After last week’s protest in Omagh – building a movement against sectarianism
Last Saturday (25th March 2023), 1000 people gathered in Omagh following a call from Omagh Trade Union Council. The call by trade unionists was made because earlier that week dissident republican paramilitaries had shot and critically injured an off-duty police officer outside a sports complex which at the time was attended by many young people. The vast majority of those in attendance were working-class people of all backgrounds, from Omagh and the surrounding areas. A "solidarity march" was also held by a local sports club, attracting several hundred people of all ages.
Translink announces further fare increases: We need fully funded, free public transport!
Translink have worsened the blow from February’s announcement of a 7% increase in bus & rail fares with yesterday’s announcement of the ending of “early-bird” commuter fares. This fare hike, which could see transport costs for some commuters increase by up to 75%, is truly staggering in the midst of both cost of living and climate crises.
No going back: Working-class and young people can unite to defeat paramilitary violence and sectarianism!
News broke on Wednesday night of the attempted killing of a police officer in Omagh. He was shot multiple times by masked gunmen after a youth football coaching session. Early reports suggest this was likely an attack carried out by the dissident republican “New IRA”.
Water Charges: We Won’t Pay!
The threat of water charges is back on the agenda. In a statement regarding the next Northern Ireland budget, Tory Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris said that “difficult choices cannot be deferred any longer” and that water charges are one of the options under consideration.
Protocol Crisis: Workers’ movement needs to provide answers
This year marks twenty five years since the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. While marking an end to the violence of the troubles, the peace process has been based on instiutionalising sectarianism
Sectarian tensions & cost of living crisis: Workers’ movement must act urgently
Statement by the Socialist Party Amidst the cost-of-living crisis that has already led to 76% of people in…
From ‘historic election’ to new crisis at Stormont
By Kevin Henry This year’s Assembly election was historic, with Sinn Féin emerging as the largest party, the…
Oppose Tories’ legacy bill #billofshame
The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill is a historic act of cowardice from the Tories and…
Thousands march for Irish language: Fight for real language rights for all
By Eóin Dawson and Maitiú de Hál (As Gaeilge) Five years after the historic An Dream Dearg [the…
Historic election marks new era of crisis for ‘peace process’
By Kevin Henry This year’s Assembly election was historic with Sinn Féin emerging as the largest party, the…