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Is the radical left set to make a breakthrough in Irish vote?

16 February 2016
Ireland’s rulers claim that five years of brutal austerity have paid off—but anger is likely to badly bruise the main parties and boost the left in the general election, writes Simon Basketter

Radical left looks to make gains in Irish election

09 February 2016
A key electoral test for austerity is set for the end of the month in Ireland. Workers have been assaulted by the outgoing and the previous governments for the past eight years.

1916 in Ireland - a rising against empire

02 February 2016
At the height of the First World War a rebellion was staged in Britain’s oldest colony. Simon Basketter looks at how Irish rebels took over Dublin 100 years ago

Jail threat over abortion attempt sparks pro-choice protests

19 January 2016
Pro-choice activists have taken to the streets against a decision to prosecute a woman for trying to bring about an abortion.

Historic documents reveal bigotry at the heart of Thatcher’s government

05 January 2016
Newly released 30 year old government documents reveal a world of racism and scheming from Cameron’s pals. Simon Basketter unearths the facts

Greek movement resists Nazis' attempts at revival

29 September 2015
Thousands marched through Athens last Saturday to mark two years since Nazis murdered anti-racist rapper Pavlos Fyssas.

Row over cuts is behind Northern Ireland's crisis

01 September 2015
Official politics in Northern Ireland has been thrown into crisis.

Yes vote for equal marriage in Ireland reflects big changes

26 May 2015
Last Friday’s Yes vote in Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality is an historic moment in Irish society and internationally. Ireland is the first country ever to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. 

International round-up

24 March 2015
Water charges demo in Dublin | Breakthrough for Spanish left | US oil workers return to work

‘We won’t pay’ - pressure is rising in Ireland against hated water tax

16 December 2014
A huge protest movement has erupted in Ireland over the introduction of water charges. Annette Mackin reports from one of Dublin’s largest ever demonstrations

Mass revolt over water charges sweeps Ireland

04 November 2014
An extraordinary wave of protest swept across every town in Ireland last Saturday. 

Mass protests in Ireland over new water charges

14 October 2014
Protesters filled the streets of Dublin last Saturday against the introduction of water charges.

Pregnant in Ireland? The state owns your body

19 August 2014
The Irish state was compelled to introduce limited abortion legislation in 2012 and give women the right to abortion if their life was at risk.

Anger in Ireland as Margaretta D'Arcy is jailed

21 January 2014
Protests erupted in Ireland when anti-war activist and prominent Irish writer Margaretta D’Arcy was sentenced to three months in prison on Thursday of last week.

Historic abuse inquiry begins

14 January 2014
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry is examining abuse claims in Northern Ireland children’s homes and juvenile justice.

Those at the top knew about British army's Northern Ireland death squad killings

26 November 2013
Simon Basketter looks at part of the history of British army terror tactics in Northern Ireland and what BBC’s Panorama didn’t tell us about death squads.

Lessons of the 1913 Dublin Lockout

20 August 2013
A hundred years ago this month Dublin’s bosses launched an all-out assault on workers. John Newsinger looks at why the struggle lost—and how the workers could have won

No real choice on abortion in Ireland

07 May 2013
 The Irish government’s new legislation on abortion will leave many women with a “choice” of an unwanted pregnancy or an unsafe, illegal abortion. 

Irish inquest rules on Savita’s ‘barbaric’ death

23 April 2013
Savita Halappanavar died because of “medical misadventure”, an inquest jury in Ireland has ruled unanimously.

Inquest into Savita Halappanavar's death opens

09 April 2013
An inquest began this week into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital last October.

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