Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

Eyewitness report from Mick Barry TD in Catalonia

The following eyewitness report from Barcelona is by Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Mick Barry. More than 150,000 young people joined a mass demonstration against Spanish state repression in Barcelona yesterday (Thursday 28 September). The mobilisation was first called by the militant Sindicato Estudiantes (students union) and then became a united front protest as other anti-repression forces mobilised. The ...

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Paul Murphy TD speaks out against Spanish State repression in Catalonia

Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Paul Murphy spoke out in defence of the rights of the people of Catalonia to decide their own future in the Dáil this week:  “It is precisely democratic institutions that are under threat from the Spanish Government. It is the democratically elected regional government of Catalonia that has called the referendum which is a ...

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End the burden of childcare costs

By Adrienne Harvey Fears that the Government’s More Affordable Childcare Scheme would increase the financial burden on parents have been realised. The subsidy of up to €80 per month was intended to help parents cope with rising childcare costs. However, some parents have already seen this potential gain wiped out after being notified of increases of €90 per month. This ...

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Review: Sound System: The Political Power of Music

Sound System: The Political Power of Music By Dave Randall Published by Pluto Press, 2017 Reviewed by Darragh O’Dwyer As Jeremy Corbyn took to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to address a crowd of tens of thousands predominantly young festivalgoers he looked surprisingly comfortable. “Do you know” he asked rhetorically, “politics is actually about everyday life?” This was perhaps the crowning gesture of an election ...

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Climate change: Trump tears up Paris agreement

By William Foley Trump’s decision to remove the US from the Paris climate agreement shows that he represents one of the most dangerous and reactionary elements of US capitalism. It signals that his administration does not even seek to meet the minimal targets set by Obama when his government negotiated the deal. This should not, however, encourage us to have ...

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Leo Varadkar: Unapologetic Thatcherite assumes power

The election of Leo Varadkar, first as leader of Fine Gael, then as Taoiseach, has been hailed by the international media as an important change. Varadkar is an openly gay man and the son of an immigrant, and the election of such a man as Taoiseach would have been unthinkable up until relatively recent times. This reflects positive social changes ...

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Dáil committee on repeal: ­ Allow vote on Citizens’ Assembly proposals

By Diana O’Dwyer A special Oireachtas Committee has now been set up to consider what proposal should be put in a referendum on the 8th amendment next year. Socialist Party member, Ruth Coppinger is Solidarity’s representative. She will fight for repeal and implementation of the progressive Citizens’ Assembly recommendations to give all pregnant people the right to choose. Anti-choice parties ...

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Elections in the North: A socialist and labour alternative is needed

The stunning electoral upset delivered by Jeremy Corbyn on the basis of a radical, left platform has had an electrifying impact and is potentially a historic turning point. He has engaged a new generation of youth in politics and smashed the lie that socialist policies are unpopular. In contrast, predictions that the snap general election in Northern Ireland would be ...

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Britain: Grenfell Tower fire – Whole Establishment exposed

From the editorial of “The Socialist”, newspaper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales As more details emerge and the death toll rises, it becomes clearer and clearer what a terrible disaster this is. The fire spread with horrifying speed and witnesses describe heart-breaking scenes as people desperately tried to escape. It is a huge tragedy for the immediate ...

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Britain: After elections, May and the Tories must go!

Theresa May’s failed election gamble is a nightmare for the capitalist class in Britain. Seven weeks ago most of Britain’s elite were hopeful that May would succeed in dramatically increasing the number of Tory MPs, thereby buttressing her government to be able to weather the storms of economic crisis, to carry out vicious austerity against the majority in society and to implement ...

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