Author Archives: Socialist Party

Climate catastrophe: Why you must be red to be green

The first half of 2019 has been characterised by the eruption of a huge movement around climate change, sparked by protests and walkouts of millions of school students internationally, writes Monika Janas. This reflects the growing understanding of the peril which our planet is in and the need for urgent and radical action to reverse this. In reality the term ...

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Tackling the mental health crisis

by Ryan McNally  Mental health services continue to be so overwhelmed by demand that people seeking help routinely face long waiting lists to access the treatment they need. Long waiting times, which can be up to a year in extreme cases, can allow illnesses to grow worse while they are left untreated and can make patients less likely to engage ...

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“Keep it in the ground”: End the use of fossil fuels

By Dean O’Donnell Last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have a mere 12 years to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, after which point the more catastrophic effects of climate change – floods, droughts, heatwaves – will greatly worsen. Such a goal can only be achieved through a drastic reduction in ...

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Sudan: Counter-revolution rears its ugly head

By Serge Jordan, Committee for a Workers’ International (the international socialist organisation the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated to)  On Monday June 3 before dawn, the military regime and its thugs brutally dispersed the sit-in which had been camping outside the military headquarters in Sudan’s capital Khartoum since April 6, and which had served as the focal point for ...

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“Our Union, Our Choice”- Interview with Tony Gregg, NASRA Branch Secretary

Thanks for talking to The Socialist, Tony. On the 31 May we saw the seventh day of strike action of ambulance workers organised by NASRA. What is the dispute about and what is its significance? The dispute is essentially about workers’ right to choose the union that represents them rather than the bosses or employers choosing their representation for them. Up ...

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Ban fur farming now!

By Oisín Kelly Fur farming is widely recognised a cruel and barbaric practice, with Veterinary Ireland recently joining the call for a ban on fur farming in Ireland. Fur farming is inherently cruel as it involves keeping wild animals such as mink in cages despite them being naturally solo hunters and semi-aquatic. Solidarity TDs and Socialist Party members will have ...

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China: 30 years since Tiananmen massacre

Anniversary of June 4 Beijing massacre set to draw record numbers at Hong Kong vigil Dikang, chinaworker.info Today marks the 30th anniversary of the gruesome massacre in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on the orders of China’s top leaders. China was in the throes of a revolutionary mass movement. The mass demonstrations that burst out in April 1989 ...

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Brutal attack on abortion rights in the US

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Ireland)  In late May, the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature passed, and the governor signed, a near complete ban on abortion. This is now the most restrictive state law on abortion in the country since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. This Alabama bill makes abortion illegal at any ...

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North: Nationalise Bombardier to save jobs & skills

After years of redundancies and attempts to downgrade hard won terms and conditions, the announcement by aerospace firm Bombardier’s global bosses of their intention to sell their operations in Northern Ireland and Morocco creates further uncertainty and concern for workers and their families. Bombardier accounts for almost 5% of the entire labour force of Northern Ireland and 10% of manufacturing ...

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Britain: EU election leaves main parties reeling

By Daniel Waldron The European election in Britain – which was never meant to have taken place – saw the two main parties take a battering as voters largely used the poll to voice their opinion on Brexit. The Tories were punished for the ongoing chaos and the deep divisions within the party which finally forced Theresa May from office. ...

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