The prosecution of water charges protestors from Jobstown, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, on the charge of ‘false imprisonment’ is an attack on all our democratic rights.
The notion that sitting down around Joan Burton’s car is ‘kidnapping’ or false imprisonment is so obviously ludicrous that it must have been the result of a deliberate plan concocted by the Department of Public Prosecutions, the State and the Government. What is that plan? It is first to take revenge for the defeat that […]
After the Magdalene Laundries, after Tuam and the other Mother and Baby Homes, after the Christian Brothers, after the child abusing priests, after Savita Halappanavar, after the National Maternity Hospital fiasco, and 25 years after the X-Case enough is enough. IT IS TIME TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE!
Separation of church and state is a basic democratic principle. It derives from Thomas Jefferson and the American Constitution and is practised in many countries as diverse as France, India and Singapore. What it means is that every citizen has the right to believe in and practice the religion of their choice without any discrimination. […]
In early March, two Belfast pro-choice activists were raided by police with search warrants for abortion pills. Both were raided at times when the police knew they would not be at home. Helen Crickard’s workshop was raided while she was at an International Women’s Day rally.
Goretti Horgan It then emerged that 15-20 women had been contacted by the police who had got their addresses from Customs because their pills had been seized. At least one person had the police turn up at their workplace and it is likely that some were living with their parents. It is hard to imagine […]
The Derry Trades Union Council recently organised a well-attended protest outside the premises of People Plus NI. Protests outside People Plus NI premises have been ongoing since last year.
Ruairi Gallagher The company, formerly known as Action for Employment, was established in north-west England during the early 1990’s when unemployment proliferated as a result of successive Tory governments deliberately destroying the country’s industrial-base and privatising its economy in order to weaken the trade unions and working class solidarity. People Plus has a discredited history: […]
Theresa May has called a snap Westminster election, despite consistently saying she would not. It is an opportunistic move. Everything she and the Tories do is cynically thought out.
(Picture: Tory PM Theresa May) Fiona Ferguson They have no core principles, except supporting the elites and the wealthy. Her attempts to use Brexit are no different. Theresa May supported remain and the EU in the referendum, not because she gave a damn about Europe, but because she saw it was a means to strengthen […]
Since the Banking Crash of 2009 there has been a serious lack of investment in the Irish Permanent Defence Forces.
Wayne Boston The equipment is as antiquated as a shabby sofa, and shabbier still are the pay and conditions that service personnel have to endure. This is especially true in the investment in its servicemen and women who, since 2009 have seen cuts to pay, allowances and even pensions. A qualified 3 star private can […]
In coverage of the impending UK general election, many in the media are discussing not whether Labour will lose, but rather what the scale of the loss will be.
Rob Winkel The mainstream commentary in Ireland as well as in Britain has been overwhelmingly hostile to and dismissive of Jeremy Corbyn. But as events develop, it is becoming increasingly clear that the game is not over. Corbyn and Labour can mount a real challenge. This will see the mobilising of the mass membership of […]
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:
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 […]
Fascist Marine Le Pen and banker Emmanuel Macron go through to the second round of the French Presidential election.
(Picture: Fascist Front National leader Marine Le Pen) Report from Catherine Curran Vigier, of the New Anti-Capitalist Party After an incredible election campaign, dominated by revelations about the corruption of the right wing candidate François Fillon and the fascist Front National leader Marine Le Pen, the Nazi candidate finally made it through to the second […]
At the ASTI Convention in Killarney, delegates voted to continue the union’s campaign of industrial action in support of the principle of “equal pay for equal work” and acceptable reform of the Junior Cycle.
Mark Walshe Although they stopped short of backing strike action, delegates overwhelmingly backed a protest at the Dáil on the first day of the upcoming public sector talks on a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. TUI and INTO members will be invited to the protest. Delegates also backed a motion to ballot for strike […]