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Limerick Soviet 1919 “The Bottom Dog” Revolts

By Aislinn O’Keefe and Dominic Haugh The period in Ireland after 1917 Ireland saw a wave of strikes and a radicalisation of the working class on a scale never before witnessed on the island. A key event in this period was the Limerick Soviet that saw the working class of the city take control of the city for a period ...

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Referendum in May Vote YES – Remove all restrictions on Divorce

By Paul Murphy TD “Hello Divorce – Bye Bye Daddy” was a key slogan of the right-wing No campaign seeking to prevent the introduction of divorce in Ireland in 1995. That referendum passed by the narrowest of margins, 0.5%. It is an indication of the sweeping social change which has taken place, particularly the undermining of the Catholic church, that ...

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Solidarity with nurses and midwives!

Full support for Nurses — a gain for them is a gain for all workers & for our health service Socialist Party members and Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Mick Barry have called for full support by all workers for nurses and midwives in their upcoming national strikes. “Nurses should get the full support of all workers and ...

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Yemen: Saudi regime creates horrific famine

By Colm McCarthy Yemen is undergoing a major humanitarian catastrophe. Already the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula prior to civil war, it is now experiencing famine. The UN estimates that 18 million of Yemen’s 27 million people are food insecure. 1.8 million children are malnourished and the threat of cholera is widespread.  A massive devaluation in the Yemeni currency ...

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Private profiteering leads to school closures

By Councillor Matt Waine The school crisis that has emerged in the last week is a disaster. 1,200 pupils now have nowhere to go, parents have been left in limbo wondering how they will manage and all the vital sports, childcare and community groups, including Foroige services, are now homeless, unable to provide the services that so many rely on. ...

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Brazil: Mobilise to defeat Bolsonaro and re-build a Socialist Left!

Article written by members of LSR, sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Brazil, on the upcoming Presidential elections there, where there is a real risk of far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro being elected.  Following the elections on 7 October, Brazil is in great danger from the point of view of millions of workers, peasants, youth, women, black and indigenous ...

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Defending ROSA & a combative Socialist Feminist approach

The historic victory for the abortion rights has been a beacon for all those fighting misogyny worldwide. Unfortunately, in this context, ROSA has been subject to a smear campaign of sorts online. Some tweets and social media posts even lump ROSA in with right wing politicians who our movement had to fight head-on for years even for the right to ...

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“Bold, brave, undaunted”- The Life & Ideas of James Connolly

5 June 2018 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly. The following article was originally written for the Socialist Party’s publication “Ireland’s Lost Revolution 1916-1923- The Working Class and The Struggle for Socialism” in 2016. We are also reprinting an extract from an article from the same book “A Stand Against Imperialism and War” by Kevin McLoughlin ...

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Film review: The Florida Project directed by Sean Baker

By Darragh O’Dwyer “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America.” – Walt Disney Few things excite children more than the prospect of a trip to Disney World – that fantastical utopia populated by the characters of their most treasured films. It might seem peculiar that  writer/director Sean Baker’s meditation on childhood ...

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Paul Murphy TD on Jobstown trials, political policing & the role of the state

“This public force exists in every state; it consists not merely of armed men, but also of material appendages, prisons and coercive institutions of all kinds…” The ‘public force’ designed to protect the interests of the ruling class described in Friedrich Engels’ (Karl Marx’s lifelong collaborator) Origins of the Family Private Property and the State is on full display in ...

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