Ireland

Irish government calls abortion referendum

By Dermot Quinn, 23 April 2018

The referendum comes after years of intense campaigns, protests and even a strike demanding abortion rights.

Northern Ireland: Loyalist killer was a police agent

By Steve James, 19 March 2018

Gary Haggarty was working as a British agent when he killed five people on what the government still insists is the “British soil” of Northern Ireland.

Draft EU Brexit agreement deepens divisions over Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 2 March 2018

The European powers’ draft, put together in consultation with the Irish government, is an aggressive response to British maneuvers.

Deal to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland collapses

By Steve James, 21 February 2018

The dispute between all the parties centres primarily at this stage not on language, but on Brexit and the status of Northern Ireland’s border with the Irish Republic.

Political turmoil over Ireland’s post-Brexit status escalates

By Steve James, 28 November 2017

Northern Ireland has not had a functioning government for months. Now the government in the Republic of Ireland faces collapse.

Hurricane Ophelia’s tail hits Ireland and UK

By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017

Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.

Irish nationalism versus socialist internationalism: A reply to a reader—Part two

By Steve James, 10 August 2017

Knox proceeds from insisting that the British working class is hopeless to exalting the nationalist revolutionary traditions of the Irish working class.

Irish nationalism versus socialist internationalism: A reply to a reader—Part one

By Steve James, 9 August 2017

Knox proceeds from insisting that the British working class is hopeless to exalting the nationalist revolutionary traditions of the Irish working class.

New Irish prime minister uses identity politics to cover-up right-wing agenda

By Dermot Quinn, 12 July 2017

Varadkar was a staunch supporter of the last four government budgets, which favoured tax cuts for the richest 10 percent.

UK: Conservatives seek toxic alliance with Democratic Unionist Party

By Steve James, 24 June 2017

The DUP’s current policy is to extract as many concessions as possible to offset the catastrophic economic impact of Brexit, while maintaining Northern Ireland’s position in the UK.

European Council endorses Irish unification in hardline negotiations over Brexit

By Steve James, 8 May 2017

The European Union position on Ireland is a challenge to British imperialism on the territory of its oldest colony.

Irish unions scuttle Bus Eireann strike

By Dermot Quinn, 19 April 2017

Strike action by transport workers against Bus Eireann’s cost-cutting measures has been foiled by the unions twice since February.

Irish bus workers defy unions and continue strike

By Dermot Quinn, 5 April 2017

To the consternation of the unions and political establishment, Bus Eireann workers set up pickets at city bus depots and trains last Friday.

The real legacy of Martin McGuiness: Sectarianism and austerity

By Paul Mitchell, 24 March 2017

McGuinness’s evolution from gunman to bourgeois politician was not a break from his republican principles, but the outcome of the petty-bourgeois nationalist perspective of republicanism.

Unionism loses its grip on Northern Ireland in March 2 election

By Steve James, 7 March 2017

Overhanging the election was the deepening crisis surrounding Brexit, which will transform the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic into an external boundary of the EU.

Border issues and Brexit dominate Northern Ireland elections

By Steve James, 27 February 2017

The British and Irish governments have insisted that, post-Brexit, no border checks will be imposed, but no one has yet come up with a means to explain how this can be done.

Northern Ireland general election called as Stormont collapses amid Brexit crisis

By Steve James, 24 January 2017

The resignation of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, was aimed at bringing down his rival, First Minister Arlene Foster of the DUP.

Resignation of Sinn Fein’s McGuinness throws Northern Ireland into crisis

By Steve James, 14 January 2017

Since 2007, Sinn Fein and Martin McGuinness have defended power-sharing and their relationship with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Irish government defends tax dodging by Apple

By Chris Marsden, 21 December 2016

The Fine Gael government opposes demands by the European Union that the American technology giant pay $13 billion in back taxes.

Irish unions seek deal with government to prevent industrial unrest

By Dermot Quinn, 2 December 2016

Posturing as defenders of workers interests, the union bureaucracy is trying to re-establish the “social partnership” agreement with the government it previously enjoyed.

