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 […]
The recent DUP decision to vote with Corbyn’s Labour opposition in the House of Commons against the Tories to end the pay cap for NHS workers and to oppose the proposal to increase student fees by £250 has underscored the weakness of Theresa May’s Tory/DUP government. It also underscores the chasm between the DUP and […]
Cllr. Matt Collins (People Before Profit, Belfast City Council) This summer the issue of bonfires was at the centre of politics in the North, with tension increasing after it emerged that Belfast City Council effectively colluded in the storing of large amount of material for loyalist bonfires, and then some weeks later when sporadic violence […]
Sean Egan writes: In March 2016, leading republican activist Tony Taylor had his licence revoked and was remanded in Maghaberry prison, a facility notorious for human rights abuses including violent searches and prolonged solitary confinement.
Taylor had been convicted of a firearms offense in 2011 but had received parole. To this day, no justification for the revocation of his parole has been given. As this goes to print Taylor will have spent more than 550 days interned without facing any charges or evidence. In his native Derry, a campaign for […]
Michael Collins, People Before Profit, analyses the results of the recent Westminster election.
The recent Westminster election saw a massive surge of support for Jeremy Corbyn. Labour gained 30 seats and ten percentage points in its total vote , representing the biggest swing from the Tories to Labour since Clement Atlee in the 1945.
The election smashed the myth that left wing policies are unpopular. Corbyn’s manifesto attracted huge support from working people. His campaign was based on the many not the few. Plans to tax the big corporations, to challenge the power of the elites, and invest in jobs and services were a relief from the years of […]
Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit candidate in Foyle
Theresa May’s disastrous election has forced her to look to the DUP to form a coalition government. The Tories and the DUP are said to be negotiating a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement to allow May to form a government. However, a firm agreement has still not been reached as we go to press.
May called the snap June 8 election believing the Tories could expand their Westminster dominance and win a mandate for their Brexit negotiation strategy. This has spectacularly backfired, forcing them to rely on the DUP to govern. The DUP are without doubt one of the most reactionary parties in Europe. As a result of the […]
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 […]
Foyle Haven is a frontline day service providing accommodation, food and support to vulnerable people including street drinkers and the homeless, writes Gavin Campbell
A rescue package was organised last year after Big Lottery funding ended, but fears have been expressed over the Haven’s long-term future. Haven workers were put on protective notice and informed funding was only guaranteed through to March 31st creating tremendous anxiety for those who depend on its services, for their families and for its dedicated workforce. Without […]