Author Archives: Socialist Party

US–Washington State carpenters take on billionaire bosses to win a decent contract

By Matt Smith, Socialist Alternative–our sister organisation in the United States Over the past week, hundreds of rank-and-file carpenters have been on strike for family-sustaining wages, fully-paid parking, and basic dignity, including protections against sexual harassment in the workplace and fully-funded benefits like pension and healthcare. They are on strike against the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), a bosses ...

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Student accommodation crisis: we need public homes now!

By Ollie Bell It is no secret that Ireland is currently facing a housing crisis, but according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the student accommodation crisis is worse than ever. With long waiting lists and high rents, students are now exploring the options of living in B&Bs, hostels and hotels.  If public transport is an option then ...

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New Cold War: The AUKUS pact unsettles the world

Per Olsson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna, ISA in Sweden The new defence pact “AUKUS” agreed between the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom can, in the words of the British journal ‘The Economist’ on 17 September, be described as an “agreement that prioritised geopolitics—namely, balancing against China’s rise—over non-proliferation sensitivities”.  According to the author, the pact has only one previous comparison: “America’s ...

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Climate crisis: The implications of Hurricane Ida

By Jesse Shussett, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Imagine it’s 90 degrees outside, your wall-to-wall carpet is fully soaked in floodwater and it’s starting to mold. Your power is out so you have no air conditioning, not even a fan, and your phone has been dead for days. Everything in your fridge is rotten, but the ...

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Failure to invest in necessary infrastructure results in water contamination

By Conor Burke The quality of drinking water in Ireland has long been a topic of contention. Hardly a year goes by in which some incident of contamination isn’t reported. The latest occurrence of failures in our water supply network happened in Waterford and Dublin, where over 900,000 people were exposed to dangerous contaminants — with 52 people in the ...

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Global supply chain chaos & the need for a rationally planned economy

By Dan O’Rourke The concept of ‘supply chains’ was once a relatively obscure topic that was only discussed on the pages of specialist trade magazines and forums. As empty shelves make headlines in the UK, tech companies warn of microchip shortages and shipping costs skyrocket, topics like logistics, trade, and supply lines are becoming a mainstream, household topic of discussion.  ...

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Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Reviewed by Harper Cleves Sally Rooney’s third novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, was one of the most anticipated and hyped-up book releases in recent memory. For about two months in advance all of Dublin seemed to be waiting with bated breath for the 7 September release date advertised in every bookshop window — and a few fanatics could even ...

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North: Fight for genuinely integrated education

By Emma Ward This month sees the 40th anniversary of Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first integrated school.  Opening their doors in September 1981 they welcomed just 28 students, under police presence and armed guards, to a small Scout hall.  Since then, their numbers have flourished to over 1,400 pupils and they are regularly oversubscribed. However, despite the success of the ...

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Warehouse workers at the chokepoint: A Christmas crisis is labour’s opportunity

By Dan O’Rourke One of the core lessons of the pandemic has been that workers make society run. It certainly wasn’t billionaires, CEOs, landlords and bosses who were categorized as ‘essential workers’. That label was awarded to nurses, hospitality staff, couriers, bus drivers, and truckers. Workers are the ones who keep everyone healthy, fed. Workers are the ones who keep ...

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