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From the Classroom to the Streets: School students move into action

By Haritha Olaganathan We’ve all heard it before – on the 25 May 2018 over 1.4 million people voted in support  of the pregnant person’s right to choose. Over the next year, this figure of 66.4% would be exhausted in the media; a celebration of the landslide victory achieved by activists in the Yes campaign. This included people without voting ...

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Shining a light on the rigged capitalist economy

By Megan Brady The State We Are In: Inequality in Ireland Today, a report recently published by TASC, an economic think-tank, has shone a spotlight on the appalling levels of inequality that exist in Ireland today. These inequalities are a direct result of the capitalist system we are currently living under. In an age of precarity, when workers’ labour is ...

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Brexit: Trade unionists must stand for workers’ unity

By Kevin Henry As we go to press, it is over 750 days since the Stormont institutions collapsed in the wake of the RHI. This figure is likely to rise considerably, given the sectarian games of both the DUP and Sinn Féin and the lack of any serious efforts to restart the institutions. Brexit and the uncertainty about the border ...

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Another attack on the unemployed: Abolish JobPath now!

By Kieran Mahon The collapse into administration of Working Links, one of the companies involved in the provision of the Jobpath “work activation” scheme, is a welcome one for those who have to deal with the Department of Social Protection. At least for Working Links there is the ever-growing comfort blanket (funded entirely by the public exchequer) of €75.7 million. ...

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Climate change: Why capitalism is the problem

“Climate over Capitalism!” was the call of hundreds of school students in Manchester, protesting for effective measures to tackle climate change. This call is echoed throughout Europe in a myriad of school student protests in the past number of months writes Megan Oglesby. The movement was sparked by Greta Thunburg, a Swedish 16-year-old who began the first school-student protest outside ...

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International Women’s Day 2019: The case for socialist feminism

By Keishia Taylor International Women’s Day was established by socialist women as a day of struggle against oppression and exploitation meted out by the capitalist system. A hundred years later, we have won the vote and equal rights by law, but women continue to be at much higher risk of poverty, abuse and harassment than men. Opposing violence   The ...

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What kind of trade union movement we need

By Michael O’Brien When the nurses and midwives embarked upon their strike action it was clear that they were not just up against the government, the HSE and a right-wing media. Unfortunately, they effectively found themselves up against the leaderships of other public service trade unions. SIPTU Senior Health Sector official and Labour party councillor Paul Bell was the most ...

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Food production, climate change and capitalism

By Sam Belton Food production is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions and the primary contributor to ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss. In 2050, it’s estimated that the global population will have risen to 10 billion, placing an even greater strain on the planet’s food production systems. Two-year research efforts of an EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets and sustainable ...

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Oppose union busting: Victory to striking paramedics

Ambulance paramedics, advance paramedics and emergency medical technicians are striking today for union recognition and against the Government’s hard line union busting position. NASRA and the PNA are the union of choice for a very substantial bloc of ambulance workers. Some 1,800 people work in the national ambulance service, 600 of these workers want to be represented by NASRA. However, ...

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North: We won’t wait! Abortion rights now!

In the referendum in May 2018, the Republic of Ireland saw 66.4% of the people vote Yes to repeal the anti-choice Eighth Amendment, and abortion is now freely available up to 12 weeks into pregnancy. The archaic laws on abortion in Northern Ireland have been found to breach the European Convention on Human Rights. Northern Ireland is a state where ...

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