Local Politics

Far-right on the march: Threat to minorities and the left

Far-right on the march: Threat to minorities and the left

The far-right ape and are emboldened by the racism and bigotry being pumped out by Trump. They will also feel their bigotry is given credence by racism from establishment figures, like Boris Johnson describing women who wear burqas as looking “like letter boxes.”

Tyrone organises against toxic mining industry

Tyrone organises against toxic mining industry

Eighty people attended a hastily-organised public meeting to oppose the threat to Omagh and district’s water supply from exploratory drilling for minerals taking place 150 metres from the main reservoir at Glenhordial, above the town. A Glenhordial resident organised the meeting in a yoga studio. The campaign has adopted the name ‘CAMIO’ – ‘Cooperate Against Mining in Omagh’.

Fermanagh Save Our Services vigilant against further cuts

Fermanagh Save Our Services vigilant against further cuts

The latest threat appears to have been pushed back for now but in the course of events, FSOS established a research group to map all the clinics lost over past years from SWAH. The campaign to defend NHS services in Fermanagh continues.

#WeDeserveBetter than Green & Orange can deliver!

#WeDeserveBetter than Green & Orange can deliver!

Guinness Book of World Records rules mean Northern Ireland will escape international recognition for being without government for the longest period during peace times. August 28 will nevertheless be marked by protest across the North under the #WeDeserveBetter slogan.

Marriage equality remains burning issue

Marriage equality remains burning issue

It has been three years since the momentous victory of the marriage equality referendum in the South of Ireland, and four years since The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was passed in England and Wales. Yet Northern Ireland is still waiting

Paisley corruption scandal exposes out-of-touch establishment

Paisley corruption scandal exposes out-of-touch establishment

Sri Lankan blood money buys influence at Westminster Most families have to scrimp and save for a year to afford a well-earned holiday in the sun. But not the Paisleys, who in 2013 had not one but two trips to Sri Lanka involving seven helicopter rides and stays at 5-star […]

Bonfire debate can ignite conflict

Bonfire debate can ignite conflict

In the aftermath of the Eleventh Night bonfires last year, Belfast City Council passed a Sinn Féin motion authorising the forced clearing of bonfire sites. When this policy was implemented against an anti-internment bonfire in the Divis area of west Belfast, it led to small-scale rioting. If there is an attempt to do the same this year in Protestant areas – where there is generally more support for bonfires – it will provoke a fierce reaction.

A Contested Past: Dealing with the Legacy of The Troubles

A Contested Past: Dealing with the Legacy of The Troubles

Socialists have no confidence in the capacity of the sectarian forces and the state to subject their role in the troubles to real scrutiny. We do however have a confidence in working class people to expose the truth and expose these forces to real scrutiny. This could means some form of wide-ranging enquiry into the troubles, which would not be in the hands of the state or establishment parties but made up of respected trade unionists and those with a record of campaigning on these issues from the stand point of ordinary people, including human rights groups.