News & Analysis

Controversy over Newry Play Park

In 2001, a childrens’ play park in Newry was named after hunger striker Raymond McCreesh. The move remains intensely controversial to this day. In recent weeks sectarian politicians from Sinn Fein and the unionist parties have clashed repeatedly in the council chamber, on the airways and in the press on the issue.

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Capitalist profiteering is destroying our planet

The world is hurtling towards environmental disaster. In the words of prominent American climate scientist, James Hansen climate change has brought us to the "precipice of a great “tipping point” where we are facing the prospect of the earth transitioning into “a different planet” in terms of climate and environment.

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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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