News & Analysis

Childcare crisis reaches point of collapse- Fund free public childcare now

By Katia Hancke  Childcare services have reached breaking point due to the callous insistence of this government to treat the care of our children as a for-profit business. Childcare workers and small providers, with the support of many parents, have been driven to closing down the sector for a day to force this issue onto the political agenda. The spiralling ...

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Fine Gael forced to back down from celebrating repressive colonial police

By Manus Lenihan Widespread anger has forced the government to retreat, at least temporarily, from holding a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP). These two police forces upheld colonial, landlord and capitalist rule in Ireland. They were a blunt instrument in the hands of the big landlords, carrying out evictions and beating down protests, ...

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Google workers get organised

By Thomas White  On the 20 November, over 2,300 cafeteria workers who work at dozens of Google campuses in the Bay Area, California – including the tech giant’s main headquarters – voted to unionize. This is an important step forward for all workers in the tech sector. A sector that has become notorious for its hostility to trade unions.  These ...

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“Caviar culture”, John Delaney and the crisis in the FAI

By Kieran Mahon  Former FAI CEO John Delaney recently claimed the FAI would be debt free by 2020. They may not even make it that far. On Monday December 17th the shambolic board turned up at Government buildings requesting an €18 million bailout after Deloitte- the FAI auditors declined to class the FAI as a “going concern” meaning its future ...

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North: Solidarity with Health workers strike

Below is the text of the Health Worker, a newsletter produced by the Socialist Party around the industrial disputes in health that have developed. The overwhelming endorsement of strike action by members of the RCN, Unison, NIPSA and Unite is a clear indication that health workers are fed up with years of falling pay and inadequate staffing levels. This has ...

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Defend the right to organise- Abolish all anti-union laws

By Mick Barry TD  When Irish Ryanair pilots tried to strike in August they were blocked by the courts which granted an injunction under the Industrial Relations Act 1990.When Ryanair pilots in the UK took strike action around the same time they faced no such impediment in the courts. The Industrial Relations Act was supported by the leaders of the ...

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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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