Author Archives: Socialist Party

Review: Elsewhere directed by Michael Gallen

By Finn McKenna Elsewhere, the opera by Michael Gallen based around the Monaghan Soviet which ran in the Abbey Theatre (15-20 November), was somehow both unique and familiar. It was also surreal, absurd and a performance that this reviewer has no yardstick to compare it with, it being my first time at an opera (or libretto). In any case, it ...

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Capitalism kills: build a mass struggle for refugee rights

Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Alternative — ISA in England, Wales & Scotland 27 migrants including pregnant women and children drowned when their boat sank as they tried to cross the English Channel / la Manche in an attempt to gain asylum in Britain. This was mass murder. The horrific tragedy that unfolded on 24 November was predictable and predicted. Right-wing governments ...

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Dublin City Council gives more public land to private developers

By Michael O’Brien, former Dublin City Councillor The effective giveaway of the Dublin City Council-owned plot of land on the Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock is the latest episode of a saga that has been ongoing for seven years, ever since the site was identified as a location for hundreds of badly needed housing units. Time and again the Council ...

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Nurses & midwives deserve better: no more poverty wages & unbearable conditions

By Catherine Finnegan Despite being nearly two years into the pandemic that has put healthcare workers at huge risk, nurses and midwives continue to be cruelly underpaid and overworked. The latest surge of Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm the health service, but nurses and midwives know all too well that even before the pandemic the country’s hospitals battled with capacity crises ...

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Cork students protest racism in school

By Brian McCarthy A large anti-racist protest was organised by school students at Glanmire Community College (GCC) in Cork on Friday, 12 November. The protest was about the fact that two students have been suspended for speaking out against racism.  Many students waved hand-made placards mocking the school’s motto of “Ní neart go cur le chéile”, which translates as “there’s ...

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No more data centres: stop kowtowing to the interests of Big Tech

By James McCabe The government has refused to rule out the possibility of electricity blackouts this winter. At a time of exponential rises in the price of electricity and gas for ordinary households, it has become apparent that data centres are creating a significant strain on the national electrical grid. In fact, there is currently a boom in data centres ...

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ISA statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

ISA’s International Women’s Bureau and ROSA International 2021 has been another year of struggle against sexism, LGBTQphobia and racism, including mass protests and strikes, inspiring examples of solidarity being built amongst workers of all genders. At the Mercedes plant in the Basque Country, there was a strike of 3500 workers after the murder of fellow worker Erika Tavares, demanding an ...

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