News & Analysis

Killing of Lyra McKee: No going back

The killing of Lyra McKee has sent a wave of shock across Derry and the North. Lyra was only 29 but had already made a name for herself as a journalist, an author and an activist. That she was a journalist doing her job has reinforced the senseless nature of this killing. It is 21 years since the signing of ...

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Israeli State tightens the screws on Palestinians

By Conor Payne On March 26 and 27, Israel launched air strikes on Gaza. The Gaza Ministry of Public Works estimated that the bombings destroyed 30 housing units, damaged another 500. Hundreds of Palestinians were made homeless by the attacks and at least five were wounded. Worse casualties were avoided only because many of the targeted areas were evacuated. The ...

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Can the US and China end their trade war?

Trump’s “easy to win” trade war drags on despite intensive efforts to make a deal The US-China trade war began in July 2018, with the imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports by President Trump’s government and immediate tit-for-tat retaliation by China. This is the biggest trade war since the 1930s and is increasingly taking its toll on the global economy. ...

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Capitalism & Period Poverty

By Ingrid Doyle For a growing number of women, trans and gender non-conforming people, periods are not just a biological annoyance, they are also a crippling financial burden. For many; young people, lone parents, those subjected to homelessness and those living in direct provision, period poverty is a reality. A survey carried out by PLAN International last year, showed that ...

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Referendum in May Vote YES – Remove all restrictions on Divorce

By Paul Murphy TD “Hello Divorce – Bye Bye Daddy” was a key slogan of the right-wing No campaign seeking to prevent the introduction of divorce in Ireland in 1995. That referendum passed by the narrowest of margins, 0.5%. It is an indication of the sweeping social change which has taken place, particularly the undermining of the Catholic church, that ...

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FAI scandal: Sack the board & open the books

By Ruth Coppinger TD A bridging loan by John Delaney, the CEO, to the Football Association of Ireland; an injunction to prevent press coverage of it; a refusal to inform Sport Ireland of the transaction or to explain it since — all culminating in reports that Delaney was paid €3,000 per month rent on top of a fat cat salary ...

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“Our Union, Our Choice”

By David Vallely NASRA workers fight HSE union busting The current fight for union recognition by workers in the HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) is part of the fallout from the economic crash. The savage attacks on public sector pay during the depths of the austerity years coupled with a harsh regime of overwork and bullying was compounded by the ...

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A socialist feminist candidate for Europe

By Keishia Taylor Rita Harrold, a childcare worker and leading socialist feminist, is the Socialist Party’s candidate in Dublin for the 2019 European elections. As a founding member of ROSA – Socialist Feminist Movement in 2013, Rita has played a significant role in the repeal movement and winning legislation for choice and abortion up to 12 weeks on request. Alongside ...

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Nurses & Midwives’ deal: Return to pickets is key to victory

By Councillor Michael O’Brien As we go to press the Labour Court has issue its second recommendation on the settlement of the nurses and midwives struggle for pay parity with the therapeutic grades and pay equality for new entrants. The strike days in February were clearly having an impact. The original Labour Court recommendation was issued in a rush to avert ...

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The Brexit Calamity & the Role of the Workers Movement

 The prolonged countdown to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has thrown the Conservative government into a profound crisis. Ciaran Mulholland explains that the chaos is such that an anonymous European source has compared the UK to a “failed state”, and that the EU was able to impose its own terms when May came cap in hand seeking an ...

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