Tag Archives: Sectarianism

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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August 1969 – When British troops went into Northern Ireland

By Peter Hadden (first published in August 2009) August 1969 was a turning point in the history of Northern Ireland. It was then that the Labour Government of Harold Wilson took the decision to send troops onto the streets, first of Derry, then of Belfast. The measure was presented as temporary – troops were needed, they said, because, with riots ...

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Review: Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman By Anna Burns Published by Faber, 2018 Reviewed by Cerys Falvey Whilst a somewhat difficult read Milkman is entirely deserving of its recent praise, including winning the prestigious Man Booker Prize. The protagonist, an 18-year-old book worm, tells her story from an unnamed town, though to anyone familiar with the geography of North Belfast (from where Burns is from), ...

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Killing of Lyra McKee- Trade unions must show way forward

Socialist Party statement, 26 April 2019 The killing of Lyra McKee on Thursday April 19th sent a wave of shock across Northern Ireland. Lyra was only 29 but had already made a name for herself as a journalist, an author and an activist. Whilst over 3,800 have died in the “Troubles” since 1969 some killings strike a particular chord. Lyra’s ...

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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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Sri Lanka: No to terrorist bombing-For workers unity to defeat racism and division

Statement from United Socialist Party (our sister organisation in Sri Lanka)  The United Socialist Party in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Solidarity campaign, the Socialist Party in England and Wales and the Socialist Party in Ireland strongly condemn the atrocious attacks that took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (21-04-2019). Well-coordinated attacks took place in eight places, including three churches which ...

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Brexit: Trade unionists must stand for workers’ unity

By Kevin Henry As we go to press, it is over 750 days since the Stormont institutions collapsed in the wake of the RHI. This figure is likely to rise considerably, given the sectarian games of both the DUP and Sinn Féin and the lack of any serious efforts to restart the institutions. Brexit and the uncertainty about the border ...

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October 1968 – Mass revolt against sectarianism & poverty

By Ciaran Mulholland In a few brief months in late 1968, a mass movement challenged the Unionist government at Stormont and briefly posed the possibility of a revolutionary transformation of society here. Young people, in particular, rejected not just the misrule of the Unionist Party but also the deadening conservatism of the equally sectarian Nationalist Party. They turned to the ...

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North- Bonfire debate can ignite conflict

In the aftermath of the Eleventh Night bonfires last year, Belfast City Council passed a Sinn Féin motion authorising the forced clearing of bonfire sites. When this policy was implemented against an anti-internment bonfire in the Divis area of west Belfast, it led to small-scale rioting. If there is an attempt to do the same this year in Protestant areas ...

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