Comrades, Not Allies

Christine O'Mahony's opinion piece in The Beacon, Allyship with marginalised groups means examining your own privilege, instigates a valuable and interesting discussion on the question of how those from 'majority' populations engage with struggles against oppression. While this discussion is not new in movements for social justice, there is certainly value in going into writing … Continue reading Comrades, Not Allies

What’s the problem with Saoradh?

On 25 July, the fascist, ironically-named Irish Freedom Party, attempted to organise in West Belfast. Their first attempt was to try a stall. The Connolly Youth Movement, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Lasair Dhearg and Saoradh swiftly mobilised and smashed their table up. The following day they attempted to organise again, by trying to recover … Continue reading What’s the problem with Saoradh?

The Housing Crisis and models of Public Housing

In the past week, homeless figures in Ireland have broken the politically toxic 10,000 mark. In reality, the number of homeless people has been far in excess of 10,000 for quite an extended period, but has been kept depressed through the government redefining homelessness. The number of people deprived of housing goes into the hundreds … Continue reading The Housing Crisis and models of Public Housing

The economy is growing, but who’s reaping the rewards?

As Ireland faces years of consecutive economic growth, is the so-called recovery being felt and is it sustainable? A recent report by the European Commission predicts growth in Ireland for 2018 to be 5.6%, with ongoing but reduced growth of 4.0% in 2019. Roughly a decade on from the Great Recession, years of successive growth … Continue reading The economy is growing, but who’s reaping the rewards?

After his victory, will AMLO follow through?

Promising to take on the "mafia with power", Andrés Manuel López Obrador's record leaves much to be desired. Will he satisfy the aspirations of the Mexican workers, poor and youth? Andrés Manuel López Obrador's (also known as "AMLO") victory represents something positive, and the strength of his victory is something well worth noting, getting over … Continue reading After his victory, will AMLO follow through?