Monthly Archives: November 2019

Seattle City Council election: Socialists defeat Jeff Bezos and Amazon

By Michael O’Brien It is not typical for a city council election contest in the US to be the subject of national and international attention. Socialist Alternative (US sister organisation of the Socialist Party) councillor Kshama Sawant’s successful defence of her seat was one such case. The concerted attempt by wealthy Republican Party donors and big corporations to unseat her ...

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Vote Fiona Ryan in Cork North By-Election

Text of leaflet for Socialist Party member and Solidarity Councillor Fiona Ryan’s By-Election campaign. Use your vote to strike back  Years of misrule by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are bringing us down: 10,400 officially homeless Record high rents at €1,372 per month in Cork City  Unaffordable childcare – €845 per month in Cork City  A cost of living crisis, ...

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2019: A turning point

By Per-Ake Westerlund from the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated  2019 marks a definite political turning point globally. Particularly in the last months, we have seen mass struggles and general strikes around the world with revolutionary characteristics. This is a mass explosion, a result of accumulated ...

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Northern Ireland: End Gender Based Violence

By Lucy Marron Northern Ireland, tied with Romania, is the region with the highest reported rate of femicide in Europe. One-fifth of women in the North will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and domestic abuse crimes have increased by 68% since 2004 at a time when funding for services and refuges for those fleeing abuse is ...

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Prince Andrew: a stomach-churning example of the unaccountable, super-rich elite

By Jacqui Berry, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England and Wales) “Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do” sneered Prince Andrew as he struggled to contain his disdain for ordinary people.  In an astonishing interview with BBC Newsnight, Prince Andrew spectacularly failed in his attempts to distance himself from convicted sex offender ...

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Mental health crisis and the system

By Michael Shields In Ireland and across the world, people are grappling with a mental health crisis. According to Mental Health Ireland’s most recent figures, one in 12 Irish people are affected by depression, and one in 10 children experience mental health problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there are 300 million people living with depression worldwide, 23 million ...

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Support the locked out SK Biotek workers

By Michael O’Brien One hundred and fifty SK Biotek workers, members of SIPTU and Connect, have been locked out for a week by their bosses in response industrial action that they started last month. The pharmaceutical manufacturing plant has been in operation in Swords for over 40 years originally as Bristol Myers Squib until December 2017 when it was sold ...

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5 reasons to march on 5 December

By Manus Lenihan 60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.     Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day. Kids are queuing in their school uniforms for ...

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Unfinished Business: For a Socialist Feminist Struggle to End Gender Violence

By Emma Quinn  On 15 October a popular social media post in Ireland captured the prevalence of gender violence. The image showed nine headlines appearing across the mainstream media on that day including the sexual abuse of a child, intimate partner violence, an attack and rape of a woman in a nightclub and an internationally famous “sports star” who continued ...

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NI general election: Pacts and polarisation

In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future of public services can also shape the outcome. Already, funding ...

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