Tag Archives: North

North: Don’t let the Tories whitewash the Troubles!

By Kevin Henry The Tory government is attempting to end all prosecutions for incidents related to the Troubles – as well as civil cases and inquests – through the unilateral imposition of a ‘statute of limitations’. This has provoked serious anger among victims of both state and paramilitary violence during the Troubles, and within wider society.  Such an amnesty is ...

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North: Poots victory ushers in a new period of instability

By Kevin Henry In the wake of Arlene Foster’s seemingly sudden resignation as DUP leader, Edwin Poots has narrowly defeated Jeffrey Donaldson in a leadership election, something unprecedented in the party’s history. Poots has indicated he intends to nominate Paul Givan as First Minister, rather than taking the position himself. There are now serious divisions within the party, as the ...

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North:Working-class solidarity in a time of crisis

“THESE ARE the times that try men’ souls. You will no doubt hear a great number of stories respecting the situation of this country. Its present unfortunate state is entirely owing to treachery; the rich always betray the poor.”Henry Joy McCracken, leader of the United Irishmen These were the words of Henry Joy McCracken, leader of the United Irishmen, after ...

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North- New Decade, Same Approach

by Daniel Waldron Almost exactly three years after its collapse in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal, the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvened on Saturday 11th January and elected a new Executive. This followed an agreement between the DUP, Sinn Féin and the British and Irish governments, entitled ‘New Decade, New Approach’. Speaking after talks with the party ...

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NI general election: Pacts and polarisation

In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future of public services can also shape the outcome. Already, funding ...

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When the North exploded: 50 years since the “Battle of the Bogside”

By Kevin Henry For many, August 1969 was the month that saw the real beginning of the Troubles in the North. British troops were sent into Northern Ireland supposedly as a “stop gap”, but one that would remain for decades. Ten months earlier, the repression of a civil rights protest on the streets of Derry saw the situation erupt with ...

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North: Civil servants strike back against poverty pay

by William Brooks – NIPSA Civil Service Executive (personal capacity) Following an overwhelming majority decision by ballot of its members, trade union NIPSA has called industrial action by Northern Ireland civil servants in opposition to the disgraceful imposition of another below-inflation 1% pay-‘award’ while consultation was still ongoing, as well as the continued degradation of terms and conditions which NIPSA ...

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Trade unionists respond to killing of Lyra McKee

Working class people from across the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland were revulsed by the shooting and death of a young female journalist, Lyra McKee, in Derry city, last Thursday evening. Anton McCabe, National Executive Council member of the National Union of Journalists (personal capacity), and a Socialist Party member, who knew Lyra, helped organise some of the NUJ and ...

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