Author Archives: Socialist Party

Green Party — Business as usual won’t stop climate catastrophe

By Laura Fitzgerald  Following the ‘Green wave’ of last May’s Local and European Election, the Green Party have had another breakthrough, winning a new high of 12 TDs, representing a plus ten seat gain. The Green Party’s ignominious recent history of participation in an austerity, bank bailout government alongside Fianna Fail was sufficiently in the past in order for the ...

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Coronavirus and Capitalism — a Lethal Mix

The novel coronavirus which causes the disease covid-19 is still spreading rapidly, with 90,000 confirmed cases and over 3,000 deaths. The epidemic is now advancing more quickly outside China than inside the country, if the Chinese regime’s official announcements are to be believed. The daily increase in infections in South Korea has overtaken those in China. The biggest overseas US ...

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Healthcare in Ireland: A system at breaking point

By Finghín Kelly  The Irish health system is at breaking point. Last year was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding. An incredible 118,367 people were without beds throughout the year. This represents a near trebling since 2006! 2020 is set to be another record-breaking year with the first week of the year being the worst week on record ...

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Lethal for our planet: Fracking must be stopped

By Gary McDonald  The potential for the Irish state to allow for the importation of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) into Ireland through the Shannon and Cork Harbour LNG project is a clear indication that the Irish government has no real intention of curbing Ireland’s carbon emissions output in order to save humanity from a complete catastrophe.  Leo Varadkar at the ...

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Trade union movement must harness mood for change

By Mick Barry TD  “Real change” was the demand of huge numbers of people in the February election. Real change on housing. Real change on health. Real change in the pension age. Real change for climate justice. The demand for change was heard most strongly in working-class communities and crystallized around key issues facing working class people. For the third ...

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

via Chinaworker.info The COVID-19 outbreak is close to becoming a global pandemic. The WHO so far refuses to make this call, but many experts think that point has already been reached. Global capitalism is staring at a stock market meltdown (the only silver lining is Trump is mightily pissed) with $ trillions obliterated in the past five days. Many bourses have ...

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Ruth Coppinger interviews UCD students fighting rent hikes

I’ve come here this morning to show solidarity with students who are protesting against huge rent hikes that are taking place here in UCD. So I have with me here Joanna, who is the President of the Students Union and Úna who is the Welfare Officer.  So Joanna I know you met with the college authorities,  did you get anywhere?  ...

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Capitalist establishment rejected but… How can real change be achieved?

On 8 February, people cast their votes and produced an historic election result, the ripples from which will continue for some time, writes Kevin McLoughlin.  The two traditional capitalist parties were left reeling at the temerity of voters to only give them a combined vote of 43.4%. Insult was added to injury when it emerged they came only second and ...

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Towards a United Ireland?

By Kevin Henry The week after the election in the South, which saw Sinn Féin win the largest share of the popular vote as support for the two traditional establishment parties reduced to a historic low, the Economist magazine had a front cover asking if a united Ireland is possible. The perception that we are moving towards a united Ireland ...

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US-The (un)Democratic Party: Why We Need a New Working Class Party

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) When Trump was elected in 2016, a chorus of establishment Democrats from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi urged ordinary Americans to “give him a chance.” Pelosi went as far as to say she “prayed for his success.” While these political leaders were welcoming Trump into the ...

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