Why Stormont Fails

Northern Ireland's devolved government, the Stormont Assembly, has entered into another crisis.

Why Stormont Fails

  Shaun Harkin  Northern Ireland’s devolved government, the Stormont Assembly, has entered into another crisis. The RHI debacle is the largest in a series of financial scandals – Red Sky, NAMA and the Social Investment Fund, to name only the most prominent – that have rocked the institution in recent years. The impact of RHI […]

Fiddling while the North burns – the great ‘cash for ash’ robbery

In November 2012, Arlene Foster, then Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), initiated the 'Renewable Heat Incentive' (RHI) scheme.

Fiddling while the North burns – the great ‘cash for ash’ robbery

Gavin Campbell The Department for the Economy estimates RHI will cost the public purse a staggering £490 million while the Northern Ireland Audit Office has issued a statement saying it could eventually cost over £1 billion. The scale of the debacle has triggered fresh elections in the North and plunged Northern politics into crisis.  The […]

Protestant workers are key

Almost without exception, commentators in the North believe that the Assembly election will be a brutal contest between Unionism and Nationalism, each side choosing a champion to take on the representatives of “the other side.”

Protestant workers are key

Thus, Sinn Fein and the SDLP fight for the right to represent the Green voters, while the DUP and the Ulster Unionists clash over who’s to lead the charge for Orangeism – and People Before Profit is told that we are “not living in the real world” when we pitch our message to people in […]

Northern teachers fight back

Teachers across the North are standing up for fair pay. Thousands of teachers have participated in strike action since November – closing hundreds of schools and disrupting hundreds of others.

Northern teachers fight back

Teachers have every right to be furious as consecutive education ministers, first Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd and now the DUP’s Peter Weir, have treated them with a lack of respect, dignity and fairness. Education minister, Peter Weir, claims there is no money for teachers and their schools, while his own party has been overseeing the […]

Election in the North: The Time for Change is Now, ‘Recovery’ in the South: The Time to Fight is Now

For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation.

Election in the North: The Time for Change is Now, ‘Recovery’ in the South: The Time to Fight is Now

Election in the North The Time for Change is Now For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation. For decades […]

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016) Obituary

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016), a great class fighter and a campaigner for women’s rights, died in Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry on Tuesday 15th November. From Donegal, Eileen moved to Derry in 1990 and soon joined the Socialist Workers’ Party branch in the city.

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016) Obituary

Eileen Blake (1952 – 2016), a great class fighter and a campaigner for women’s rights, died in Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry on Tuesday 15th November.  From Donegal, Eileen moved to Derry in 1990 and soon joined the Socialist Workers’ Party branch in the city. She returned to education, doing access courses, a Women’s Studies qualification and, […]

Belfast Hosts Anti-Sectarian Football Cup

Belfast Hosts Anti-Sectarian Football Cup

Belfast People Before Profit held an Anti-Sectarian Cup in the form of a 5-a-side soccer tournament on Wednesday 24th August. Gerry Carroll MLA organised the event in response to a sectarian attack where a young man was left with a broken jaw in the Stewartstown Road area of West Belfast. The tournament took place at […]

The Eagle has landed

The Eagle has landed

The Northern Ireland Assembly is no stranger to crises and scandal. They tend to erupt regularly but, like a recurring cycle, go unresolved only to be replaced by another. Cynicism has people believe this stubborn arrangement is the price of maintaining the North’s power-sharing government. However, the scandal surrounding Project Eagle, the sale of NAMA’s […]

Defend Our Libraries

DUP Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, is set to rip the heart from communities across the North with cuts to our vital library service. Gavin Campbell reports.

Defend Our Libraries

DUP Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, is set to rip the heart from communities across the North with cuts to our vital library service. Gavin Campbell reports. Givan is in charge of implementing cuts agreed to by Sinn Fein’s Caral Ni Chuilin, the former minister for the now defunct Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. […]

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top.

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top. The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war and the Saville Report into Bloody Sunday have a lot in common. Chilcot was published to on July 6th. Many were taken aback by the sharp tone of […]

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