News & Analysis

The story of a blood diamond: Basquiat, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Tiffany’s

By Aislinn O Keeffe Tiffany and Co., the famous jewellers, recently unveiled their newest advertisement starring Beyoncé and Jay Z, and it is the epitome of ‘woke capitalism’. Beyonce is the first black woman, and the fourth person ever, to wear the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond, worth $33 million and made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the promotion of the ...

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Obituary: Tony O’Mahony (1958-2021)

It was with deep shock and sadness that we received the sudden news that our good friend and comrade Tony O’Mahony had passed away unexpectedly on 11 June of this year. On this, his three-month anniversary, we look back on his life and his commitment to making the world a better place for working-class people.  Tony was an ordinary man ...

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Maternity care during Covid: state misogyny continues

By Emma Quinn An outpouring of anger and frustration has erupted again in light of the release of the third series of “The Rotunda” on RTE. Filming of the docuseries coincided with strict restrictions on maternity services. The reality of maternity care in 2021 was pain and anguish for the thousands of people who had to attend antenatal and emergency ...

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The Zappone Affair & the hapless political establishment

By Mick Barry TD The “Katherine Zappone affair” clearly showed that cronyism is alive and very well in the upper echelons of Ireland’s political establishment.  It’s clear to anyone with an ounce of wit that the Foreign Affairs Minister must have agreed to create a job for Zappone as a special envoy at the United Nations back in late February ...

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Cork protest against the shame of empty social housing units

By Councillor Fiona Ryan Socialist Party and Solidarity activists organised a successful community protest in Cork City in late August, mobilising over 30 residents calling on Cork City Council to urgently address the large levels of vacancies in their social housing stock.  The protest was organised outside the historic Maddens Buildings, homes reserved solely for older and more vulnerable tenants ...

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Brian Leddin TD doubles down on sexism

We have already reported on the unacceptable behaviour of Brian Leddin TD for the Green Party in Limerick. He was part of a small WhatsApp group that was replete with sexist, misogynistic language, and specifically targeted two women, including local independent Cllr Elisa O’Donovan.  Although some of the most violent aspects (including ‘joking’ about Cllr O’Donovan being “ended” and “sleeping ...

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Demand schools are made safe — reject mass infection of the young

By Ruth Coppinger, secondary school teacher and parent  With schools reopening, many parents and young people will no doubt be delighted. We all want an end to the pandemic and the physical and mental toll it’s taking on young people. Keeping schools open as long as health and safety permits is a social necessity, both for students themselves and for working ...

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Green TD embroiled in sexist WhatsApp group scandal must go!

By Steph Lacey It has been revealed that misogynistic, sexist, and threatening WhatsApp messages have been exchanged between a small number of men and women interested in planning and heritage issues in Limerick city, one of whom is Limerick Green Party TD Brian Leddin.  These horrific messages were primarily aimed at an unnamed well-known female professional and Limerick city councillor ...

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‘No End in Site’ report exposes the State’s war on Travellers

By Séamus O’Reilly The ‘No End in Site’ report on the Spring Lane halting site in Cork City by the Ombudsman for Children exposes horrific racism and discrimination by the Irish State. Since the report was published many other Travellers have come forward about the appalling living conditions they are subjected to.   ‘No End in Site’  The Ombudsman for Children described ...

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Unite election: Sharon Graham wins! Now build workplace power to win for workers!

By International Socialist Alternative members in Unite the Union Sharon Graham has won the election to become the general secretary of Unite the Union. Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) and Socialist Party members send our congratulations to Sharon, for whose candidacy we mobilised support. This victory, which saw the Blairite-backed Gerard Coyne relegated to third place ...

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