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Beyond the Troubles?

August 31, 1994, and the IRA’s announcement of a ceasefire, will go down as an historic date in Irish history. The ending of the IRA campaign was quickly followed by pressure from working class communities on the loyalist paramilitaries, the UDA and the UVF, to likewise call a halt. Six weeks later they also called off their campaigns.

Does this mean that after 25 years, over 3,350 dead and ten times that number injured, the Northern Ireland Troubles are over?

By Peter Hadden, 1994

Why I left Sinn Fein and joined the Socialist Party

Domhnall O Cobhthaigh has served as a councillor for Sinn Fein on Fermanagh District Council for the past two years and has been a leading activist for Sinn Fein for twelve years. Here he explains his reasons for resigning from Sinn Fein and his decision to join the Socialist Party. […]

The Assembly Executive must Nationalise to Save Jobs

In the past 12 months over half a million workers have been sacked across Northern Ireland and Britain. In the North, over 102,000 people are unable to find work – more than double the official unemployment statistics.

The rise of unemployment has become an emergency. The ‘green shoots of recovery’ which many capitalist economists predicted earlier this year have shown to be nothing more than wishful thinking. Most economists now admit that any recovery will be very weak, and it is ruled out that sufficient jobs will be created in the next year to absorb the hundreds of thousands of people joining the dole queues. Workers who face losing their jobs and the galling prospect of having to survive on paltry benefits though are beginning to resist job losses.

Will Afghanistan be Obama’s Vietnam?

US AND British military chiefs have been quick to label their July offensive against the Taliban in south east Afghanistan a “success”. In reality the main achievement of the British “Operation Panther’s Claw” and the US “Operation Thrust of the Sword” has been to refocus the attention of an increasingly sceptical public at home on the military quagmire and political impasse that is present day Afghanistan.

Thomas Cook – A courageous struggle

The significance of the Thomas Cook occupation cannot be overstated. At the time of writing the issue of redundancy payments is not resolved but already the struggle has exposed the pro-big business nature of the courts and the Gardai. Crucially it was a victory of the spirit of the workers and showed the extraordinary ability of people to fight to defend their rights.

Twenty-eight workers arrested and dragged through the courts in scenes more common in far away dictatorial regimes. The Thomas Cook occupation showed that “social partnership” does not exist. It also illustrated the anger that working class people feel at being made pay the price for the crisis through job cuts and attacks on rights. When told that the company was going to close with immediate effect the workers occupied the building.