Covid-19 Pandemic

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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While billions suffer, billionaires benefit from economic crash

By Brandon Byrne Since the beginning of the current global pandemic the world has seen the profits and wealth of corporations and billionaires increase staggeringly despite the economic crash. Between the months of March to the end of August, the S&P Index (a benchmark measure of stock performance in the US), has seen a continuous climb to a new five ...

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Covid & gender inequality: The impact of the pandemic on women

By Emma Quinn Health and childcare workers, cleaners, teachers, retail and hospitality workers: despite the fact that women are the majority in the workforces on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 experts are warning that women are being disproportionately impacted by the crisis. If this continues unabated, women could be knocked back by decades economically and socially. Effects of ...

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Yemen & Covid-19: Pouring oil on a humanitarian blaze

By Haritha Olaganathan Amidst a drawn-out civil war with ongoing violence, Covid-19 has inflamed the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” taking place in Yemen. Even before the country’s first confirmed case in April, half of Yemen’s population of 28.5 million people were on the brink of famine, largely caused by the bloodthirsty Saudi Arabian regime’s indiscriminate bombing of farms and food ...

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Covid-19: Capitalism Rushes to Re-Open as Pandemic Grows

By Bill Hopwood, ISA Canada Around the world, countries are lifting the restrictions that were introduced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being allowed to leave their homes, and workplaces, cafes and stores are re-opening. The sharp closures of society and the economy were needed to reduce the level of infection and death from the virus, only because of ...

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