News & Analysis

North- New Decade, Same Approach

by Daniel Waldron Almost exactly three years after its collapse in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal, the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvened on Saturday 11th January and elected a new Executive. This followed an agreement between the DUP, Sinn Féin and the British and Irish governments, entitled ‘New Decade, New Approach’. Speaking after talks with the party ...

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Mick Barry TD on roots of housing crisis

By Mick Barry TD Just after Christmas, a corpse was found in the grounds of a derelict house in Cork. The head and the arms had been severed from the dead man’s body. The dead man was Frankie Dunne from the Northside of Cork city. Frankie had been homeless and had been living with the Simon Community. He was the ...

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Government of landlords and super-rich must go

By Kevin McLoughlin  “Leo channels his inner Bertie with ‘a lot done, more to do’ ploy.” That was a recent headline on an article from the Irish Independent and it sums up the recent antics of Leo Varadkar – making false claims in an attempt to hold onto power. Woeful record   Two recent widely-publicised videos contained a listing of some ...

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No delay, gender recognition for all!

By Ollie Bell, co-founder of Trans and Intersex Pride Dublin  Last November, the report of the Gender Recognition Act review revealed that the government wasn’t going to implement non-binary recognition or gender recognition for under-16s. The only real change that the review promised was that young people aged between 16 and 17 would now be able to get gender recognition ...

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Interview with Solidarity Councillor Sandra Fay: A tragic story of mental health crisis

A Thejournal.ie article titled “Mental health services failing vulnerable, warns sister of patient held in jail,” published on New Year’s Day, provided a graphic case study in the state’s abysmal failure to care for people suffering with addiction and mental illness. The case concerned Joseph Fay, aged 46, and the interviewee was his sister, Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member ...

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Solidarity with striking school secretaries

By Kate Relihan, INTO activist, Dublin 15 Today school secretaries represented by Fórsa will hold a national one-day strike in conjunction with rallies at the Dáil and the Department of Education later today. Following this one-day strike, FÓRSA school secretaries will escalate their work-to-rule campaign and begin a boycott by refusing to report financial data to the Department of Education. Their work-to-rule ...

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Childcare crisis reaches point of collapse- Fund free public childcare now

By Katia Hancke  Childcare services have reached breaking point due to the callous insistence of this government to treat the care of our children as a for-profit business. Childcare workers and small providers, with the support of many parents, have been driven to closing down the sector for a day to force this issue onto the political agenda. The spiralling ...

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Fine Gael forced to back down from celebrating repressive colonial police

By Manus Lenihan Widespread anger has forced the government to retreat, at least temporarily, from holding a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP). These two police forces upheld colonial, landlord and capitalist rule in Ireland. They were a blunt instrument in the hands of the big landlords, carrying out evictions and beating down protests, ...

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Google workers get organised

By Thomas White  On the 20 November, over 2,300 cafeteria workers who work at dozens of Google campuses in the Bay Area, California – including the tech giant’s main headquarters – voted to unionize. This is an important step forward for all workers in the tech sector. A sector that has become notorious for its hostility to trade unions.  These ...

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