Tag Archives: COVID-19

Socialists Need Your Support!

Organisation of struggle, solidarity and socialism needed now, more than ever Donate to aid the Socialist Party’s work  The devastating Covid19 pandemic crisis is laying bare the brutality of the capitalist system. While workers in health, food distribution and supply, transport and sanitation risk their lives on the frontline without adequate PPE, we hear reports of billionaires ‘self-isolating’ on luxury ...

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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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Review: Big Farms Make Big Flu by Rob Wallace

By Sam Belton Covid-19 is spreading across the globe at an alarming pace, overwhelming health infrastructure and killing thousands, many of whom are frontline healthcare workers and poor people who lack early access to testing. Covid-19 is the acute respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, also known as the coronavirus. Genetically, this virus is 82% similar to the coronavirus responsible for ...

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US & COVID-19- “We won’t die for Wall Street”

By Calvin Priest, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) In recent weeks, the bankruptcy of global capitalism has been exposed to millions as the system has gone into deep crisis and its representatives have failed to take the measures needed to stem COVID-19’s spread. This has been no accident. As scientists and health care professionals shouted themselves hoarse ...

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Covid-19: Capitalist market & the PPE shortage

By Conor Burke Throughout the COVID-19 crisis workers in various essential services have gone beyond the call of duty to help the rest of us feel safe and secure, from supermarket staff to pharmacy workers to public transport personnel and others. Arguably, it is those front-line workers in our hospitals who have proven themselves not just essential but the difference ...

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COVID-19: No attacks on democratic rights

By James McCabe Across the globe, governments are introducing sweeping curtailments of basic democratic rights in the name of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. In some countries this has even led to the “temporary” dissolution of parliament. Many governments have thankfully, if belatedly, enforced the closure of non-essential businesses. At the same time, many have banned public gatherings and given the ...

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