News & Analysis

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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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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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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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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