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 […]

Pressure increases to Repeal the 8th

Following the success of the Marriage Equality referendum, there is a significant sense that the next issue we need to tackle is the question of abortion rights. Young people in Ireland have shown a high level of support for changing the current abortion laws, favouring abortion rights under any circumstance in polls from 2004 onwards. Changes in abortion law would require a referendum in order to remove the 8th Amendment to the constitution, which was inserted in 1983 and equates a woman’s life with that of a foetus.

Pressure increases to Repeal the 8th

Following the success of the Marriage Equality referendum, there is a significant sense that the next issue we need to tackle is the question of abortion rights.  Young people in Ireland have shown a high level of support for changing the current abortion laws, favouring abortion rights under any circumstance in polls from 2004 onwards. […]

Victory! Marriage Equality Finally Won!

The overwhelming support Irish people have shown for marriage equality, online, on the ground and at the ballot box has been stupendous. In a country where just 22 years ago homosexuality was still illegal we now have the right to marry regardless of sex. While the vote was just on marriage the activism and the result were something much more, they were a reaching out, an acceptance and indeed an apology. People all over this country, particularly young people in unaccepting environments have been sent a clear message of validation and hope from their fellow citizens. We are perhaps seeing the beginnings of an Ireland of openness and respect.

Victory! Marriage Equality Finally Won!

Freddie Trevaskis Hoskin of the Liberation campaign, responds to the Referendum victory The overwhelming support Irish people have shown for marriage equality, online, on the ground and at the ballot box has been stupendous. In a country where just 22 years ago homosexuality was still illegal we now have the right to marry regardless of […]

Beyond marriage equality

There has been much discussion lately on the issue of marriage equality and before I say any more let me make it clear that I am of course campaigning for a YES vote.

Beyond marriage equality

There has been much discussion lately on the issue of marriage equality and before I say any more let me make it clear that I am of course campaigning for a YES vote. However it seems to me that the discussions around marriage equality have become the only discussions that many LGBTQ activists are having; this is a problem. We should not assume marriage equality […]

Liberation Campaign Launched

The new Liberation campaign had its official launch on Monday 16 April. The campaign has been set up by LGBTQ members of the SWP and their allies in order to bring radical ideas into the current campaign around marriage equality.

Liberation Campaign Launched

Liberation Campaign Launched | Freddie Trevaskis Hoskin | Socialist Worker 178 The new Liberation campaign had its official launch on Monday 16 April. The campaign has been set up by LGBTQ members of the SWP and their allies in order to bring radical ideas into the current campaign around marriage equality. While advocating a yes vote […]