Tag Archives: Coronavirus

Food dumping: Obscene waste at a time of mass want

By Ollie Bell The Covid-19 crisis is exposing the inherent weaknesses in the capitalist system. The privatisation of the healthcare system in Ireland and globally means that hospitals are underprepared to deal with this global pandemic. But what is also clear are the contradictions within the system. Images of empty shelves and long queues outside of supermarkets went viral, and ...

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Covid-19 lockdown & gender-based violence

By Andrea Murray As the outbreak of Covid-19 began to take hold, experts warned of the risk of increased gender based violence and abuse of children. Intimate partner violence increased significantly during the HIV / AIDS pandemic, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. Research from previous pandemics and disease outbreaks align with what we’re now seeing emerging from Covid-19. Economic insecurity ...

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Interview: US health workers fight back

Interview with Eljeer Hawkins, New York City surgical technician & socialist activist NYC is at the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. What are conditions like for health workers there? EH: The conditions throughout our for-profit healthcare system and for the workers has been an utter disaster with unconscionable consequences as we try to take care of our patients and the ...

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Oppose Government plans to hold the Junior and Leaving Certs

By Michael O’Brien The high handed approach of the Department of Education and Science in their proposals for the state exams this year has provoked an angry reaction by teachers (and indeed school students sitting these exams), which is at odds with the accepting tone of the initial online statements issued by the TUI and ASTI. Since the shutdown of ...

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North: We need proper PPE NOW!

The Tory Government and Assembly Executive have referred to the Covid-19 pandemic as a war. However, across many areas of our health and social care service, the staff who are on the frontline of this war have not been supplied with the protection they need.

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Covid-19: State must act to support workers in the arts

By Martina Stafford The precarious conditions of work for artists and performers has been acutely exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ireland’s culture of under-payment for artists’ work leaves many feeling like it is a race to the bottom for the crumbs of an ever shrinking loaf. The crumbs being offered by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic amount to ...

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Covid-19: Direct Provision system putting lives in danger

By Shane Finnan The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the surface existing inequalities and oppression within our society, and has indeed exacerbated them. An important case in point is the open-air prison system that is Direct Provision. Direct Provision (DP) is a system that was designed not to meet the needs of asylum seekers but to facilitate easier deportations. It ...

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End private ownership of hospitals – with no compensation

By Colm McCarthy The severe pressure the health service has come under from the Covid-19 outbreak has led the government to temporarily take over the running of private hospitals in the state. In doing so, they have acknowledged the inability of our two-tier health service to tackle this pandemic. This is a system that is inherently unequal and unjust. It ...

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