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 […]
Trade unions have been under sustained attack globally, and in the North are fettered by a litany of anti-union laws to colloquially as the “Thatcher anti-union laws”, these labour restrictions are actually Stormont’s anti-union laws since they are a devolved matter.
Unsurprisingly, only when two socialist MLAs entered the arena were these anti-labour laws challenged. Former People Before Profit MLA Eamonn McCann introduced a private members bill to the NI Assembly: The Trade Union Freedom Bill. This legislation was launched and entered consultation before the Assembly collapsed this year. The Trade Union Freedom Bill has received […]
For the first time in the history of the NI Assembly, Unionists have lost their overall majority following the 2 March snap election.
(Picture: Arlene Foster at Omagh Count) With the reduction of MLA seats from 108 to 90, the DUP’s 28 seat hold is only one ahead of Sinn Fein and it has lost its ability to veto legislation through the Petition of Concern mechanism. A massive turnout for Sinn Fein has given the party a mandate […]
Northern Ireland's devolved government, the Stormont Assembly, has entered into another crisis.
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 […]
In November 2012, Arlene Foster, then Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), initiated the 'Renewable Heat Incentive' (RHI) scheme.
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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), 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), 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 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 […]