The Corbyn Earthquake

Crowds of young people at Glastonbury this year have been spontaneously erupting into chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!’

The Corbyn Earthquake

Nothing so symbolises the political earthquake brought about by Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic campaign in the recent British general election. Crowds of young people at a music festival chanting the name of a sixty eight year old white male Labour politician! This is unprecedented – more normal would be to be booed or ignored. Indeed there […]

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 […]

Solidarity with Palestine and the Palestinians

By John Lyons, People Before Profit Councillor for Beaumont-Donaghmede, Dublin North Central It was John Lyons who moved the motion on Dublin City Council to fly the Palestinian flag through the month of May.

Solidarity with Palestine and the Palestinians

‘After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria,” stated Benjamin Netanyahu in late June, referring to Amichai, the first entirely new state-approved settlement to be constructed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since the Israeli-Palestine Oslo peace accords were signed in 1993. With […]

Imperialism in Mosul and Raqqah: A tale of two cities

Memet Uludag writes: Surrounded on the ground by the Iraqi army in Mosul and Kurdish fighters around Raqqah in Syria, and with the heavy bombardments by US air strikes, ISIS is losing the key battles in Iraq and Syria, while civilians are suffering huge casualties.

Imperialism in Mosul and Raqqah: A tale of two cities

Picture: Mosul after US air Strikes (Washington Post) One of main themes in ISIS propaganda was its claim to be a sovereign state and to control vast territory joining the desert lands of Syria and Iraq and more importantly linking strategically and economically important cities such as Raqqah and Mosul. ISIS is under heavy attack […]

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 […]

The Sisters of Uncharitable Actions

Simon Harris shamelessly announced that the Sisters Of Charity were to be the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin. Within five days of this announcement nearly 100,000 people had signed a petition against it.

The Sisters of Uncharitable Actions

Linda Kehoe Yet despite the public, medical and political uproar he has continued to defend his position, saying that the new NMH will “have clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, without religious, ethnic or other distinction, as well as financial and budgetary independence”. How can he say this […]

Housing – more lies, more crisis

New figures dragged out of the government under the Freedom of Information Act prove it.

Housing – more lies, more crisis

Despite all the promises from the government and the talk from Minister Simon Coveney NOTHING is being done to solve the housing crisis. Last year the number of new homes built in the State was just 2076, compared to the Government’s lying claim of 15,000. And out of that 2076 total there were only 848 […]

Lannigan’s Ball: How Long will FF and FG Partnership Survive?

The Irish political establishment have a major problem. The corruption at the heart of their state is being exposed through numerous ‘commissions of inquiry’. And on the streets, the protest movement is growing by the day. Instead of the large scale mobilisations seen at the height of the water charges movement, there are a host of smaller protests on a variety of issues. The message that ‘people power’ gets results has spread like wildfire.

Lannigan’s Ball: How Long will FF and FG Partnership Survive?

Kieran Allen One long year I spent up in Dublin, One long year  to learn nothing at all, One long year  I spent up in Dublin, Learning new steps for Lanigan’s Ball. She stepped out and I stepped in again, I stepped out and she stepped in again, She stepped out and I stepped in […]

Inequality Ireland: the rich get richer

Two recent reports cast a revealing light on what’s really happening with inequality in Ireland – its getting wider.

Inequality Ireland: the rich get richer

(picture: Denis O’Brien: down to his last super-yacht. Yours to hire at €326,000 a week.) The first was from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published on 28 February. It showed that the pay gap between men and women in Ireland is now 6.5 percentage points wider than it was in 2012, according to new […]

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