This is not a Green New Deal – it is greener business as usual

Growing Stronger Together by Sarah Bloom

Below is an open letter to Green Party members in the Midlands, North East, West and North West on the Programme for Government, published by four of the party’s young and rural General Election 2020 candidates, Tate Donnelly, Julie O’Donoghue, Seán McCabe and Saoirse McHugh, on 20 June. As candidates […]

Capitalism’s accumulation crisis prompts attacks on wages and organised labour

By Lisbeth Latham. The central driver of the capitalist system is the drive for capitalists to constantly increase profits – failure to do so can be a trigger for a crisis within the capitalist system. Since the end of the long boom in the early 1970s, capitalism, particularly in the […]

26 women a week forced to travel from Ireland to Britain for abortion care last year

Below Irish Broad Left publishes the joint statement from Alliance for Choice, Abortion Rights Campaign and Abortion Support Network, issued in response to the release of British Department of Health statistics reporting the number of women that travelled from Ireland to England or Wales to access an abortion in 2019. […]

Neasa Hourigan warns Greens of ‘most fiscally conservative’ government in a generation

Below Irish Broad Left reprints the speech made by Dublin Central TD Neasa Hourigan to the Green Party’s online special convention on the Programme for Government held on Thursday 18 June. Just as in 2007 our party has come together for a special convention that will shape the party, the […]

Occupied Territories Bill: It’s time for Ireland to ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements

By Kevin Squires. As the new Israeli government moves to illegally annex yet more Palestinian land, anyone who has been following the fate of the Occupied Territories Bill will have seen it emerge as one of the principal sticking points in the ongoing Irish government formation negotiations.  If made law, […]

Coronavirus will not destroy neoliberalism – only we can do that

By Lisbeth Latham. Triumphalist comments about the end of capitalism or neoliberalism abounded in the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2008, just as there are many people today who believe that the current crisis is the end of neoliberalism or capitalism. Unfortunately, neoliberalism and – more importantly – […]

Behind the spin on the EU’s recovery plan

By Emma Clancy. Addressing members of the European Parliament on 27 May, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed the creation of a ‘Next Generation’ European Union recovery fund worth €750 billion, to be raised by the Commission – a temporary Eurobond. The funds would be disbursed as €500bn in […]

Uniting the Left to fight for an ecosocialist united Ireland

By Cian McMahon. After December’s Westminster general election, which returned a majority of nationalist MPs in the North for the first time ever, it’s clear that the entire Brexit debacle has dealt a potentially fatal blow to political unionism. As DUP MLA Edwin Poots commented, reflecting on the historic and […]

What The Minister for Housing Proposes: Thinking Outside The Council House

A poem by Kevin Higgins. Easy for the Opposition to hang around overheated TV studios, spouting impossible promises which at this stage soundlike a recorded message from Santa Claus.But out there, in what I like to callthe world, a constituent of mineand his wheelchair recently spentthe coldest night of the yearin a discontinued […]