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Five reasons to demonstrate against the far right on Saturday

This Saturday, an important counter-demonstration has been called against the far-right and racist forces who will be gathering outside the Dáil at 1pm. Here are five reasons you should join this counter-protest, which has the backing of a number of trade unions, migrant and anti-racist organisations.  We cannot allow the far right and organised racist forces to gain a foothold ...

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No Fracked Gas in Cork Harbour!

By Conor Payne A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Port of Cork and Texas-based energy company Next Decade. This deal would see fracked gas imported from the Rio Grande project in south Texas, near the Mexican border, and processed at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Port of Cork,  to be then sold to the ...

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Seething anger at housing crisis grows

By Katia Hancke  On Thursday 5 December, in the middle of the day, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to demand action on the housing crisis. Working-class people from all over the city and beyond, many directly affected by homelessness at some point in their lives, brought their families and friends. All over the country, hundreds gathered ...

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10,517 (officially) Homeless at Xmas: End this rotten, rigged system

“I attended court with a young homeless boy who had been charged with theft of a bottle of orange, value €1…. A TD, on his way to, or from, his full-time, very well paid job in Brussels, stops by at Dáil Éireann to sign in, so that he can collect his full €51,600 expenses for his attendance in the Dáil.”- ...

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Vote Fiona Ryan in Cork North By-Election

Text of leaflet for Socialist Party member and Solidarity Councillor Fiona Ryan’s By-Election campaign. Use your vote to strike back  Years of misrule by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are bringing us down: 10,400 officially homeless Record high rents at €1,372 per month in Cork City  Unaffordable childcare – €845 per month in Cork City  A cost of living crisis, ...

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Northern Ireland: End Gender Based Violence

By Lucy Marron Northern Ireland, tied with Romania, is the region with the highest reported rate of femicide in Europe. One-fifth of women in the North will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and domestic abuse crimes have increased by 68% since 2004 at a time when funding for services and refuges for those fleeing abuse is ...

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Mental health crisis and the system

By Michael Shields In Ireland and across the world, people are grappling with a mental health crisis. According to Mental Health Ireland’s most recent figures, one in 12 Irish people are affected by depression, and one in 10 children experience mental health problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there are 300 million people living with depression worldwide, 23 million ...

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5 reasons to march on 5 December

By Manus Lenihan 60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.     Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day. Kids are queuing in their school uniforms for ...

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Unfinished Business: For a Socialist Feminist Struggle to End Gender Violence

By Emma Quinn  On 15 October a popular social media post in Ireland captured the prevalence of gender violence. The image showed nine headlines appearing across the mainstream media on that day including the sexual abuse of a child, intimate partner violence, an attack and rape of a woman in a nightclub and an internationally famous “sports star” who continued ...

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NI general election: Pacts and polarisation

In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future of public services can also shape the outcome. Already, funding ...

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