News & Analysis

Gender violence in the spotlight

By Keishia Taylor In one June week in the south of Ireland, the stories of three victims of male violence appeared in the headlines. Jean Eagers was stabbed to death by a man long known to here in Dublin 15. Sonya Lee, who was left with permanent brain damage after an attack in 2018, saw her attacker and former partner ...

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Aviation bosses declare war on jobs, pay & conditions

By Ruth Coppinger & Chris Stewart There is no denying that aviation internationally has been hit by the Covid crisis. In Ireland, North and South, airlines, airport authorities and the aircraft manufacturing and maintenance employers see this is as an opportunity to wage war on jobs, pay and working conditions. Bombardier jobs The announcement that 600 aerospace workers are set ...

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Historic government coalition faces crises and class war

By Mick Barry TD “The country was very united during the pandemic. The economic crisis that is coming could be very divisive” – Leo Varadkar June 30.  140 days after the General Election a new government was formed in the Republic of Ireland on 27 June. The Government is made up of the two traditional right-wing parties Fianna Fáil (FF) ...

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Irish government fails to protect healthcare workers

By Valerie O’Leary The proportion of healthcare workers contracting Covid-19 in Ireland is amongst the highest in the world. 31.8% of total cases of Covid-19 are associated with healthcare workers, while 1 in 10 of cases are directly associated with nurses or midwives.  In comparison, the prevalence of healthcare workers amongst those who contracted the disease worldwide is between 5% ...

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Organising against racism in Ireland: Interview with Cork BLM activist

The mass movement that was sparked by the brutal and racist murder of George Floyd received an echo across this island. From Belfast to Dingle, people marched and spoke out about the racism that black people and people of colour face in Ireland today. Socialist Party member Shane Finnan spoke to Fatima Geraldo, an organiser of recent protests in Cork. ...

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Abortion figures in line with expectations, but some women still forced to travel

Speaking after the release of official figures showing that 6,666 people accessed safe legal abortions in Ireland in the first year, abortion rights campaigner, Ruth Coppinger, said the figures were in line with expectations, but should be analysed now to see who is being left behind:  “6,666 pregnant people were able to get legal, safe abortions with their own GP ...

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Green Party once again wrestles with its conscience… and wins

By Colm McCarthy On the 26 June the Greens announced that they had secured the necessary two-thirds majority to enter government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. In the end it was not even close, as 76% of their members supported the deal – a larger percentage than Fianna Fáil (74%), or a non-weighted measurement of the Fine Gael electoral ...

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Debenhams’ dispute: Workers take aim at new government

By Cllr Kieran Mahon Debenhams’ workers protested outside the National Convention Centre and turned their focus for justice at the incoming Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party coalition. Despite great adversity, workers have kept Debenhams on the national agenda.  Under pressure from Debenhams workers in Cork, incoming Taoiseach Micheál Martin has given verbal sympathy to claims for a just settlement.  ...

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Trade Unions must fight to defend SEOs

In a case of history repeated itself a High Court Judge Garrett Simmons ruled in favour of a group of electrical employers in their efforts to strike Sectoral Employment Orders down as “unconstitutional”. These SEOs in construction and other sectors provide for basic pay standard higher than the statutory minimum wage. The introduction of SEOs came after the Supreme Court ...

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Covid-19: Capitalism Rushes to Re-Open as Pandemic Grows

By Bill Hopwood, ISA Canada Around the world, countries are lifting the restrictions that were introduced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being allowed to leave their homes, and workplaces, cafes and stores are re-opening. The sharp closures of society and the economy were needed to reduce the level of infection and death from the virus, only because of ...

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