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Cathie Shiels looks at the experience of those working on the frontlines and living in Direct Provision during Covid-19 and what trade unions can do to help. “Breakfast is served at 8am, but that’s too late for me, as I’m already on my way to work”, says Charity, a 29

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Despite upwards of one thousand deaths as a result of COVID-19, some employers continue to operate while completely snubbing public health guidelines.  One essential worker employed in a Dublin warehouse told LookLeft that social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) are “non-existent” in his workplace.  Explaining the lack of PPE,

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For years, Israel has professed its commitment to a two-state solution while meticulously planning its demise and the Western world has played along. But now the cat’s out of the bag, writes Kostas Antoniadis. Two States One Solution  For some time now, Benjamin Netanyahu – joined recently by his newest

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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while calling out, “I can’t breathe!” The next day, a popular uprising swept the country. It is impossible to give numbers and statistics to fully communicate the extent of this resistance. Protests are taking place coast to

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Tenant unions in Spain have called for a rent strike from 1 April due to the Coronavirus. As originally reported in eldiario.es, the call is for those economically affected by the crisis, small businesses and the self-employed / freelancers, to withhold rent payments until the Spanish Government agrees to suspend

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The prosecution of Julian Assange is a deliberate threat by the US empire to freedom of speech. Socialists have a duty to speak out against it, writes Caoimhe Garland. If there had previously been any uncertainty, the last couple of weeks have proved beyond any doubt that the extradition hearing

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A photo of the immeasurably high apartheid wall with the words 'FREE PALESTINE' painted on it.
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For years, Israel has professed its commitment to a two-state solution while meticulously planning its demise and the Western world has played along. But now the cat’s out of the bag, writes Kostas Antoniadis. Two States One Solution  For some time now, Benjamin Netanyahu – joined recently by his newest

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Co-living is no solution to Dublin’s affordability crisis but brings in a nice yield for landlords, writes Claire O’Connor. History tells us that epidemics thrive in overcrowded tenements and slums. COVID-19 is no exception. It is no coincidence that Dublin Northside and Dublin West, the areas with the most overcrowded

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Dr. Sam McConkey, Infectious Disease Specialist at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, recently spoke to LookLeft on the government’s response to COVID-19. LL: What do you make of the rate at which the government has decided to enter less restricted phases of lockdown? How big of a role

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American anti-war activist Ajamu Baraka has urged the public to stay vigilant against US “attempts to control the narrative” of the Black Lives Matter movement. Speaking at an event organised by the Workers’ Party, the national organiser of the Black Alliance for Peace and the 2016 Green Party candidate for

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Irish Citizen Army group outside Liberty Hall. Group are lined up outside ITGWU HQ under a banner proclaiming "We serve neither King nor Kaiser, but Ireland!". Photo taken in early years of WWI.
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There is a lesser-known story of how Jim Larkin and the ITGWU organised North Dublin’s farm labourers and how Balydoyle became the only Irish Citizen Army brigade outside Dublin city from the Lockout to the Easter Rising, writes David Worth. The Irish Citizen Army was born amidst the struggle which erupted between workers and employers during the Dublin Lockout. That conflict lasted from August 1913 to January 1914. This militant armed wing

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The CONNECT Trade Union has its origins in the War of Independence and the breakaway Irish Engineering, Shipbuilding and Foundry Trades Union, writes Luke Dineen. By 1914, Irish labour had little to show for the previous twenty-five years of struggle and was poorly placed to counter the First World War’s

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David Worth looks back to when Labour’s radical words put them in the clerical firing line. After the 1933 election, Labour was left with its lowest number of seats ever. Their spell in government as the junior partners of Fianna Fáil had seen much of their programme implemented. When Fianna

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Bray Wanderers players announced yesterday their intention to go on strike over not receiving their wages for almost two months. The club, who haven’t paid their players since May 25th, stated last week that the players were free leave and play at other clubs, as they claimed they couldn’t guarantee

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From organising soccer tournaments for Dublin’s African comunity, Sport Against Racism Ireland has developed into an organisation confronting all forms of discrimination through many different games. Ricahrd O’Hara talked to SARI co-founder Ken McCue.

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