28 February 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should be opposed by socialists and the wider labour movement. It has brought suffering to working class people in the two
countries directly involved and heightened the risk of a clash between nuclear armed states that threatens the whole of humanity.
However, it must also be recognised that the attack on Ukraine comes in the wake of a long period of aggressive and provocative actions directed against Russia by the United States and its allies. (read more)
The Truth Commission (CEV) in Colombia has just published its report on the Colombian conflict. As was to be expected it is a very detailed report and deals with many aspects of the conflict and therefore it is impossible to carry out a detailed criticism in just one article. This article aims to deal with the document entitled Call for Peace and in later articles I will deal with some points in greater detail such as the regions, the business class and drug trafficking. (read more)
A rally to highlight the impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis was held in Belfast on Saturday (25/05/22).
The rally, organised by the Northern Ireland committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (NIC-ICTU), under the banner of “Get Stormont Back to Work – Workers Demand Action”, took place within the grounds of the Stormont estate, the seat of the north’s devolved government. (read more)
In 2015, Ireland introduced some of the most liberal gender self-identity laws on the globe. The implementation of those laws has worked out through Irish society and institutions largely unimpeded. In June 1922 Irish people finally found out about the implications of gender self-identity and a conversation began. The conversation did not go well for trans activists. The dispute began when the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) excluded a feminist group, The Countess, from their June AGM. (read more)
There is a marked similarity between the present situation in the Ukraine and that in Russia in early 1917 just prior to the February revolution that overthrew the tsarist government. The war in Ukraine is a proxy war where the two sides consist of capitalist countries. On one side is predominantly Russia, on the other, a NATO alliance of countries that the Zelensky government has sided with. (read more)
The British government claims that the proposed unilateral changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol that they themselves drafted, are trivial adjustments. No-one seems to believe them. They claim that the adjustments are necessary to preserve the economy and political stability in the North. People seem to believe this, but the claims are equally false. The Democratic Unionist Party claims that their central concern is the protocol. This is also false. (read more)
Amid the hysteria generated by imperialism’s propaganda machine we now have an accumulation of evidence before us that should make it clear that the war in Ukraine is a US imperialist proxy war against Russia. It is one part of a long term strategy to maintain US imperialist global dominance amid an increasingly acute crisis of rofitability Zbigniew Brzezinski, the most important of the imperialist strategists, spells it out for us in 1997 in his ‘GrandChessboard’ ;Ukraine is the “geopolitical pivot,” in US imperialism’s attempts to weaken Russia and even to dismember it. (read more)
Socialist Democracy Statement on Coronavirus pandemic - 28/03/20
The promise and reality of vaccination -28/03/21
Herd immunity - myth and reality - 30/11/20
Coronavirus pandemic - a deepening health and economic crisis - 28/07/20
Protest, class conflict and Covid 19 - 06/05/20
Unionism’s silent shift on the pandemic - 16/05/20
Ideology and Science - 05/05/20
Big Pharma in Ireland - 24/04/20
Europe and the pandemic - 09/04/20
Presentation by Orla Ni Chomhrai on why socialists should oppose a dogma which undermines women's rights, gay rights, free speech, and science.
18 October 2021
Discussion on the housing crisis with Brian Leeson of Eirigi and author Conor McCabe.
17 October 2021
Rayner O’Connor Lysaght Presente!
Irish Labour History Society
Emancipation, Liberation & Self-determination
Irish Republican Marxist History Project
The Pensive Quill
Irish Left Archive
Obituray from the Irish Independent
A selection of writings by Rayner can be found online at:
Arguments for a Workers' Republic
The Encyclopedia of Trotskyism
Red Mole Rising