Donal McKendry looks at the parallels. The Jobstown case has once again shone light on the corruption in the Irish state and among powerful elements within the Gardaí. We are told that there was no conspiracy in this case. Instead, the prosecutor’s independence was robust enough to withstand any potential pressure that may […]
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Leo Varadkar has promised a referendum on Repealing the 8th Amendment for some time in 2018.
As we explain in our centre page articles this is far too slow because every day Irish women are suffering and put at risk by the current state of the law. Nevertheless there is likely to be a referendum and some stage and it is likely that the Irish people who voted Yes to Marriage […]
Annette Mooney writes: When a tiny number of unelected officials can force through a deeply unpopular project, you know you live in a corporate regime.
For decades the people of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount in Dublin have expressed their opposition to having this Covanta incinerator here. Even the mainly right wing city councillors voted to oppose it. But now it is built and has begun receiving waste because unelected officials decided. On top of this on 14 June waste burning at the […]
Seán Egan writes: Leo Varadkar’s election as the head of Fine Gael and summary coronation as Taoiseach, facilitated by Fianna Fáil signals a continuation of the worst aspects of Fine Gael policy as well as a renewed attack on workers’ conditions and on ordinary people in general.
While Varadkar spouts platitudes about ‘opportunity’ and being ‘neither left nor right’ his less guarded moments and his political past reveal that he is a free market fundamentalist determined to enrich the privileged at the expense of the rest of us. Varadkar gained prominence in large part due to his impassioned critiques of Fianna Fáil […]
It is over a month now since Seanie FitzPatrick was acquitted on all charges and, as far as the media is concerned its all forgottern . It should not be. When Seanie FitzPatrick walked free from the high court it expressed all that is rotten in Irish society, writes Brid Smith.
The fact that the dismissal of his case coincided with the ongoing determined attempt by the State to criminalise and jail the Water Charges protestors of Jobstown reinforced the point and rubbed salt in the wound. Let’s start with the official story. The official story was that the Judge ordered the jury to acquit FitzPatrick […]
There are two new books that may be of particular interest to Socialist Worker readers.
The first is Struggle or Starve by Seán Mitchell who is People Before Profit North-South Coordinator . It tells the story of working class unity in Belfast’s 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots. In October 1932 the streets of Belfast were gripped by rioting. Railing at the indignity of the state’s ‘relief’ programmes of poverty pay and […]
The prosecution of water charges protestors from Jobstown, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, on the charge of ‘false imprisonment’ is an attack on all our democratic rights.
The notion that sitting down around Joan Burton’s car is ‘kidnapping’ or false imprisonment is so obviously ludicrous that it must have been the result of a deliberate plan concocted by the Department of Public Prosecutions, the State and the Government. What is that plan? It is first to take revenge for the defeat that […]
After the Magdalene Laundries, after Tuam and the other Mother and Baby Homes, after the Christian Brothers, after the child abusing priests, after Savita Halappanavar, after the National Maternity Hospital fiasco, and 25 years after the X-Case enough is enough. IT IS TIME TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE!
Separation of church and state is a basic democratic principle. It derives from Thomas Jefferson and the American Constitution and is practised in many countries as diverse as France, India and Singapore. What it means is that every citizen has the right to believe in and practice the religion of their choice without any discrimination. […]
The Derry Trades Union Council recently organised a well-attended protest outside the premises of People Plus NI. Protests outside People Plus NI premises have been ongoing since last year.
Ruairi Gallagher The company, formerly known as Action for Employment, was established in north-west England during the early 1990’s when unemployment proliferated as a result of successive Tory governments deliberately destroying the country’s industrial-base and privatising its economy in order to weaken the trade unions and working class solidarity. People Plus has a discredited history: […]