Protest is not a crime! Jobstown Not Guilty!

  By Andrew Farley Beginning this month, 17 people will be on trial in the South, facing charges of false imprisonment for engaging in a sit-down protest. The verdict will have far-reaching implications for the right to protest and social activism in general, particularly if the defendants are found guilty. […]

#JobstownNotGuilty trials begin… Irish state criminalises right to protest

By Paul Murphy TD Despite the expectations of many that the #JobstownNotGuilty protesters would not go to trial, the first charged for false imprisonment is due to start his trial on 19 September. Next year, another 18 face charges, which could result in up to life imprisonment. These are the […]

South: This weak government can be beaten

By Paul Murphy TD “The reality is that a small clique of hard-left, Trotskyite politicians, who are quite upfront about seeking to overthrow the current system, are now arguably setting the political agenda.” (Shane Coleman, Irish Independent 17 May 2016) Although he exaggerates, Coleman captures an important part of the […]

South: Government routed in general election

Establishment parties in crisis, as a new Left rises Ireland’s Fine Gael/Labour Party coalition government was routed in general elections on 26 February. A deep class anger at the government’s austerity, especially at the Labour Party’s betrayal of working people, saw voters inflict a humiliating defeat on both parties. While […]