Dublin Bus workers reject union backed deal on pay and conditions

This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) outlines the growing tensions between rank and file workers and union bureaucrats in the Dublin bus workers dispute accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic. DUBLIN BUS WORKERS REJECT UNION BACKED DEAL ON PAY AND CONDITIONS Union leaders’ plan puts all workers inside the privatisation rules It barely more…

Tory recklessness, unionist bigotry edge Good Friday Agreement towards collapse

Thus article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) highlights the renewed alliance between the Tory government and the DUP in their attempts to cement the their authoritarian populist and reactionary unionist project in the aftermath of Brexit.   TORY RECKLESSNESS, UNIONIST BIGOTRY EDGE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT TOWARDS COLLAPSE Those seeking to understand why DUP leader…

The SWP and Scottish independence – Part 2, To party or not to party?

This posting  covers the Introduction and Contents of the second part of Allan Armstrong’s review of the book, Breaking up the British state, Scotland, Independence and Socialism, edited by Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry & Colm Bryce of the SWP. The full article can be seen at:- https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/breaking-up-the-british-state-part-2-2.pdf   Contents This posting  covers the Introduction and Contents of the…

The SWP and Scottish independence – part 1, Breakin’ up is so hard to do

The following  post includes the Contents and the Introduction of the first part of the review by Allan Armstrong of Breaking up the British state – Scotland, Independence & Socialism, editors, Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry and Colm Bryce. The full review can be read at: https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/breaking-up-the-british-state-2.pdf   THE SWP AND SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Part 1 – Breakin’…

Twelfth festival of hate – the state moves to support loyalism

The following article was in the annual 12th July bonfires in Belfast was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)   TWELFTH FESTIVAL OF HATE – THE STATE MOVES TO SUPPORT LOYALISM     Events have moved on from this year’s Twelfth parades, with general relief at the absence of widespread violence. However a sense of…

Dublin – No church involvement in the National Maternity Hospital

    The following article based on an interview with Anne Conway, founder member of the Campaign against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare, was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)   DUBLIN – NO CHURCH INVOLVEMENT IN THE NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL Anne Conway a founding member of the Campaign against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare…

Isolation at G7, chaos in Ireland sees British retreat on Brexit border

The following article from Peoples Democracy (Ireland) updates the current situation the UK and Irish states face over the Brexit Border.   ISOLATION AT G7, CHAOS IN IRELAND SEES BRITISH RETREAT ON BREXIT BORDER In the run-up to the meeting of the G7 committee Boris Johnson and his negotiator Lord Frost uttered bloodcurdling threats about…

Belfast Hovis Strike

This article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)and outlines the struggle between the Belfast Hovis workers fighting for pay parity with fellow workers in the rest of the UK, and the limitations imposed on their struggle by the relationship between the UK state and Northern Ireland and its acceptance by the trade union bureaucracy.…

Palestine – the view from Edinburgh and Belfast

The Scottish government is a signatory to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition on ‘anti-semitism’. This definition conflates criticism of Israel with criticism of Jews. In view of the horrific attacks by Zionist settler thugs and the of the Israeli state on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Gaza in order to to ethnically cleanse even more…

It hasn’t gone away you know – the Irish housing crisis erupts yet again

This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) examines the public  re-emergence of the housing crisis in Ireland and looks to its causes and possible solutions. The housing crisis in Ireland has exploded yet again. As in a slow motion car crash, everyone foresees the eventual destruction of the coalition government but not a way…