People Before Profit: Open Letter to Sinn Féin

The headline news from Sinn Féin’s recent Ard Fheis was, of course, Gerry Adams’ announcement of his plan to stand down. But more important in reality was the passing of a motion in favour of Sinn Féin being able to enter government, in the Republic, as a junior partner i.e. with Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael. This is a change from the party’s previous position which was only to go into coalition as the majority partner. It is therefore an important shift rightwards. People Before Profit responded to this development by issuing an Open Letter to Sinn Féin members urging resistance to the rightward drift and calling for dialogue on the major issues facing the Irish people North and South. We reproduce it here:

People Before Profit:  Open Letter to Sinn Féin

  Sinn Féin and People Before Profit have been on the same side many times. We have fought against water charges; we both oppose the partition of Ireland; we want regime across the whole of this island. We also disagree on key issues – and there is no hiding that. But in this open letter, […]

People Power can win Equality

The North appears to be moving closer to direct rule from London. No official reports of the talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein on restoring the Assembly are publicly available but it should be assumed the DUP are refusing to budge on an Irish Language Act and other equality issues. 

People Power can win Equality

Pic: Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster By Shaun Harkin In the absence of a functioning Stormont Executive, James Brokenshire, the Tory Northern Ireland Secretary of State, legislated for a financial budget. Since the Assembly collapsed over the RHI ‘cash for ash’ scandal last January civil servants have been running government departments. Though unelected, they have […]

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. […]

Why Are Sinn Féin Attacking The Radical Left?

Sinn Féin spent thirty years honing the art of misinformation, becoming world-class experts in double speak in the process. Now they have turned their fire onto the radical left. At this year’s SF Ard Fheis, Gerry Adams used a prime slot on RTE’s The Week in Politics to claim that People Before Profit were a two nations party. Adams knew his claim was totally false. PBP has always been clear that it wants a 32 country socialist Ireland. But Adam’s slur was designed to cause maximum damage in the run up the Northern Assembly elections.

Why Are Sinn Féin Attacking The Radical Left?

Sinn Féin spent thirty years honing the art of misinformation, becoming world-class experts in double speak in the process. Now they have turned their fire onto the radical left. At this year’s SF Ard Fheis, Gerry Adams used a prime slot on RTE’s The Week in Politics to claim that People Before Profit were a […]

Ireland And The Case For A Left Exit From EU

People across the North of Ireland have the opportunity to cast a vote on whether the United Kingdom leaves or remains part of the European Union. The consensus among parties across Ireland is to vote to stay in the EU. This needs to be challenged.

Ireland And The Case For A Left Exit From EU

People across the North of Ireland have the opportunity to cast a vote on whether the United Kingdom leaves or remains part of the European Union. The consensus among parties across Ireland is to vote to stay in the EU. This needs to be challenged. Neoliberal capitalism and austerity are hardwired into European Union institutions. […]

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 […]

Solidarity with the LUAS workers

Sinn Fein vote against motion on Luas strike. Socialist Worker received the following report from Cllr Nicky Coules, People Before Profit representative on South Dublin County Council

Solidarity with the LUAS workers

Socialist Worker received the following report from Cllr Nicky Coules, People Before Profit representative on South Dublin County Council At the March meeting of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) People Before Profit tabled a motion to express solidarity with the Luas workers and condemn Transdev’s plan to bring in scab labour to undermine the strike […]

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. […]

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 […]