Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 and education: Working & studying in safe environment is a right

By Kate Relihan  “Our schools are overcrowded, underfunded and dealing with a global pandemic on a wing and a prayer” — principal Tiernan Ó’Neill of Corpus Christi DEIS primary school in Moyross, Limerick, synopsised brilliantly the reality for school staff on Newstalk on Tuesday, 21 October.  He rightfully pointed out that schools have never closed since the first lockdown in ...

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The Covid vaccine & the failure of capitalist competition

By Gary McDonald  The total failure of the capitalist system to deliver for the needs and aspirations of ordinary, working-class people is once again on full display for the whole world to see. The complete inability of capitalism to protect people from the worst pandemic in just over 100 years is a shocking indictment of how decrepit the system has ...

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Covid crisis: Why is wealth inequality soaring?

By Robert Cosgrave The crisis provoked by the global outbreak of Covid-19 is perhaps most associated with the tragic figures of lives ended directly by the virus. At the time of writing, this figure stands at over a million deaths, with no end in sight. There has been, at the same time, another crisis, which has seen all the cracks ...

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Budget 2021: Corporate welfare over public need

By Finghin Kelly Budget 2021 has been heralded as the biggest in the state’s history. After a decade of austerity and balanced budgets, this does represent a certain turn away from those policies. This is in line with capitalist governments around the world who are boosting state spending in order to save capitalism – not just from the effects of ...

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Greece: Students occupy hundreds of schools in protest over Covid-19 inaction

By Ciara Gannon Over the last few weeks, students in Greece have been staging a large number of sit-ins in their schools to protest against the inadequate Covid-19 safety measures that have been implemented in their classrooms. It is estimated that students in 700 schools have occupied their school buildings to fight for their demands to be met.  Social distancing ...

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Housing crisis continues in time of pandemic

By Emily Belton Due to government’s criminal mismanagement we are now on the brink of a second wave of Covid-19. Another lockdown before December is becoming increasingly likely in order to stop the spread of the virus. With homelessness on the rise again and the likelihood of further job losses, the government has shamefully reduced the PUP and has lifted ...

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Government indifference in face of growing mental health crisis

By Mike Murphy The pandemic continues and dominates news cycles daily. At the time of writing, the WHO reports almost 35 million confirmed cases, and over two million reported deaths. Of course, these figures understate the rates, as many asymptomatic cases will not be identified and many deaths in underdeveloped countries will not be recorded. From the outset of the ...

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Government & bosses to blame for Covid surge

By Conor Payne The last days saw the development of an open split between the Fianna Fáil / Fine Gael / Green Party coalition government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) which has offered public health advice on the response to the pandemic. NPHET called for a national move to ‘Level 5’, similar to the full lockdown which ...

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It’s not a conspiracy, it’s capitalism!

By Dave Vallely It’s not new that people feel that society is being run in interests other than their own. Historically, recognition of this fact – that bosses and the rich dictate what happens in our lives, even in supposedly democratic societies – is why working-class people organised in trade unions and workers parties to fight for their own interests.  ...

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