At its 2018 conference members of the Socialist Workers Party decided to change its name to the Socialist Workers Network.
It also decided that its primary vehicle for communication will be the launch a major new website that is geared to the growing numbers of people who seek alternatives to capitalism. At a subsequent date, the network will spin off a print addition from this website. The Socialist Workers Network will also seek to produce […]
Palestine is in political turmoil. Emboldened by Donald Trump’s recent decision to change long standing policy and “recognise” Jerusalem as the Israeli capital one of the most right wing Israeli governments in history has gone on the offensive.
Pic: Ahed Tamimi resisting arrest of her brother Dave O’Farrell The move has been met by widespread protest, both within Palestine and internationally. In fact despite the Zionist state’s apparent ability to act with impunity it is coming under ever more pressure. In Palestine the focus has shifted from peace talks to struggle with calls for, […]
This past year has seen a new explosion of women’s rights activism across the globe. The discontent and rage that has been simmering for years has exploded onto the streets and through social media.
Becca Bor Last January, 4 million people filled the streets of the US, and countries around the world, to protest Trump generally, and women’s oppression specifically. From the Women’s March last year to today, we have seen a massive shift in opinion in Ireland for progressive change to abortion laws and a global #metoo movement […]
Climate change is a real threat to our health, environment and society. Unpredictable weather patterns are devastating societies across the globe, with no country left unaffected. CO2 levels are high; too high to prevent some biodiversity loss, but still low enough that immediate action, taken at national and international levels, can ameliorate the damage.
Linda Kehoe While the USA under Trump withdraws from the Paris agreement and opens its shores to fossil fuel exploration in wanton disregard for the environment and future generations, three countries have paved the way in the right direction. Costa Rica, France and Belize will no longer allow fossil fuel exploration and PBP want […]
The last few months have seen a spike in racism in Irish society. This has come in various different forms that range from “look after our own” sentiments related to the housing crisis, to the hard core racism directed at Muslims in the wake of the homecoming of Ibrahim Halawa and the murder of a Japanese man by an Egyptian.
Pic: Galway Against Racism Network march against Direct Provision Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Although the worst of the hatred has been confined to social media, we are also beginning to see a small number of racists operating out in the open. Last month, Councillor Donal Grady led a protest against a proposed new Direct Provision centre […]
So what is PESCO when it’s at home? You can be forgiven for not knowing.
PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation ) is something the government deliberately quietly and quickly rushed through the Dail with intention , as far as possible of avoiding public scrutiny and debate.
Even the name is designed to hide what it is really about. PESCO really means an EU army or perhaps ‘Towards an EU Army’. The top Eurocrats like EU Commission president Jean Claude Juncker have long wanted an EU army. In March 2015 he said that “a common European army would convey a clear message […]
When Micheál Martin announced, on 18 January, that he knew that the 8th amendment had done great harm to women, that it had forced women to carry all pregnancies to term, that it had prevented Irish society from dealing humanely with women in traumatic situations, and that he would be supporting its repeal, something very significant was happening.
Pic: Brid Smith TD and People Before Profit Councillors marching for Repeal Brid Smith , People Before Profit TD I don’t think that the whole thing was a revelation to him. In 2002, the failed Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which attempted to exclude the risk of suicide as a grounds for abortion, was led by Micheál Martin […]
The mental health crisis has reached epidemic proportions in Ireland in recent years. 25-64-year-olds in Ireland have the second highest reported rate of depression in the EU, while CSO data shows that 2,364 people committed suicide from 2012-2016.
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Ireland also has the fourth highest rate of teenage suicide in the EU, as reported by Building the Future, who state that 1 in 10,000 Irish 15-19-year-olds will die by suicide. The brutal austerity measures imposed by the Fine Gael-led government have fueled the desperation people are feeling around the country. The […]
On Saturday 27 January the Still Waiting Campaign held a major conference in Liberty Hall in Dublin. The Campaign aims to increase hospital beds, restore lost services, and work towards a single-tier health system.
Attended by over eighty delegates the conference heard from a number of campaign groups, political organisations and trade unions including Enough is Enough, the Irish Patients’ Association, People Before Profit and SIPTU and other unions
Stephen McMahon of the Irish Patients' Association said that 300 people a year were dying due to overcrowding.
Socialist Worker interviewed the Still Waiting Campaign Coordinator, Cyril Brennan
SW: What inspired you to get involved in a health campaign? As a health care worker I always had an interest in health and caring for people, and when you see what has become of the health service during the years of austerity and the move towards private health care, and the effects it is […]
Pic: Trimble and Hume celebrate Good Friday Agreement Below: Cllr Matt Collins As the North approaches the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement—the multilateral agreement that signalled the end of decades of violence during what is euphemistically termed ‘the troubles’ – we can expect a great deal of media gushing over […]