The North’s health service is being put on its knees through funding cuts and privatisation.
Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit representative in Derry Decades of underinvestment are overwhelming health care staff.and leading to massive waiting time. Patient care is at risk and frontline staff in many departments are at breaking point. Lack of planning and investment has created a massive shortage of nurses and a crisis in GP services. Over […]
Palestine is in political turmoil. Emboldened by Donald Trump’s recent decision to change long standing policy and “recognise” Jerusalem as the Israeli capital one of the most right wing Israeli governments in history has gone on the offensive.
Pic: Ahed Tamimi resisting arrest of her brother Dave O’Farrell The move has been met by widespread protest, both within Palestine and internationally. In fact despite the Zionist state’s apparent ability to act with impunity it is coming under ever more pressure. In Palestine the focus has shifted from peace talks to struggle with calls for, […]
Climate change is a real threat to our health, environment and society. Unpredictable weather patterns are devastating societies across the globe, with no country left unaffected. CO2 levels are high; too high to prevent some biodiversity loss, but still low enough that immediate action, taken at national and international levels, can ameliorate the damage.
Linda Kehoe While the USA under Trump withdraws from the Paris agreement and opens its shores to fossil fuel exploration in wanton disregard for the environment and future generations, three countries have paved the way in the right direction. Costa Rica, France and Belize will no longer allow fossil fuel exploration and PBP want […]
The last few months have seen a spike in racism in Irish society. This has come in various different forms that range from “look after our own” sentiments related to the housing crisis, to the hard core racism directed at Muslims in the wake of the homecoming of Ibrahim Halawa and the murder of a Japanese man by an Egyptian.
Pic: Galway Against Racism Network march against Direct Provision Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Although the worst of the hatred has been confined to social media, we are also beginning to see a small number of racists operating out in the open. Last month, Councillor Donal Grady led a protest against a proposed new Direct Provision centre […]
When Micheál Martin announced, on 18 January, that he knew that the 8th amendment had done great harm to women, that it had forced women to carry all pregnancies to term, that it had prevented Irish society from dealing humanely with women in traumatic situations, and that he would be supporting its repeal, something very significant was happening.
Pic: Brid Smith TD and People Before Profit Councillors marching for Repeal Brid Smith , People Before Profit TD I don’t think that the whole thing was a revelation to him. In 2002, the failed Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which attempted to exclude the risk of suicide as a grounds for abortion, was led by Micheál Martin […]
The mental health crisis has reached epidemic proportions in Ireland in recent years. 25-64-year-olds in Ireland have the second highest reported rate of depression in the EU, while CSO data shows that 2,364 people committed suicide from 2012-2016.
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Ireland also has the fourth highest rate of teenage suicide in the EU, as reported by Building the Future, who state that 1 in 10,000 Irish 15-19-year-olds will die by suicide. The brutal austerity measures imposed by the Fine Gael-led government have fueled the desperation people are feeling around the country. The […]
On Saturday 27 January the Still Waiting Campaign held a major conference in Liberty Hall in Dublin. The Campaign aims to increase hospital beds, restore lost services, and work towards a single-tier health system.
Attended by over eighty delegates the conference heard from a number of campaign groups, political organisations and trade unions including Enough is Enough, the Irish Patients’ Association, People Before Profit and SIPTU and other unions
Stephen McMahon of the Irish Patients' Association said that 300 people a year were dying due to overcrowding.
Socialist Worker interviewed the Still Waiting Campaign Coordinator, Cyril Brennan
SW: What inspired you to get involved in a health campaign? As a health care worker I always had an interest in health and caring for people, and when you see what has become of the health service during the years of austerity and the move towards private health care, and the effects it is […]
At last! After decades of campaigning, years of mass mobilisations, the careful deliberations of the Citizens Assembly and the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee, we have our chance.
Now, finally, the people of Ireland and especially the women of Ireland have a historic opportunity to break with the dark past and take a major step towards choice and real equality. But to do this the referendum in the Summer has to be won. Socialist Worker would have preferred a simple vote on Repeal, […]
What has the question of the rights of transgender people, trans women and trans men, got to do with socialism?
Actually it relates to two very fundamental socialist principles. The first is opposition to all forms of oppression in society. Our goal is a society of real equality in which all oppression of human beings by other human beings is ended. We believe that it is the struggle of the working class that is the […]
Leo Varadkar is meant to be the ‘cool’ and ‘modern’ Taoiseach, the master of spin and PR. Fine Gael pride themselves on being the ‘liberal’ and ‘enlightened’ wing of the Irish establishment.
Leo Varadkar is meant to be the ‘cool’ and ‘modern’ Taoiseach, the master of spin and PR. Fine Gael pride themselves on being the ‘liberal’ and ‘enlightened’ wing of the Irish establishment. Now over housing and homelessness this liberal mask has slipped. In a series of tweets and comments their old Blueshirt class prejudice and […]