News & Analysis

Review: Framing Britney Spears

By Aislinn O’Keeffe In 1992, a ten-year-old Britney Spears performed a powerful version of The Judds ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’. The host, Ed McMahon, interviewing her afterwards remarks on her ‘pretty eyes’ and asks her whether or not she has a boyfriend. A clearly uncomfortable Britney continues to smile and be polite, choosing her words carefully as she attempts ...

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The pandemic and the deepening mental health crisis

By Adam Dudley  Before any of us had heard of Covid-19, one in 10 people globally lived with a mental health disorder. Ireland, North and South, has consistently registered levels higher than the average (around 15%) and some of the highest prevalence in the world for anxiety disorders and psychiatric disorders like Schizophrenia. Since Covid struck, studies paint a picture ...

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Review: Vasily Grossman’s “Stalingrad”

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad was originally published in the Soviet Union in 1952 under the title For a Just Cause, an epic novel about the pivotal battle of the Second World War. The narrative ends a few weeks into the battle with the fates of the main characters still up in the air, and millions of Soviet ...

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Duncan Smith, the Labour Party and revolution – some home truths

By Dan O’Rourke In a recent viral Dáil debate on the topic of new Covid legislation and its potential effect on workers, Labour TD Duncan Smith attacked the Healy-Rae brothers for their “common-man” pretenses and their disingenuous concern for the working class. This was an accurate assessment of the Healy Raes, and one that should be highlighted more often.  Smith ...

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The “skills gap” myth- State must invest in jobs

By Leon Fitzpatrick Simon Harris, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, last week announced what was billed as a lifeline for anxious hospitality workers impacted by the destruction caused by his government: skills! In what was hardly an innovative move, Harris announced to the newly unemployed the opportunity to “re-skill” and “upskill” by providing free ...

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Covid crisis: Suppress the virus – health before profit

By Finghín Kelly Last week while being interviewed about Ryanair’s near €1billion loss Michael O’Leary arrogantly attacked the Covid-19 measures, calling for a complete re-opening of society (and crucially for him the airlines!) once over 50s have been vaccinated.  Should his demands be satisfied it would guarantee a new wave of infections, thousands more deaths and potentially a major impetus ...

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Organise to fight Amazon’s regime of abuse & exploitation

By Peter McGregor Amazon has decided to set up shop in Ireland. It plans to create a new ‘fulfilment centre’ at a 650,000sq ft unit in Baldonnell. The purported reasoning behind this is to avoid delays on the delivery of products and new taxes resulting from Brexit, which have added 40% to the cost of some products. The new warehouse ...

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Cancel the Leaving Cert: Fight for a real alternative to the points system

By Keishia Taylor, Shane Finnan & Conor Tormey In 2020, as the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic raged, students campaigned using coordinated social media actions, petitions and huge online rallies, to cancel the Leaving Cert and won. Now in early 2021, student action has put the cancellation of the Leaving Cert on the agenda, pressured opposition parties to ...

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Covid, the capitalist market and the housing crisis

By Summer Conneely At the end of December 2020 there were 8,200 homeless people across Ireland. This number is an increase of 232% from when figures were first published on a month-by-month basis in July 2014. These numbers don’t include ‘hidden homelessness’ (e.g., People forced to ‘sofa surf’ or people living in squats), which of course brings the total to ...

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