Direct Provision: A lucrative business

The economic mentality of the government behind the Direct Provision System in Ireland is no different to its response to housing or health crisis in this country:

Direct Provision: A lucrative business

Memet Uludag While ordinary people are left to suffer from lack of public provisions and duty of care, private companies enjoy millions of profits from this suffering. Direct Provision as a business has turned the state’s duty of care to victims fleeing war and oppression into profits for private companies. The Direct Provision System was […]

Towards a Socialist Ireland

The great socialist James Connolly argued “The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go.” Growing numbers of people in Ireland and across the world would agree.

Towards a Socialist Ireland

Shaun Harkin The great socialist James Connolly argued “The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go.” Growing numbers of people in Ireland and across the world would agree. Capitalism doesn’t benefit the vast majority and is generating political crises that demand an alternative. The UK vote to leave the European […]

Brid Smith says: Water charges – a victory for the people.

The establishment politicians are raging about it and so are many of the commentators and pundits in the media, but they can’t do anything about it. The fact is that on water charges the people have won.

Brid Smith says: Water charges – a victory for the people.

The establishment politicians are raging about it and so are many of the commentators and pundits in the media, but they can’t do anything about it. The fact is that on water charges the people have won. Remember ‘Big’ Phil Hogan, the Fine Gael bully. He was going to charge us all five or six […]

Save Foyle Haven

Foyle Haven is a frontline day service providing ​accommodation, food and support to vulnerable people including street drinkers and the homeless, writes Gavin Campbell

Save Foyle Haven

A rescue package was organised last year after Big Lottery funding ended, but fears have been expressed over the Haven’s​ long-term future. Haven workers​ were put on protective notice and informed funding was only guaranteed through to March 31st creating tremendous anxiety for those who depend on its services, for their families and for its dedicated workforce. Without […]

Clondalkin Equine Club opens

Gino Kenny TD writes: Clondalkin Equine Club opened its doors on 2 February 2017. The new facility on the Fonthill Rd in Clondalkin will stable twenty horses giving security to young local teenagers that their horses are safe.

Clondalkin Equine Club opens

  For many years there has been an ongoing conflict between local horse owners and the council. Responsible horse owners regularly faced the heartache of the council impounding their horse, and if they could not pay €800 their pet would be euthanized. South Dublin County Council have spent o half a million euros over the […]

Save South Dublin Forests

Dublin Rathdown People Before Profit recently held a well-attended meeting in Rathfarnham on Council development plans for developing a wooded area in the Dublin Mountains, writes Dr Peadar O’Grady

Save South Dublin Forests

Last year South Dublin County Council and Coillte in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland published a plan to turn the grounds of both Massey’s Estate and the Hellfire Club into a major tourist attraction, including a large ‘interpretive centre’ with a restaurant and shop; a sky-bridge that extends over the road between the two wooded areas […]

Combating racism in Ireland

Memet Uludag, Convenor of United Against Racism writes: As part of its struggle to combat racism in Ireland United Against Racism will be holding a Rally and March in Dublin on Saturday 11 March.

Combating racism in Ireland

It will assemble at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance and march to the Central Bank Plaza. It is also part of an international week of action against racism in many different countries. Similar events will be held elsewhere in Cork and Galway. This rally and demonstration will have three themes: Dump Trump. Trump is […]

Water Charges –Still the Issue

As Socialist Worker goes to press the great Anti-Water Charges movement stands on the cusp of victory.

Water Charges –Still the Issue

The Oireachtas Committee, set up to deal with the matter, has – as this is written – an anti-water charges majority, just. A couple of days ago Housing Minister Simon Coveney stated that normal water bills would be abolished. “Water charges are gone, they’re going to be abolished,” said Coveney. “Normal usage for households across […]

Ballaghaderreen: Bring people, bring jobs, bring the buzz back

82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.

Ballaghaderreen: Bring people, bring jobs, bring the buzz back

  Memet Uludag As the news was announced by the Department of Justice there was some mixed reaction in the town of 2000, but despite the unease and anger towards the government for its handling of the issue and its failure to consult, people were mostly sympathetic and wanted to welcome the refugees to their […]

Ignorance is (Panti) Bliss

Emma Hendrick replies to Panti Bliss’s call for moderation

Ignorance is (Panti) Bliss

Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) is a nationally recognised figure who has campaigned on LGBTQ issues for many years. In 2014 he gripped the hearts of the nation with his Nobel Call from the Abbey theatre. To date, his speech, which offered a deeply personal account of homophobia in Ireland, has been viewed over 800,000 […]

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