What has the question of the rights of transgender people, trans women and trans men, got to do with socialism?
Actually it relates to two very fundamental socialist principles. The first is opposition to all forms of oppression in society. Our goal is a society of real equality in which all oppression of human beings by other human beings is ended. We believe that it is the struggle of the working class that is the […]
Access to housing was a key demand of the civil rights movement in the North during the 1960s leading to the creation of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in 1971. Prior to the founding of the NIHE, housing provision was decided upon by local councils. This resulted in widespread discrimation of Catholics in housing allocation, […]
Homelessness is not normal. Living under the constant threat of eviction is not normal either. It should not be normal to pay rent for substandard accommodation, either in the private or the public sector.
Written and collated by Cllr Tina MacVeigh, People Before Profit. Councillor for Crumlin-Kimmage Nor should it be normal for the responsibility of housing provision to be left to the market when we know the market cannot provide this most basic of human needs and this most fundamental right. But this is what is happening. Instead of managing a housing system the government is trying to manage […]
Armando Iannucci’s new feature The Death of Stalin plays Soviet terror for laughs while laying bare the cowardice, self-interest and vanity that characterises every ruling class.
Reviewed by Sean Egan Eliciting audience laughter from inside a secret police torture chamber is no easy task but Iannucci manages to find moments of dark humour in otherwise stomach-churning circumstances. The veteran political satirist who skewered the shallow spectacle of modern politics in his tv gems: Veep and The Thick of It portrays the […]
Dublin City People Before Profit Cllr Tina MacVeigh has twice recently visisted Catalonia. Here she inteviews Aina Tela, a activist with the left wing anti-capitalist party, CUP on the the situation in Catalonia.
Pic: CUP activist, Anna Gabriel, speaking in Catalan parliament. Q. On October 1st, the day of the Independence Referendum in Catalonia, we witnessed terrible scenes as the Spanish police attacked unarmed citizens who had come out peacefully to vote. The Spanish state justified this by saying that the referendum was illegal, that Catalans wanted all the […]
Sean Egan interviews repeal activist Aislinn Shanahan Daly
1.How did you get involved with pro-choice activism? The first social movement I ever engaged with was the abortion rights movement. I attended the march for choice in 2014, and it played a huge role in my politicization. I felt like those affected by a lack of access to abortion deserved justice, and as a […]
North and South of the border there is a growing movement for a woman’s right to choose. Abortion reform is back in the mainstream media because tens of thousands of people have rallied across Ireland within the past year to demand changes in the law.
By Becca Bor and Adrienne Wallace In the South, the movement for abortion rights is organising to repeal the 8th amendment in the upcoming referendum; and in the North, the discussion around liberalisation of the anti-abortion laws has coincided with political volatility and impasse in the North. Ireland, on both sides of the border, remains […]
The struggle for Catalan independence which has been raging all this autumn has proved controversial on the left.
By John Molyneux There have been those like the present writer, and People Before Profit , who have given full support to this struggle. There have been others who have said socialists and the left should be wary of supporting any form of nationalism. It has also been argued that the left should not support […]
The political establishment are trying to gag pilots from giving evidence to a Dail Committee over the relationship that exists between the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Ryanair. But the pilots are back soon and will give evidence then.
By Brid Smith, People Before Profit TD. Evan Cullen, President of the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) was to address the Transport Committee on October 4 on the underlying reasons why Ryanair had cancelled 50 flights a day. The day before he was due to speak, a solicitor’s letter arrived from Ryanair. But, the committee […]
Back in 2008 while we were being told we had to bail out the banks to prevent financial armeggdon complaints were made to the Financial Ombudsman that the banks had moved people off their tracker mortgage rates or were refusing to move those who had taken on a fixed rate back onto the tracker rate.
Pic: Bank of Ireland execs receive 2017 Deal of the the Year award from Finance Dublin James O’Toole writes But nothing was done. Neither the Ombudsman nor Fianna Fáil wanted to hear any more bad news about the banks- they also understood how unpalatable it would be for most people to swallow the bailout of banks […]