Monthly Archives: April 2019

Review: Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman By Anna Burns Published by Faber, 2018 Reviewed by Cerys Falvey Whilst a somewhat difficult read Milkman is entirely deserving of its recent praise, including winning the prestigious Man Booker Prize. The protagonist, an 18-year-old book worm, tells her story from an unnamed town, though to anyone familiar with the geography of North Belfast (from where Burns is from), ...

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Killing of Lyra McKee- Trade unions must show way forward

Socialist Party statement, 26 April 2019 The killing of Lyra McKee on Thursday April 19th sent a wave of shock across Northern Ireland. Lyra was only 29 but had already made a name for herself as a journalist, an author and an activist. Whilst over 3,800 have died in the “Troubles” since 1969 some killings strike a particular chord. Lyra’s ...

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The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg

January marked the 100th anniversary of the murder of the outstanding revolutionary socialist leader, Rosa Luxemburg. In this article, Eleanor Crossey-Malone looks at her defence of both the fundamental ideas of Marxism and the necessity of revolutionary change against an increasingly opportunistic and reformist SPD leadership. Remembering Rosa Luxemburg after her death, the Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky wrote of seeing ...

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Venezuela: once again in the crosshairs of imperialism

On 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela. Shortly afterwards, he was recognised as such by the USA and Canada. A few days later, Britain, France, Germany and many others followed suit. Ann Orr looks at the ongoing attempts by imperialist forces to crush the government of Nicolás Maduro and argues that Venezuela does not represent ...

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Socialist challenge to sectarian status quo

By Daniel Waldron In Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Socialist Party member Donal O’Cofaigh is fighting for a council seat in the election on 2nd May under the banner of Cross-Community Labour Alternative. Donal works for Unite the Union and is the secretary of Fermanagh Council of Trade Unions. A proven fighter He has been to the fore of every local campaign ...

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Euro elections: Vote no.1 Rita Harrold

From the housing crisis, to the cervical cancer scandal, to climate change – capitalism’s profit motive clashes with the needs of the majority. I’m Rita Harrold a 29 year old childminder from Crumlin & a longstanding Socialist Party activist. I’ve been involved in the anti water charges movement, in standing with workers most recently on the nurses and paramedics picket ...

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Trade unionists respond to killing of Lyra McKee

Working class people from across the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland were revulsed by the shooting and death of a young female journalist, Lyra McKee, in Derry city, last Thursday evening. Anton McCabe, National Executive Council member of the National Union of Journalists (personal capacity), and a Socialist Party member, who knew Lyra, helped organise some of the NUJ and ...

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1919: Workers’ revolution shakes the world

By Cillian Gillespie “Ireland must ready itself for when Europe may be run by councils of soldiers, workers and peasants.” These were the words of Eamon De Valera in April 1919, the month of the Limerick Soviet. The events surrounding the Limerick Soviet and those in Ireland generally were enormously impacted by the global upheaval in the period after the ...

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Bloody Sunday: No justice, only insults

By Michael O’Brien The decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the North to proceed with the prosecution of just one of the Paratroopers responsible for the murder of 14 unarmed civilian civil rights protesters in Derry during Bloody Sunday in January 1972 has been greeted with justifiable anger by the families of the dead. The Paratroopers are an ...

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Sri Lanka: No to terrorist bombing-For workers unity to defeat racism and division

Statement from United Socialist Party (our sister organisation in Sri Lanka)  The United Socialist Party in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Solidarity campaign, the Socialist Party in England and Wales and the Socialist Party in Ireland strongly condemn the atrocious attacks that took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (21-04-2019). Well-coordinated attacks took place in eight places, including three churches which ...

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