Irish ruling elite in deep crisis over Brexit

By Steve James, 14 November 2016

The collapse in the value of the pound against the euro is increasing the price of the €4.4 billion in food exports from the Irish republic to Britain.

Irish unions call off Dublin bus strike

By Dermot Quinn, 30 September 2016

The unions are winding down the dispute and paving the way for the defeat of their members’ struggle.

Dublin, Ireland bus workers start series of strikes

By Dermot Byrne, 10 September 2016

As a result of chronic underfunding of public services such as transportation and pay freezes in the public sector bus workers have not received a pay increase in eight years.

Irish government to appeal European Commission ruling on Apple’s tax bill

By Steve James, 5 September 2016

Ireland, a centre for tax dodging by leading US-based transnational corporations, is uniquely vulnerable to the deepening divisions between the US and the European Union.

Irish government crisis over Apple’s €13 billion tax dodge

By Robert Stevens, 1 September 2016

The EU’s decision to fine Apple for failing to pay taxes has triggered a major crisis in Irish ruling circles.

Northern Ireland: Police collusion established in 1994 Loughinisland massacre

By Steve James, 21 June 2016

On June 18, 1994, 15 football supporters at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland were watching Ireland in the opening match of the soccer World Cup when 11 of them were gunned down.

Ireland’s Fine Gael forms minority government after pact with Fianna Fail

By Dermot Quinn, 16 May 2016

After weeks of negotiations, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has been elected prime minister.

Last-minute efforts to form a government in Ireland before parliament resumes

By Dermot Quinn, 5 April 2016

Ireland has been without a government since the February 26 general election, which saw a repudiation of the right-wing policies of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition.

One hundred years since Ireland’s Easter Rising—Part three

By Jordan Shilton, 29 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history, the lessons of which the working class must assimilate.

One hundred years since Ireland’s Easter Rising—Part two

By Jordan Shilton, 28 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history whose lessons the working class must assimilate.

One hundred years since Ireland’s Easter Rising—Part One

By Jordan Shilton, 26 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history with critical political lessons for the international working class.

Left and anti-austerity sentiment produces political earthquake in Ireland

By Dermot Quinn, 3 March 2016

The most significant development was the increase in the popular vote for parties that have painted themselves as “left” alternatives to the two main parties of the Irish bourgeoisie.

Bombardier adds to Northern Ireland manufacturing jobs massacre

By Harvey Thompson, 1 March 2016

The corporation announced that 1,080 jobs would go at its plant in Belfast, Ireland, which makes the wings for its new C-Series plane.

Shankill revelations expose British state informants’ role in mass killings in Ireland

By Steve James, 13 February 2016

Mass murders were carried out by British agents, or were allowed to happen to protect British agents.

Irish pseudo-left form electoral pact

By Dermot Quinn, 5 February 2016

The “Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit” electoral pact is inspired by Greece’s Syriza, which has imposed draconian austerity measures on the Greek population.

Northern Ireland power sharing agreement threatened after First Minister resigns

By Jordan Shilton, 18 September 2015

Efforts by the unionist parties to paint Sinn Fein as opponents of power sharing are absurd, not least because they have close ties with loyalist paramilitary groups.

Syriza betrayal exposes role of Irish pseudo-left

By Dermot Quinn and Michael Lynch, 7 September 2015

Ireland’s pseudo-left are charting the course that their Greek counterparts have now taken to its logical conclusion.

Power sharing in Northern Ireland threatened with collapse

By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2015

Both the Republican and Unionist parties consider the encouragement and manipulation of divisions essential in facilitating the intensification of their assault on workers.

Irish voters overwhelmingly support legalisation of same-sex marriage

By Jordan Shilton, 27 May 2015

The vote demonstrated the sharp decline in the influence of the Catholic Church, long the dominant institution in Ireland.

Sinn Fein loses ground in UK elections in Northern Ireland

By Jordan Shilton, 13 May 2015

The key goal shared by Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland and the SNP in Scotland is their attempt to encourage foreign investment into a cheap labour economy.

