Tag Archives: Socialism

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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Capitalist crisis means living standards are in the crosshairs

By Joe Higgins The Irish Fiscal Council is the capitalist establishment’s neoliberal watchdog over the general issue of Government income and expenditure in the domestic economy. One of its roles is to press for cuts in government spending if it feels the right-wing political parties in power come under strong pressure to spend extra funds in areas like the health ...

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US: Standing against Trump’s racist border controls

By Linda Schutz At the end of June, the harrowing photo showing a drowned father and daughter lying face down in the water, the girl tucked into her father’s t-shirt, went viral. Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his one-year old daughter Valeria died in the water of the Rio Grande on the US-Mexican border. They were the victims of the ...

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‘Extinction Rebellion’ & the fight against climate catastrophe

By Conor Payne The mass anger over the developing climate catastrophe is bubbling over. This has been reflected particularly in the major youth protests and school student strikes, which has spread all over the world. Despite this very important movement, governments continue to largely pay lip service to the issue while the crisis continues unabated. Many young people will be ...

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Explosive protests rock Hong Kong

By Adam Dudley On one side stand a sea of peaceful protesters struggling in defence of democratic rights. On the other, the ranks of Hong Kong’s repressive state apparatus armed with rubber bullets and tear gas, deployed by Hong Kong’s executive and bolstered by the encouragement from the Chinese dictatorship and their media. That epic face-off and inevitable collision has ...

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Capitalism: Burning the planet for profit

By Keishia Taylor Who causes the climate crisis? Twenty five companies are responsible for more than half of the entire world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988! In a greenwashing frenzy, companies are falling over themselves to create an image of sustainability and tackling climate change, while acting in the interests of profit, not our planet. We need to take the ...

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50 years since Stonewall — PRIDE in LGBTQ Struggle & Solidarity!

Below is the text of the Socialist Party leaflet given out at Pride 2019 in Dublin. Fifty years ago this month, members of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City took a defiant and courageous stand against oppression and discrimination in the Stonewall bar. The impact of this stand reverberated throughout the world and gave birth to the struggle for ...

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Direct Provision = Institutionalised state racism

By Fiona Ryan Recent documents leaked from the Department of Justice exposed the rotten politics at the heart of the continued Direct Provision (DP) Asylum system. Despite minor reforms it remains one of the most restrictive in Europe. Officials claimed a recommended doubling of the weekly payment to asylum seekers from €21.60 to €40.85 would create the “most generous” system ...

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Mass movement defeated water charges before and will defeat them again

Press Statement: Paul Murphy TD (Solidarity) 10 June 2019 €500 excessive usage water charges are Trojan Horse for future charges for all Mass movement defeated water charges before and will defeat them again “The news that Irish Water is seeking to charge households up to €500 for so-called ‘excessive water usage’ is the fruits of Fianna Fail’s betrayal of its ...

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Climate catastrophe: Why you must be red to be green

The first half of 2019 has been characterised by the eruption of a huge movement around climate change, sparked by protests and walkouts of millions of school students internationally, writes Monika Janas. This reflects the growing understanding of the peril which our planet is in and the need for urgent and radical action to reverse this. In reality the term ...

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