Ireland

Ireland’s reactionary abortion laws largely upheld

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.

Ireland: Bankers joke about their €7 billion bailout scam

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.

Irish government to impose austerity until 2020

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.

Northern Ireland locked down for G8 summit

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.

IMF to have power over Irish healthcare spending

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.

Unions sabotage Irish bus workers strike

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.

Irish Labour Party in deep crisis

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.

Irish public sector workers reject austerity package

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.

Irish unions support government austerity

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.

Banks threaten to increase repossessions as Irish mortgage crisis deepens

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.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland not exempt from threat of National Health Service destruction

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.

State clampdown in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 20 March 2013

A wave of arrests in both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have serious consequences for democratic rights.

Ireland’s top trade union bureaucrat warns of a “tipping point”

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.

EU discusses restructuring of Irish and Portuguese bailouts to deepen austerity

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.

Irish government and trade unions deepen austerity measures

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.

Irish debt deal means decades of austerity to cover bank bailout

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.

Ireland’s United Left Alliance collapses

By Dermot Quinn, 7 February 2013

The attempt to bring Ireland’s main “left” groups together has come to a swift end.

European Union demands further attacks on Ireland’s public sector

By Jordan Shilton, 21 January 2013

The European Commission has issued a stark warning to the government on its implementation of austerity measures.

Far-right UVF behind Northern Ireland “flag protests”

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.”

Ireland’s United Left Alliance presents its “alternative” budget

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.

Outburst of loyalist violence in Northern Ireland

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.

Irish budget deepens misery for working people

By Jordan Shilton, 11 December 2012

Ireland’s sixth austerity budget in less than five years will intensify the attacks on working people.

Irish unions make show of opposition to new austerity measures

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.

Irish teachers demonstrate in Dublin against pay cuts

By Jordan Shilton, 31 October 2012

A protest of between 2,000 and 3,000 teachers took place outside the Irish parliament last Wednesday.

Conflicts within EU stall Irish debt deal

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.

Irish financial elite presses government for deeper austerity

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.

Caterpillar to sack 920 workers at FG Wilson, Northern Ireland

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.

Calls grow for slashing pensions in Ireland

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.

Ireland: Behind Clare Daly’s resignation from Socialist Party

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.

IMF urges “more clarity” on Ireland’s austerity plans

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.

Sectarian violence erupts in Northern Ireland

By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2012

Sectarian violence has again flared up on the streets of Belfast.

Irish economy remains fragile

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.

Orange march triggers riot in Belfast

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.

Unions block fightback at Ireland’s Bord Na Mona

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.

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness greets British monarch

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.

Calls for debt restructuring grow as Ireland faces recession

By Jordan Shilton, 30 June 2012

Each passing week brings with it new figures showing the rapid deterioration in Ireland’s economic outlook.

Ireland: Disgraced property developer Mick Wallace and the United Left Alliance

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.

Ireland: Unions complicit in job cuts at Pfizer

By Jordan Shilton, 16 June 2012

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced the elimination of 177 jobs at its operations in Cork, Ireland.

Deepening euro crisis increases fears over 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.

Ireland votes “Yes” to fiscal treaty amid deepening economic crisis

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.

Result of Ireland’s referendum on EU fiscal treaty due today

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.

Vote “No” in Ireland’s referendum on EU fiscal treaty

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.

Ireland: Unions shut down five-month occupation at Vita Cortex

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.

Irish referendum campaign offers workers no alternative

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.

Ireland pushes for debt restructuring to avoid second bailout

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.

Ireland: Opposition mounts to government-imposed household charge

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.

Ireland’s Vita Cortex occupation in third month

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.

Irish government announces referendum on EU austerity treaty

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.

Ireland’s United Left Alliance meets with EU-IMF-ECB “troika”

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.

Ireland facing a decade of austerity

By Jordan Shilton, 18 January 2012

A second bailout for Ireland appears increasingly unlikely as the crisis worsens across Europe.

