Fighting Austerity

Pressure forces Poots u-turn on carehome closures

DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots has done a complete u-turn on the proposed closure of eighteen NHS residential care homes across Northern Ireland. The closures announced last year were part of the Transforming Your Care health review. When the closures were announced, there was an outcry of anger from the […]

Pressure forces Poots u-turn on carehome closures

DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots has done a complete u-turn on the proposed closure of eighteen NHS residential care homes across Northern Ireland. The closures announced last year were part of the Transforming Your Care health review. When the closures were announced, there was an outcry of anger from the […]

Politicians blackmailing public over benefit cuts and health funding

Health campaigners have criticised the Finance Minister Simon Hamilton who they claim “should be announcing more funding to end the crisis in our health service, not threatening us with £68 million worth of more cuts” . Health campaigner Paddy Meehan questioned “why the Finance Minister is threatening more cuts to […]

Stormont parties to blame for A&E crisis

Health campaigner & Socialist Party candidate for Botanic in South Belfast PADDY MEEHAN analyses the continuing crisis: Twice this year so far the Accident & Emergency Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital has been at breaking point with extra staff and bed space being rushed in. No extreme situation or […]

But where’s the money for services?

An incredible £80 billion has been paid in bonuses alone to bankers since the financial crash of 2007. And they want even more! Because of the outrage at bank bosses pay and bonuses since the banks were bailed out by taxpayers, the EU has passed laws limiting the scale of […]

Establishment covering up tragedies of health crisis

Campaigners today accused “the health authorities and the Health Minister have been shamefully involved in covering up the fatal consequences of their cuts”. Health activist Paddy Meehan who organised opposition to the closure of the A&E unit at Belfast City Hospital commented “The revelations from the BBC Spotlight programme show […]

Sinn Fein and DUP to cut benefits… after the May elections!

While Sammy Wilson and other right-wing zealots attack Sinn Fein for allegedly “resisting” the passing of the Welfare Reform Bill through Stormont, Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey let it slip on BBC that his party will not “kill the bill” but will eventually vote it through the Assembly. Maskey and […]

500 attend meeting to stop schools merger plans

On Wednesday 26th February 2014 over 500 concerned parents, residents and pupils, as well as local MLA’s, attended a public meeting to debate the decision by Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, to amalgamate Newtownbreda and Knockbreda High Schools in Belfast. This decision, announced by O’Dowd on the 14th January 2014, […]