News & Analysis

Green TD embroiled in sexist WhatsApp group scandal must go!

By Steph Lacey It has been revealed that misogynistic, sexist, and threatening WhatsApp messages have been exchanged between a small number of men and women interested in planning and heritage issues in Limerick city, one of whom is Limerick Green Party TD Brian Leddin.  These horrific messages were primarily aimed at an unnamed well-known female professional and Limerick city councillor ...

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‘No End in Site’ report exposes the State’s war on Travellers

By Séamus O’Reilly The ‘No End in Site’ report on the Spring Lane halting site in Cork City by the Ombudsman for Children exposes horrific racism and discrimination by the Irish State. Since the report was published many other Travellers have come forward about the appalling living conditions they are subjected to.   ‘No End in Site’  The Ombudsman for Children described ...

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Unite election: Sharon Graham wins! Now build workplace power to win for workers!

By International Socialist Alternative members in Unite the Union Sharon Graham has won the election to become the general secretary of Unite the Union. Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) and Socialist Party members send our congratulations to Sharon, for whose candidacy we mobilised support. This victory, which saw the Blairite-backed Gerard Coyne relegated to third place ...

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Dublin Bus workers vote to reject race to the bottom

By Councillor Kieran Mahon Dublin Bus drivers’ overwhelming rejection of proposed changes to rostering, working hours, and terms and conditions illustrates the chasm between the government’s privatisation model for public transport and the workforce’s desire for a clean, efficient, and accessible transport system for Dublin while defending hard-won working conditions. The ballot result – 96.7% rejection among the 2,070 votes ...

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Ireland’s shocking rise in greenhouse emissions

By Catherine Finnegan Greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland were at their highest levels in 2019 since measurements began, according to a recent report on the Status of Ireland’s Climate. The report was published this month by researchers from the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, Met Éireann and the Marine Institute. It ...

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Gulf stream slowdown shows need to end climate change & capitalism

By Haritha Olaganathan The Gulf stream’s warmth stretches from the tip of Florida northwards along the US East Coast. It is one of many currents in the thermohaline, or Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), an essential system credited for the hospitality of the Northern hemisphere. It carries warm water from the Tropics to the North Atlantic “like a conveyor belt,” ...

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Climate change debate: The ‘overpopulation’ myth

By Manus Lenihan  The latest report on climate change has been released to the accompaniment of terrible fires and floods around the world. It contains the most urgent warnings to date concerning the scale of the disaster we face. Yet there’s a lot of confusion about the real causes of climate disaster. Here are two headlines from The Guardian over ...

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“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” review

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Black Caucus in commemoration of Black August Harlem, New York – In the summer of 1969, two historic musical festivals took place that would have epic proportions for the course of musical history and define one of the most politically turbulent times in U.S. history. The 1960s were a ...

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Two new reports find hospitality sector rife with exploitation

By Finn McKenna Before Covid reached Ireland it was an established fact that young people are facing a future precarity, but the pandemic has worsened this prospect. Nowhere is this more evident than in the hospitality and retail sector, where exploitative conditions are rife. Pre-Covid, hospitality workers found themselves facing an array of testing and grinding working conditions, ranging from ...

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