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 […]
The North’s health service is being put on its knees through funding cuts and privatisation.
Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit representative in Derry Decades of underinvestment are overwhelming health care staff.and leading to massive waiting time. Patient care is at risk and frontline staff in many departments are at breaking point. Lack of planning and investment has created a massive shortage of nurses and a crisis in GP services. Over […]
A swathe of Tory welfare reforms being introduced across the North will deepen poverty and push more vulnerable individual and families into debt and to food banks as a last resort.
Gavin Campbell, East Derry People Before Profit Despite massive opposition, in 2015 the former Sinn Fein/DUP Executive transferred devolved powers from Stormont back to Westminster to allow the Tory government to implement welfare reforms here. Financial mitigations were agreed to protect the most vulnerable but it’s already clear they don’t go anywhere near far enough. […]
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 […]
By Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit, Derry
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, […]
The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has been the focus of some media attention recently over allegations that alongside others in the top brass of the PSNI, he has been involved in corruption and a cover up, relating to an investigation in 2014 about bribery and misconduct. The Police ombudsman is leading an inquiry into the matter.
Gerry Carroll says The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has been the focus of some media attention recently over allegations that alongside others in the top brass of the PSNI, he has been involved in corruption and a cover up, relating to an investigation in 2014 about bribery and misconduct. The Police ombudsman is leading […]
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 […]
The latest raft of Tory benefit cuts is hitting the most vulnerable very hard across the North. The role-out of ‘Universal Credit’ is being geographically staggered but has already begun in Limavady and Ballymoney.
By Shaun Harkin Universal Credit replaces different benefits but will mean a reduction in what many people can receive. People moving onto Universal Credit are being left without benefits or any form of income for six weeks. As a result, already overwhelmed food banks are preparing for a surge in requests. The so-called ‘benefit cap’ […]
The North appears to be moving closer to direct rule from London. No official reports of the talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein on restoring the Assembly are publicly available but it should be assumed the DUP are refusing to budge on an Irish Language Act and other equality issues.
Pic: Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster By Shaun Harkin In the absence of a functioning Stormont Executive, James Brokenshire, the Tory Northern Ireland Secretary of State, legislated for a financial budget. Since the Assembly collapsed over the RHI ‘cash for ash’ scandal last January civil servants have been running government departments. Though unelected, they have […]
The North has been without governing institutions since the Assembly was collapsed in January in a crisis that began with the nearly £500 million Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scandal involving the former DUP First Minister Arlene Foster.
pic: Royal Victoria Hospital ; Belfast Health Trust set to make £26.3 million savings out of £70 million cuts in the North No functioning Executive means unelected civil servants under the direction of James Brokenshire, the Tory secretary of state for Northern Ireland, are running government departments and with no budget in place they are imposing […]