Author Archives: Socialist Party

The Covid crisis, the capitalist state & the role of socialists

By Conor Payne  This article responds to some issues raised by Paul Murphy TD (People Before Profit and RISE) in his recent article ‘The Covid Test’. For over a year, the Covid crisis has convulsed the world. The virus has killed millions and devastated whole societies, as we are now horrifically seeing in India. The health crisis has been accompanied ...

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Israel/Palestine-Stop the War: No peace without struggle against occupation, poverty and capital

Provocations by the police and the far-right have led to a dangerous escalation leaving many dead and wounded. The war must be stopped. Peace can only be achieved by struggling against the occupation, poverty, and rule of capital.An Interview with Yasha Marmer, Socialist Struggle — our sister organisation in Israel/Palestine. By ISA (International Socialist Alternative- the Socialist Party is the ...

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Stop the slaughter in Gaza — Oppose Israeli State terror!

The Israeli State, headed by the corrupt regime of Benjamin Netanyahu, is waging yet another murderous assault on the people of Gaza, home to two million Palestinians residing in the world’s largest open-air prison. The small strip of land, where much of the buildings and infrastructure have been destroyed by successive Israeli assaults, is besieged by land, air and sea. ...

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No more government timewasting! – Debenhams workers demand their rights now!

Text of Socialist Party leaflet for protest in support of #PassDebenhamsBill, outside the Dáil today. The announcement yesterday by the government that they would effectively put the Debenhams Bill on ice for a year tells us two things. One is that this government is fundamentally anti-worker. This is also evident by its presiding over the ongoing protection of KPMG scabs ...

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Prices & profits shoot up: Housing remains out of our reach

By Councillor Leah Whelan  With low wages, precarity and the economic threat of Covid still looming, it is easy to see why there was public backlash to the new out-of-touch “affordable” housing scheme put forward by the government.  Proposals under the government’s scheme will cap the cost of an “affordable” home at €450,000 in Dublin City. With jobs, colleges, and ...

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Government takes aim at students on PUP

By Michael Shiel  Over a year into the Covid crisis, the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has been an essential lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people across the state. Workplaces have closed and thrust many into unemployment, from jobs they’d spent months, years, or even decades in, while living costs remain. Combined with the mental strain of isolation, the economic ...

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White Moose Cafe Twitter outrage & exploitative practices in the hospitality industry

By Dan O’Rourke The White Moose Café in North Dublin, and it’s owner Paul Stinson, have recently been the focus of another round of social media outrage. This time for alleged exploitative work practices, as well as the usual deliberately inflammatory social media posts. Stinson is infamous for deliberately provocative outbursts on social media.  On Tuesday 4 May, coordinated updates ...

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US: Mass pressure forces Biden to reverse position on big pharma’s vaccine patents

By Kshama Sawant For months, a global struggle has been developing to demand that the governments of wealthy, Western nations put people before billionaire profit, and end the stunning inequity in access to the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine. The rapid and widespread global dissemination of vaccinations is at the center of every strategy by public health professionals to stop the spread ...

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Hospitality reopens in the North- Workers must be organised

by Neil Moore The announcement of the reopening of hospitality venues by the Northern Ireland Executive has been widely welcomed by workers and young people, including those working in the industry. This comes after a long year of lockdowns, job losses and surviving on 80% of the already unliveable minimum wage. The reopening – initially of outdoor venues before a ...

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What’s impeding the vaccine rollout?

By Keishia Taylor The end is in sight – over a million Irish residents, or just over a quarter of the adult population, have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Moderna vaccines. The rollout is underway, despite various complications. After some uncertainty around extremely rare blood clots, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has now been approved ...

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