News & Analysis

Covid-19 payment: Varadkar insults social welfare recipients (again)!

By Shane Finnan  Yesterday Taoiseach Leo Varadkar provoked widespread anger amongst workers and young people with his out-of-touch Thatcherite comments on Newstalk radio. He described the emergency Covid-19 payment of €350 payment as “unsustainable” and “unfair”. It didn’t take long for the ‘we’re all in it together’ mask to slip! Varadkar’s idea of “unfairness” stems from the fact that nearly ...

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Covid-19 crisis and the ideology of individualism

By Dan O’Rourke Before the pandemic, it would have been difficult for many to imagine neo-liberal and right-wing governments nationalising failing industries, freezing rents, and the partial (and temporary) lifting of austerity. Before the pandemic, essential workers were “unskilled”. Before the pandemic, we were told by capitalist commentators that it was common sense that people are individualistic and selfish, thus ...

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How we can organise & win an alternative to the Leaving Cert

By Myriam Poizat  All over the world, frontline and essential workers are being left with very little or no PPE, and non-essential workers are being forced back into work in dangerous circumstances in the name of capitalists’ profits. At the same time, Jeff Bezos (the owner of Amazon and richest man in the world) is on track to become a ...

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Class inequality & COVID-19 

By Dean O’Donnell While responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have varied from country to country, one common thread to all is the near uniform refrain from governments, the mainstream media and the super-rich: ‘we are all in this together’. Yet as the figures for infections and deaths continue to climb, the evidence mounts as to the disproportionate and devastating impact ...

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How can Debenhams jobs be saved?

Below is the text of a letter written by Socialist Party members Mick Barry TD and Ruth Coppinger to the the Liquidators in Debenhams and to Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys outlining how the jobs in the company can be saved. The Socialist Party believes that bringing the company into public ownership it the best guarantee to ...

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COVID-19: For-Profit care of the elderly exposed

By Andrea Murray Going into the COVID-19 crisis the priority for the government was to “flatten the curve” in the community to preserve critical care beds and avoid a surge which would put tremendous pressure on an underfunded, under-staffed and under-resourced health service. The elderly and immunocompromised were almost dehumanised, and basically seen as already doomed – an approach that ...

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Stop attack on Covid-19 payment

By Councillor Kieran Mahon  The “Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment” was introduced in March in the face of the most abrupt wave of layoffs to ever hit workers in Ireland. March CSO figures put adjusted unemployment at 16.5%, from 4.8% in February amid carnage on the jobs front.  Unemployment is estimated to hit 22%. Including the Wage Subsidy Scheme to Employers, ...

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Green Party — Once again lured by trappings of power

By Colm McCarthy Environmental activist Greta Thunberg said recently that: “There is a lot of talk about returning to ‘normal’ after the COVID-19 outbreak. But normal was a crisis.” Taking little heed of this important warning, the Green Party has announced – despite some disquiet among its TDs – that it will formally enter talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine ...

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Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

By Harper Cleves Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People and Lenny Abrahamson’s BBC adaptation of this novel  have been the subject of widespread adoration and controversy. Criticisms hurled at both works have ranged from hailing Rooney as ‘the Marxist voice of a generation’ to diminishing both the novel and screen adaptation to a series of ’longing stares exchanged’ between ‘extremely privileged ...

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Oppose aviation jobs massacre – nationalise Aer Lingus and Ryanair!

By Michael O’Brien Ryanair and Aer Lingus have both announced massive cuts to jobs and pay. Ryanair is seeking 3,000 job cuts and pay reductions of 20%. Aer Lingus wants to reduce its workforce by 20%. Unfortunately, the response of both unions dominant in the sector, SIPTU and FORSA, has been extremely feeble. In short statements on their respective websites ...

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