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6 February 2019

Historic strike of nurses in Ireland

Nearly 40,000 nurses and other health workers in Ireland started a 24-hour strike on 30 January to demand a pay rise. Their union, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, has more strike days planned in February.

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21 November 2018

Solidarity with Irish rape trial protests

Megaphones and placards declaring "end victim-blaming" and "fight sexism - no to all oppression, no to austerity" were adorned with lacy thongs.

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21 November 2018

Global opposition to victim blaming in rape trial

Global publicity followed after Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger questioned Leo Varadkar in the Irish parliament

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10 October 2018

Ireland: 10,000 march for homes in Dublin

"Inspired by the successful campaigns for marriage equality, repeal of the anti-abortion laws and abortion rights, young people from the 'locked-out generation' are turning their attention to housing"

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19 September 2018

How Irish strikers fought apartheid - and establishment anti-apartheid leadership

Non-fiction - Striking Back: "This movement was not led by affluent men, well-educated lecturers or powerful politicians... instead it was led by us, a predominantly female group of working class citizens"

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12 September 2018

Ireland housing occupations

The Guardian newspaper reported: "A backlash is brewing. Using the hashtags #homes4all and #TakeBackTheCity a coalition of housing activists last month occupied a four-storey property in the heart of Dublin which has been vacant for three years.

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29 August 2018

The ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world

Each year, the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) - the international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated - hosts a summer school bringing together its members based throughout Europe and the world. Here, we carry a report written by Kevin Parslow, outlining the opening discussion on the worldwide crisis of capitalism and the development of the workers' and socialist movement internationally

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25 July 2018

Dodgy MP lobbied for genocidal Sri Lankan leader

Ian Paisley Jr, Democratic Unionist Party MP for North Antrim, Northern Ireland, is set to be suspended from the House of Commons for 30 sitting days.

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6 June 2018

Rich, raw tale of financial crisis's impact on rural Ireland

Fiction: The Spinning Heart: I have only recently caught up with Donal Ryan's wonderful, inventive 2012 debut novel about the brutal and shattering effects on a rural Irish community following the financial meltdown of 2007-08.

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30 May 2018

Strike together to kick Tories out


This minority Tory government is the weakest in a generation. Its splits over Brexit are clear for all to see, and that rift extends all the way to the top of the cabinet.

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30 May 2018

Historic victory won by grassroots movement

On 25 May, Irish citizens voted decisively to repeal the 8th Amendment, a resounding rejection of the abortion ban and misogynistic ideas about women and our bodies. The Yes vote won a landslide 66% and in all but one county.

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28 May 2018

Landslide vote to repeal Ireland's abortion laws

The dramatic and clear-cut 'Yes' is a political earthquake and turning point for Ireland

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23 May 2018

Youthful enthusiasm to break with repression of past

The historic referendum to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution, which equates to an almost complete ban on abortion, takes place on 25 May

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2 May 2018

Reject the mega-supermarket merger: nationalise to save jobs

Workers in Sainsbury's and Asda were shocked to hear on Saturday 28 April that their employers were at an advanced level of merger talks, confirmed as a deal agreed on the morning of 30 April.

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11 April 2018

A socialist approach to Corbyn and a customs union

Pete Watson, from Nottingham Socialist Party branch, takes up some of the issues raised in the editorials of issues 984 and 985 of the Socialist, which commented on Jeremy Corbyn's February speech on Brexit. Pete's points are followed by a reply from Socialist Party executive committee member Judy Beishon.

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11 April 2018

Ireland: March against misogyny and injustice

Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) members were to the fore in organising rallies and marches throughout the country, North and South, against rape culture and misogyny

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4 April 2018

Northern Ireland: peace process on the brink

20 years since the Good Friday Agreement: The establishment's narrative is that the 1998 agreement brought to an end a seemingly irrational tribal war - but this obscures Northern Ireland's class struggles and ongoing sectarian deadlock

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21 February 2018

Northern Ireland talks process paralysed

Theresa May's claim that an agreement would be "up and running very soon" humiliatingly came to nothing

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13 December 2017

Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

For a while Theresa May's divided government seemed unable even to obtain a deal on the 'first stage' of Brexit negotiations

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6 December 2017

Irish capitalist state: rotten to the core

Build a powerful socialist challenge: Irish deputy prime minister Frances Fitzgerald has resigned over her role in the police whistleblower scandal, thereby preventing the collapse of the Fine Gael minority government

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