Donal O’Cofaigh launched his campaign at an event attended by supporters in the Westville Hotel on Thursday 14th.
The event was chaired by Ciaran Mulholland, treasurer of the Socialist Party NI, and speaking was newly elected Dublin North Socialist Party TD, Clare Daly.
Clare spoke about the economic crisis in the Republic of Ireland and how ordinary people had suffered as a result of the decision to bailout bankers, speculators and bondholders. She pointed to the need for working people to campaign against these cuts and the need for social solidarity.
Assembly Executive must scrap fees
Student Unions' must call protest on 10th November
The Assembly Executive and Minster for Employment & Learning was today challenged to scrap fees. The Minister for Employment & Learning, Reg Empey, today decided to put out to public consultation the recommendations of the Browne Report which recommend unlimited fees for higher education courses.
The Belfast Health Trust has claimed that the slashing of two-thirds of rehabilitation beds housed in the Elliot Dynes unit will be absorbed by community-based services. However, the Socialist Party has come into possession of a study entitled ‘Review of Patients in Elliot Dynes Rehabilitation Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital- December 2009’.
This review highlights the fact that a number of people became inpatients at the unit unnecessarily because these same community services, which would have been more appropriate, simply did not have the resources for them! Thus, without a huge increase in funding for these services, which the Trust management has failed to demonstrate any evidence of, the loss of beds at Elliot Dynes will be a drastic cut which will effect some of the most vulnerable in our society.
Autobiography shows aim to destroy Labour as a vehicle for working class struggle
The publication of Tony Blair’s autobiography, ‘A Journey’, has confirmed just how unpopular he had become. In 1997, his New Labour spin factory churned out false hope and illusion. By the time Blair departed, mass misery and brutality were entrenched in Afghanistan and Iraq, Britain’s public services were under fierce attack and the economy was a wreck. However, the most revealing aspect of the book is its exposure of Blair’s conscious policy to destroy the Labour Party as a vehicle for working-class struggle.