Occupations and lockouts in Ireland

By Steve James, 16 January 2012

Tense industrial disputes have erupted in Ireland in recent weeks against job losses.

Vita Cortex factory occupied in Cork, Ireland

By Steve James, 28 December 2011

Thirty-two workers have occupied a foam packing factory in Cork, Ireland in pursuit of redundancy payments.

Irish ex-left reaches out to Labour and Sinn Fein

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.

Labour and Fine Gael impose savage cuts in Ireland

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.

Labour’s new president promotes “Irishness” to cover austerity

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.

Greek government crisis triggers new round of budget cuts in Europe

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.

Sinn Fein’s McGuinness stands for Irish presidency

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.

Ireland: New round of cuts in preparation

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.

Irish premier attacks Vatican after new evidence of child abuse

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.

Northern Ireland: Ulster Volunteer Force instigates sectarian riots

By Steve James, 2 July 2011

Belfast witnessed, on June 21, the return of intercommunal street battles of a ferocity not seen for years.

Irish government, employers and unions prepare new attacks on working class

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.

Irish unions work to sell out pilots at Aer Lingus

By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2011

Trade unions at Aer Lingus are trying to block a strike by the airline’s pilots.

Inquiry findings continue cover-up of 1999 Rosemary Nelson assassination

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.

Ireland may need second bailout as state default looms

By Jordan Shilton, 1 June 2011

Ireland, like Greece, could need a second bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

The royal visit to Ireland

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.

Outrage at inquest verdict on Dublin mother’s death from hypothermia

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.

British government to expand powers of regional administrations

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.

Irish government raids pensions to give banks €24 billion

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.

Big business lays out its demands for Irish government

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.

Irish government outlines programme of deep cuts

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.

Ireland’s “bad bank” accused of dubious practices as debts mount

By Steve James, 9 March 2011

Ireland’s “bad bank”, the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), is beset by scandal.

Irish Labour Party and Fine Gael commit to savage austerity

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.

Massive anti-government vote in Ireland

By Jordan Shilton, 28 February 2011

Friday’s election in Ireland saw huge popular rejection of the outgoing Fianna Fáil-Green Party government.

Labour seeks coalition with Fine Gael in Ireland

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.

United Left Alliance responds to Irish austerity programme

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.

Irish general election campaign: All main parties committed to savage cuts

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.

Irish unions seek to end dispute at Aer Lingus

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.

Irish election called: Fianna Fail and Greens facing wipe-out

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.

Irish Republic hit by water crisis

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.

Ireland’s United Left Alliance: A fake oppositional movement

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.

Northern Ireland gripped by water crisis

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.

Ireland’s emergency service workers abandon SIPTU union

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.

Northern Irish executive announce four-year draft austerity budget

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.

Irish government blocks bank bonuses

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.

Irish opposition parties commit to continue austerity drive

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.

Irish budget imposes savage austerity

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.

After the Irish bailout: The financial wolf pack targets new victims

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.

Financial oligarchy dictates terms of Irish bailout

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.

Tens of thousands protest EU-IMF bank bailout in Ireland

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”

Demonstrators in Ireland denounce austerity cuts

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.

Ireland’s main opposition parties signal support for austerity budget

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.

European markets fall as Ireland reveals further austerity plan

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.

Irish government moves to push through austerity measures

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.

Bankers dictate brutal cuts as part of EU-IMF bailout of Ireland

By Stefan Steinberg, 23 November 2010

The EU-IMF bailout requires swingeing social and welfare cuts in Ireland.

Ireland “on the brink of significant civil unrest”

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”.

Social crisis grips Ireland

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.

EU “rescue” operation for Ireland heralds deepening euro crisis

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.

World markets fall on signs of renewed financial crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2010

A growing debt crisis in Europe and signs of inflation in Asia sent world markets falling on Tuesday.

Ireland seeks bailout by European Union

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.