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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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The Tory election victory in Britain and Stormont’s economic consensus in support of the cutback agenda threatens the future of Northern Ireland’s youth while pandering to the multi-nationals cor­porations, Justin O’Hagan reports. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in North­ern Ireland fell by 200 in April to 55,400 after

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Tom Crilly, a Workers’ Party activist in the Ringsend area of Dublin, calls for greater unity to build the left alternative inside and outside the Dáil   Everyone on the left sees the need for unity, or at least the benefits of left co-operation, a strategy that broadens campaigns on the political,

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Another generation of Irish youth is facing a tough decision, to stay and at­tempt to reform a failing state or succumb to the crony capitalist clique and accept emigration or unemployment. Below Conor McCabe examines the eco­nomic lunacy which puts the interests of bank bondholders before a country’s young people.

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If the state can become the bail-out of last resort for failed financial institutions, it can become the employer of last resort for young people, according to Unite Economist Michael Taft. If, as Keynes said last century, ‘you look after unemployment the budget will look after itself’, then no wonder

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  PUP local government candidate Stewart Finn (Victoria Ward, East Belfast) outlines the democratic social­ist concepts which underpin the policies of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP)

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Aidan Regan examines the challenges facing the trade union movement and argues for a greater focus on increasing union membership

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As far back as July 1969, left wing monthly the United Irishman had been raising the issue of corrupt property dealings involving then Fianna Fáil Minister Charlie Haughey and unscrupulous developers.

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Teachers Union of Ireland and Dublin Council of Trade Unions member Finbar Geaney gives his response to the proposals for a public service agreement 2010-2014 published following the recent Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and government talks. Tuesday March 30th will be remembered as the bleakest day in the

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Dublin Port Workers Support Group organiser Joe Mooney gives his view of the lessons learnt in the Docks Strike, which over its seven month duration saw communities mobilised behind the workers but had a disappointing conclusion. The scene: A small fishing boat containing strikers and supporters, one standing with placard

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