From Tallaght to Cairo: the cases of Jobstown and Ibrahim Hallawa.

From Tallaght to Cairo: the cases of Jobstown and Ibrahim Hallawa.

  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 […]

Mobilise for free safe and legal abortion

Hardly a month goes by that we are not reminded of the barbaric obstacles put in the way of women in Ireland exercising choice over their lives.

Mobilise for free safe and legal abortion

At the end of June, the UN ruled that failing to provide an abortion for 40-year-old Siobhán Whelan, who was carrying a foetus with a fatal abnormality, amounted to a violation of human rights. In the same month figures showed that among the thousands of women travelling to Britain for an abortion, 15 were under […]

How suicidal must women be?

In Ireland up to 12 women a day either leave the country for an abortion or access illegal abortion pills. The only legal abortion in Ireland can be procured under The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 (PLDPA).

How suicidal must women be?

This Act allows abortion if a woman’s life is in danger, including risk of suicide. Once it is determined that a woman’s life is at risk due to suicide, a doctor and two psychiatrists have to unanimously agree that termination of a pregnancy is the solution. And this system is failing. It is barbaric, perpetuates […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Rise of People Power

There is now widespread understanding among ordinary people in Ireland that if you want anything done in this country the way to go is People Power.

The Rise of People Power

John Molyneux If you don’t want to pay unjust water charges no amount of letter writing and debate in the Dáil or on RTE will do the trick. You have to block the installation of meters, put hundreds of thousands on the streets and refuse to pay. If you want something done about homelessness don’t […]

Abortion Rights in the North: Now More than Ever

Once again this week, we’ve seen the brutal reality faced by women in the North as the state reaffirmed its commitment to deny women the right to choose. Yesterday’s legal appeal--brought forward by a mother and her teenage daughter—to challenge the policy of not allowing NHS provided abortions for women who travel to England and Wales, was quashed by the Court of Appeal. It is a blatant breach of a woman’s fundamental right to choose what happens to her body.

Abortion Rights in the North: Now More than Ever

Once again this week, we’ve seen the brutal reality faced by women in the North as the state reaffirmed its commitment to deny women the right to choose. Yesterday’s legal appeal–brought forward by a mother and her teenage daughter—to challenge the policy of not allowing NHS provided abortions for women who travel to England and Wales, […]

LGBT Movement in the North

Following the outstanding success in the Republic of Ireland’s referendum, there has been a massive increase in the momentum for the LGBT movement in the North.

LGBT Movement in the North

Following the outstanding success in the Republic of Ireland’s referendum, there has been a massive increase in the momentum for the LGBT movement in the North. Around 1000 people attended a marriage equality rally in Belfast (called by People Before Profit Youth) the week following the referendum. Following this, the Rainbow Project, Amnesty International and […]