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ICTU kill housing protest


The ICTU view of all forms of privatisation, including housing privatisation, is that these are a matter for political parties and that their remit stops short at demanding more provision. They are also very comfortable with parliamentary lobbying, no matter how low key, and are averse to demonstrations, especially following the Apollo House occupation of 2016, where the state threatened to seize union assets.   So it's really no surprise that the union reaction to the government's proposals is to swiftly send the opposition to sleep. (read more)

Colombia: The Ethics of Remaining Silent


Many NGOs and researchers that work for them, in the course of their investigations carry out interviews with the relatives of the disappeared, the murdered, tortured or witnesses to these acts and in some cases with the survivors. They ask them to talk. But many of them now remain silent  when it suits them, a silence they do not afford those they interview. (read more)

Dublin Bus workers reject union backed deal on pay and conditions


It barely more than made the news but yesterday's front line heroes, the transport workers, have been thanked for their efforts by being forced into a corner by both the aggressive tactics of Dublin Bus management and the pay deal negotiated by SIPTU and the NBRU. The bus workers were justifiably angry, not least at the sheer hypocrisy surrounding their pay claim, and rejected the deal by an overwhelming majority. (read more)

The Free Trade Agreement Between Colombia and Europe Eight Years On


The European Union signed a free trade agreement with Colombia which came into force in 2013. Now eight years later the government of Colombia believes it to be a success. The EU, however, has made no statement on the matter. Its last report on the agreement is from 2017. (read more)

Irish government moves to lift Covid restrictions


At the end of August, the Irish government announced its plans for the lifting of almost all Covid restrictions by 22 October.  The speed and scale of these relaxations are dramatic. The only conditionality is that the level of vaccination of adults must reach 90% and that Covid cases remain manageable.   (read more)

The coalition's "Housing for All" strategy 


The 2nd of September saw the launch of the Irish government's new Housing For All'' policy. The programme is replacing the failed Rebuilding Ireland policy and is essentially more of the same with a larger injection of government funds. Long on aspiration, short on detail, it preserves the centrality of the private housing sector and the guarantees to vulture funds. (read more)

Imperialism and the fall of Afghanistan 

Afghanistan: The Defeat of U.S. Imperialism and the Road Ahead 
Socialist Action (US) 26/08/21

After 20 years of untold U.S. government-inflicted barbaric horrors on the people of Afghanistan the world’s greatest military power, along with its NATO allies, stands humiliated, demoralized and defeated, forced to abandon their claimed nation-building project in the face of irreversible Taliban victories over the past year and longer. (read more)

On the fall of Kabul 
Anti-Capitalist Resistance 16/08/21

A few days ago United States Intelligence said that Kabul could hold out for 3 months. Ashraf Ghani the Afghan president told his people on TV that he was organising the city's defence. The US were carefully planning their announced withdrawal and setting up diplomatic talks in Doha with the Taliban. (read more)

Debacle in Afghanistan 
New Left Review 16/08/21

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban on 15 August 2021 is a major political and ideological defeat for the American Empire. The crowded helicopters carrying US Embassy staff to Kabul airport were startlingly reminiscent of the scenes in Saigon - now Ho Chi Minh City - in April 1975. (read more)

Taliban Again to Rule Afghanistan after 20 Years of Imperialist Occupation 
Left Voice 15/08/21

After 20 years of imperialist occupation, the Taliban are back in power in Afghanistan. Images are circulating across social media that compare it with the American defeat in Vietnam. But while there are some similarities, these two events are not the same. To be sure, we have deep disagreements with the Vietnamese communists, but a central difference is the reactionary and bourgeois character of the Taliban. (read more)

Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic

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



Colombia in revolt: Repression and resistance in Latin America

Duscussion on the ongoing revolt in Colombia with Bogotá based socialist author and activist Gearóid O'Loingsigh. 

27 June 2020