Author Archives: Socialist Party

Workers must not pay for Covid crisis: Building fighting trade unionism today

By Sean Burns The Stormont Department for the Economy is warning that the jobs market is “heading back to the 1980s”, with an estimation that unemployment in the months ahead could well exceed 100,000. A similar situation is reported in the South, with unemployment figures of 28% being recorded for April. This mirrors what is happening throughout the world, as ...

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Government’s shambolic first month shows what we can expect to come

By Katia Hancke New governments often experience a “honeymoon period”: when they are given a chance to get their bearings and they are so new they can still blame the last administration for the problems in society. This government’s honeymoon period lasted a few hours, which is probably because it’s a government that nobody wanted, and because it looks so ...

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Debenhams workers show the way

By Michael O’Brien Four months into their fight for a decent settlement from their former employer the Debenhams strike will likely go down as the stand out workers struggle of 2020. The duration and the conditions in which the workers have had to pursue their fight for a decent settlement has won them widespread admiration and support among working class ...

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James Connolly’s revolutionary socialism

The relevance of Workshop Talks today By Kevin Henry and Eddie McCabe We live in turbulent times; just seven months into a new decade and it has been totally dominated by crises, especially in the form of the pandemic and the economic crisis it has detonated.  On top of this, 2020 has also witnessed environmental events that reinforce the urgency ...

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Socialism: How would a planned economy work?

By Peter Delsing, (ISA in Belgium) This article is based on an introductory speech given to a commission on ‘Marxist economics — How would a planned economy work?’ at ISA’s Virtual Marxist University in July 2020.  The discussion about how a planned economy would work is a crucial one for the workers’ movement and the oppressed. Since the 1990s and the fall ...

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Lebanon: Explosion in Beirut

Statement by Yassine Laabadi, Tayaar al’Amael al’Qaaedi (ISA in Tunisia) The huge explosion that occurred yesterday evening in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in the heart of the commercial port, has shocked many people the world over. It resulted in a large number of victims. Extensive solidarity was displayed on social media from various parts of the world, especially after photos ...

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75 years on – only socialist policies offer ‘No More Hiroshimas’

By James Clement On 6 August 1945 the world first witnessed the horrific power of the atomic bomb. The bombings of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki only days later, are today still the only examples of nuclear weapons having been deployed against a population. The death toll immediately after the blast in Hiroshima was 75,000 people; yet by December this number had risen ...

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Dáil speaking time: Govt & Sinn Féin join forces to silence the Left

By Oisin Kelly The government and Sinn Féin have passed new Dáil speaking rules to reduce the impact of smaller left parties and groups. In over 100 years of the Dáil all parties spoke once in the first round of speakers with the allocation in subsequent rounds making speaking time proportional. The government and Sinn Féin have come together to ...

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Solidarity with Direct Provision protest in Cahersiveen

By Colm McCarthy A campaign by Direct Provision (DP) residents of the Skellig Star Hotel in Cahersiveen County Kerry, which culminated in the hunger strike by the 32 adult residents, has forced the government to promise to move all residents out of the centre.  Intolerable conditions In March, Asylum seekers from four separate DP centres in Dublin were moved into ...

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Art or ideology? Some statues have hidden histories

By Aislinn Ní Chaoimh Listening to senator Michael McDowell on Prime Time talking about the removal of the Shelbourne statues, you might get the impression that he is some progressive pushing for non-biased history and that he is even a supporter of the arts. Taking down statues is not erasing history. Has anyone ever learnt history from looking at a ...

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