Candidate for Chair of Labour Youth pledges to tackle housing crisis

A self-described conservative Marxist, seemingly an oxymoron at first glance, Andrew O’Brien identifies the late Christopher Hitchens and the controversial Irish politician, Dr Nöel Browne, associated with the eradication of tuberculosis and attempts to introduce socialised medicine, as his influences. It was after them that he named the Hitchens and Browne Society, mostly composed of…

Criminalisation Harms Sex Workers, Decriminalisation Can Protect Them

In the Republic of Ireland, it is currently legal to both buy and sell sex, within extremely narrow parameters. It is legal to work alone and indoors. We are not allowed to advertise, solicit, work in pairs or groups, work outdoors, hire anyone as security, or hire anyone to translate or manage bookings. No one,…

Inequality Caused the AIDS Epidemic

35 years ago, on June 5th 1981, the AIDS epidemic officially began. Reports from LA emerged of unusual clusters of a form of pneumonia caused by the Pneumocystis jirovecii fungus in five gay men. In the following months the same was discovered among more and more men across the US, and a year later it…