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Waterford Crystal: ‘We’re occupying this plant to save our jobs’

03 February 2009
Workers at the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland have delivered a powerful example of how to take on the recession – they are occupying their plant to keep it open.

Good Friday: The Death of Irish Republicanism

27 January 2009
Anthony McIntyre has been one of the most determined of Sinn Fein’s critics. But unlike most critics of the Irish Republican party he is not coming from the right.

United fight for education in Ireland

15 December 2008
Over 120,000 parents, teachers, and school and university students have joined protests against the Irish government’s cuts to education.

Lisbon treaty: Irish can say no to neoliberal Europe again

15 December 2008
Next October the Irish people will be asked to vote once again on the European Union’s (EU) Lisbon Treaty. This is despite the referendum held in June this year, when 1.6 million people turned out and rejected the treaty by a margin of over 110,000 votes.

Hunger: The mundane evil at the heart of the British state

04 November 2008
Looking back the shocking thing is just how mundane it was to visit Northern Ireland’s H Blocks of Long Kesh – or "the Maze" as the British called it.

Northern Ireland 1968: Derry’s days of rage

30 September 2008
On 5 October 1968 a few hundred demonstrators assembled in the mainly Protestant area of the Waterside in Derry in Northern Ireland.

Workers reject neoliberal EU treaty in Irish referendum

13 June 2008
The neoliberal European Lisbon Treaty has been thrown out by the Irish voters as counting continues.

Raytheon Nine trial starts

21 May 2008
The trial of the Raytheon Nine got underway after a number of delays and postponements on Tuesday at Laganside Court in Belfast.

Ireland - no payback for “social partnership” pay deals

15 January 2008
During the 1990s the Irish Republic was the world’s fastest growing economy, creating the so-called "Celtic Tiger".

New evidence: the reality of detention without trial in Northern Ireland

27 November 2007
Gordon Brown wants to extend the limit for quizzing terror suspects from 28 days to 56 or 58.

The British army’s campaign against Catholics in Northern Ireland

08 August 2007
The British army ceased active duty on the streets of Northern Ireland last week – 38 years after they first arrived in Belfast and Derry. This was called Operation Banner.

The inside story of British death squads in Northern Ireland

08 August 2007
British military operations have ended in Northern Ireland. Simon Basketter reveals how a campaign to terrorise Catholics was orchestrated by military intelligence

1907 Belfast strike showed the power to end the sectarian divide

15 May 2007
Much was made last week of the politicians of Northern Ireland coming together apparently to bring peace. But 100 years ago, there was a far more inspiring and grassroots example of people coming together in Ireland, which is rarely written about in the mainstream press.

Raytheon 9 in court

10 April 2007
Nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, were in court in last week over their occupation of the offices of US arms manufacturer Raytheon in Derry, Northern Ireland, last August.

Resisting the corporate takeover of Ireland

10 April 2007
The great irony of most modern societies is the enormous disjuncture between their official rhetoric and how actually existing capitalism functions. Nowhere is this irony more evident than in the Irish republic today.

Substantial left vote in Northern Ireland

17 March 2007
The elections last week to the Northern Ireland Assembly, produced gains for the anti-Catholic Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Republican Sinn Fein party.

Eamonn McCann: Fighting for workers and trade unions - and against war and water charges

10 March 2007
The Socialist Environmental Alliance is not running in this election just to make a point. We are in to win a seat – and we believe it can be done.

The neoliberal north of Ireland

10 March 2007
The most likely outcome of the Northern Ireland Assembly election this week is that the radical Republican party Sinn Fein will enter government with the Unionist bigot Ian Paisley.

Sinn Fein makes peace with police

06 January 2007
The prospect of a power sharing government in Northern Ireland led by the veteran Unionist bigot Ian Paisley, and backed by the Republicans of Sinn Fein, took a step closer last month.

Irish civil rights leader Eamonn McCann arrested at occupation of Raytheon

19 August 2006
Nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, have been charged under terrorism laws following an occupation of the offices of US arms manufacturer Raytheon in Derry, Northern Ireland. Police claim £350,000 damage was done to computer equipment during the protest.

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