The Sisters of Uncharitable Actions

Simon Harris shamelessly announced that the Sisters Of Charity were to be the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin. Within five days of this announcement nearly 100,000 people had signed a petition against it.

The Sisters of Uncharitable Actions

Linda Kehoe Yet despite the public, medical and political uproar he has continued to defend his position, saying that the new NMH will “have clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, without religious, ethnic or other distinction, as well as financial and budgetary independence”. How can he say this […]

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 […]

Fianna Fáil- Two Faced

Talk of recovery is everywhere! There are those recent CSO recovery figures, heavily distorted by multinational tax evasion, claiming that the Irish economy grew last year by an astonishing 26%. There’s recovery too for some of those builders and developers who crashed the economy, offloaded their debts to NAMA and are now back in business.

Fianna Fáil- Two Faced

Talk of recovery is everywhere! There are those recent CSO recovery figures, heavily distorted by multinational tax evasion, claiming that the Irish economy grew last year by an astonishing 26%. There’s recovery too for some of those builders and developers who crashed the economy, offloaded their debts to NAMA and are now back in business. […]

Lesser Paid Teachers Fight For Equal Pay

Since January 2011, any teacher starting to teach for the first time in the Irish education system is paid based one of two new inferior salary scales. As a result, a teacher entering the profession this coming September stands to lose at least €240,000 over a forty-year teaching career!

Lesser Paid Teachers Fight For Equal Pay

Since January 2011, any teacher starting to teach for the first time in the Irish education system is paid based one of two new inferior salary scales. As a result, a teacher entering the profession this coming September stands to lose at least €240,000 over a forty-year teaching career! Originally dubbed ‘new entrants’ or Newly […]

The State Of The Nation- Lenin On The State

In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution.

The State Of The Nation- Lenin On The State

In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution. Lenin’s The State and Revolution, written in 1917, is widely accepted as one of the classics of Marxist theory, but what’s it all about? In this relatively short text Lenin outlined his theory […]

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 […]

Simon Coveney’s Big House Con

Simon Coveney has launched his new Housing Action Plan with quite a fanfare. Unsurprisingly much of the media has echoed Coveney’s own view of his proposals: a ‘game changer’, ‘47,000 new social houses!’, ‘the biggest housing programme in the history of the state’.

Simon Coveney’s Big House Con

Simon Coveney has launched his new Housing Action Plan with quite a fanfare. Unsurprisingly much of the media has echoed Coveney’s own view of his proposals: a ‘game changer’, ‘47,000 new social houses!’, ‘the biggest housing programme in the history of the state’. Tragically – and it is tragic for the homeless on the streets […]

Brexit Vote Shakes The Neoliberal Order

The economic and political impact of the Brexit vote is enormous, by any reckoning. Marnie Holborow looks at it's implications.

Brexit Vote Shakes The Neoliberal Order

The economic and political impact of the Brexit vote is enormous, by any reckoning. Marnie Holborow looks at it’s implications. The UK, the EU and Ireland face a political crisis, a possible recession and a period of prolonged uncertainty. With Remain votes in Scotland and Northern Ireland, there is likely to be a second Scottish […]

A Working Class Revolt? The Meaning Of The Leave Vote

In the wake of the Leave vote in Britain author and socialist activist John Molyneux breaks down the class nature of the vote.

A Working Class Revolt? The Meaning Of The Leave Vote

In the wake of the Leave vote in Britain author and socialist activist John Molyneux breaks down the class nature of the vote. The UK as a whole voted 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the EU on a 72% turnout. In geographical terms the basic facts of the vote were as follows: Scotland voted 62% […]

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, […]