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 […]
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 […]
Father Peter McVerry has said what everyone knows, but the Government refuses to acknowledge,, that ‘the housing crisis is out of control’.
It’s not just the record number of street sleepers, 184 at the last count, deeply shocking as it is. It is not just the 8,500 plus in emergency accommodation including more than 3000 children, appalling as that is. It is also the knock on effects of the shortage in affordable houses and the soaring rents […]
At last! After decades of campaigning, years of mass mobilisations, the careful deliberations of the Citizens Assembly and the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee, we have our chance.
Now, finally, the people of Ireland and especially the women of Ireland have a historic opportunity to break with the dark past and take a major step towards choice and real equality. But to do this the referendum in the Summer has to be won. Socialist Worker would have preferred a simple vote on Repeal, […]
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 […]