News & Analysis

Reclaiming the ‘season of the witch’

By Aislinn O’Keeffe Halloween is the time of witches and ghouls. The time, according to the original pagan beliefs that signalled when the veil between our world and the Otherworld was at its thinnest. At this time, you might encounter the spirits of your ancestors, or demons or devils. In order to protect yourself from these unwanted visits, it was ...

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Budget 2021: Corporate welfare over public need

By Finghin Kelly Budget 2021 has been heralded as the biggest in the state’s history. After a decade of austerity and balanced budgets, this does represent a certain turn away from those policies. This is in line with capitalist governments around the world who are boosting state spending in order to save capitalism – not just from the effects of ...

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Review: The Social Dilemma directed by Jeff Orlowski

By Brandon Byrne The Social Dilemma provides an insightful new look at the impact major social media platforms have had on society and how by design they foster addiction.  Director Jeff Orlowski presents these insights through a series of talking head interviews with tech industry insiders whose work has brought them close enough to see the critically flawed design at ...

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Housing crisis continues in time of pandemic

By Emily Belton Due to government’s criminal mismanagement we are now on the brink of a second wave of Covid-19. Another lockdown before December is becoming increasingly likely in order to stop the spread of the virus. With homelessness on the rise again and the likelihood of further job losses, the government has shamefully reduced the PUP and has lifted ...

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Government indifference in face of growing mental health crisis

By Mike Murphy The pandemic continues and dominates news cycles daily. At the time of writing, the WHO reports almost 35 million confirmed cases, and over two million reported deaths. Of course, these figures understate the rates, as many asymptomatic cases will not be identified and many deaths in underdeveloped countries will not be recorded. From the outset of the ...

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Government’s Climate Action Bill – a greenwashed sell-out

By Sam Belton This week, the government finally published its much-anticipated Climate Action Bill. Although there were slight improvements on the version delivered by Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton in 2019, such as the introduction of a Climate Action Council and a legally binding commitment to carbon neutrality, the bill predictably falls short of anything that could be described as being ...

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Defend the Debenhams strike – no criminalisation of workers

By Councillor Kieran Mahon Now is the time for all to come to the defence of Debenhams workers. The cynical and cowardly move by liquidators, KPMG, to escalate the dispute by seeking legal injunctions comes as workers prepare to mark six months of determined action. This is happening because, on the ground, workers are winning and KPMG are losing. During ...

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Government & bosses to blame for Covid surge

By Conor Payne The last days saw the development of an open split between the Fianna Fáil / Fine Gael / Green Party coalition government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) which has offered public health advice on the response to the pandemic. NPHET called for a national move to ‘Level 5’, similar to the full lockdown which ...

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Troubles Victims’ Payment Scheme: A socialist perspective

The controversy around the Victims’ Payment Scheme is an important example of how, decades into the ‘peace process’, there has been a failure to deal with the legacy of the Troubles. Instead, sensitive issues like this remain part of the tit-for-tat between sectarian forces, with victims and ordinary people suffering the consequences. After the framework for the scheme was given ...

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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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