News & Analysis

Solidarity with “Home Sweet Home” occupation

Statement from AAA councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien on the occupation of Apollo House by housing rights activists with “Home Sweet Home” Press statement: Councillor Michael O’Brien, Anti Austerity Alliance, Beaumont Donaghmede ward, Dublin City Council Emergency motion submitted for tomorrow’s Dublin City Council North Central Area Committee meeting in Coolock calling for official recognition of Apollo House ...

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Institutionalised state racism: Direct Provision must go

By Councillor Fiona Ryan On Tuesday 15 November, after a gruelling 35 day hunger strike, a Kurdish resident of Direct Provision resisting a deportation order to Iran emerged victorious, with the state rescinding the order after his health began to decline upon refusing water in addition to food. This is just one story of many within the system who live ...

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Jobstown trial: Organise to oppose criminalisation of protest

By Katia Hancke Two years ago, many working class communities ravaged by austerity demonstrated enough was enough and got out on the streets against water charges. One such community was Jobstown in Tallaght, where a spontaneous protest inconvenienced Joan Burton for a few hours. The establishment media jumped on this and tried to demonise those involved as a “dangerous fringe”. ...

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Shameful inaction as housing crisis deteriorates

By Eleni Vetsika Despite government promises pre- and post-election, the scale of the housing crisis has only become sharper in the last few months. The most recent official figures show that a record total of 6,709 people are now homeless nationwide, which means about 1,173 families, and a shocking 2,426 children. In July of this year, the government published Rebuilding ...

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After decades of neo-liberalism… The political “centre” cannot hold

By Stephen Boyd Over 35 years ago, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan took up the ideas of neo-libearlism and used them as the foundation of what they saw as a new era for capitalism. “The market would discover a natural hierarchy of winners and losers, creating a more efficient system than could ever be devised through planning or by design. ...

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Decisive industrial action can end wage restraint

By Mick Barry TD The government have been forced to retreat on their pay policy by a wave of strikes. Luas drivers, bus workers and teachers have all taken to the picket lines to oppose wage restraint. The mere threat of strike action by Gardai caused extreme jitters at the Cabinet table. The government were forced to make more than ...

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Repealing the 8th & Abortion Rights- We won’t “tone it down”

By Laura Fitzgerald In October, the Government refused to give the AAA-PBP bill for a Repeal the 8th referendum, proposed by Socialist Party member, Ruth Coppinger TD, a second reading. It elucidated its interminable time-table for a referendum, namely six months for the Citizens’ Assembly to report, and another six months for the special Oireachtas committee to report to the ...

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Review: Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”

By Councillor Michael O’Brien The vicious harassment of the sick and unemployed by the Tory government in Britain provoked legendary director Ken Loach, now 80 years of age, to come out of retirement to make one more film. And what a film! ‘I, Daniel Blake’ tells the story of the eponymous character, a carpenter in his late fifties in Newcastle ...

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Sean Fitzpatrick trial: Jury selection of a different kind

By Councillor Matt Waine On 3 October, the various defendants in the Jobstown trial, accused of falsely imprisoning then Tainaiste and Labour leader, Joan Burton, were assembling outside the Central Criminal Courts when who skips by, only Seanie Fitzpatrick on his way to plead not guilty to the charges of 21 counts of giving false or misleading information. Of course ...

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