Irish bus workers strike for 48 hours

By Dermot Quinn, 8 May 2015

The continued undermining of the pay and conditions of bus workers would not have been possible without the collaboration of the trade unions.

Irish police clamp down on water charge protesters

By Dermot Quinn, 25 February 2015

There is widespread opposition from working people to the water charge, which is seen as an attempt to make them pay for the economic crisis.

Socialist Equality Group in Ireland holds first public meeting

By Paul Mitchell, 7 February 2015

The newly formed Socialist Equality Group (SEG) held a meeting entitled “The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland” in Dublin on February 3.

Thousands march against water charges in Dublin and other Irish cities

By our reporters, 2 February 2015

The water charges are supported by the Dublin government as part of the multi-billion euro bailout programme concluded with the Troika in 2010.

Public meeting Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland: The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland

31 January 2015

The Socialist Equality Group is holding a public meeting in Dublin on February 3.

Pseudo-left groups mislead protests against water charges in Ireland

By Jordan Shilton, 27 January 2015

The trade union bureaucracy in Ireland has actively worked to undermine every attempt at resistance to austerity, including imposing a strike ban in the public sector.

New agreement opens assault on welfare and public sector in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 5 January 2015

The latest pact seeks to deliver full implementation of the austerity measures demanded by the British government in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Ireland opens parliamentary inquiry into banking crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 27 December 2014

Even at this early stage, it is clear that nothing will be done to uncover the criminal practices of those who crashed the economy through financial speculation.

Protests mount against water charges in Ireland

By Jordan Shilton, 11 December 2014

User charges on water will still see a family paying €260 annually and a single person €160.

Hundreds demonstrate in Dublin in support of locked-out waste collection workers

By Jordan Shilton, 15 July 2014

Workers in Dublin are protesting a lockout imposed by Greyhound Recycling.

Irish Labour Party members hold ballot for new leader

By Dermot Quinn and Jordan Shilton, 19 June 2014

The contest was triggered last month by the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore.

Ireland’s governing parties punished in local and European elections

By Jordan Shilton, 31 May 2014

The most significant result was the collapse of support for the Labour Party and the resignation of its leader.

The significance of the arrest of Gerry Adams

By Steve James, 7 May 2014

Arresting Adams places a question mark over the entire political framework used to open the North of Ireland for investment based on tax breaks and cheap labour, while dismantling the large British military apparatus.

Irish government creates police unit to target social welfare claimants

By Dermott Quinn, 3 May 2014

The government’s 2014 budget aims to slash social spending by €2.5 billion.

Irish government rocked by exposure of secret police wire-tapping

By Jordan Shilton, 11 April 2014

Leaks show that for over 30 years, Garda stations and prisons across the country have been bugged with listening devices that have been used to record outgoing and incoming telephone calls.

Irish high court outlaws strike by airport workers

By Jordan Shilton, 18 March 2014

The corporate elite are demonising the airport workers for daring to resist attacks on their working conditions.

Ireland: Letters promising immunity for IRA fugitives revealed in Downey prosecution

By Jordan Shilton, 17 March 2014

The UK government is determined to conceal the criminal practices of the British state in Northern Ireland.

Irish government preparing army to break strike by airport workers

By Jordan Shilton, 5 March 2014

The plan to involve the military marks an intensification of the assault on any section of Irish workers seeking to defend their jobs and living conditions.

Irish airport workers latest to strike over pensions

By Jordan Shilton, 21 February 2014

The Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme is in deficit by around €780 million, and trustees are seeking to offload the funding crisis onto the workers.

Ireland’s Socialist Workers Party promotes strikebreaker David Norris

By Jordan Shilton, 18 February 2014

Based on an explicit rejection of socialism, the United Left Alliance has promoted the illusion that Irish capitalism can be saved through a reformist programme carried out by the state.

