Author Archives: Socialist Party

White Paper: “Reformed” and repackaged but still Direct Provision

By Conor Tormey On Friday 26 February, Green Party TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, released the White Paper on the abolition of Direct Provision. This news has been greeted with support from the majority of the parties in the Dáil, however, the Socialist Party believes that this paper does not go nearly far ...

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“Troubled Times” republished – a Marxist guide to the national question

The national question is probably the most debated question in Irish politics. And for good reason! Irish history, especially recent history, is littered with the debris of organisations which have failed to comprehend or come to terms with it.”Peter Hadden, Troubled Times First published in 1995, Troubled Times provides a unique, socialist analysis of the national question in Ireland and its historical evolution ...

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Year one of capitalism’s Covid crisis

Editorial from issue 12 of Socialist Alternative, the Marxist journal of the Socialist Party (ISA Ireland). Stepping back to assess the damage of the first year of the coronavirus pandemic is sobering. As of March 2021, there have been 123 million confirmed cases and a staggering 2.7 million deaths worldwide. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Chicago city or ...

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Atlanta tragedy: Right-wing hate targets Asian women

Statement by Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Socialist Alternative extends our condolences to the family and friends of the eight victims of a deadly shooting in Atlanta Tuesday evening. Six of the victims were Asian women, placing the attack squarely at the intersection of extreme sexism, racism, and xenophobia.  Since the beginning of the pandemic last ...

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Irish Sea border threatens political instability

By Daniel Waldron As part of the Brexit process, the Northern Ireland Protocol – which came into force on 1st January – has put a regulatory border down the Irish Sea, as the North remains aligned to the EU single market for goods. The level of disruption to supply chains has been more dramatic than most predicted. This may partially ...

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Gustave Courbet, Realism and the Paris Commune

By Conor Burke  Gustave Courbet Was a French painter from the rural town of Ornans in the east of the country. He is most famous for being the founder of the Realist movement in painting, which is considered by many to be the first modern movement in art. It rejected traditional forms of art, literature, and social organization as outmoded ...

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“Spurn the dust to win the prize” — 150 years since the Paris Commune

By Harper Cleves 150 years ago this month, history was made when working-class Parisians established the Paris Commune on 18 March 1871. This represented the first example of a society run by and for the working class — a workers’ state. While the Commune lasted for only 72 days, it was able to implement social change that improved the lives ...

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Solidarity against repression in China & Hong Kong- Free ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung!

By International Socialist Alternative (The international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party is the Irish section of) Since the Hong Kong mass struggles in 2019, the situation has changed completely. The dictatorship of Xi Jinping and the misnamed Communist Party (CCP) has answered with massive and unprecedented repression of democratic rights aimed at destroying the movement and preventing any ...

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CETA: Bosses’ trade deal must be opposed

By Colm McCarthy The CETA trade deal needs to be met with strong opposition by working class people and the trade union movement. This is an investor rights treaty, allowing companies to sue states if their policies result in a reduction in their profits. as with other trade agreements, its purpose is to run over any obstacles to the companies ...

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Sarah Everard – Never again: Fight for an end to gender-based violence

By Sue Berry and Danni Crowter (Socialist Alternative- our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) The murder of Sarah Everard is a tragedy – for her family and friends, the local community, and for all who oppose oppression and violence. Socialist Alternative sends sympathies and solidarity to all who knew Sarah, and all who are reeling from the revelations ...

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