Tag Archives: Covid 19

Covid 19-Government lifts restrictions but global pandemic continues

By Conor Payne On Friday, 21 January, Taoiseach Micheal Martin announced the sudden abandonment of most Covid restrictions. Limits on capacity and opening times in hospitality and other venues were lifted, as were the restrictions on numbers at sports events, concerts etc. The use of Covid passes domestically was ended and the limits on household gatherings were scrapped. The return ...

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Criminal government inaction as Covid cases soar

Extended editorial from the upcoming issue of The Socialist  The beginning of a new year is once again being dominated by an unprecedented, sharp spike in Covid cases. Both here in Ireland and globally, this new wave of the pandemic fuelled by the Omicron variant is resulting in rising hospitalisations and major disruptions to the lives of working-class people. For ...

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2021: Age of Disorder, Year 2

By Danny Byrne, International Socialist Alternative International Executive. From beginning to end, 2021 was a year of a perfect storm for world capitalism. This rotten and decadent system has rarely if ever before, faced such deep simultaneous crises on so many fronts. It has never been more over-ripe for replacement, and the 2020s are only getting started. Starting, and ending ...

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Intellectual property rights: Big pharma makes billions from vaccine apartheid

By Cathal Curran In the month since the discovery of the Omicron variant, it has already spread across the globe, brought about the return of harsh restrictions on the lives of millions, and made shareholders in vaccine manufacturers billions. In the first week after the strain’s discovery, the eight top Pfizer and Moderna shareholders made over $10 billion as their ...

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Nothing to lose but our chains: Join the international socialist alternative!

Housing crisis, precarious work, climate catastrophe…Feeling like you’ve no future? IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S CAPITALISM! We live in a world of crisis and inequality because capitalism puts profit before all else, no matter the consequences. For example, Big Pharma’s patents on Covid vaccines (protecting intellectual property rights) means hundreds of thousands will needlessly die in the poorest countries. During the ...

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