News & Analysis

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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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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