Author Archives: Socialist Party

Covid 19-Government lifts restrictions but global pandemic continues

By Conor Payne On Friday, 21 January, Taoiseach Micheal Martin announced the sudden abandonment of most Covid restrictions. Limits on capacity and opening times in hospitality and other venues were lifted, as were the restrictions on numbers at sports events, concerts etc. The use of Covid passes domestically was ended and the limits on household gatherings were scrapped. The return ...

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‘Better to rust out than to wear out’: The radical legacy of Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866)

By Emma Ward  The inscription, ‘Wept by her brother’s scaffold’, was the sole memorial on the previously unmarked grave of one of Ireland’s greatest revolutionary women.  Throughout her 96 years, Mary Ann McCracken worked tirelessly as an abolitionist and led successful prison reform schemes. She ensured the eradication of the practice of using climbing boys to sweep chimneys and made ...

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Chile: Election of Gabriel Boric shows aspiration for fundamental change

By Jonathan Diebold  In October 2019, the price of a metro ticket in Santiago, Chile, rose by 30 Pesos. This seemingly innocuous price hike of about €0.03 saw massive protests sweep the country, eventually seeing a constitutional plebiscite that swept away the constitution of the old military dictatorship.  A culmination of this mass movement was the recent election of the ...

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Too many tragedies: Mental health epidemic must be urgently addressed

By Finn McKenna The recent tragic, untimely death of Shane O’Connor, son of musicians Donal Lunny and Shuhada Sadaqat / Sineád O’Connor, reverberated throughout society. The profile of the musicians has no doubt contributed to the widespread response and outpouring of grief. Failure of the state However, the particular tragic case of Shane O’Connor and the southern state’s failure to uphold ...

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New Cold War: Warmongers whipping up dangerous situation in Ukraine

By Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa reporters (our sister organisation in Russia) Political and economic earthquakes are being prepared globally as the forces of US and Chinese imperialism move from a state of cooperation to open competition. As these forces collide, shock waves ripple around the world dis-organising, disrupting, and re-organising the relationships between the different imperialist powers. The epicentre of this disruption ...

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Are we witnessing a global labour revival?

By Michael O’Brien The editorial of the Financial Times (FT) newspaper on 4 January was headlined, ‘Coronavirus has provided a wake-up call for workers’. The FT is not given to sensationalism aimed at a mass readership. Rather, it has been accurately described as the capitalist class talking to itself. The effect of the pandemic The speculation that one of the ...

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Solidarity with the revolt in Kazakhstan

By Dave Vallely  The spark for mass struggle in Kazakhstan was the decision by the government at the beginning of January to cut fuel subsidies. This decision more than doubled the price of gas and caused widespread anger, yet opposition to the Kazakh regime has been building up over decades and has been brought to a head by the pandemic. ...

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Solidarity with the sit-in: Save Regina Coeli Hostel

By Dagmar Walgraeve The staff and residents of Regina Coeli hostel in Belfast began a ‘sit in’ on 12 January after they were told that the facility is due to close in the next few weeks. As the sole women-only hostel in Northern Ireland, it provides accommodation and support services for up to 21 women, supporting over 200 women a ...

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End gender violence & this misogynistic system

Text of Socialist Party leaflet given out today at the “Never Again, Not One More” protests against gender-based violence organised by ROSA Socialist Feminist Movement in Cork and Dublin.  Since the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy tens of thousands have participated in countless vigils in every city, town and village in Ireland, North and South, with Irish communities in London, ...

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Prince Andrew & the depraved culture of the ruling class

By Aislinn O’Keeffe The Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men… and they comprised members of the British royal family, the mainstream media, wealthy business folk, a PR team, at least one convicted sex trafficker and one convicted child abuser, along with a legal team reportedly costing millions of pounds.  This week, however, even Prince Andrew’s army ...

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