Author Archives: Socialist Party

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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Google workers get organised

By Thomas White  On the 20 November, over 2,300 cafeteria workers who work at dozens of Google campuses in the Bay Area, California – including the tech giant’s main headquarters – voted to unionize. This is an important step forward for all workers in the tech sector. A sector that has become notorious for its hostility to trade unions.  These ...

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Shortages and expensive prices. Medicines and vaccines: the market makes us sick!

This article by a trade union shop-steward in a major pharmaceutical company was first published in Lutte Socialiste/De Linkse Socialist, monthly paper of PSL/LSP – our sister organisation in Belgium. In recent weeks, a number of scandals connected to the pharmaceutical sector have broken out. Firstly, over the very high treatment costs for a sick baby, in response to which ...

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Review: People’s Republic of Walmart

People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism By Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski Verso Books, 2019 Among the most common arguments conservatives hurl at socialism is that planned economies always fail. Typically capitalists argue that, despite the flaws of the free market, it’s far better than any other system that has existed ...

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“Caviar culture”, John Delaney and the crisis in the FAI

By Kieran Mahon  Former FAI CEO John Delaney recently claimed the FAI would be debt free by 2020. They may not even make it that far. On Monday December 17th the shambolic board turned up at Government buildings requesting an €18 million bailout after Deloitte- the FAI auditors declined to class the FAI as a “going concern” meaning its future ...

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The impeachment of Donald Trump

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US). Below is an article written in early November about the potential for Trump’s impeachment, which subsequently took place on Wednesday, 18 December.  Tens of millions of people are looking to get Donald Trump out of office. In his nearly three years in office, he has doled out tax cuts ...

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