Author Archives: Socialist Party

Warehouse workers at the chokepoint: A Christmas crisis is labour’s opportunity

By Dan O’Rourke One of the core lessons of the pandemic has been that workers make society run. It certainly wasn’t billionaires, CEOs, landlords and bosses who were categorized as ‘essential workers’. That label was awarded to nurses, hospitality staff, couriers, bus drivers, and truckers. Workers are the ones who keep everyone healthy, fed. Workers are the ones who keep ...

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Famine in Madagascar: Caused by climate change & capitalism

By Lucy Marron Madagascar is on the brink of the first famine in modern history to be driven by climate change according to experts. Over one million people on the island nation are currently experiencing severe food insecurity, with at least 30,000 in southern Madagascar facing starvation. Many have resorted to eating locusts and wild leaves in order to survive, ...

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Film review: Wildfire directed by Cathy Brady

By Kevin Henry Wildfire tells the story of two sisters, Lauren and Kelly, who grew up in a fictional Irish border town. The film starts with Kelly finally returning home after going missing and focuses on the bond between the sisters as they struggle with mental health problems resulting largely from their mother’s premature death. The sisters seek to discover ...

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“Housing for All” plan: Repackaging a failed model

By James McCabe  For so long we’ve been told that if we work hard enough, we can attain a comfortable standard of living or at the very least be able to afford the security of a roof over our head. Yet so many people are now in a situation where they can’t guarantee where they will be living from one ...

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The story of a blood diamond: Basquiat, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Tiffany’s

By Aislinn O Keeffe Tiffany and Co., the famous jewellers, recently unveiled their newest advertisement starring Beyoncé and Jay Z, and it is the epitome of ‘woke capitalism’. Beyonce is the first black woman, and the fourth person ever, to wear the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond, worth $33 million and made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the promotion of the ...

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Obituary: Tony O’Mahony (1958-2021)

It was with deep shock and sadness that we received the sudden news that our good friend and comrade Tony O’Mahony had passed away unexpectedly on 11 June of this year. On this, his three-month anniversary, we look back on his life and his commitment to making the world a better place for working-class people.  Tony was an ordinary man ...

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9/11 attacks: An atrocity exploited for 20 years of war and torture

An editorial from the upcoming issue of Socialist Alternative, the journal of the Socialist Party  A mixture of shock, horror and incredulity. These words best describe the reaction of most of the world’s population to the heinous mass terror attacks of 11 September 2001 on the Twin Towers in New York City. Along with the attack on the Pentagon in ...

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Afghanistan: Asylum for Refugees NOW

By Per Olssen, Updated article first published in “Offensiv”, paper of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna – our sister organisation in Sweden On Monday night 30 August, the remaining American soldiers and other foreign troops left Afghanistan. The withdrawal, which marked the end of the United States’ longest war in Afghanistan, was immediately followed by the Taliban’s take over of Kabul Airport. After ...

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Maternity care during Covid: state misogyny continues

By Emma Quinn An outpouring of anger and frustration has erupted again in light of the release of the third series of “The Rotunda” on RTE. Filming of the docuseries coincided with strict restrictions on maternity services. The reality of maternity care in 2021 was pain and anguish for the thousands of people who had to attend antenatal and emergency ...

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