News & Analysis

One year of the English Language Student Union

It’s been a year now since the establishment of the English Language Students’ Union (ELSU Ireland). The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a major crisis in the English Language Education (ELE) school sector. Identifying the vulnerable situations many international English-language students found themselves in, Fiachra Ó Luain, an English-language teacher based in Dublin, set about petitioning English language students about their experiences. ...

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Socialist Party statement on the rioting in Belfast

No going back! Fight for working-class unity! Protests and rioting have taken place over recent days in Protestant working-class areas across Northern Ireland, last night escalating into clashes at the ‘peace wall’ on Lanark Way in Belfast.  There is now a real danger of a significant increase in sectarian violence in the coming months. The fact that a bus driver ...

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Debenhams – Year Long Still Strong!

On a number of occasions, as various milestones were passed, the Debenhams shop stewards have said that they did not set out to break records. However, to sustain a struggle for a year in the freakish circumstances of a pandemic and a lockdown is remarkable and further seals the place of the Debenhams workers in Irish labour history. Issues unresolved  ...

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Review: Seaspiracy directed by Ali Tabrizi

Seaspiracy, Netflix, 2021, Director: Ali Tabrizi Reviewed by Heather O’Callaghan  In a new Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, the British filmmaker, Ali Tabrizi, tackles ocean pollution and sustainability and embarks on a worldwide voyage to answer questions of why sea pollution has gotten so bad and is seemingly getting worse. More importantly, he asks what we, the world’s population, can do to ...

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Review: The New Corporation — the Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

By Martin LeBrun (our sister organisation in Canada) The 2003 film The Corporation explored the question “if a corporation is a person, what kind of person is it?” The film’s answer, in one of the best documentaries condemning corporations and capitalism, was that corporations are psychopaths. Psychopathy manifests itself in superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, a manipulative personality, pathological lying, ...

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Review: Moxie

Directed by Amy Poehler, Netflix 2021 Reviewed by Aislinn Flattery & Myriam Poizat Moxie is a ‘feminist coming-of-age movie’ starring Hadley Robinson as ‘Vivian’, a meek teenage girl who flies under the radar and avoids the attentions of misogynist football captain, Mitchell, and his friends who rule over the school with sexist comments and actions. These include compiling ‘the list’ ...

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Beacon Hospital vaccine controversy — how the super-rich can ignore the rules

Vaccines being doled out as if they were tickets for a corporate box in the Aviva Stadium. This in essence sums up the scandal surrounding Michael Cullen, CEO of the for-profit Beacon hospital, and the vaccinations he arranged for 20 teachers from the exclusive fee-paying school that his children attend. No doubt many others received vaccines at the Beacon in ...

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Review: For Those I Love

For Those I Love by David Balfe Reviewed by Emily Belton   David Balfe is the mastermind behind the solo project For Those I Love and his self-titled debut in which he showcases his unique take on the themes of love, loss and friendship. Balfe appreciates the power of words and poetry as he paints a picture of the Northside areas ...

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White Paper: “Reformed” and repackaged but still Direct Provision

By Conor Tormey On Friday 26 February, Green Party TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, released the White Paper on the abolition of Direct Provision. This news has been greeted with support from the majority of the parties in the Dáil, however, the Socialist Party believes that this paper does not go nearly far ...

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