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Art or ideology? Some statues have hidden histories

By Aislinn Ní Chaoimh Listening to senator Michael McDowell on Prime Time talking about the removal of the Shelbourne statues, you might get the impression that he is some progressive pushing for non-biased history and that he is even a supporter of the arts. Taking down statues is not erasing history. Has anyone ever learnt history from looking at a ...

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A tale of two Covid crises – billionaire bailouts & bupkis

By Mike Murphy We’re all in this together apparently. But, like a ship that’s taking on water after a frontal collision, only one end of the vessel is going under; the other end is ascending. The Covid-19 pandemic is very much upon us, and we are all well aware of the strong economic implications. The World Bank predicted in June ...

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ISA in Action: Over 1,500 attend historic Virtual Marxist University

Socialists from 37 countries attended the largest ever international gathering of International Socialist Alternative (formerly the CWI) between 18 and 25 July By Danny Byrne, ISA International Executive The first ever ISA Virtual Marxist University was an incredible success. It was full of vibrancy and enthusiasm, and at the same time, was extremely serious. Its success reflected a strong, youthful, ...

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Debenhams workers’ struggle – an example to all

The closure of Debenhams Irish operation more than a 100 days ago was done in the cynical expectation that it was not possible for the workers to sustain any kind organised response through the lockdown months. Not only has the struggle for a decent settlement survived but it has grown in strength in recent weeks. With the proper resumption of ...

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Far-right homophobic rally targets Roderic O’Gorman TD

By Finn McKenna The Socialist Party condemns the homophobic campaign being waged against Roderic O’Gorman TD. It is clear that the driving motivation here is for far-right reactionaries to whip up vicious homophobic attacks in a twisted attempt find an echo for their backward political agenda. What was it about? These hypocrites claimed they were staging a protest to protect ...

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Stand with Debenhams workers in fight against multinational fraudsters!

By Michael O’Brien On the same day as the result of the Apple Tax case is to be announced Debenhams workers will descend again on the Dáil as Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Mick Barry will challenge the Taoiseach again about another example of the government looking the other way while multinational giant evades its responsibilities. Corporate slight of ...

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North: Tories put brakes on gender self-identification

By Thomas Carmichael The Sunday Times recently revealed that the Tories are to scrap proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act which would have allowed trans people to have their gender recognised through self-identification. This will come as a blow to all trans and gender non-conforming people in the UK. Instead of the proposed changes, “protections” will be brought in ...

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Debenhams struggle reaches critical phase

By Michael O’Brien Efforts over the last week by KPMG, the court appointed liquidator, and other concession companies to remove stock from Debenhams shops around the country have met with a determined response from workers and their supporters in many areas bringing their struggle for a just settlement onto a whole different level. Pickets have been stepped up in the ...

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Gender violence in the spotlight

By Keishia Taylor In one June week in the south of Ireland, the stories of three victims of male violence appeared in the headlines. Jean Eagers was stabbed to death by a man long known to here in Dublin 15. Sonya Lee, who was left with permanent brain damage after an attack in 2018, saw her attacker and former partner ...

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Aviation bosses declare war on jobs, pay & conditions

By Ruth Coppinger & Chris Stewart There is no denying that aviation internationally has been hit by the Covid crisis. In Ireland, North and South, airlines, airport authorities and the aircraft manufacturing and maintenance employers see this is as an opportunity to wage war on jobs, pay and working conditions. Bombardier jobs The announcement that 600 aerospace workers are set ...

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