Covid-19 Pandemic

Hospitality bosses lobby again for pre-mature re-opening

By Michael O’Brien The loud voices from the hospitality lobby went into hiding in the new year. This was after the “meaningful Christmas” promised by Micheál Martin, which led to the easing of restrictions in December, contributed to skyrocketing levels of infections and the highpoint of mortality. Six months on, these same individuals and their most ardent supporters from the ...

Read More »

The origins of Covid-19: Lab-Leak or capitalist ecological crisis?

By Chris Stewart In the past month, the capitalist media in the US have shifted decisively in their reporting around the origins of COVID-19. This comes as President Biden has ordered a 90-day review by the US intelligence agencies of the likelihood that the virus originated in a lab in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This concerns two main scenarios, ...

Read More »

The Covid crisis, the capitalist state & the role of socialists

By Conor Payne  This article responds to some issues raised by Paul Murphy TD (People Before Profit and RISE) in his recent article ‘The Covid Test’. For over a year, the Covid crisis has convulsed the world. The virus has killed millions and devastated whole societies, as we are now horrifically seeing in India. The health crisis has been accompanied ...

Read More »

Year one of capitalism’s Covid crisis

Editorial from issue 12 of Socialist Alternative, the Marxist journal of the Socialist Party (ISA Ireland). Stepping back to assess the damage of the first year of the coronavirus pandemic is sobering. As of March 2021, there have been 123 million confirmed cases and a staggering 2.7 million deaths worldwide. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Chicago city or ...

Read More »

Vaccines and profiteering: Nationalise the pharmaceutical sector!

Interview with a worker from a big pharmaceutical plant in Belgium. Why we need to nationalize the sector and how this can be done. First published in ‘Lutte Socialiste’ and ‘De Linkse Socialist’ — monthly papers of PSL/LSP (our sister organisation in Belgium)Is there light at the end of the Corona Tunnel? Hopes that this is so are very high, ...

Read More »

Covid-19 and healthcare crisis — end the two-tier health service

By Robert Cosgrave  In the week ending 5 February there were 177 people suffering from Covid-19 in Intensive Care Units – well above half the total ICU capacity in public hospitals. This has put massive strain on hospitals which already suffer from overcrowding due to a lack of investment in hospital infrastructure and a policy of downgrading particularly regional hospitals as ...

Read More »

What’s behind the inequities of vaccine distribution?

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 was hailed as a milestone by the Financial Times as the number of vaccine jabs administered (105 million) exceeded the number of confirmed cases of the virus globally (103.5 million).  News of the development of the vaccines at the end of last year came as a huge relief and sparked hope that the chaos of this ...

Read More »

Criminal government actions fuel alarming third wave of Covid-19

Yesterday evening, a new daily record of 7,836 recorded Covid cases was announced as the alarming third wave continues. As well as cases, hospital admissions, including those in ICU, and deaths are rising quickly. Despite the enormous sacrifices made by working-class people over the last ten months, we are now in a worse situation than the previous height of the ...

Read More »

Re-opening the economy: Government prioritises business interests… again

By Conor Payne  Last week saw the move to Level three Covid restrictions. The six week period of Level five restrictions certainly had an effect in reducing the infection rate. However, a recent increase in cases shows major dangers ahead, with the full rollout of a vaccine likely not to take place until well into next year.  Dangers ahead While ...

Read More »

Education not exploitation – pay student nurses & midwives!

By Leah Whelan This year saw a major increase of pressure on our healthcare staff and facilities. The Covid-19 crisis put our frontline workers at a dangerous risk of contracting the virus. Nurses and other healthcare staff had no choice but to work through an unprecedented situation, in an underfunded two-tier health system, in order to keep the infection rates ...

Read More »