News & Analysis

Mother & Baby Homes report a whitewash — but Church and State are guilty!

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 ...

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Brexit: A deal without winners

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 ...

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Criminal government actions fuel alarming third wave of Covid-19

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 ...

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The fatal shooting of George Nkencho & its aftermath

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 ...

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North: QUBSU staff win emphatic victory

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 ...

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Debenhams Strike: Taoiseach’s “mediation” process a total betrayal

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 ...

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New public service pay agreement does not deliver for workers

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 ...

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North: Stand up for journalism – end threats & intimidation

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 ...

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