News & Analysis

The Brexit Saga continues: workers’ movement must act independently!

Joint statement between Socialist Party and Socialist Alternative in England, Wales and Scotland (both part of International Socialist Alternative) Last year, politics was dominated by the constitutional crisis of Brexit. The seriousness of the Covid pandemic and the global economic crisis has meant that the Brexit process has very much taken a back seat since the UK formally left the ...

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It’s not a conspiracy, it’s capitalism!

By Dave Vallely It’s not new that people feel that society is being run in interests other than their own. Historically, recognition of this fact – that bosses and the rich dictate what happens in our lives, even in supposedly democratic societies – is why working-class people organised in trade unions and workers parties to fight for their own interests.  ...

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Capitalism & Covid-19: A socialist response to the economic crisis

By Katia Hancke The scale of the disaster working-class people on this island face is becoming clearer by the day. While the problems are mounting, the political establishment seems rudderless in coming up with a consistent response. An unprecedented economic recession means that just under 360,000 are unemployed and in many sectors of the economy more jobs are at risk ...

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Staff & patients demand Dublin care homes are saved

By Alanna Taylor Over 200 workers, members of SIPTU, are being made redundant and 160 beds will be lost from Ireland’s already overwhelmed health service due to the closure of three healthcare facilities owned by the Sisters of Charity. Caritas Convalescent Centre on Merrion Road has been closed since March due to a Covid outbreak where one third of the ...

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Covid & gender inequality: The impact of the pandemic on women

By Emma Quinn Health and childcare workers, cleaners, teachers, retail and hospitality workers: despite the fact that women are the majority in the workforces on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 experts are warning that women are being disproportionately impacted by the crisis. If this continues unabated, women could be knocked back by decades economically and socially. Effects of ...

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How Golfgate exposed Ireland’s golden circle

By Mick Barry TD The scandal surrounding “Golfgate” in August gave us a glimpse of the strings that tie the different sections of the capitalist establishment in Ireland together. It had all the appearances of an exclusive golf club frequented by the rich and powerful. Lacking any awareness or shame, and far exceeding the HSE guidelines, representatives and individuals from ...

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Nefarious peddlers of snake oil: How we can defeat the far right

By Conor Payne  In many countries around the world, right-wing populist, far-right and racist forces are on the rise – most sharply expressed in the coming to power of figures like Trump in the US and Bolsonaro in Brazil. This is fundamentally the result of a capitalist system which is heaping increasing misery on working-class people, combined with the lack ...

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Support Premier Periclase workers on strike

By Jonathan Diebold  Workers in the Premier Periclase magnesia plant in Drogheda have been engaged in strike action since the 17th of August, following attempts by management to derecognise trade unions active in the workforce.  Workers in both Unite and SIPTU are involved in the struggle, which saw the company cease paying pension or sick pay. Twenty experienced full-time workers were ...

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Debenhams strikers won’t settle for peanuts

By Michael O’Brien No sooner were the Debenhams shop stewards given the gist of a proposed settlement to their struggle for a just redundancy from the Mandate General Secretary, Gerry Light, than it was leaked into the media with a positive spin and additional details that were not even presented to the workers. Debenhams workers described how relatives and friends ...

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Review: A Hero’s Death by Fontaines D.C.

By Shane Finnan On the 31 July, Fontaines D.C. released their widely anticipated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The second album is a milestone achievement in the flowering evolution of the band. While Dogrel was grittier and affiliated with the recent post-punk wave, A Hero’s Death has experimented with softer melodies and at times vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of ...

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