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Workers’ Party Cork Councillor Ted Tynan discusses how new statistics released by Cork City Council highlight the stark disparities in access to health, education and other important services between the Northside and Southside of the city. Published in June, the City Council report – a Strategic Plan for the Library

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The last US combat brigade has left Iraq, but 50,000 US troops and thousands more foreign mercenaries remain in the country to preserve US strategic and economic interests, reports Ultán Gillen. In the early hours of Thursday 19th August, the last US combat brigade crossed the border from Iraq into

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The establishment of the Tomás MacGiolla Centre for Citizenship and Reconciliation will help the direct confrontation of the related problems of sectarianism and racism, writes Seán Garland.  Sectarianism and its near relations racism and xenophobic nationalism, are menaces princi­pally because they poison relations between members of different traditions; stultify the

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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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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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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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Paula Geraghty reports on Eamonn McCann’s Westminster campaign. Veteran campaigner and SWP member, Eamonn McCann stood in the Foyle constituency in the West­minster elections as a People Before Profit Alliance candidate. McCann’s campaign was launched amid poetry and song, with its own campaign song by Paddy Nash and the Happy

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Malachy Steenson discusses the pensions scandal The issue of serving TDs re­ceiving pensions for their time as ministers, while still working, has been the subject of much debate recently. Eventually those still working as TDs indicated that they would return their pen­sions after a media onslaught. As usual, the intent of

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The British ruling ConDem coalition’s emergency Budget has been denounced as “the worst single attack on the working class since the days of Margaret Thatcher” by the Workers’ Party. “Although the ConDems pretend it’s a ‘fair and balanced budget’, it is in fact a massive onslaught on the already poor

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