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Ireland, the EU and the Brexit divorce deal- a socialist analysis

Ireland, the EU and the Brexit divorce deal- a socialist analysis

In December a question mark still hung over the future of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and Britain. This indicates the problems that will lie ahead for these negotiations in the coming months. The most important and contentious question was: What will be nature of the border between Northern Ireland and the South in the context of Britain leaving the Single Market and Customs Union? This constitutes the only land border between the EU and the UK.

Ryanair forced to recognise unions

Ryanair forced to recognise unions

The victory at Ryanair has the potential to inspire other workers in the struggle against exploitative employers. The fact that such a notoriously anti-union company can be brought to heel by the threat of collective action is a good indication of the power of workplace organisation. Ryanair’s approach to workers’ rights is hardly unique among employers, and the lesson of this struggle is sure to resonate with other workers who face opposition to their basic rights by similarly exploitative companies.

Jobstown trial exposes Southern state

Jobstown trial exposes Southern state

In Dublin at the end of June, seven defendants – the first of three groups – were found not guilty of falsely imprisoning then Deputy Prime Minister and Labour leader Joan Burton during a spontaneous, community protest against austerity in the working class community of Jobstown in November 2014.

South: Conservative establishment faces battle for abortion rights

South: Conservative establishment faces battle for abortion rights

For the first time in Ireland, a forum where members of the public were given control has recommended abortion on request in the first trimester, when 85% of abortions occur, even for socio-economic reasons. This speaks volumes about how fundamentally societal attitudes have progressed.

Jobstown Not Guilty Poster

Verdict in Jobstown case – all defendants cleared by jury!

In a crushing defeat for the Irish political establishment and ruling class, the jury in the #jobstownnotguilty case in Ireland found all 6 defendants not guilty of the “false imprisonment” of former Deputy Prime Minister, Joan Burton, during a spontaneous protest against water charges and austerity in the working class neighborhood of Jobstown, in Tallaght, South West Dublin.

Court fails to deliver abortion progress

Court fails to deliver abortion progress

Another abortion rights case is currently on its way to the European Court of Human Rights. This case aims to challenge the decision by Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to deny women from Northern Ireland free access to abortions under the NHS in England.

North & South: Separate Church & State!

North & South: Separate Church & State!

  In 2015, a referendum was held to allow the people in the South to decide whether same-sex marriage should be legalised – 62% of voters supported legalisation and in turn defied the dominance of the Catholic Church within state policy. However, the political establishment have since shown no sign […]