News & Analysis

Re-opening the economy: Government prioritises business interests… again

By Conor Payne  Last week saw the move to Level three Covid restrictions. The six week period of Level five restrictions certainly had an effect in reducing the infection rate. However, a recent increase in cases shows major dangers ahead, with the full rollout of a vaccine likely not to take place until well into next year.  Dangers ahead While ...

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Education not exploitation – pay student nurses & midwives!

By Leah Whelan This year saw a major increase of pressure on our healthcare staff and facilities. The Covid-19 crisis put our frontline workers at a dangerous risk of contracting the virus. Nurses and other healthcare staff had no choice but to work through an unprecedented situation, in an underfunded two-tier health system, in order to keep the infection rates ...

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Government reaches peak hypocrisy in dealing with Cervical Check victims

By Katia Hancke Once again, the government was in the news over the last month due to its disgraceful treatment of cervical check victims. The tribunal that was intended to bring out the truth regarding the state’s, and the private corporations’ responsibility for this debacle, is now at risk of turning into an inquisition of the surviving victims. Private profit ...

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Review: Unquiet Graves

Unquiet Graves opens with a harrowing re-enactment of the murder of two young men, Colm McCartney and Sean Farmer, in 1975. Returning from a Gaelic football game in Dublin, the two were stopped at a ‘British Army’ checkpoint near the village of Newtownhamilton in County Armagh and shot dead. Throughout the documentary families of victims detail the horrific experiences suffered ...

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Debenhams & Arcadia: Stop the retail jobs slaughter!

Article by members of the Socialist Party in the North about a new jobs massacre that’s taking place in the retail sector in the UK. Trade unions need to take a firm stance in defence of these jobs and to demand state intervention, including democratic public ownership, to ensure they are maintained. This week, high street giant Arcadia – owner ...

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Outrage from below at IBSA forces action

By Aislinn O’Keeffe Legislation designed to outlaw image based sexual abuse (IBSA), often referred to as ‘revenge porn’, will go before the Justice Committee this Tuesday 1 December. While this is a welcome move, it is long overdue. Campaigners have been pushing for this change for several years including former Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger who raised ...

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Seamus Woulfe appointment & the insider dealings of the Golden Circle

By Finghín Kelly When “Golfgate” broke it rightly angered working-class people across the country. Here we had an example of a breach of Covid-19 regulations by an elite group from Ireland’s capitalist establishment. It consisted of serving politicians, retired politicians, bankers, an ambassador, an EU Commissioner, a Supreme Court Judge and many of their unnamed guests. This was when the ...

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Gender-based violence on the rise during pandemic

By Leah Whelan On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked by feminists all around the world.  This year is one of the most important years to organise and challenge the system that perpetrates violence and sexual abuse against women and girls.  Gender-based violence has been an increasing issue in society, but has ...

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Review: Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly

SRAB Films, Rectangle Productions, 2019 Reviewed by Róise McCann Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables (2019) borrows its name from Victor Hugo’s historic novel written in 1862 but is most relevant in 2020. The film is set in the district of Montfermeil, where Ly grew up and where the events of Hugo’s original were written to have taken place. “It hasn’t changed ...

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Oscar Traynor Road debacle: Build public homes on public land

By Michael O’Brien, former Solidarity Dublin City Councillor (2014-2019)  The news that the proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) development of the council owned Oscar Traynor Road site, known locally as the Lawrence Lands, was voted down by Dublin City Councillors was a very welcome turnaround. This was shaping up to be a criminal giveaway to private developers. The proposal involved ...

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