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Éilis Ryan assesses how the Programme for Government protects ‘business as usual’ in a shaky Irish economy. On Sunday, 14th June, negotiators from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party announced they had succeeded in agreeing a 126-page Programme for Government, “Our Shared Future.” The document came just over

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Michael Rafferty calls for the Green Party to demand a break from economic and political orthodoxy. “Any proposal must be transformative on climate action and commit to strong progress towards a more sustainable and fairer society,” the Green Party said when it entered talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

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Progressives need to reframe the discussion on recovering from the pandemic around a new, public-driven business model, writes Michael Taft. The public debate is being limited to a very narrow space – reducing the policy options to increasing taxation or reducing public spending (or both), because as we all know:

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A debt jubilee is needed to ensure a just recovery, writes Conor McCabe. Debt is a creature of accountancy and the law. It has no physical presence but has a coercive power due to state enforcement of its mechanisms. Rent, for its part, is essentially parasitic. In times of crisis

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The current COVID-19 contagion is all over the news – the radio is full of helpful advice on social distancing and avoiding public gatherings and pubs. Yet while these measures are doubtlessly beneficial, they have little chance of reducing the infection rate sufficiently on their own. The Chinese response to

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As the compromise of the welfare state is being eroded by capitalists, workers are again seeking radical change, writes Michael Donnelly.

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Carol Ballantine asks if Educate Toegher schools preach equality but further inequality.

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John Bowen looks at the fight to protect public transport.

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Paddy Wilson argues for a strong socialist campaign for the UK to leave the EU in the June Referendum

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Jane Donnelly looks at the State’s weak and inconsistent defence of discrimination in education.

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