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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 20 March 2013
A wave of arrests in both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have serious consequences for democratic rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Dermot Quinn, 7 February 2013
The attempt to bring Ireland’s main “left” groups together has come to a swift end.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 January 2013
The European Commission has issued a stark warning to the government on its implementation of austerity measures.
By Steve James, 19 January 2013
Northern Ireland’s “flag protests” are being manipulated by allies of the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force.
Finucane review shows links between British intelligence and loyalist death squads in Northern Ireland
By Steve James, 10 January 2013
Finucane was killed less than a month after a Home Office minister declared, “There are in Northern Ireland a number of solicitors who are unduly sympathetic to the cause of the IRA.”
By Jordan Shilton, 17 December 2012
The United Left Alliance’s “alternative budget” for Ireland makes clear that the pseudo-left is lining up to defend capitalism against growing opposition within the working class.
By Steve James, 12 December 2012
Rioting followed a decision by Belfast City Council to restrict the number of days on which Britain’s Union flag flies over Belfast City Hall.
By Jordan Shilton, 11 December 2012
Ireland’s sixth austerity budget in less than five years will intensify the attacks on working people.
By Jordan Shilton and Dermot Quinn, 28 November 2012
The president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Eugene McGlone, was booed as he started to speak at last Saturday’s anti-austerity march in Dublin.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 October 2012
A protest of between 2,000 and 3,000 teachers took place outside the Irish parliament last Wednesday.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 October 2012
The Irish government’s aim of securing a write-down on state debt by the end of October has failed amid growing conflicts within the European Union.
By Jordan Shilton, 11 October 2012
The impact of the on-going global economic crisis on Ireland has prompted demands from the financial elite that the government expand its austerity measures.
By Steve James, 19 September 2012
Caterpillar Inc.’s decision to shift diesel generator production from Northern Ireland to China will cost 760 staff and 160 agency workers their jobs.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 September 2012
A report leaked to the Irish Times has revealed that the fund out of which pensions and social welfare benefits are paid is running an annual deficit of €1.5 billion.
By Dermot Quinn, 17 September 2012
Dublin North member of parliament and long-standing Socialist Party member Clare Daly has announced she has resigned from the party.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 September 2012
The International Monetary Fund has demanded the Irish government lay out detailed plans on how it will slash spending over the next four years.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2012
Sectarian violence has again flared up on the streets of Belfast.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 August 2012
Ireland’s economy remains deep in crisis, with all signs pointing to a further downturn as the European Union enters recession.
By Steve James, 18 July 2012
Backed by large numbers of riot police, and authorised by Northern Ireland’s Parades Commission, a small group of Orangemen marched 300 metres past shops adjoining the nationalist working-class Ardoyne area on Belfast’s Crumlin Road July 12.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 July 2012
The 1,500 workforce at utility firm Bord Na Mona are in danger of being sold out by the trade union bureaucracy.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 6 July 2012
The brief meeting of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has been widely hailed as a “historic” event.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 June 2012
Each passing week brings with it new figures showing the rapid deterioration in Ireland’s economic outlook.
By Dermot Quinn, 21 June 2012
For over a week, the Irish media has been reporting on the plight of Mick Wallace, a former building developer and restaurant operator who now sits in parliament.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 June 2012
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced the elimination of 177 jobs at its operations in Cork, Ireland.
By Jordan Shilton, 11 June 2012
Mounting turmoil across the euro zone, focusing on concerns over Spain’s ability to borrow on the financial markets and the threat of a Greek exit, has seen Ireland’s economic outlook worsen sharply.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 June 2012
Yesterday’s referendum in Ireland saw 60 percent voting in favour of the European Union’s (EU) fiscal treaty, which was falsely portrayed as a guarantee of Ireland’s economic future.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 1 June 2012
A yes vote on the European Union Fiscal Treaty would depend on fear generated by threats that the banks would respond to a no vote by cutting off credit to the Republic of Ireland.
By Socialist Equality Parties (UK and Germany), 30 May 2012
The Socialist Equality parties of Britain and Germany call for a “No” vote in the Irish Republic’s May 31 referendum on the European Union’s fiscal treaty.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 May 2012
A deal was reached between union representatives and the management of Vita Cortex earlier this month to end a long-running occupation by 32 employees of a former foam packing factory in Cork.
