News & Analysis

#SexIsNotRent: Housing crisis and abuse of power 

By Ruth Coppinger TD Exploitation has always been part and parcel of the private rented sector, including sexual exploitation. With the escalating housing crisis, the balance of power has dramatically shifted even more to landlords. But until recently‘sex for rent’ had only been anecdotal and not publicly brought out in Ireland. In September, Socialist Party members were approached by a ...

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No importation of fracked gas!

By Gary McDonald  “I believe we have a chance here, a chance to replace a climate of fear and anxiety with a new climate of action and opportunity, that’s in our hands, responding to the challenge of the century with creativity, imagination, courage and, above all, determination” The sheer hypocrisy of this drivel that was uttered by Leo Varadkar at ...

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Delfin English Language Teachers strike for union recognition

By Harper Cleves The teachers at the Delfin Language School have voted to take strike action in order to put pressure on management to recognise the union of their choice, Unite. This decision was made following repeated attempts by Unite the Union to discuss the concerns of the workers with the management at Delfin. Teachers organised and participated in two ...

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Film review: Joker – A Reflection of Modern Times?

By James McCabe Joker is an engaging film. It won the top award at the Venice Film Festival, but has also faced a wave of scorn from film critics; some of whom describe it as “irresponsible” and “toxic”. Set in the fictional Gotham City of the early 1980s, commentators from all quarters have argued that the film’s backdrop of wealth inequality ...

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Tony Mulhearn- Working class fighter and leader

By Hugh Caffrey (Socialist Alternative- our sister organisation in England and Wales)  Liverpool lost one of its greatest ever working-class leaders, and a great family man, when Tony Mulhearn passed away at the age of 80 on 7 October. Tony was in many ways born a class fighter. The appalling poverty of the Liverpool slums, which endured longer than in ...

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John Throne 1944 – 2019

Addressing a National Conference of the Socialist  Party in Dublin on September 21st, National Executive member, Kevin McLoughlin, marked the recent passing of John Throne in Chicago and registered his important role in the founding and building the Militant Tendency, the forerunner of the Socialist Party, and the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). We have included here a link ...

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Review: Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios

Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin  Reviewed by Aislinn O’Keefe  In April 1919, less than six months after the ending of World War I and just a few months after the crushing of the November Revolution by the German Social Democratic Party leadership, Walter Gropius set up the Bauhaus (School of Building) in the historic town ...

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Harland & Wolff Occupation: Historic struggle saves jobs

For nine weeks, workers at Harland & Wolff in Belfast occupied the shipyard after the company went into administration, placing skilled jobs at risk. The workers at the shipyard – members of Unite and GMB trade unions – demanded that the government nationalise the yard to safeguard its future. Workers, young people and trade unionists have shown solidarity with this ...

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Nationalise Wrightbus to save jobs

The Socialist Party sends solidarity to the 1,200 Wrightbus workers faced with redundancy since the firm went into administration on 25th September. Staff were informed that talks with potential buyers had fallen through and that almost all of them were to be made jobless with immediate effect due to cash flow issues. Private security was used to ensure the workers ...

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