Sinéad Kennedy asks how to advance the struggle for women’s right to choose. Abortion has been illegal in Ireland in almost all circumstances for more than 150 years. Yet, despite this legal fact, hundreds of thousands of women living in Ireland, North and South, have had, and will continue to
A reformed UN is still the best hope for international stability and peace, writes Seán Garland. “The United Nations must urgently reform to stay relevant in a world facing unprecedented conflicts and is not fit for purpose”. The words of the 66th elected President of the United Nations General Assembly,
Dear LookLeft, Budget measures fail to address the serious problems in rural communities, with little to stimulate the rural economy beyond limited land rental reform. Fine Gael and Labour’s so called ‘neutral budget’ has not done anything to address the devastation neoliberal and austerity politics has had on rural communities
Tom Morrison argues that Independence will result in division not progress During the Scottish independence referendum campaign, Scottish Communists argued that what was on offer from the Scottish National Party (SNP) was a “fake independence”. SNP’s White Paper on independence, which was presented as a blueprint for the governing of
The Scottish Left must show its own way to independence and not repeat the mistakes of Ireland, writes David Jamieson The outcome of the Scottish independence referendum tells the story of a British state rapidly haemorrhaging legitimacy and of a Scottish political landscape in rapid flux. Support for independence, assumed
“As a people, we are excluded from any share in framing the laws by which we are governed. The higher ranks usurped the exclusive exercise of that privilege, as well as many other rights, by force, fraud and fiction.” MLA Jim Allister is not someone Jemmy would commend very often.
“Full Steam Ahead, John Redmond said That everything was well chum; Home Rule will come when we are dead And buried out in Belgium” James Connolly The First World War was neither great nor glorious. It was a clash of Empires who all shared the aim of subjugating working people
Brian McDermott looks into symbols of politics and the politics of symbols in Northern Ireland. Richard Haas and Meghan O’Sullivan concluded their discussions on Flags, Parades and the Past with the presentation of their report at year’s end 2013. They had spent over six months in meetings, discussions, plenary sessions and one-to-one briefing sessions, but