News & Analysis

Victim blaming & entrenched misogyny in the legal system

By Eleanor Crossey Malone The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described violence against women as a “global health problem of epidemic proportions.” Research carried out by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights found that 26% of women in Ireland had experienced sexual or physical violence at the hands of a partner or non-partner, and 31% had experienced psychological abuse from ...

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Why sex education needs to be overhauled

By Grace Gageby The #MeToo movement has gained traction internationally against a backdrop of a growing revolt against sexual violence and macho culture. From the women’s marches against Trump, the Ni Una Menos movement throughout Latin America, and the ubiquitous nature of the ‘Times Up’ slogan, the issue of gender-based violence can no longer be ignored. In Ireland specifically, the ...

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International Women’s Day 2018: The fight for abortion rights in Ireland

The following statement was written by Socialist Party member and ROSA activist Laura Fitzgerald for the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International to mark International Women’s Day 2018.  International Women’s Day 2018 will be dominated by the issue of abortion on the island of Ireland, with particular focus on the South where years of agitation and mobilisation has ...

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US: Parkland school massacre – youth rise up against violence and inequality

By Stephen Edwards, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) As we publish this, walkouts have been held in schools across the country in solidarity with students in Parkland, Florida. Hundreds of high school students walked out, marched, and rallied in Florida, Maryland, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota with many more preparing for walkouts in the ...

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Corbynism’s critical year

As Britain’s weak Tory government clings on – and numerous social, political and economic shocks threaten its downfall – a key factor is whether the Labour Party can provide a mass alternative to harsh austerity. This is one of the main themes in the British Perspectives document for the Socialist Party’s national congress in March, drafted by HANNAH SELL (Deputy ...

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Blue Planet shows impact of capitalist pollution

By Aprille Scully Plastic – a durable and inexpensive material – is an invention that has been a boost for humanity, used in everything from medical equipment to clothes. Under capitalism, however, the cheap material has allowed companies to make products more cheaply and therefore increase profits. The cost of mass producing such a durable, non-biodegradable material that is so ...

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The state & whistleblower scandal: A cesspit exposed

By Colm McCarthy The crisis caused by the smearing of Garda whistleblowers is far from over. To date, this scandal has led to the resignation of two Garda commissioners, two Justice Ministers and a Taoiseach, as well as  almost bringing the government to the point of collapse in November. Frances Fitzgerald was the latest to resign in December as a ...

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Where will Mary Lou McDonald lead Sinn Féin?

By Kevin McLoughlin When it looked as if there could be an immediate general election last November, any fanfare of farewell for Gerry Adams was shelved, as McDonald became the effective leader. Pearse Doherty and Michelle O’Neill ruling themselves out means there is no question of who will lead the party. While there may be a change in style under ...

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Underfunded & Church controlled: Proper healthcare denied to Trans community

By Thomas White Currently in Ireland there is a real lack of access to decent and appropriate health care services for Trans, Intersex and other gender nonconforming people throughout the health system. There are only a handful of medical practitioners in the country willing to prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Gender Reassignment Surgery, and an outmoded “diagnoses” based system ...

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Socialist, pro-choice TD speaks- Interview with Ruth Coppinger

Carah Daniel spoke with Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger about the upcoming referendum to repeal the 8th and how the battle for abortion rights can be won in Ireland. Ruth was also a member of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment. What was it that brought about the committee on the 8th amendment? The Committee was set ...

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