The Irish trade unions, the pseudo-left and the Dublin lockout centenary

By Jordan Shilton, 5 February 2014

A series of events has been staged over the last months to mark a century since the great Dublin lockout, which began August 26, 1913, and ended January 18, 1914.

Irish government presses ahead with public sector attacks

By Dermot Quinn and Jordan Shilton, 25 January 2014

The next stage of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition’s reform plans will see further job cuts, rationalisations and the elimination of essential social services.

Over 400 jobs cut in Ireland as Lufthansa subsidiary shuts plant

By Jordan Shilton, 13 January 2014

Lufthansa Technik announced the closure of a facility near Dublin.

Ruling circles hail social misery produced by Irish bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 19 December 2013

State debt is currently at 124 percent of GDP—comparable with Portugal and surpassed only by Greece and Italy within Europe.

Unions capitulate on pensions at Irish energy supplier

By Jordan Shilton, 13 December 2013

The dispute arose over a €1.6 billion deficit in the pension scheme and the company’s decision to change from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system.

Irish pseudo-left signs off on repaying EU bank bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 12 December 2013

The pseudo-left Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party support the repayment of the vast majority of Ireland’s debt of hundreds of billions of euros.

Poverty skyrockets in Ireland as the ruling elite gets richer

By Dermot Quinn and Emily Doyle, 6 December 2013

Poverty levels continue to rise in Ireland, while the number of Irish billionaires has doubled since the economic crash.

Workers at Irish state energy firm vote for strike in pensions dispute

By Jordan Shilton, 27 November 2013

The attack on pensions is a critical part of the Fine Gael-Labour Party government’s plans to fully privatise the electricity service.

Irish unions complete sellout of Dublin Bus workers

By Jordan Shilton, 9 November 2013

Drivers at Dublin Bus face pay cuts and changes to working conditions in a multi-million euro savings programme, as a result of the trade unions blocking any opposition.

Irish prime minister denounces “welfare culture”

By Jordan Shilton, 31 October 2013

In a newspaper article, Prime Minister Enda Kenny made clear that the cuts imposed to date are only the beginning of the assault on working people.

Irish pensioners protest in Dublin

By Dermot Quinn, 26 October 2013

The Irish coalition government’s savage austerity programme is having a devastating impact on pensioners

Irish government unveils new austerity budget

By Jordan Shilton, 17 October 2013

The Fine Gael-Labour coalition has outlined new austerity measures, including €1.6 billion in spending cuts aimed at the most vulnerable.

Strikes and protests break out in Ireland despite sabotage by trade unions

By Jordan Shilton, 5 October 2013

Doctors and teachers have rejected budget cuts and increased working hours being pushed through by the Fine Gael/Labour coalition.

Priory Hall housing scandal impacts Irish government

By Dermot Quinn, 2 October 2013

Since the banking crisis and economic meltdown, so-called “ghost estates” have appeared as developers went bust, leaving houses half completed.

Banks and European Union demand further austerity in Irish budget

By Jordan Shilton, 1 October 2013

Estimates earlier this year suggested that public sector workers’ earnings were down 14 percent since 2008.

Irish trade unions agree to government-imposed cuts at Dublin Bus

By Jordan Shilton, 21 September 2013

Workers at Dublin Bus took three days of strike action earlier last month against an €11.7 million cost-cutting deal.

Ireland: Homeless worker dies in a Dublin waste truck

By Steve James, 13 September 2013

The circumstances of Henryk Piotrowski’s life and brutal death express in a particularly cruel form the impact of the Irish and European ruling class’s austerity policies on the most vulnerable sections of working people.

Irish doctors vote for strike action

By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2013

Facing intolerable working conditions as a result of an 8 percent health budget cut, Irish junior doctors have voted in favour of strikes.

Irish Socialist Workers Party, Socialist Party boost trade unions and austerity

By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2013

The trade unions in Ireland are committed to the Haddington Road austerity programme, with the support of pseudo-left organizations.

Renewed sectarian rioting in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 21 August 2013

Months of confrontation between loyalists and republicans in Northern Ireland testify to the failure of the political arrangements established by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement to offer “peace and prosperity for all”.

