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Contrary to the views of conspiracy theorists and the far-right, the government does not like the current lockdown situation. Rejecting expert advice to escalate to level 5 lockdown in order to slow down the intensifying crisis situation, the government has compromised with a level 3 lockdown across the 26 counties. Any Dubliner can give you a heads-up: it’s been no craic but the cases are still skyrocketing. Why doesn’t the government enact the necessary measures? Why have they been skirting around the issue for over half a year now?

As we know, the wealthy few need us to keep working & spending so that they can keep making profits. And they say jump and the government asks how high. And jump high they...

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Earlier this week, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill met with the Prince of Wales, as part of his ongoing trip to the 6 counties, to discuss the upcoming centenary of partition and the potential “rabbit-holes” that may accompany it. This is not the first time Sinn Féin has met with representatives of the British Royal Family. Famously, Martin McGuinness shook hands with the Queen of...

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Recently, a large Yellow Vest protest took to the streets in Dublin. It was focused on getting rid of masks and other protective precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The person carrying the flag at the helm of it is a well known white supremacist, Niall McConnell, whose group talks about immigrants, sharia law and other bogus nonsense they’ve imported...

Naas General Hospital is the latest epicentre of a potential Covid-19 outbreak. Hospital management were informed of the suspected outbreak a couple of weeks ago and, by the following day, a 31-bed ward had been temporarily closed with several members of staff being told to self-isolate. Management believe that the source of the outbreak may have been a member of the hospital’s cleaning staff who...

As the British government unveil a new law that will override a crucial part on the 2019 Withdrawal Agreement on the customs arrangement in the North of Ireland, GUE/NGL has issued the following statement:

“The British government have embarked on a reckless course of action in threatening to override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, adopted in the House of Commons nine months ago. This is the...

As we correctly ban Americans from Ireland, the real question worth asking is why is the rural economy so heavily dependent on tourists in the first place?

For decades, our country has been run down, de-industrialized and underfunded. Post offices closing, bus routes cut, opportunities for young people eviscerated and basically silence for most of the year outside the summer months. In the book

Irish politicians have for years pushed the idea that politics is for those in-the-know and the average Joe Soap is a mouthy gobshite who comments on political events like he would a football match. In the Dáíl simple solutions aren’t often proposed to easily solved problems because “it just doesn’t work like that”. Capitalism has wrapped its daily failures up in a shield of bureaucracy and...

100 days ago, Debenhams workers voted to defy the suggestions of their trade union, Mandate, and commence a blockade of the remaining stores in the 26 counties. In Cork, the liquidator of the Debenhams Irish operation, KPMG, had already taken est 40,000 worth of cash the week before and were about to take the rest of the stock. The workers were powerless to stop it; it would have been illegal for...

In recent days the caretaker Taoiseach Leo Varadkar referenced the widespread horseshoe theory with the comment that “the far right and the far left aren’t very different to [him]”.  Leo refers to this idea by suggesting that the two are separate and him and his comrades in Fianna Fail and the Labour Party are somewhere in the middle. This political perspective is also common in university...

Geoffrey Roberts is Emeritus Professor of History at UCC and a former member of the British Communist Party.

The guns fell silent three-quarters of a century ago and this year’s commemoration of the end of the Second World War in Europe has been overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis. But the sharp political struggle about the causes, course and consequences of the war continues unabated. On one...

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One hundred and fifty years have passed since the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, known to the world as Lenin. There are very few figures whose life and legacy carries such world-historic importance, a figure of the kind that Hegel referred to as moving beyond mere intention and “falling in with the needs of the age”. Lenin led a revolution of the oppressed masses that...