By Jordan Shilton, 14 May 2012
As Ireland’s referendum on the European Union fiscal treaty approaches, parties on both sides of the campaign are showing their readiness to deepen the attacks on working people.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 March 2012
Dublin is pushing for an agreement with the “troika” of the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund to allow it to restructure a portion of its debt.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 March 2012
A deadline of March 31 is approaching for approximately 1.6 million householders across Ireland to pay a €100 charge on their property to the government.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 March 2012
The occupation by 32 workers of the former Vita Cortex plant in Cork, Ireland is now well into its third month.
By Julie Hyland, 3 March 2012
The Irish government has conceded that a referendum will be held on the European fiscal treaty, passed by 25 European Union member states in December of last year.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 January 2012
Ireland’s pseudo-left groups’ integration into the political establishment was on display as representatives from the United Left Alliance (ULA) met with the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 January 2012
A second bailout for Ireland appears increasingly unlikely as the crisis worsens across Europe.
By Steve James, 16 January 2012
Tense industrial disputes have erupted in Ireland in recent weeks against job losses.
By Steve James, 28 December 2011
Thirty-two workers have occupied a foam packing factory in Cork, Ireland in pursuit of redundancy payments.
By Jordan Shilton, 20 December 2011
The United Left Alliance, a coalition of the Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party, has formed a new campaign group to build alliances with Sinn Fein, Labour “dissidents” and various independent members of parliament.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 December 2011
In its first budget since taking power in March, the Labour-Fine Gael coalition in Dublin has imposed a budget containing vicious cuts in social spending and tax rises hitting working people hardest.
By Steve James, 25 November 2011
Irish President Michael D. Higgins made clear in his inauguration address that the large numbers of working people who voted for him will be immediately betrayed.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 November 2011
The government crisis and the attacks on the working class in Greece were the prelude to a new round of social cuts throughout Europe.
By Steve James, 27 October 2011
Ireland goes to the polls today to elect a new president. Alongside the minor celebrities and political nonentities putting themselves forward for the largely ceremonial role is Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness.
By Steve James, 22 August 2011
Egged on by ratings agencies, leading banks and their attendant economists, the Irish government is preparing another assault on the working class.
By Steve James, 16 August 2011
Speaking in the Irish parliament, Enda Kenny, Irish Taoiseach and head of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government, denounced Vatican sabotage of investigations into child abuse by Catholic clergy.
By Steve James, 2 July 2011
Belfast witnessed, on June 21, the return of intercommunal street battles of a ferocity not seen for years.
By Steve James, 23 June 2011
The new Irish coalition government is preparing a swathe of austerity measures to meet the terms of the 2010 International Monetary Fund/European Union bailout of the banking system.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2011
Trade unions at Aer Lingus are trying to block a strike by the airline’s pilots.
By Steve James, 2 June 2011
The findings of the official inquiry into the murder of lawyer Rosemary Nelson, delivered after a six-year investigation, continue the cover-up by the British and Northern Ireland state apparatus.
By Jordan Shilton, 1 June 2011
Ireland, like Greece, could need a second bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
By Steve James, 17 May 2011
A huge security operation is being rolled out to protect Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip during their four day visit to Ireland beginning today.
By Steve James, 30 April 2011
On April 6, Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell returned a verdict of “death by misadventure” over the death of Rachel Peavoy, a 30-year-old woman who died January 11, 2010 of hypothermia in her flat in Dublin, Ireland.
By Stephen Alexander, 14 April 2011
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government plans to devolve greater financial and legal powers to the regional administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as it seeks their assistance in cutting £81 billion from public spending.
By Steve James, 5 April 2011
A further €24 billion will be injected into four leading Irish banks, to be paid for by seizing funds from the state pension fund.
By Steve James, 25 March 2011
The big-business “Ireland First” group handed in its 38-page “Blueprint for Ireland’s Recovery” last week to the new Irish government.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2011
The new programme of the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition, approved overwhelmingly by the Irish Parliament, confirms that the new administration in Dublin will intensify the course pursued by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green party government.
