News & Analysis

North: Fight for genuinely integrated education

By Emma Ward This month sees the 40th anniversary of Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first integrated school.  Opening their doors in September 1981 they welcomed just 28 students, under police presence and armed guards, to a small Scout hall.  Since then, their numbers have flourished to over 1,400 pupils and they are regularly oversubscribed. However, despite the success of the ...

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Film review: Wildfire directed by Cathy Brady

By Kevin Henry Wildfire tells the story of two sisters, Lauren and Kelly, who grew up in a fictional Irish border town. The film starts with Kelly finally returning home after going missing and focuses on the bond between the sisters as they struggle with mental health problems resulting largely from their mother’s premature death. The sisters seek to discover ...

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“Housing for All” plan: Repackaging a failed model

By James McCabe  For so long we’ve been told that if we work hard enough, we can attain a comfortable standard of living or at the very least be able to afford the security of a roof over our head. Yet so many people are now in a situation where they can’t guarantee where they will be living from one ...

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The story of a blood diamond: Basquiat, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Tiffany’s

By Aislinn O Keeffe Tiffany and Co., the famous jewellers, recently unveiled their newest advertisement starring Beyoncé and Jay Z, and it is the epitome of ‘woke capitalism’. Beyonce is the first black woman, and the fourth person ever, to wear the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond, worth $33 million and made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the promotion of the ...

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Obituary: Tony O’Mahony (1958-2021)

It was with deep shock and sadness that we received the sudden news that our good friend and comrade Tony O’Mahony had passed away unexpectedly on 11 June of this year. On this, his three-month anniversary, we look back on his life and his commitment to making the world a better place for working-class people.  Tony was an ordinary man ...

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Maternity care during Covid: state misogyny continues

By Emma Quinn An outpouring of anger and frustration has erupted again in light of the release of the third series of “The Rotunda” on RTE. Filming of the docuseries coincided with strict restrictions on maternity services. The reality of maternity care in 2021 was pain and anguish for the thousands of people who had to attend antenatal and emergency ...

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The Zappone Affair & the hapless political establishment

By Mick Barry TD The “Katherine Zappone affair” clearly showed that cronyism is alive and very well in the upper echelons of Ireland’s political establishment.  It’s clear to anyone with an ounce of wit that the Foreign Affairs Minister must have agreed to create a job for Zappone as a special envoy at the United Nations back in late February ...

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Cork protest against the shame of empty social housing units

By Councillor Fiona Ryan Socialist Party and Solidarity activists organised a successful community protest in Cork City in late August, mobilising over 30 residents calling on Cork City Council to urgently address the large levels of vacancies in their social housing stock.  The protest was organised outside the historic Maddens Buildings, homes reserved solely for older and more vulnerable tenants ...

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Brian Leddin TD doubles down on sexism

We have already reported on the unacceptable behaviour of Brian Leddin TD for the Green Party in Limerick. He was part of a small WhatsApp group that was replete with sexist, misogynistic language, and specifically targeted two women, including local independent Cllr Elisa O’Donovan.  Although some of the most violent aspects (including ‘joking’ about Cllr O’Donovan being “ended” and “sleeping ...

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Demand schools are made safe — reject mass infection of the young

By Ruth Coppinger, secondary school teacher and parent  With schools reopening, many parents and young people will no doubt be delighted. We all want an end to the pandemic and the physical and mental toll it’s taking on young people. Keeping schools open as long as health and safety permits is a social necessity, both for students themselves and for working ...

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