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UNITE came into being in 2007 through the merger of existing trade unions. It is the biggest union in Britain with over 2 million mem­bers. Its Irish region membership numbers 60,000 north and south, under the leadership of Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly, who Kevin Brannigan interviewed for Look Left. Jimmy

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The full incorporation of the Defence Forces into foreign military alliances has come a step closer with the announcement that Irish troops are to participate in “warfare training” as part of the EU Nordic Battle­group set-up. Troops based at Collins Barracks in Cork are to travel to Sweden next October

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Free Education for Everyone (FEE) activist Donal Fallon reports on the success of NUI Maynooth students in organizing to oppose Fianna Fáil cor­ruption and support the unions. The ‘Student Movement’ in Ireland is a funny one. It tends to find itself in a stagnant state and with its banners well

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Internal plots and a wipe-out at the polls has left the British National Party in tatters, Ultán Gillen reports. Despite their grand claims before the vote, the BNP never came close to winning any seats in the recent British General Election. In their number one target constituency, Barking in London, wannabe-furher

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Conservatism feeds off public cynicism towards politics. Fingal Labour party councillor Patrick Nulty led opposition to yet another junket trip by his fellow public representatives. Here he outlines why.

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Kurt Nikolaisen explains the purpose of Love Music Hate Racism Ireland. Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) is a music-oriented cam­paign by the Anti-Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism in the UK. The campaign involves concerts aimed at spreading an anti-racist message. It follows in the tradition of the 1970s Rock Against Racism

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56 years after its first per­formance in the 50 seater Pike Theatre, The New Theatre: Dublin (66 seater) will honour the spirit of Brendan Behan by once again staging a huge theatrical work in a small intimate space.  The play is set in Mountjoy Jail on the day and night

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A number of Dublin working class communities have united to fight council plans to close public swimming pools that are a vital leisure and fitness resource in their areas. Dublin City Council is due to close three public Swimming pools at Coolock, Crumlin and Seán Mc­Dermott Street in the north

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The activities and politics of Anti – Fascist Action (AFA) Ireland are as relevant now as they were 18 years ago when the organisation was founded, writes Bernard O’Reilly. AFA is dedicated to confronting fascism, both physically and politi­cally, in whatever guise it might take. From the self-styled street fighter

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On 12th May 1916 James Connolly was executed by fir­ing squad in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin. Seriously wounded during the Easter Rising, he was tied to a chair to face his executioners. Workers’ Party President Michael Finnegan believes the Citizens’ Army leader’s legacy is vitally important today.  James Connolly was shot

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