Some months ago, I was approached by an old friend with a query. A work colleague of his was exploring the option of running in the local elections on a youth mental health platform and was looking for advice on how best to run the campaign.

Why this person decided the best way to tackle the issue of mental health was through the granting of dog licenses and planning permission, is a story for another article, their main concern was whether to run as a principled independent in an area where they had no name recognition, or to sell their soul at the altar of Fianna Fáil in the hopes that the weight of their political brand would get them over the proverbial line.

The following thirty minutes were spent giving a blistering assessment...

For their rejection and/or indifference to the repetitive whingeing of career politicians, the youth of Ireland is often subjected to the most unforgiving of criticisms by their various political representatives. While they standing for little else other than re-election, they call the masses time and time again for yet another victory in yet another popularity contest. Enthusiasm for this...

Sinn Féin have come in for criticism for their proposal that a tax break equivalent to one month’s rent be granted to those renting from private landlords. Workers’ Party local representative Éilis Ryan today (Monday) said the tax break was a return to Celtic Tiger Fianna Fáil politics, and amounted to a public handout for greedy landlords.

Ryan said:

“Sinn Féin’s proposals to grant a tax break...

In times of economic uncertainty, it is easy to lay blame at the foot of the asylum seeker, the migrant or a member of a vulnerable community and proclaim loudly that IF IT WERE NOT FOR THEM things would be better. But would they?

If we examine Irish history and take a look at a particularly excellent economic analysis of it by Dr Conor McCabe – Sins of the Father, we will see that Ireland has...

The Workers’ Party has called on members and supporters to join Climate Strike events tomorrow (Friday Sept. 20th) to protest inaction on the ongoing climate crisis.

“These youth and student-led demonstrations are crucial in voicing our discontent with current government policy on the environment.” said Workers’ Party Youth Secretary Eoghan Gardiner.

He continued: “As capitalism continues to...

1. Poverty

Those struggling to put food on the table, those worried about being evicted from their homes or if their children will be safe, healthy and educated – will never put larger climate issues before their own survival. Governments that refuse to address homelessness, decreasing standards of living or wealth inequality will never be able to garner the enthusiasm or approval from the...

“Governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class.”

An important question we must ask ourselves is what are the key issues that do not affect the capitalist class, but do affect the wider working class. For a 21st century communist, there is no greater issue that highlights this class divide than Climate change and the potentially...

Housing has often been the arena in which class consciousness and militant action has been instilled in the hearts and minds of the Irish youth. This struggle is ever present in the North. Segregation of housing in urban centres of Derry and Belfast remains an obstacle to social cohesion and the unity of class action from both Nationalist and Unionist communities. Stormont, underpinned by the...

Ireland’s Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are 21-23% higher than the global average. Our ammonia pollution is expected to continue to increase year on year. Methane, which cows produce 70-120kg of annually, is 23 times more damaging to the climate than CO2. To put this into perspective, a steak dinner for 2 can generate the same greenhouse gas emissions as a flight from Dublin to New...

In the past, young people were able to receive a home from the local authority which led to localized construction projects. Most people in Ireland lived in homes built by their local corporation or council, the same model existed in the United Kingdom where local authorities constructed mass local housing. Seems simple, right? Today the waiting list for housing is over 80,000 while almost 10,000...

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing more than 97 million workers in 130 countries of the world expresses its support and solidarity with the pilots of Ryanair who decided to go on 48 hours strikes in the next week after the collapse of the collective bargaining.

We totally support the fair struggle of the pilots, who through their strike, reminds to their employers and to the...

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