Category: Ireland

  • Sinn Féin bruised at local elections

    Sinn Féin bruised at local elections

    With a few votes still to count the writing is already on the wall for the local and European elections. A seething anti-establishment mood runs deep through Ireland today.  On the surface, the local election results have turned out as a repetition of the 2019 ones with only independents making any substantial gains. But beneath…

  • James Connolly and the struggle for Irish independence

    James Connolly and the struggle for Irish independence

    The great revolutionary James Connolly was born 156 years ago today to Irish parents in Edinburgh. Connolly grew to be the greatest Marxist ever produced by these islands; an iconic figure in the history of the Irish working class. Executed by the British army in 1916 following his leading role in the Easter Rising, Connolly’s…

  • The wrong argument for a united Ireland

    The wrong argument for a united Ireland

    A recent, much-publicised study by a Dublin-based think tank, the IIEA, has concluded that the cost of the South of Ireland absorbing the North after a future unity referendum would be enormous. If their figures are to be believed, it would cost €20 billion per year for 20 years, which would translate into a 25…

  • Revolutionary Communists of Ireland hold founding congress!

    Revolutionary Communists of Ireland hold founding congress!

    On 6 and 7 April, communists from across Ireland gathered in Dublin for the founding Congress of the Irish group of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT). We were joined by international visitors from the Revolutionary Communist Party in Britain and the international centre of the IMT.

  • Varadkar flees before the storm breaks

    Varadkar flees before the storm breaks

    The face of the capitalist political establishment in Ireland for the past seven years, Leo Varadkar, has resigned as leader of Fine Gael and from the Taoiseach position. Varadkar has been, without doubt, one of the most reliable servants of the Irish ruling class in the last decade.

  • Dublin Lockout

    Dublin Lockout

    The 26th of August 2023 marked the 110-year anniversary of the beginning of the Dublin Lockout. 20,000 members of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU) battled with the forces of British and Irish capitalism. The workers were conscious that this was a life-or-death struggle for the very existence of their organisations. They made…

  • UCD: ‘Academic Freedom’ or hypocrisy?

    UCD: ‘Academic Freedom’ or hypocrisy?

    Since the beginning of the latest terror campaign against the people of Gaza, students and faculty at University College Dublin (UCD) have called on the university to take a firm stand against the criminal actions of Israel. Several demonstrations have been held on campus to demand a statement from UCD condemning the violence and the…

  • Time to evict capitalism

    Time to evict capitalism

    The Irish government’s pathetic attempts to solve the housing crisis in Ireland are continually proving to be abysmal failures for workers and young people. Far from delivering homes en masse, these ‘solutions’ are lining the pockets of landlords and developers at the brutal expense of workers and of the youth in particular. Homelessness continues to…

  • After Dublin riot: crush seed of far right before it takes root

    After Dublin riot: crush seed of far right before it takes root

    Shocking scenes have rocked Dublin. Far-right goons – showing their true, putrid colours – have used the stabbing of five people outside a school, including three children, to blame migrants and whip up mob violence.

  • Palestine: what can a communist do in Ireland

    Palestine: what can a communist do in Ireland

    At the time of writing, more than 10,000 people have been killed in Gaza by the Israeli forces since October 7. At least 4,000 of them were children. 600,000 have been made homeless.