News & Analysis

Abortion rights, marriage equality: The North is Now!

By Eleanor Crossey Malone Over three-quarters of MPs in the House of Commons have voted to extend abortion rights and equal marriage here via amendments to the Northern Ireland Bill. If made into law, the amendments would remove the North from the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, decriminalising abortion, in the event that Stormont does not resume by 22 ...

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Harland & Wolff: The hidden history of workers’ struggle

The history of Northern Ireland is often present as simply being of two traditions – nationalism and unionism – in conflict with each other. Almost everything is painted as belonging to one or the other, including the shipyard. It is also true that most things do have a history tainted by sectarianism and this is most certainly true of the ...

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Solildarity message to Harland & Wolff workers

Message of Solidarity to Harland & Wolff workers from Solidarity and Socialist Party TDs Mick Barry, Ruth Coppinger & Paul Murphy: We salute the occupation of the shipyard by Harland & Wolff workers. The action you have taken is crucial in order to save the jobs that are under threat. The fact that you have both engaged in such militant ...

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Britain & North: Kick out Boris Johnson & the Tories! Fight for a general election!

By Socialist Party member The election of the Eton-educated, racist toff Boris Johnson as Tory leader and thus the new Prime Minister reflects the political crisis of British capitalism, but it also poses a fresh and urgent challenge to the workers’ movement. Despite his bumbling persona and his populist rhetoric, Johnson is an ideological representative of the super-rich. He campaigned ...

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North: Civil servants strike back against poverty pay

by William Brooks – NIPSA Civil Service Executive (personal capacity) Following an overwhelming majority decision by ballot of its members, trade union NIPSA has called industrial action by Northern Ireland civil servants in opposition to the disgraceful imposition of another below-inflation 1% pay-‘award’ while consultation was still ongoing, as well as the continued degradation of terms and conditions which NIPSA ...

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Democratic right to protest under attack

By Cathal Curran The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has released a report outlining “serious and urgent concerns” regarding the state’s attitude towards the democratic right to protest. After consultations with protest groups from across the country, the ICCL reports “severe misuse” of the Public Order Act by Gardai, in the form of arrests without charge, harassment of protesters ...

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Dublin Postal Drivers: Fighting for right to be in union of choice

By Paul Murphy TD A branch of around 100 Dublin Postal Drivers is faced with the prospect of effective expulsion from the Independent Workers Union as the IWU seeks to negotiate a merger with Unite. This is an active branch, representing An Post HGV drivers. They were formerly a branch of the Communications Workers Unions (CWU), but their branch was ...

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Oppose water charges through the back door

By Conor Burke From 1 July, Irish Water is seeking to implement excessive-use water charges of up to €500 per year. This will come as no great surprise to those of us who highlighted the programme for government agreed between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael back in 2016. The Socialist Party opposed and warned about this element of the legislation ...

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Defend jobs & livelihoods: Nationalise Bombardier

By Chris Stewart, Unite Irish Executive (Pers. Cap.) Three thousand, six hundred highly skilled workers at Bombardier, an aircraft manufacturer in the North, have been dealt another blow by the announcement that the multi-billion euro company is to sell-off its global aero structures division. The news came unexpectedly just days after the workers and their union Unite celebrated a significant ...

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