Ireland

Varadkar, Ireland’s new Prime Minister: Unapologetic Thatcherite assumes power

Varadkar, Ireland’s new Prime Minister: Unapologetic Thatcherite assumes power

The election of Leo Varadkar, first as leader of Fine Gael, then as Taoiseach, has been hailed by the international media as an important change. Varadkar is an openly gay man and the son of an immigrant, and the election of such a man as Taoiseach would have been unthinkable up until relatively recent times. […]

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Ireland: Jobstown – Not Guilty

Ireland: Jobstown – Not Guilty

A rotten stitch up exposed “The news has just come through from the Central Criminal Court and I am the first to report it to the House. Deputy Paul Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Michael Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Kieran Mahon, not guilty; Frank Donaghy, not guilty; Michael Banks, not guilty; and Scott Masterson, not guilty.”- […]

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Ireland: Jobstown Trial Exposes Establishment

Ireland: Jobstown Trial Exposes Establishment

Two and a half years ago in Ireland, nationwide protests against water charges – a new double tax introduced along with massive austerity measures – were building steadily. As the rate of nonpayment by households was rising toward 70%, Joan Burton, a leading government minister and member of the Labour Party, attended a graduation ceremony […]

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Ireland: A Rotten State Exposed

Ireland: A Rotten State Exposed

Jobstown, Operation Mizen, Maurice McCabe… The trial of seven adult defendants on charges of false imprisonment for participating in a peaceful, sit-down protest against former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Labour Party leader, Joan Burton, in November 2014 began at the end of April. Solidarity TD (Irish MP) and Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) member […]

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Ireland:The Jobstown trial threatens democratic rights

Ireland:The Jobstown trial threatens democratic rights

Biggest political trial in decades, as Socialist Party & Anti Austerity Alliance MP and councillors face threat of lengthy prison sentences  The trumped-up charge of false imprisonment and the guilty verdict in the case of a 17-year old who participated in a peaceful sit-down protest marks a significant and dangerous step in the criminalisation of […]

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Women’s & LGBT Liberation in Revolutionary Russia

Women’s & LGBT Liberation in Revolutionary Russia

Originally posted on Socialist Party, Ireland (CWI) website March, 2016 Young people internationally are being politicised by the oppression of women and LGBT people, opening up debates as to how this discrimination and inequality can be ended. EMMA QUINN looks at the experience of the Russian Revolution and the radical progressive measures introduced by the […]

Irish Elections: Establishment parties hit a wall of anger

Irish Elections: Establishment parties hit a wall of anger

Political crisis looms Here we publish an article posted originally on the Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) website, following our party’s successful campaign which saw 3 CWI members – Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry – elected to the Irish parliament. As part of the Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA), Paul, Ruth and Mick will […]

Ireland: Massive ‘Yes’ to Marriage Equality referendum

Ireland: Massive ‘Yes’ to Marriage Equality referendum

Growing opposition to conservative establishment The Yes vote to the Marriage Equality referendum represented a huge vote in support of equality for LGBTQ people and in support of progress and social change. The streets of Dublin and other cities were packed with people celebrating a victory which was the culmination of decades of struggle by […]

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Ireland: Byelection triumph marks turning point in anti-austerity struggle

Ireland: Byelection triumph marks turning point in anti-austerity struggle

Paul Murphy wins parliamentary seat as 100,000 march against water charges 12 October 2014 will be a day that’s remembered for years to come in Ireland. An estimated 100,000 marched in Dublin against the hated water charges. And on the same day, Paul Murphy, Socialist Party member and Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) candidate, won the […]

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Ireland: Electoral surge against austerity

Ireland: Electoral surge against austerity

Ireland was no exception to the general rejection of pro-austerity governments in the European elections. Three sets of elections took place on 23 May: Local elections across the country; European elections and two by-elections to the Irish parliament. These were the first nationwide elections since the coming to power of the Fine Gael – Labour […]

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