Monthly Archives: February 2020

Lethal for our planet: Fracking must be stopped

By Gary McDonald  The potential for the Irish state to allow for the importation of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) into Ireland through the Shannon and Cork Harbour LNG project is a clear indication that the Irish government has no real intention of curbing Ireland’s carbon emissions output in order to save humanity from a complete catastrophe.  Leo Varadkar at the ...

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Trade union movement must harness mood for change

By Mick Barry TD  “Real change” was the demand of huge numbers of people in the February election. Real change on housing. Real change on health. Real change in the pension age. Real change for climate justice. The demand for change was heard most strongly in working-class communities and crystallized around key issues facing working class people. For the third ...

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

via Chinaworker.info The COVID-19 outbreak is close to becoming a global pandemic. The WHO so far refuses to make this call, but many experts think that point has already been reached. Global capitalism is staring at a stock market meltdown (the only silver lining is Trump is mightily pissed) with $ trillions obliterated in the past five days. Many bourses have ...

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Ruth Coppinger interviews UCD students fighting rent hikes

I’ve come here this morning to show solidarity with students who are protesting against huge rent hikes that are taking place here in UCD. So I have with me here Joanna, who is the President of the Students Union and Úna who is the Welfare Officer.  So Joanna I know you met with the college authorities,  did you get anywhere?  ...

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Capitalist establishment rejected but… How can real change be achieved?

On 8 February, people cast their votes and produced an historic election result, the ripples from which will continue for some time, writes Kevin McLoughlin.  The two traditional capitalist parties were left reeling at the temerity of voters to only give them a combined vote of 43.4%. Insult was added to injury when it emerged they came only second and ...

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Towards a United Ireland?

By Kevin Henry The week after the election in the South, which saw Sinn Féin win the largest share of the popular vote as support for the two traditional establishment parties reduced to a historic low, the Economist magazine had a front cover asking if a united Ireland is possible. The perception that we are moving towards a united Ireland ...

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US-The (un)Democratic Party: Why We Need a New Working Class Party

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) When Trump was elected in 2016, a chorus of establishment Democrats from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi urged ordinary Americans to “give him a chance.” Pelosi went as far as to say she “prayed for his success.” While these political leaders were welcoming Trump into the ...

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Are the Social Democrats a left alternative to the system?

By Conor Payne  The Social Democrats were one of the forces to benefit from the mood for change on February 8, successfully getting six TDs elected up from two in the outgoing Dáil. Their campaign focused on the need for public housing and action on the health crisis. Their manifesto called for 100,000 public homes on public land in the ...

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Unforgiven: Labour leadership battle after another bruising election

By Colm McCarthy In the aftermath of the election that cemented their historically poor results of four years ago, Labour leader Brendan Howlin resigned, triggering a leadership race. The race will pit Alan Kelly, the most prominent figure remaining from the 2011-16 cabinet, against Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.   A force for social progress? Ó Ríordáin is a key propagator of the ...

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World Congress of International Socialist Alternative: Capitalism has failed, fight for a socialist future!

By Ann Orr (Irish delegate) The Twelfth World Congress of the international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated took place in January 2020. It was attended by delegates and visitors from 27 countries. The Congress followed the splitting away of a minority who demonstrated a staid, conservative and dogmatic approach to tackling the challenges and seizing the opportunities ...

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