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…

Grammar schools are not the answer

UKIP is currently the only party in Wales which proactively endorses grammar schools. Former party leader Nathan Gill gave an impassioned plea before the Welsh Assembly elections that such an idea would improve overall educational outcomes, where they have slipped well behind the rest of Britain due to maladministration by a Labour-led government that has…

‘A secular Constitution is the only way to protect equally the rights of religious and nonreligious people’ – Michael Nugent

Atheist Ireland campaigns for a secular Irish Constitution, which respects equally the right of every citizen to our religious or nonreligious philosophical beliefs, with the State remaining neutral on these beliefs. Religious states promote religion, atheist states promote atheism, and secular states promote neither. In a pluralist democratic society, a secular Constitution is the only…

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…