Covid-19 Pandemic

EU in crisis and COVID-19

By Finghín Kelly Last week saw a major clash between eurozone finance ministers with a 16 meeting ending in a deadlock before a face-saving meeting later agreed to a package of measures worth up to €540 billion. This has been heralded with much fanfare as a breakthrough and a ‘game changer’ in terms of the EU’s response to this crisis ...

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Debenhams axes 2,000 jobs – But workers can fight back

By Mick Barry TD Debenhams announced the closure of all its 11 shops in the Republic of Ireland on the Thursday evening before the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. At the same time they announced that their UK operations were being put into administration. The High Court has since appointed a liquidator for the Irish shops.  These closures mean the loss ...

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Africa & Covid-19: Capitalism driving a continent into the abyss

By Serge Jordan, International Socialist Alternative (the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated to) The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief the profound social inequalities prevailing under modern capitalism. Nowhere more than in Africa. The Global Health Security (GHS) Index is a measured assessment of 195 countries’ capacity and readiness to face outbreaks of infectious ...

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5G conspiracies — looking for answers in the wrong place

By Niamh Ní Bhranghaile A year ago, conspiracy theories about the damage of 5G Wi-Fi emerged but failed to gain significant traction. However, as people struggle to make sense of their lives, which have been turned upside down by the Coronavirus pandemic, these conspiracy theories have grown legs and have resulted in thousands of stories being shared in countless online ...

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Oppose Government plans to hold the Junior and Leaving Certs

By Michael O’Brien The high handed approach of the Department of Education and Science in their proposals for the state exams this year has provoked an angry reaction by teachers (and indeed school students sitting these exams), which is at odds with the accepting tone of the initial online statements issued by the TUI and ASTI. Since the shutdown of ...

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North: We need proper PPE NOW!

The Tory Government and Assembly Executive have referred to the Covid-19 pandemic as a war. However, across many areas of our health and social care service, the staff who are on the frontline of this war have not been supplied with the protection they need.

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