Irish unions prepared to enforce new round of austerity

By Jordan Shilton, 17 August 2013

The Labour-Fine Gael coalition in Dublin is set to implement new spending cuts along with a three-year pay freeze, redundancies and another no-strike agreement with the unions.

Dublin Bus workers sold out by unions

By Jordan Shilton, 15 August 2013

Another strike by bus workers, protesting attacks on working conditions, pay and drivers' schedules, has been ended by the trade unions.

Ireland seeks ongoing financial support after end of bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 5 August 2013

Dublin is preparing to establish terms to avert a potential financial collapse.

Ireland’s reactionary abortion laws largely upheld

By Steve James, 9 July 2013

The fate of Savita Halappanavar, who died of septicaemia shortly after she was refused an abortion, has drawn attention to Ireland’s reactionary abortion laws.

Ireland: Bankers joke about their €7 billion bailout scam

By Steve James, 29 June 2013

The taped 2008 conversations of Irish bank executives at the now-defunct Anglo-Irish bank gives an insight into the criminal activities of the banking elite globally.

Irish government to impose austerity until 2020

By Jordan Shilton, 17 June 2013

Ireland’s trade unions are trying to force through an agreement that will reduce public sector jobs, cut overtime pay and lengthen working hours.

Northern Ireland locked down for G8 summit

By Steve James, 12 June 2013

A massive security dragnet is in place ahead of the June 17/18 visit by the G8 group of world leaders to Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

IMF to have power over Irish healthcare spending

By Jordan Shilton, 27 May 2013

According to a leaked document from the European Union (EU) commission, the government in Dublin will now have to report monthly on healthcare spending.

Unions sabotage Irish bus workers strike

By Jordan Shilton, 17 May 2013

According to reports, up to 95 percent of services were affected, including major routes in Dublin and longer inter-city connections.

Irish Labour Party in deep crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 11 May 2013

Since entering government with Fine Gael in 2011, Labour has taken the lead in wielding the axe to public spending.

Irish public sector workers reject austerity package

By Jordan Shilton, 22 April 2013

The vote was a rejection of the attempts by government officials to blackmail workers into accepting the deal with the threat of further cuts, as well as the trade union bureaucracy's support for the agreement.

Irish unions support government austerity

By Jordan Shilton, 15 April 2013

Ireland’s trade unions are intensifying their collaboration with the government in order to implement a further €1 billion in austerity cuts.

Banks threaten to increase repossessions as Irish mortgage crisis deepens

By Jordan Shilton, 1 April 2013

As the vast scale of the mortgage debt crisis emerges in Ireland, the government and the banks prepare to increase repossessions.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland not exempt from threat of National Health Service destruction

By Steve James, 28 March 2013

All the regional devolved administrations in the UK are pushing ahead the assault on health care underway in England.

State clampdown in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 20 March 2013

A wave of arrests in both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have serious consequences for democratic rights.

Ireland’s top trade union bureaucrat warns of a “tipping point”

By Steve James, 15 March 2013

David Begg, leader of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, has warned of the social consequences of European Union austerity policies.

EU discusses restructuring of Irish and Portuguese bailouts to deepen austerity

By Jordan Shilton, 13 March 2013

The EU finance ministers have agreed in principle to examine ways to restructure the bailout programmes of Ireland and Portugal.

Irish government and trade unions deepen austerity measures

By Jordan Shilton, 4 March 2013

The Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition in Ireland have agreed a new three-year plan with the trade unions, cutting another €1 billion from public spending.

Irish debt deal means decades of austerity to cover bank bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 13 February 2013

Ireland’s Fine Gael-Labour coalition announced an agreement with the European Central Bank last week, ostensibly designed to remove the “promissory note” payments to bail out the failed Anglo Irish Bank.

Ireland’s United Left Alliance collapses

By Dermot Quinn, 7 February 2013

The attempt to bring Ireland’s main “left” groups together has come to a swift end.