Author Archives: Socialist Party

The Zappone Affair & the hapless political establishment

By Mick Barry TD The “Katherine Zappone affair” clearly showed that cronyism is alive and very well in the upper echelons of Ireland’s political establishment.  It’s clear to anyone with an ounce of wit that the Foreign Affairs Minister must have agreed to create a job for Zappone as a special envoy at the United Nations back in late February ...

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Cork protest against the shame of empty social housing units

By Councillor Fiona Ryan Socialist Party and Solidarity activists organised a successful community protest in Cork City in late August, mobilising over 30 residents calling on Cork City Council to urgently address the large levels of vacancies in their social housing stock.  The protest was organised outside the historic Maddens Buildings, homes reserved solely for older and more vulnerable tenants ...

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Abortion rights slashed in Texas: Free, safe, and legal abortion now!

By Grace Fors, from Dallas, Texas and a member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Virtually overnight, abortion is banned in Texas. Every one of the already-scarce clinics in the state has halted abortion services. Neighboring states like Louisiana and Arkansas are already seeing an increase in abortion patients from Texas. Millions of women are now terrified that ...

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Threat of chaos in Pakistan after Taliban return to power in Afghanistan

By Geert Cool, Linkse Socialistiche Partij / Parti Socialiste de Lutte — our sister organisastion in Belgium With the Taliban back in power in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s very fragile balance is in danger of being further shaken. On top of a near-bankrupt state, violence by fundamentalist groups such as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and growing social unrest, including against China’s Belt and ...

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Capitalism vs. the Planet

By Hazel Grinberg, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) The latest IPCC report paints a picture of five potential futures for humanity. In the worst one, if corporations keep calling the shots, we could see catastrophic warming of up to 5.7˚C. This would spell disaster for ordinary people the world over who would have to cope with ...

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Brian Leddin TD doubles down on sexism

We have already reported on the unacceptable behaviour of Brian Leddin TD for the Green Party in Limerick. He was part of a small WhatsApp group that was replete with sexist, misogynistic language, and specifically targeted two women, including local independent Cllr Elisa O’Donovan.  Although some of the most violent aspects (including ‘joking’ about Cllr O’Donovan being “ended” and “sleeping ...

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Demand schools are made safe — reject mass infection of the young

By Ruth Coppinger, secondary school teacher and parent  With schools reopening, many parents and young people will no doubt be delighted. We all want an end to the pandemic and the physical and mental toll it’s taking on young people. Keeping schools open as long as health and safety permits is a social necessity, both for students themselves and for working ...

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Class Struggle: How is change won?

By Grace Fors, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Today’s generation is growing up surrounded by crises. As they come of age, dead-end jobs, crushing debt, and climate destruction await them. After 18 months of isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic is rearing its head again with no clear end in sight. All of these combined disasters can create ...

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Green TD embroiled in sexist WhatsApp group scandal must go!

By Steph Lacey It has been revealed that misogynistic, sexist, and threatening WhatsApp messages have been exchanged between a small number of men and women interested in planning and heritage issues in Limerick city, one of whom is Limerick Green Party TD Brian Leddin.  These horrific messages were primarily aimed at an unnamed well-known female professional and Limerick city councillor ...

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‘No End in Site’ report exposes the State’s war on Travellers

By Séamus O’Reilly The ‘No End in Site’ report on the Spring Lane halting site in Cork City by the Ombudsman for Children exposes horrific racism and discrimination by the Irish State. Since the report was published many other Travellers have come forward about the appalling living conditions they are subjected to.   ‘No End in Site’  The Ombudsman for Children described ...

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