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British Labour Party Leadership Election: How Red is Ed?

Ed Miliband has beaten his brother David by a margin of only 1.3% to become the new leader of the British Labour Party. After four rounds of voting under Labour’s electoral college - which is divided into three equally weighted sections comprising the MP and MEPs, constituency Labour Party (CLP) members and those belonging to affiliated organisations such as the trade unions - Ed Miliband won with 175,519 votes to  David Miliband’s 147,220.

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Workplace death – Parents’ fight for justice

A recent Coroner’s Inquest into the circumstances leading to the death of 24 year old Stephen O’Brien from Drogheda in October 2007 when a boiler exploded at the Haribo confectionary factory in Finglas (since closed) might lead to prosecutions for criminal negligence.

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Shameful: Sarkozy scapegoats Roma

In July, French president Nicolas Sarkozy began a blatantly racist policy of systematic deportation of Roma people residing in France. So far over 1,200 have been deported. A leaked memo from the French interior ministry confirms the racist nature of this policy, telling police chiefs to “begin a systematic dismantling of the illegal camps, particularly those of the Roma”.

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Ireland’s greatest – James Connolly

“The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go.”- James Connolly
You are unlikely to hear this quote being given when broadcaster Joe Duffy makes the case for James Connolly to be selected as the greatest Irish person in the RTE series.  If you do you will probably be told that Connolly’s firm anti-capitalist socialist outlook may have been okay for his time but has little relevance in today’s world.

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ICTU: We need real action not rotten deals

Socialist Party Leaflet:

The economic crisis is not going away. The government’s policies are making it worse. The so-called opposition say cuts are needed and the ICTU has not defended workers from the impact of the recession.

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Pakistan in crisis: Poor suffer most as millions hit by disaster

As the food waters recede after the worst monsoon flooding in Pakistan’s history, up to 20 million people are beginning to come to terms with the disaster and pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. The death toll from the initial flooding belies the scale of the disaster. While 1,600 lives were lost directly, now cholera, diarrhoea and other diseases hover menacingly over the victims, putting tens, if not hundreds of thousands more at risk of death, particularly the young and the elderly.

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