Author Archives: Socialist Party

Stop attack on Covid-19 payment

By Councillor Kieran Mahon  The “Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment” was introduced in March in the face of the most abrupt wave of layoffs to ever hit workers in Ireland. March CSO figures put adjusted unemployment at 16.5%, from 4.8% in February amid carnage on the jobs front.  Unemployment is estimated to hit 22%. Including the Wage Subsidy Scheme to Employers, ...

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Existential threat of climate change looms large

By Sam Belton While the world reels in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change crisis ominously looms in the background as an ever-developing existential threat. Both crises are of course interconnected, as the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 – was in part driven by global biodiversity loss and the destruction of finely-tuned ...

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Transphobia & the Left: bogus science and bogus Marxism

The question of fighting Transphobia, like all forms of oppression, is a crucial part in the struggle to end the rule of capitalism by a united movement of the working class. In recent years sections of the left globally have unfortunately perpetuated transphobic attitudes and prejudices using pseudo-Marxist arguments to do so. Conor Payne debunks these arguments and myths. Trans ...

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Green Party — Once again lured by trappings of power

By Colm McCarthy Environmental activist Greta Thunberg said recently that: “There is a lot of talk about returning to ‘normal’ after the COVID-19 outbreak. But normal was a crisis.” Taking little heed of this important warning, the Green Party has announced – despite some disquiet among its TDs – that it will formally enter talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine ...

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Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

By Harper Cleves Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People and Lenny Abrahamson’s BBC adaptation of this novel  have been the subject of widespread adoration and controversy. Criticisms hurled at both works have ranged from hailing Rooney as ‘the Marxist voice of a generation’ to diminishing both the novel and screen adaptation to a series of ’longing stares exchanged’ between ‘extremely privileged ...

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April 1920: Revolutionary General Strike in Ireland

One hundred years ago this month, workers downed tools and took over their workplaces and towns. What began as a hunger strike in prison grew into a general strike against British Imperialism that pointed in the direction of socialism and workers’ power. Manus Lenihan gives an account of these colossal events.  One hundred years ago revolution was sweeping across Ireland ...

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How Deep is the Global Depression?

By Per Ake Westerlund, Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (International Socialist Alternative in Sweden- ISA is the international socialist organistion to which the Socialist Party ) The world economy is being shaken as never before. 2.7 billion workers around the world — 81 percent of the labour force — are under lockdown or travel bans. Hundreds of millions risk acute starvation. And yet, ...

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Socialist classic ‘Divide and Rule’ republished

by Kevin Henry Today, 5 May 2020, marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Peter Hadden, a Marxist thinker and leader of the Socialist Party in Ireland, and of our International. In particular, Peter played a pivotal role in developing a Marxist understanding of the national question, not just in Ireland, but for socialists grappling with similar problems worldwide. ...

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Oppose aviation jobs massacre – nationalise Aer Lingus and Ryanair!

By Michael O’Brien Ryanair and Aer Lingus have both announced massive cuts to jobs and pay. Ryanair is seeking 3,000 job cuts and pay reductions of 20%. Aer Lingus wants to reduce its workforce by 20%. Unfortunately, the response of both unions dominant in the sector, SIPTU and FORSA, has been extremely feeble. In short statements on their respective websites ...

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Cancel Leaving Cert 2020 now! Listen to the students!

Statement from Mick Barry TD  Leo Varadkar, Joe McHugh and the Department of Education display cold disregard for the opinions of 61,000 young people. Unmoved, they remain intent on bullying young people into sitting the Leaving Cert. This Dickensian meanness — even after Fianna Fáil, their soon to be partners in Government, finally bowed to the popular opposition to Leaving ...

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