82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.
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 […]
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.
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 relentlessly-positive Wham! duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley burst onto the British stage in the early 1980s. While Ridgeley faded from the celebrity stage George Michael's solo career, good humour and drug-fuelled antics kept him a household name until his death on Christmas Day.
George was the embodiment of 1990’s pop, but there were hints throughout his career, and in revelations since his death that he wasn’t simply the rich playboy the media often portrayed him as. The seemingly apolitical Wham! released “Wham!- Rap!” with the lyric “I ain’t never gonna work” advocating the dole life as a good […]
Car insurance costs in Ireland are out of control. Almost everyone has seen their insurance costs increase dramatically – even if they have never made a claim, or they know someone who has had this experience.
Dave O’Farrell This is a very serious issue for a large number of people for whom a car is an absolute essential for simply living their daily lives – particularly given the states ever decreasing funding for public transport. Many excuses have been offered for these spiralling costs but they don’t stand up. Insurance companies […]
Is the continued denial of Traveller Ethnicity a failure of the state or a strategy of State Racism?
Lorraine McMahon Travellers are an indigenous minority who have been part of Irish society for centuries. There are just over 36,000 Travellers in Ireland, less than 1% of the population. Yet successive governments have denied formal recognition of Traveller Ethnicity. This has denied Travellers their rights and resulted in detrimental impacts on their lives. In […]
Vulture funds have swooped on Ireland with a ruthless determination that has hardly ever been seen in other parts of the world. They are buying up vast swathes of Irish property – and the Fine Gael led government is encouraging them.
Kieran Allen A vulture fund brings together wealthy investors who pool their money to search for quick profits. Typically they move in two ways. Either they buy up distressed property – houses, apartments or commercial units – whose prices have collapsed after the crash of 2008. Or they buy up the debts. They approach institutions […]
The Russian revolutionary leader has been in the news recently as British Labour Party Blairites have been denouncing Corbyn supporters as ‘Trotskyite entrists’. Against this background James Granell reviews Trotsky’s autobiography ‘My Life’.
Leon Trotsky’s My Life is a remarkable work. First published in 1930 while Trotsky was living in exile in Constantinople; the book demonstrates how his life was inseparably bound up with some of the most important events of the early twentieth century. Crucially, Trotsky was the only Bolshevik leader to write his memoirs and thus […]
It was early evening on Friday 15 July that the Turkish military coup began. Planes flew low over Istanbul and Ankara. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets. Key bridges and buildings were taken over. Memet Uludag writes.
It was early evening on Friday 15 July that the Turkish military coup began. Planes flew low over Istanbul and Ankara. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets. Key bridges and buildings were taken over. State TV was taken over and it was announced that the military were in control of the country. News started […]
In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution.
In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution. Lenin’s The State and Revolution, written in 1917, is widely accepted as one of the classics of Marxist theory, but what’s it all about? In this relatively short text Lenin outlined his theory […]
From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top.
From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top. The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war and the Saville Report into Bloody Sunday have a lot in common. Chilcot was published to on July 6th. Many were taken aback by the sharp tone of […]