Author Archives: Socialist Party

A neo-liberal technocrat: Owen Keegan must go!

By Michael O’Brien, former Dublin City Councillor A snide email response by Owen Keegan to UCD Students Union has rightly drawn condemnation. The latter were rightly pointing out to Keegan the accommodation crisis for students in the city that is in no way being mitigated by totally unaffordable, so-called “purpose-built student accommodation” (PBSA). While the utter lack of professionalism in ...

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Review of RTÉ’s “Sold: The Eircom Shares Saga” – the fraud of “popular capitalism”

By Robert Cosgrave The RTÉ documentary, Sold: The Eircom Shares Saga, is not without its limitations, but it’s a more interesting fare than most of what you’d get from the “national broadcaster”. The documentary charts the story of the privatisation of the state-owned Telecom Eireann (later Eircom and now Eir) in 1999.  Population hoodwinked  The project of privatisation was spun ...

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Ten years later – The importance of Occupy Wall Street

By Leon Pinsky, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) September saw the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement which opened a new chapter in the history of social struggle in the U.S. A decade later, we can appreciate the importance of Occupy as the first step in developing a new left, anticapitalist struggles, impacting electoral ...

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Irish capitalism at the heart of Pandora Papers scandal

By Sam Belton  For decades, the economic strategy of the Irish capitalist class and their political representatives has been built on turning Ireland into a tax haven for multinationals and the world’s super-rich. It is no surprise, then, that Ireland is so thoroughly implicated in the scandal surrounding the Pandora Papers, which has lifted the lid on global tax dodging ...

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Brazil: Partido Socialismo E Liberdade (PSOL) faces its greatest historical test

By Marcus Kollbrunner, Delegate from LSR at the CongressLiberdade, Socialismo e Revolução (LSR) — our sister organisation in Brazil The Seventh National Congress of the Partido Socialismo e Liberdade (PSOL) took place 24–26 September against the background of the pandemic, and in the context of a complicated political conjuncture. The situation is marked by the developing struggle against the genocidal, ...

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100% redress now: Thousands protest against mica scandal

By Jonathan Diebold  On Friday, 8 October, thousands took to the streets of Dublin once again to protest against the scandal surrounding mica. Ordinary working people from Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, and other counties impacted by the issue, made the trip in what was one of the largest protests seen in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, perhaps except ...

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Whistleblower reveals the murky world of Facebook

By Amy Ferguson The news that a mega-corporation like Facebook (which runs Instagram and Whatsapp also) prioritises its profit margins at the expense of the safety and wellbeing of ordinary people may not come as a surprise to many. However, a whistleblower’s testimony provides us with a glimpse into the sheer power these monopolies have over our day-to-day lives and ...

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