Author Archives: Socialist Party

Strike wave grips France in opposition to Macron regime

By Finghin Kelly  Strikes have been gripping France for over a month now in opposition to attempts by the Macron government to attack workers’ pension rights. Railway workers led the strikes, starting in early December, which then broadened out to bring in teachers, lawyers, healthcare workers, airline staff and even dancers at the Paris Opera house. The protests on 5 ...

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No delay, gender recognition for all!

By Ollie Bell, co-founder of Trans and Intersex Pride Dublin  Last November, the report of the Gender Recognition Act review revealed that the government wasn’t going to implement non-binary recognition or gender recognition for under-16s. The only real change that the review promised was that young people aged between 16 and 17 would now be able to get gender recognition ...

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Interview with Solidarity Councillor Sandra Fay: A tragic story of mental health crisis

A Thejournal.ie article titled “Mental health services failing vulnerable, warns sister of patient held in jail,” published on New Year’s Day, provided a graphic case study in the state’s abysmal failure to care for people suffering with addiction and mental illness. The case concerned Joseph Fay, aged 46, and the interviewee was his sister, Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member ...

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Solidarity with striking school secretaries

By Kate Relihan, INTO activist, Dublin 15 Today school secretaries represented by Fórsa will hold a national one-day strike in conjunction with rallies at the Dáil and the Department of Education later today. Following this one-day strike, FÓRSA school secretaries will escalate their work-to-rule campaign and begin a boycott by refusing to report financial data to the Department of Education. Their work-to-rule ...

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Childcare crisis reaches point of collapse- Fund free public childcare now

By Katia Hancke  Childcare services have reached breaking point due to the callous insistence of this government to treat the care of our children as a for-profit business. Childcare workers and small providers, with the support of many parents, have been driven to closing down the sector for a day to force this issue onto the political agenda. The spiralling ...

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Cyprus rape case outrage: Stop the victim blaming

Joint statement from our sister organisations in Cyprus; England, Wales and Scotland and Israel-Palestine. The 19-year-old woman who reported being brutally gang-raped last July in Agia Napa, Cyprus, was found guilty. Guilty of daring to report a rape and asking the police to investigate it. The police did nothing of the sort. On the contrary, from the very first days, ...

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Fine Gael forced to back down from celebrating repressive colonial police

By Manus Lenihan Widespread anger has forced the government to retreat, at least temporarily, from holding a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP). These two police forces upheld colonial, landlord and capitalist rule in Ireland. They were a blunt instrument in the hands of the big landlords, carrying out evictions and beating down protests, ...

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Iran: Trump brings region closer to war

By Rob Jones, Committee for a Workers International (the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated to) The headline and editorial in the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah newspaper “Al-Akhbar” on Friday read: “The martyrdom of Soleimani: It is war!” This is just one of the first angry reactions to the overnight US drone attack on the convoy ...

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Australia: Climate inaction and budget cuts fuel devastating bushfires

By Jeremy Trott, Socialist Action (our sister organisation in Australia) Australia is in the grip of an extreme bushfire crisis. Record-breaking heat waves and months of drought have created the conditions for massive blazes across the country. The scale of the fires is unprecedented, affecting every state on the continent. They are the largest bushfires ever recorded in Australia. At the ...

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US: How can Bernie Sanders win?

By Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Bernie Sanders is experiencing a surge in the polls; he’s ahead in New Hampshire (11/26/2019) and California (LA Times, 12/5/2019) while he is consistently crushing all other candidates among young people. All of this is despite a media blackout and recent negative campaigning by both Obama and the Clintons. Bernie’s call for a Green New ...

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