Water Charges –Still the Issue

As Socialist Worker goes to press the great Anti-Water Charges movement stands on the cusp of victory.

Water Charges –Still the Issue

The Oireachtas Committee, set up to deal with the matter, has – as this is written – an anti-water charges majority, just. A couple of days ago Housing Minister Simon Coveney stated that normal water bills would be abolished. “Water charges are gone, they’re going to be abolished,” said Coveney. “Normal usage for households across […]

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. […]

As thousands march across Ireland- it’s time for change

On Saturday January 24th thousands of people marched across Ireland. The marches were organised as a Right2Water day of action and are a stepping stone to a massive national protest the Saturday before the election.

As thousands march across Ireland- it’s time for change

On Saturday January 24th thousands of people marched across Ireland. The marches were organised as a Right2Water day of action and are a stepping stone to a massive national protest the Saturday before the election. About 10,000 protested in Dublin city centre alone with another 10,000 in Cork and thousands marching in smaller protests taking […]

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 […]

People Before Profit support Right2Change principles

The SWP, as part of People Before Profit, here reproduces today's People Before Profit press release on the Right2Change Conference.

People Before Profit support Right2Change principles

The SWP, as part of People Before Profit, here reproduces today’s People Before Profit press release on the Right2Change Conference. People Before Profit has signed up to the Right2Change principles.  These principles arise from Ireland’s biggest social movement – the Right 2Water movement – and represent an important starting point in breaking the right wing […]

Tens of thousands march- We can challenge the establishment.

Tens of thousands march- We can challenge the establishment.

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Dublin today, August 29th, to voice their anger over the imposition of the water charge by the Fine Gael Labour Government. Today’s protest shows how strong this people power movement is. People traveled from every corner of the country. The community resistance and protest movement […]

Protest, Boycott, Elections- use every tactic to beat Irish Water

Irish water is in big trouble. More than half the population have refused to pay the water charge. The Government's spin is unravelling.

Protest, Boycott, Elections- use every tactic to beat Irish Water

Irish water is in big trouble. More than half the population have refused to pay the water charge. The Government’s spin is unravelling. They said water charges were for conservation but you could leave your tap running and get a grant of €100. They said Irish Water would be ‘off balance’ from the State’s revenues […]

Don’t let this Government bully you. Don’t give Irish Water a penny.

It was only a year ago that Phil Hogan was threatening anyone who refused to pay their water bill. "Water pressure will be turned down ‘to a trickle’ for people who don’t pay." Phils threats turned out to be empty.

Don’t let this Government bully you. Don’t give Irish Water a penny.

SWP statement: Threats on the water charge  It was only a year ago that Phil Hogan was threatening anyone who refused to pay their water bill. “Water pressure will be turned down ‘to a trickle’ for people who don’t pay.” Phils threats turned out to be empty. But since last May, when Phil made the above […]

Towards Left Unity – New Statement

On May 1 and June 13 the Trade Unions involved in Right2Water are hosting conferences to discuss a new political initiative.

On May 1 and June 13 the Trade Unions involved in Right2Water are hosting conferences to discuss a new political initiative. A recent survey by Dr Rory Hearne from Maynooth indicates that there would strong popular support for a new political formation linked to the water charges campaign and to the left of Sinn Fein. […]

Conference convened by R2W Unions: Build an active, democratic, principled Left

The anti-water charges movement, which has seen hundreds of thousands mobilise and become active in campaigning, has transformed politics in this country. It has forced climbdowns by the government and given people confidence and hope that the austerity agenda can be defeated. It has opened a potential to build a significant Left, working class political movement.

Conference convened by R2W Unions: Build an active, democratic, principled Left

The following statement has been agreed between the People Before Profit Alliance, the Anti-Austerity Alliance and some independent activists including Cllr Brendan Young. The anti-water charges movement, which has seen hundreds of thousands mobilise and become active in campaigning, has transformed politics in this country. It has forced climbdowns by the government and given people […]