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“Co-Living” means innovated bedsits!

By Matt Waine The decision over the summer by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for 208 “Co-Living” accommodation units in Dun Laoghaire, marks a new low in government housing policy, while a new high in homeless figures was recorded. The two are intricately linked. The homeless crisis is big business – and developers are making a killing.  Merchants of ...

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Mental health services at breaking point

By Mary Cahillane Mental health services in Ireland are at breaking point. Decades of cutbacks and austerity, with no additional funding, have stretched services to their limits, and many areas have no services at all. The whirr of the search and rescue helicopter over the River Shannon in Limerick City strikes fear into people who have family or friends struggling ...

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Harland & Wolff: Victory to the Shipyard workers!

Below is the text of a leaflet distributed by Socialist Party activists at a rally to save the shipyard Workers at Harland & Wolff have shown real determination by occupying the shipyard and demanding it is brought into public ownership. The loss of more jobs and skills would be a serious blow to the local economy. Through their struggle, they ...

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Judiciary back the bosses again!- Support the Ryanair workers right to strike!

By Michael O’Brien The granting of Ryanair’s injunction against the pilot’s democratically balloted scheduled strike action tomorrow and Friday is an attack on workers’ rights by the judiciary that should concern the whole trade union movement. It should not however come as a surprise as the judiciary as part of the capitalist establishment has a natural class bias in favour ...

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

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 disbanded by the CWU leadership at the behest of the company as part of a process of internal restructuring.

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Chernobyl: A warning from history

With growing calls, including from some on the left, for nuclear fission to be widely harnessed as a means to shift away from fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions, HBO’s mini-series Chernobyl comes as a timely reminder of the colossal dangers associated with this technology. The series – currently the highest rated ever on IMDb – follows the events which ...

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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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