Brussels’ plan for bad loans is a second bailout for the banks

By Emma Clancy. Barely a word has been said in the Irish media to date about an extremely important new proposal from the European Union (EU) Commission – to develop a so-called ‘secondary market’ for non-performing loans. If implemented, this package of policies will directly cause an increase in evictions […]

Period poverty, women’s health and the environment

By Meadhbh Bolger. For much of their lives, half of the world’s population need menstrual products to live a decent life, yet many cannot afford them. In the Irish state, they cost an average of €100 per woman per year – and their use, particularly of disposable products made mostly […]

Rights denied: The implications of Brexit for Irish citizens

By Niall Muprhy. On 23 June 2016, 56 per cent of people in the North voted to remain in the European Union (EU). They did so because it is in our best interests politically and economically. The reckless and irresponsible rhetoric that has conditioned the British government’s approach to effecting […]

Kidnapped, murdered and disappeared: journalism can be deadly

Guest post by Nazarena Lomagno. The NGO Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF, Reporters Without Borders) has recently published a report, ‘Worldwide Round-up of journalists killed, detained, held hostage, or missing in 2018’, and its findings are shocking. Over the past year, 80 media professionals were murdered, 348 were arrested, and 60 […]

What ‘cherishing all the children of the nation equally’ means 100 years after the first Dáil

By Adam Murray. I had the pleasure recently of attending the People’s Dáil conference held on 26 January in Liberty Hall, Dublin, organised by the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum. The event, bringing together socialists, republicans, and contributors from a broad range of parties and backgrounds, was a commemoration of […]

National liberation, class and the fetishisation of armed struggle

By Alex Homits. It strikes me that Ireland has many movements which commemorate, glorify and fetishise armed struggle without truly grasping the conditions or consequences that accompany it. It is significant to note that there exists in the western world a large amount of leftists who parade their interest for […]

Emma De Souza: British government refuses to recognise Irish citizenship

By Emma de Souza. The Good Friday Agreement was overwhelming supported in referenda both North and South – yet a core principle and the very integrity of the treaty itself is currently being questioned and undermined. I am an Irish citizen born in Northern Ireland, whose Good Friday Agreement right to identify as such has been persistently denied […]

Murder of Brazilian leftist leader Marielle Franco resonates one year on

By Damien Thomson. “How many more need to die for this war to end?” – Marielle Franco The day I first heard about Marielle Franco was the day she was murdered. One year later, the case is still unsolved and the plot thickens, as state involvement in her killing becomes […]