent receive a third of market income and own 42-58% of wealth. ...

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AIB back in profit – must remain in public ownership

· After socialising losses, profits can now be shared by society… · Banks can become a public utility to advance economy rather than make profits The Anti-Austerity Alliance has said that the news that AIB has returned to profit should spark a debate in Irish society about the economic role banks currently play in society and the role they could ...

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International Women’s Day 2015

Oppose the capitalist system of oppression & inequality By Lea Valance Restrictive abortion laws Approximately 25% of the world’s population lives in a country where abortion is restricted and is only allowed when it poses a risk to the life of the pregnant woman. In Europe, Ireland and Malta are the most restrictive, on par with countries like Chile, Brazil ...

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