News & Analysis

Poland — the women’s strike movement and the way forward

When judges sitting as a ‘Constitutional Tribunal’ ruled to make practically all cases of abortion illegal, even when the foetus has a severe and permanent disability or incurable disease, a massive protest, the women’s strike — Strajk Kobiet, broke out by Tiphaine Soyez from Alternatywa Socjalistyczna (our sister organisation in Poland) Autumn 2020 was marked by a huge movement of ...

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Still no country for single mothers

By Emma Quinn While the government scrambles to blame ordinary people for the state-sponsored torture of thousands of women and their children in Mother and Baby Homes, the Irish State continues to persecute and punish single mothers. In the last year, reports of welfare inspectors, landlords and judges sexually harassing or threatening single mothers are a reminder of the misogynistic ...

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Government seeks to tax PUP while super-rich make a killing

By Oisín Kelly The government extracting income tax from Pandemic Unemployment Payments (PUP) stands in great contrast to its approach to the enormous wealth concentrated in the hands of the multi-millionaires and billionaires. The pandemic has exposed massive inequalities that exist in Ireland and globally. While workers have faced extended periods of unemployment due to lockdown measures, the super-rich have ...

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Mother & Baby Homes report a whitewash — but Church and State are guilty!

By Ruth Coppinger For years, survivors and adoptees of so-called ‘mother and baby homes’ have sought justice. Governments promised they’d get it. Sadly, all they’ve received from official Ireland this week is yet another slap in the face.  The church, the government and the long-awaited Commission Report into the homes have jointly tried to spread the blame for and minimise ...

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Brexit: A deal without winners

By Sarah Wrack, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Four and a half years after the vote to leave the EU, a trade deal was finally agreed at the eleventh hour before Boris Johnson’s deadline of 31st December 2020. Parliament had just days to look at the deal before ratifying it, making a mockery of the ...

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Criminal government actions fuel alarming third wave of Covid-19

Yesterday evening, a new daily record of 7,836 recorded Covid cases was announced as the alarming third wave continues. As well as cases, hospital admissions, including those in ICU, and deaths are rising quickly. Despite the enormous sacrifices made by working-class people over the last ten months, we are now in a worse situation than the previous height of the ...

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The fatal shooting of George Nkencho & its aftermath

Communities in Blanchardstown are in shock after the fatal shooting by the Gardaí of 27-year-old George Nkencho in Clonee on 30 December, devastating his family and friends. Every person in our community has a right to live in a peaceful and safe environment. The details of what happened in Hartstown and later in Clonee are still not fully clear. Reports ...

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North: QUBSU staff win emphatic victory

Campaign an inspiring example for all precarious workers Unite members at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) are celebrating a major victory in their impressive, seven-week-long campaign for respect and pay justice. The campaign developed after workers on zero-hour, casual contracts were left without pay since August as a result of the refusal of university authorities to enroll them on ...

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