Modern Irish society and women's role in it has been shaped by events in the mid 19th century. Mary Smith writes:
The famine wiped out half the population in twenty years. To rebuild society and ensure survival, new ways of organising the land and family life were introduced. The Catholic Church came to dominate and its power was further entrenched with the establishment of the newly independent Republic. The virgin mother became the role-model for Irish […]
International Women’s Day has always been a day of action, not a day for flowers and passivity!
This year on the 8th March we are being called upon to #BeBoldForChange and to #StrikeForRepeal. Every year, for over a century, women have had cause to march because our society values women less than men. We are paid less, promoted less often, less likely to hold office, more likely to be unemployed and more likely […]
As Socialist Worker goes to press the great Anti-Water Charges movement stands on the cusp of victory.
The Oireachtas Committee, set up to deal with the matter, has – as this is written – an anti-water charges majority, just. A couple of days ago Housing Minister Simon Coveney stated that normal water bills would be abolished. “Water charges are gone, they’re going to be abolished,” said Coveney. “Normal usage for households across […]
The Irish health care system is in crisis. Each year 350 people die needlessly on waiting lists that seem to grow ever longer.
Cyril Brennan Despite crocodile tears from successive governments, the cold reality is that over the last thirty years thousands of beds have been stripped from the system. There is a better way. We demand a massive investment programme that would prioritise prevention over cure. Specifically, we advocate a state run home help service and a much […]
On 15 Febuary Dublin 8 got a belated Valentine present when the two and a half acre site at Bridgefoot St. was finally handed over to the Dublin City Council Parks Department from the Dublin City Council Housing department.
Local Councillor Tina McVeigh who has been heavily involved in this campaign said, ‘This is an incredible victory for people power because for the past few years there has been an active group of local people devoted to the sole aim of securing green space for a part of Dublin 8. ‘ The campaign faced […]
Reports from AST; Firefighters and Trinity workers
ASTI workers fight on. Despite a huge campaign from the media and Government intimation, teachers who are members of the ASTI rejected a deal in January which made little concession on the issue of equal pay for new teachers. A majority of ASTI members rejected the deal and the union will continue its campaign which […]
At the time of writing Bus Eireann workers have suspended their strike for negotiations but Bus Eireann management are still trying to push in a cost cutting package which will see huge cuts in workers’ pay and savage cuts to services.
While existing workers face a 30% cut in earnings, the company also want flexi-hour contracts for new drivers. They have also announced a swathe of cuts to routes including the scrapping of the Dublin-Derry, Dublin- Clonmel and Westport-Athlone services. The Government and Transport Minister,Shane Ross, pretend it’s got nothing to do with them but the […]
STOP PRESS: As we go to press the nurses and midwives planned action has been called off and the union executive are recommending acceptance of what looks like a poor deal. This is unfortunate but it will do nothing to address the fundamental issues outlined in this article.
Over 35,000 nurses were due to start a work to rule this month over the appalling conditions many now forced to work under especially in A&E s. While the core issue for the nurses’ union is retention of staff, the issue goes to the heart of the crisis in the health service and the attack […]
The Fine Gael led government is tottering.
It lied through during the McCabe crisis and is trying to hold back the democratic wishes of the people to be rid of water charges. It cuts a pathetic sight. Looming behind these crises is the long term decline of Ireland’s two and a half party system. After the last election, FF and FG did […]
Murder by neglect; religious bigotry; vicious class prejudice – these are the ingredients that lie behind the horrible crimes of Tuam. Nobody now will dare to defend what was done. The ‘casual’ or was it ‘routine’ disposal of eighty dead infants in a septic tank. – utterly indefensible – and as we […]