By Steve James, 9 March 2011
Ireland’s “bad bank”, the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), is beset by scandal.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 March 2011
After days of negotiations, the Labour Party and Fine Gael have approved a coalition government in Ireland, based on imposing savage attacks on the working class.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 February 2011
Friday’s election in Ireland saw huge popular rejection of the outgoing Fianna Fáil-Green Party government.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 February 2011
As polling day approaches in the Irish elections, the Labour Party has made a coalition with the conservative right-wing Fine Gael its central message.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 February 2011
The United Left Alliance has met to discuss its response to the Irish fiscal crisis the savage programme of austerity measures that the government has agreed with the EU and IMF.
By Steve James, 15 February 2011
The next government in Ireland, whatever its labels, will aim to take up where Fianna Fail and the Greens left off, by sharply intensifying the attack on the working class.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 January 2011
The trade union bureaucracy is working hand-in-glove with management to bring an end to the dispute developing at Ireland’s major airline, Aer Lingus.
By Steve James, 25 January 2011
The Irish government, led by Brian Cowen, has called a general election following the resignation of government ministers and the departure of the Green Party from the ruling coalition.
By Steve James, 10 January 2011
While the water crisis in Northern Ireland has grabbed headlines across the world, far less attention has been paid to the serious and widespread problems afflicting the Irish Republic.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 January 2011
The onslaught against the population by the EU and the IMF, implemented by the Fianna Fáil-Green Party government and supported by the opposition parties, aims to slash the living standards of working people in the interest of the financial elite.
By Steve James, 5 January 2011
A sudden thaw, following weeks of freezing temperatures, crippled much of Northern Ireland’s water and sewage system over the holiday period.
By Steve James, 3 January 2011
Hundreds of emergency service workers in Ireland have left the public service union due to its refusal to defend its members.
By Stephen Alexander, 22 December 2010
After a month-long delay, the Northern Irish executive announced a four-year draft budget December 15 detailing its share of the £83 billion in spending cuts outlined by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 December 2010
On Monday, Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan intervened to prevent Allied Irish Bank (AIB) from paying 40 million euros of bonuses to top executives.
By Jordan Shilton, 14 December 2010
All of Ireland’s opposition parties are preparing to maintain and deepen the austerity measures imposed by the Fianna Fáil-Green Party coalition.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 December 2010
Ireland’s 2011 budget was passed by the Dáil (parliament) yesterday, as the Fianna Fáil-Green party government began the implementation of a four-year plan to cut spending by €15 billion.
By Nick Beams, 1 December 2010
The financial markets are demanding not just a limited period of austerity, but the destruction of the entire post-war European social welfare system.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2010
The €85 billion bailout agreed on Sunday evening between the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the Irish government will further impoverish the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2010
Saturday’s demonstration in Dublin against the bailout of banks drew between 50,000 and 100,000, massive by Irish standards.
“They’re going after the people who are least able to afford it”
By our reporters, 29 November 2010
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed a number of workers, students and academics at the November 27 Irish Congress of Trade Unions and outside Trinity College.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 November 2010
The new budget, which includes €15 billion in budget cuts through 2014, is tied in with a European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout of the banks.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 November 2010
Ireland’s government unveiled its four-year “recovery plan” yesterday, which will aim to reduce its budget deficit to 3 percent of GDP by 2014.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 November 2010
Pressure is mounting on Ireland’s Fianna Fáil-Green party government, as it seeks to impose the terms agreed with the EU and the IMF for a multibillion-euro bailout.
By Stefan Steinberg, 23 November 2010
The EU-IMF bailout requires swingeing social and welfare cuts in Ireland.
By Chris Marsden, 22 November 2010
The general secretary of one of Ireland’s largest unions, the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU), Eamon Devoy, has warned that “we are on the brink of significant civil unrest in this country, the like of which has not been witnessed in this jurisdiction for decades”.
By Steve James, 19 November 2010
The accelerating economic crisis in Ireland is taking a terrible toll on broad layers of workers, particularly the more vulnerable—children, the elderly, those on low incomes and with insecure housing.
By Barry Grey and Stefan Steinberg, 18 November 2010
European finance ministers have dispatched a team of officials to examine the books of Ireland’s banks and prepare the way for a “rescue” plan that will shred Irish sovereignty and impose even more savage attacks on the working class.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2010
A growing debt crisis in Europe and signs of inflation in Asia sent world markets falling on Tuesday.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 November 2010
Ireland has begun preliminary talks with the European Union, with a view to securing a financial bailout to avert state bankruptcy.