Northern election: Unionism in Crisis

For the first time in the history of the NI Assembly, Unionists have lost their overall majority following the 2 March snap election.

Northern election: Unionism in Crisis

(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 […]

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. […]

People Before Profit Confuses Pundits- Socialist Politics On The Rise.

Following its recent electoral breakthrough People Before Profit has been variously denounced as essentially unionist and essentially nationalist. Sean Mitchell, PBP North-South Coordinator, replies.

People Before Profit Confuses Pundits- Socialist Politics On The Rise.

Following its recent electoral breakthrough People Before Profit has been variously denounced as essentially unionist and essentially nationalist. Sean Mitchell, PBP North-South Coordinator, replies. There is an old joke, frequently told by Eamonn McCann, that if you are from this part of the world, and decide that you are an atheist, then the question immediately […]

Northern Elections- The Left Breaks Through

Fiona Ferguson reports on the Northern elections. The 2016 Assembly election is over, and the result in terms of the Government is much of the same, with a few changes. Unsurprisingly, the DUP and Sinn Fein have been returned as the largest parties, and they were left to divide up the ministerial positions amongst themselves, following the formation of an official opposition, comprised of the SDLP and UUP.

Northern Elections- The Left Breaks Through

Fiona Ferguson reports on the Northern elections. The 2016 Assembly election is over, and the result in terms of the Government is much of the same, with a few changes. Unsurprisingly, the DUP and Sinn Fein have been returned as the largest parties, and they were left to divide up the ministerial positions amongst themselves, […]

Northern Ireland: the point of change

Northern Ireland: the point of change

James Connolly famously predicted that the partition of Ireland would bring about ‘a carnival of reaction’ both North and South.He was proved absolutely right. In the South the victory of the pro-Treaty, and in effect pro-partition, forces meant the defeat of the Irish Revolution that had developed after the 1916 Rising. It meant the rolling […]

Fiona Ferguson for North Belfast

Fiona Ferguson for North Belfast

Fiona Ferguson has been selected as the North Belfast candidate for People Before Profit for the forthcoming Assembly election in 2016. Ferguson, a 23 year old activist with the party, says she believes that North Belfast is “in dire need of an alternative voice: “The latest stitch up at Stormont may be a ‘fresh start’ […]

2016- Let’s make this a year for change

This year marks one hundred years since the 1916 rebellion. That generation fought to remove the boot heel of an Empire and create a more equal society.

2016- Let’s make this a year for change

This year marks one hundred years since the 1916 rebellion. That generation fought to remove the boot heel of an Empire and create a more equal society. For James Connolly and the Irish Citizen’s Army that society was a socialist society- where workers North and South would democratically control the wealth of society in the […]

Sinn Féin & DUP sign up to austerity- People Before Profit statement

People Before Profit Cllr Gerry Carroll has hit out at the Assembly for agreeing an austerity budget that is “an attack on ordinary people, on our services, and a handout to big business.”

Sinn Féin & DUP sign up to austerity- People Before Profit statement

People Before Profit Cllr Gerry Carroll has hit out at the Assembly for agreeing an austerity budget that is “an attack on ordinary people, on our services, and a handout to big business.”  “The DUP and Sinn Fein have touted this deal as a ‘fresh start’ for people,” said Cllr Carroll. “It is anything but. […]

SWP statement on the murder of Kevin McGuigan

The recent killing of Kevin McGuigan in Short Strand, almost certainly in revenge for the murder of former IRA commander Gerard ‘Jock’ Davidson in the Markets area three months earlier, has raised fears of escalating violence in nationalist areas in Belfast and laid bare a sharply deteriorating political situation across the North.

SWP statement on the murder of Kevin McGuigan

The recent killing of Kevin McGuigan in Short Strand, almost certainly in revenge for the murder of former IRA commander Gerard ‘Jock’ Davidson in the Markets area three months earlier, has raised fears of escalating violence in nationalist areas in Belfast and laid bare a sharply deteriorating political situation across the North. 17 years after […]

For an alternative united Ireland

In 1916 James Connolly predicted that the partition of Ireland would lead to a ‘carnival of reaction’ on both sides of the border. He was proved right. Both North and South the establishment – essentially the capitalist ruling class – was able to use a combination of conservative religion (Protestant or Catholic) and nationalism (Orange or Green) to keep their populations down and divided.

For an alternative united Ireland

On 22 May the Irish Republic voted massively for marriage equality. On Saturday 6 June People Before Profit in Belfast called a march for marriage equality in the North and over 1000 people attended. Then a week later, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Amnesty International and the Rainbow Project also held a demo for […]