The three nights of heavy rioting which took place in Ardoyne in North Belfast over the Twelfth showed how the main parties in the Assembly are being challenged by more hard-line sectarian forces on the ground. The decision of Sinn Fein to organise a token protest against the Orange Order marching past the Ardoyne shops effectively gave the green light to the PSNI to ‘deal’ with dissident republican groups who had prepared in advance attacks on the Orange Order and the PSNI.
While the bailed-out banks continue to pay out millions in bonuses to the fat cat executives, it is a very different story for working class people.
A record 1,000 people are expected to declare bankruptcy this year in Northern Ireland. The Land & Property Services (LPS) which collects rates on behalf of the Northern Ireland Assembly Executive has dragged a staggering 46,611 people before the courts in the last financial year because they could not afford to pay rates.
Our origins We have been active in Northern Ireland since the start of the Troubles at the beginning of the seventies. At first we were known as Militant and then as Militant Labour. We became the Socialist Party in 1997. During the difficult early decades of the Troubles we were […]
Tne news that maternity services in Lagan Valley Hospital (LVH) will close in 18 months will be no surprise to workers in the health service as their terms and conditions have been under attack for some time now. The South Eastern Health Trust responsible for LVH acknowledges all acute services are now under review. Chief Executive John Compton states the closure of the maternity unit would save approximately £1 million a year.
ONLY A deluded fool would expect benevolence from New Labour. The country’s firefighters are already familiar with the lengths that New Labour ministers will go to, in order to attack their trade union and bleed the workers under the guise of modernisation.
But FBU members are shocked and angered at the latest move by the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) to rob sick and injured firefighters of their pensions.
The New Labour government seems determined to defy the laws of economic gravity by trying to part-privatise Royal Mail at a time when thousands of private companies across the world are going bust as a result of the world economic crash. The very companies lined up to cherry-pick off the […]
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