Author Archives: Socialist Party

Covid-19: Capitalist market & the PPE shortage

By Conor Burke Throughout the COVID-19 crisis workers in various essential services have gone beyond the call of duty to help the rest of us feel safe and secure, from supermarket staff to pharmacy workers to public transport personnel and others. Arguably, it is those front-line workers in our hospitals who have proven themselves not just essential but the difference ...

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COVID-19: No attacks on democratic rights

By James McCabe Across the globe, governments are introducing sweeping curtailments of basic democratic rights in the name of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. In some countries this has even led to the “temporary” dissolution of parliament. Many governments have thankfully, if belatedly, enforced the closure of non-essential businesses. At the same time, many have banned public gatherings and given the ...

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India and COVID-19: “Social distancing is a privilege”

By Ana Mitra  On the 25 March 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a 21 day lockdown in India, leaving the nation of 1.3 billion people approximately four hours to prepare for it. This announcement resulted in the country queuing up to panic buy groceries and essentials to stock up for the three weeks. Moreover, while essential services were ...

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No cutting of Dublin Bus workers’ annual leave

By Michael O’Brien Dublin Bus management are steamrolling through their policy of enforced annual leave. I was given sight of a list of sixty drivers’ names that has been posted up on the wall in Harristown Garage yesterday, where they are being told they must take next Monday off. The officialdom of the two unions that organise there are effectively ...

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Gaza: brutal siege will ensure COVID-19 catastrophe

By Finghín Kelly  As relatively developed health care systems in Europe and North America are struggling to cope with the ravages of Covid-19, the people of Gaza are bracing themselves for what could be a massive humanitarian catastrophe should the virus take hold in the territory.  Open air prison Home to two million Palestinian refugees, Gaza is an open air ...

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Ruth Coppinger & Seanad election – strong vote for socialist ideas

By Oisín Kelly  Ruth Coppinger obtained a strong vote in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Seanad election with 9.5% of the first preference vote coming in fourth place. This reflects the support and respect for socialist ideas that exists in many different sections of society’. On the first count Ruth obtained 3,615 first preference votes (9.5%). Throughout the counts ...

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Nevada homelessness – a picture of US capitalism today

By Harper Cleves In the last weekend of March, images of a parking lot converted into a homeless shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada sparked outrage. The images of the make-shift shelter are stark and are illustrative of the grotesque inequalities that lie at the heart of US capitalism.   Human beings lie directly on asphalt, or on thin blue foam sheets ...

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Coronavirus crisis – a socialist feminist view

By International Socialist Alternative (ISA) Women’s Bureau (ISA is the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party is the Irish section of) The covid-19 crisis has hit the world hard. Health care workers, whose voices were never heard when they screamed for more staff and resources in movements and strikes all over the world in the last years, are ...

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Capitalism and the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919

By Keishia Taylor The 1918-1919 “Spanish Flu” killed between 50-100 million people, more than the number of deaths in the First and Second World Wars combined. According to expert Laura Spinney the Spanish flu “re-sculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death.” The war plague The influenza epidemic began in the spring of 1918, quickly spreading throughout ...

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Housing crisis in a pandemic

By Andrea Murray Covid-19 has plunged the world into a situation of unparalleled uncertainty and anxiety, for none more so than those already suffering from the housing crisis. In January this year, there were officially 10,271 homeless people in Ireland. The number of homeless families had increased by 302% to 1,611 since 2015. More than one in three people in ...

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