There Isn’t Going To Be A Border Poll

We are posting this article from Republic Media (Ireland) outlining why it is very unlikely there will be a Border Poll anytime soon. This article also breaks out of the Irish nationalist exceptionalist tradition and draws evidence from recent events in Scotland. This is followed by a comment by Allan Armstrong, RCF, RSP about the…

Political Lockdown In Ireland As Unionist Border Fever Rages

 This article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) outlines the likely consequences in Northern Ireland of the spat between the EU and the UK over the EU bureaucracy’s attempt to prevent vaccine movement over the border. The decision by the EU to briefly try to prevent vaccine movement across the Irish border before immediately retreating has sparked a…

School Opening Revolt Puts The Squeeze On Union Bosses

This artcle from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) shows how the social partnership between the Irish government and trade union bureaucrats is beginning to fray under uniSchool reopening revolt puts the squeeze on union bosses The Dublin government announced in January that plans to reopen special schools as part of a phased reopening of the school system…

Sinn Fein Backs Boost Of British Troops To Ireland

Below is a Statement from Republic Media  in response to Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Fein leader in the Six Counties, to support the use of British military personnel in  hospitals. Michelle O’Neill, the leader of PSF in the 6 counties has indicated she will support the use of British military personnel in hospitals. Robin Swann the…

The Trump Protests Already Have A Precedent In The North Of Ireland

E&L has already pointed out the connection between Trump’s attempt to block the confirmation of 20120 presidential result, with prior US attempts, backed by the Democrats too, to subvert elections in Latin America. The following article, which is based one from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) shows a connection much closer to home – in the North of…

The Trade Union Bureaucracy And Unionism In Northern Ireland

This article, originally posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland), highlights the ineffectiveness of the ICTU Northern Committee and trade union bureaucracy working within the parameters of the existing unionist state when it when it comes to protecting workers’ jobs, pay and condition. If the Irish Congress of Trade Unions through its partnership with the state is the…

Newry, Mourne And Down Council Workers’ Strike

With employers using Covid-18 to attack workers’ jobs, pay and conditions, there has been the beginnings of a fightback. This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) looks at the strike action taken by council workers in Newry, Mourne and Down council. Workers in Newry, Mourne and Down (NMD) took strike action on Thursday December…

Further Political Developments In Ireland: North And South

We are posting the following two articles from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) in the current situation in Ireland, North and South. 1. STORMONT EXECUTIVE TAKES A RECKLESS TURN ON PANDEMIC For a long time Stormont has stood as a byword for sectarianism, corruption and incompetence. Under the pressure of the coronavirus crisis these features of the…

Poppy Pushers “Fund British Terrorists”

With UK tied up with so many imperialist wars, November 11th, ‘Remembrance Day’ is pushed with ever greater official stridency.  Jon Snow has called this this  “poppy fascism”. We are posting this article  from the Irish-based Anti-Imperialist Action which looks at the use of the poppy from their point of view of those who have…

The British Left And The UK State

The British Left and the UK State, written by Allan Armstrong (This book is an update of the article Allan wrote for E&L in 2016 THE UK STATE AND BRITISHNESS) Below is an outline of the Contents and the concluding chapter addressing the need for a socialist republican ‘internationalism from below’ strategy to address the…