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“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

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Several hundred candidates representing various shades of left-wing politics are standing in the local elections that are taking place on 22nd May in Northern Ireland and 23rd May in the Republic. Among them are nine Workers’ Party candidates in the Republic and seven in Northern Ireland. WP General Secretary, John

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The crisis in Northern Ireland’s healthcare system is due to the increasing role of privatisation, the trade union NIPSA has said. Research by the public service workers union has indicated that increasing privatisation was contributing to recent A&E problems and revealed the damage that will result from threatened closures to

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Campaigners against the Shell Corrib gas project in North West Mayo have for over a decade made serious allegations in relation to the failure of the Irish State to commit to democratic principles of accountable and transparent policing. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had a large case file of

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With the profits of private companies increasing, trade unions have vowed to secure sizable wage increases for their members across Ireland in order to help revive the economy. According to the retail workers union, Mandate, thousands of its members have secured pay increases in recent weeks. Mandate Communications Officer, David

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The Fine Gael/Labour coalition has ignored the massive impact of emigration when congratulating itself over the rate of unemployment in the Republic declining to under 12%, according to Unite economist, Michael Taft. The Republic’s unemployment rate is now down to the Eurozone average. This led to the Minister for Social

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Cork City Council is paying out over €175,000 a year to private companies to hire steel shutters placed on 500 empty local authority flats and houses while housing lists in the city continue to grow. Workers’ Party representative, James Coughlan, said that the City Council was paying for neglect and

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At a meeting of the Trade Union Left Forum (TULF) in the TEEU offices, Dublin, in January, it was agreed to launch a campaign in defence of public wealth and in opposition to privatisation. Members and activists from a range of unions, public and private-sector, shared their experiences of the

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Several immigrant families in Northern Ireland endured smashed windows, racist graffiti daubed on their homes, and in two incidents in Derry pipe bomb attacks, during the first three months of 2014. According to the most recent statistics for 2013 produced by the PSNI, there are two racist incidents reported, and

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The introduction of a compulsory scheme in the Republic which seeks to force unemployed people to work for 19.5 hours for their dole money and an extra €20 has been condemned by unions and political activists. Under the scheme workers who have been unemployed for more than 24 months “can

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