By Ruth Coppinger For years, survivors and adoptees of so-called ‘mother and baby homes’ have sought justice. Governments promised they’d get it. Sadly, all they’ve received from official Ireland this week is yet another slap in the face. The church, the government and the long-awaited Commission Report into the homes have jointly tried to spread the blame for and minimise ...Read More »
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By Sarah Wrack, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Four and a half years after the vote to leave the EU, a trade deal was finally agreed at the eleventh hour before Boris Johnson’s deadline of 31st December 2020. Parliament had just days to look at the deal before ratifying it, making a mockery of the ...Read More »
“Building Momentum” is the title given to the follow up to the Public Service Stability Agreement which expired at the end of 2020. The new agreement negotiated between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on behalf of the government and the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s (ICTU) is being voted upon by rank and ...Read More »
Yesterday evening, a new daily record of 7,836 recorded Covid cases was announced as the alarming third wave continues. As well as cases, hospital admissions, including those in ICU, and deaths are rising quickly. Despite the enormous sacrifices made by working-class people over the last ten months, we are now in a worse situation than the previous height of the ...Read More »
Communities in Blanchardstown are in shock after the fatal shooting by the Gardaí of 27-year-old George Nkencho in Clonee on 30 December, devastating his family and friends. Every person in our community has a right to live in a peaceful and safe environment. The details of what happened in Hartstown and later in Clonee are still not fully clear. Reports ...Read More »
Campaign an inspiring example for all precarious workers Unite members at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) are celebrating a major victory in their impressive, seven-week-long campaign for respect and pay justice. The campaign developed after workers on zero-hour, casual contracts were left without pay since August as a result of the refusal of university authorities to enroll them on ...Read More »
By Kevin Henry The denial of an inquiry into the infamous murder of Pat Finucane has once again shone a light on the lengths the British establishment are prepared to go to hide their real role in the Troubles. Pat Finucane was a lawyer who had represented republican prisoners and was killed by the UDA in front of his wife ...Read More »
By Michael O’Brien Over the course of the last decade the Taoiseach Micheál Martin in the Dáil chamber referred to the €64 billion bank bailout of 2008 precisely as a “bailout” no less than 57 times according to the Dáil record. However, yesterday when the contrast was made between that largesse to the banks and the manner in which the ...Read More »
By Diarmuid Naessans, TUI activist The proposed new public sector pay agreement, “Building Momentum”, is being promoted by the mainstream media as a serious pay rise for workers. “Santa Clause has come early for public sector workers”, states one paper, wishing to convince workers that, ‘ho ho ho’ this is as good as it gets, when residing within the capitalist constraints ...Read More »
By Seán Burns Journalists across multiple newspapers in Northern Ireland have received threats from both loyalist paramilitaries and ‘dissident’ republicans. The threats against journalists working for the Belfast Telegraph are believed to originate from the breakaway South-East Antrim UDA. Female journalists in particular have also been targets of misogynistic threats. The Socialist Party wholly condemns these blatant attempts to intimidate ...Read More »