Burkini Ban

Burkini Ban

The ban on burkinis in some French towns, introduced in August, continues to cause controversy. Photos of armed police forcing a Muslim woman to remove her burkini on a beach caused justified anger around the world. Despite widespread support for the ban from many prominent politicians – including the prime minister Manuel Valls and former […]

Direct Provision – An Indictment

The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the role it is playing in Ireland’s asylum process. DPS, introduced as a temporary ‘measure’ in 1999 provided the best cover for Irish governments over the past 17 years not only to continue with their unwelcoming asylum polices, but also to get away with the unforgivable inhumanity of the official state response to asylum seekers.

Direct Provision – An Indictment

Direct Provision as the main feature of the Irish asylum system The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the […]

You Jung Han; a victim of state racism

You Jung Han; a victim of state racism

On Monday August 22nd You Jung Han, a Korean resident of the Kinsale Road direct provision centre in Cork, tragically ended her life.  She leaves behind a six year old son. Her friends and neighbours in the centre are deeply shocked and traumatised by the young woman’s death. At the time of writing this article, nine […]

Report: Galway Black Lives Matter solidarity demo

Report: Galway Black Lives Matter solidarity demo

A hundred people turned up for the Galway Black Lives Matter solidarity demo called by Galway Anti-Racism Network, including members of Galway Traveller Movement, Anti-Deportation Ireland, People Before Profit, locals and tourists. Events were also held in Dublin and Cork. People wanted to express their feelings from shock and compassion to anger and frustration as […]

Racist Hatred Behind Murder Of Jo Cox

The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has led to widespread shock and horror, which Socialist Worker shares. The Batley and Spen MP was shot and stabbed yesterday, Thursday, in Birstall, west Yorkshire. She later died in hospital.

Racist Hatred Behind Murder Of Jo Cox

The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has led to widespread shock and horror, which Socialist Worker shares. The Batley and Spen MP was shot and stabbed yesterday, Thursday, in Birstall, west Yorkshire. She later died in hospital. Jo Cox had spoken out in favour of immigration and in defence of refugees. Witnesses say that […]

From War to Uncertainty

Jim O’Connell, People Before Profit candidate in Cork South Central, was recently in Athens where he visited Victoria Square, a gathering point for many refugees. He sent us this vivid and moving report.

From War to Uncertainty

The heavy police presence in Victoria Square is backed up by two very large mobile tactical units, converted buses where the armed police take meals and breaks, conduct briefings and store their equipment. On one end of the square a sentry post complete with parasol sunshade looks like something from a West Bank checkpoint. Uniformed […]

EU-Turkey: a Disgraceful Deal

Over 400 people drowned off the coast of Libya on the 17-18 April. At the time of writing, the exact figure is unknown but what is clear is that it was the single largest tragedy in the Mediterranean over past 12 months.

EU-Turkey: a Disgraceful Deal

Over 400 people drowned off the coast of Libya on the 17-18 April. At the time of writing, the exact figure is unknown but what is clear is that it was the single largest tragedy in the Mediterranean over past 12 months. This tragedy is an indictment of the European Union’s migration policies and a […]

Refugee crisis: from bad to worse

A year ago, in April 2015, the EU finally woke up to the horrific reality of the refugee crisis on its doorsteps.

Refugee crisis: from bad to worse

A year ago, in April 2015, the EU finally woke up to the horrific reality of the refugee crisis on its doorsteps. First, it was the news of a refugee boat sinking with the loss of 400 lives. A week later more than 700 refugees had died in another Mediterranean shipwreck. In the first four […]

No to racism! No to the system that breeds it!

No to racism! No to the system that breeds it!

No to racism! No to the system that breeds it! Racism is a poison. It should have no place in our society or our communities. Racism creates hate, division and violence. We all know that Ireland has major social problems – poverty, homelessness, emigration, a health crisis and massive inequality.But none of these problems are caused […]