Category Archives: Social conditions
I am going to type up a couple of articles that cde McLoughlin, comdt-general at the end of Easter Week 1916, wrote during the civil war.
McLoughlin, of course, opposed the Treaty and was involved in organising against the Free State at both the military and poltical level, including workers’ soviets.
I will also be working on typing up some more Fintan Lalor articles.
And, hopefully, put in links to some interesting articles from various sources over the last few years.
If I get really disciplined – like really, really disciplined – I will get onto the book reviews I keep promising.
Posted in British state repression (general), Counter-revolution/civil war period, Economy and workers' resistance, Fianna, Fintan Lalor, Free State in 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Republicanism post-1900, Revolutionary figures, Social conditions, Trade unions, Workers rights
Judge Melanie Greally stated that she will not tolerate any social media commentary on the trial – that anyone who comments on the ongoing trial will be in contempt of court, and that any sort of online petition in support of the defendants will also be deemed contempt.
Any public display seeking to influence public opinion or garner support can also lead to criminal charges of contempt.
This is a deliberate attempt to gag both the defendants and the general population.
The accused are back in the Criminal Court of Justice this Friday to argue bail conditions and stop the attempted gag on #JobstownNotGuilty.
Anyone who can get to the CCJ to show their support is encouraged to do so.
(Dublin) Classic Hits radio interview with Scott Masterson on Jobstown verdict and role of cops, judge and Joan Burton
Listen to the excellent interview here:
Posted in éirígí, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Frame-ups, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Interviews, Irish politics today, Labour Party, Public events - Ireland, Public sector/cuts, Repression in 26-county state, Revolutionary figures, Social conditions, twenty-six counties, Workers rights
Over on Redline, I’ve put up an article Ian Ó Dálaigh wrote for us. See: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/jobstown-not-guilty-working-class-activists-beat-labour-state-assault-on-right-to-protest-in-ireland/
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Anti-household and anti-water tax, Censorship, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, Labour Party, Public events - Ireland, Repression in 26-county state, Social conditions, twenty-six counties, Workers rights
“The purpose of the march is to call on the government to implement the findings of the Citizens’ Assembly in which an overwhelming majority voted to mandate the Oireachtas to legislate for abortion.
“We believe that the best way to implement the findings of the Citizens’ Assembly is to hold a referendum for the repeal of the 8th Amendment.”
“Inner City Helping Homeless are calling on all housing/homeless groups to assemble at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government on Saturday 17/6/2017.
“We will march from Custom House Quay to Dail Eireann from 1pm.”
The common assertion arising from the latest election in the North of Ireland is that Sinn Fein now has the upper hand. That reform of the local settlement is now inevitable and Gerry Adams has gone so far as to assert that a united Ireland is now back on the agenda.
However the loss of the overall unionist majority is largely a profound psychological shock rather than a practical issue. The seats are:
(inc 2 Green, 1PBP)
So The DUP remains the largest party and would nominate the first minister. The loss of the overall majority relies on the dubious idea that Alliance is not a unionist party – they have in the past designated themselves as unionist to save the assembly and until recently fulfilled a role as lynch pin for the sectarian setup by holding the justice ministry position.
In addition in the coming negotiations Sinn Fein will be facing the British government. They themselves have complained that the pro-unionist positions of the British secretary, James Brokenshire, should make him unsuitable as chair. They will also be appealing to a Dublin government hostile to Sinn Fein that acts as an agent of reaction in both parts of the Island.
The settlement in Ireland is not designed to lead to a united Ireland and the issue depends entirely on gaining permission from Britain to hold a vote restricted to the six-county area – permission that will not be forthcoming. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, national, Partition, Provos - then and now, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, six counties, Social conditions, Trade unions, twenty-six counties, Unionism, loyalism, sectarianism
•In terms of being endowed with multi-millionaires, Belfast is proportionally banking way above its weight with 35.8 multi-millionaires per 100,000 population, third only to oil-rich Aberdeen (53.0) and London (51.6). Yet as a region, NI has the highest proportion of households with no savings accounts and the highest proportion of households deriving income from disability benefit.
•The “Wallace Park” council ward in Lisburn is the least deprived ward in NI. Whiterock in Belfast is the most deprived. Of the top 20 least-deprived wards, four have switched between the 2001 census and the most recent 2011 census from being majority Protestant to being majority Catholic: “that the four new areas are all in Peter Robinson’s Castlereagh constituency is evidence of a remarkable Read the rest of this entry →