Fiddling while the North burns – the great ‘cash for ash’ robbery

In November 2012, Arlene Foster, then Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), initiated the 'Renewable Heat Incentive' (RHI) scheme.

Fiddling while the North burns – the great ‘cash for ash’ robbery

Gavin Campbell The Department for the Economy estimates RHI will cost the public purse a staggering £490 million while the Northern Ireland Audit Office has issued a statement saying it could eventually cost over £1 billion. The scale of the debacle has triggered fresh elections in the North and plunged Northern politics into crisis.  The […]

When workers felled the Tsar

2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The revolution began in February 1917 with the overthrow of the Tsar and climaxed in October of the same year in a socialist revolution that overthrew of capitalism. Socialist Worker will run a series of articles dealing with the dramatic events of that year. Here Sean Carroll describes the February Revolution that began the process.

When workers felled the Tsar

On the 23 February 1917, International Women’s Day, a group of women textile workers in the Vyborg district of Petrograd went on strike in protest at bread shortages brought on by three years of imperialist war. Although political strikes were not unusual in Petrograd, this strike was to prove to be of historical significance as […]

Bulloch Harbour – Richard Barrett Strikes again!

Mega-developer, Richard Barrett, of Treasury Holdings fame is back with a vengeance. He and his friend, Johnny Ronan were bailed out to the tune of €2.6 billion by the Irish Tax Payer in 2008.

Bulloch Harbour – Richard Barrett Strikes again!

Councillor Melisa Halpin writes: Now, Mr Barrett has reinvented himself as Barrtra Capital and they have put in a proposal for a major development of the historic harbour of Bulloch near Dalkey. This proposal has really annoyed the people of the area and the many users of the harbour.  Nearly 500 people turned up to […]

Election in the North: The Time for Change is Now, ‘Recovery’ in the South: The Time to Fight is Now

For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation.

Election in the North: The Time for Change is Now, ‘Recovery’ in the South: The Time to Fight is Now

Election in the North The Time for Change is Now For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation. For decades […]

The Citizens Assembly? – The ‘Democratic’ Swindle

The problem is that the set-up of the Citizens’ Assembly channels people’s opinions down particular pathways. It frames the information presented to them in certain ways which will shape their recommendations.

The Citizens Assembly? – The ‘Democratic’ Swindle

Who would not be in favour of a citizens’ assembly to make recommendations concerning the 8th Amendment? People discussing all the intricacies of the 8th Amendment, in workshop style, chaired by the cooperative Justice Laffoy and the whole thing’s streamed and available on You Tube – how democratic is that? Certainly, the 99 citizens particularly […]

The Labour Party & Coalition- A Poisoned Chalice

Derry People Before Profit member and student activist, Michael Arthur, looks at the left's experience of coalition governments and why it has failed to advance the cause of left in Ireland.

The Labour Party & Coalition- A Poisoned Chalice

Derry People Before Profit member and student activist, Michael Arthur, looks at the left’s experience of coalition governments and why it has failed to advance the cause of left in Ireland: The current political situation in Irish politics has changed dramatically and there is now the first real chance of a genuine left-wing breakthrough since […]

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016) Obituary

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016), a great class fighter and a campaigner for women’s rights, died in Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry on Tuesday 15th November. From Donegal, Eileen moved to Derry in 1990 and soon joined the Socialist Workers’ Party branch in the city.

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016) Obituary

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016), a great class fighter and a campaigner for women’s rights, died in Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry on Tuesday 15th November.  From Donegal, Eileen moved to Derry in 1990 and soon joined the Socialist Workers’ Party branch in the city. She returned to education, doing access courses, a Women’s Studies qualification and, […]

Bilal Kayed settlement reached, repression of Palestinian prisoners continues

On 24 August, Bilal Kayed suspended his hunger strike after 71 days following a decision by the Israeli authorities to end his administrative detention (internment without trial or charge).

Bilal Kayed settlement reached, repression of Palestinian prisoners continues

On 24 August, Bilal Kayed suspended his hunger strike after 71 days following a decision by the Israeli authorities to end his administrative detention (internment without trial or charge). Ruairí Gallagher reports. During the hunger strike Kayed lost a large amount a weight, suffered several incidents of prolonged loss of vision, and was later arbitrarily […]

NAMA – the great sell off

NAMA – the great sell off

There is a whiff of corruption arising from NAMA. The most obvious case has already been highlighted with Project Eagle in Northern Ireland. Here a giant US company Cerberus paid a €7 million fixer fee to secure assets originally worth €6.5 billion for just €1.34 billion. Even though Michael Noonan was informed that another company […]

Galway To Protest Remax Israel Sales

Galway To Protest Remax Israel Sales

Galway People Before Profit Alliance have called this action as part of the growing international boycott and protest against RE/MAX. The company is currently involved in selling properties in illegal settlements in the West Bank. RE/MAX has a branch in Galway’s Eyre Square. The Galway website boasts that: “RE/MAX is the world’s NO.1 Real Estate […]

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