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…

‘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…

‘Information is key to defeating TTIP’ – Matt Carthy MEP

TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a trade deal currently being negotiated between the United States Government and the European Commission. Most readers will already know that, and this is in itself is the biggest change I’ve seen since I began working on this issue upon my election to the European Parliament in 2014. Many people…

The Future of Irish Water – Clare Daly TD

Payments to Irish Water have fallen by almost 50% since the government announced a nine-month suspension of water charges. The idea that they can restart this hated charge in 2017 is pure delusion. The people have essentially defeated Irish Water; they passed their verdict by non-compliance, by marching over and over again, and at the…

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,…

Ourselves, Alone? A Future United Ireland

People in Northern Ireland have particular reason to be preoccupied by the potential effects of a Brexit, but the Republic, too, could have a great deal riding on the result. Unlike the Scottish independence referendum, on which the Government maintained a studied silence, Irish Ministers have been vocal in arguing that a Brexit would damage…

Our Politicians Must Decide Where They Stand

For months we have been offered an ever-changing cocktail of alliances, non-coalitions and political orgies. The Coalition suffered a crushing defeat in February, yet Fine Gael remains in power, making Enda Kenny the only Fine Gael Taoiseach to serve two consecutive terms, and Labour, despite returning their few remaining seats on the back of a…

Should Ireland Leave the Eurozone?

While the EU Referendum campaign in the UK raged on for six months, or arguably for the last number of years, the question of EU membership has remained as something of a fringe issue in Ireland. The Irish government took its own position on Britain’s membership, urging for a remain vote, and others have taken…

The Trade Union Case for Lexit – Steve Hedley (RMT)

Steve Hedley was elected as Senior Assistant General Secretary of RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) in 2012. We in the RMT are a union of 80,000 workers that organises train workers, Tube workers, bus, taxi, offshore, road transport workers and seafarers. We oppose racism in all its forms, we are for…

The Northern Irish Case for Remain – Martina Anderson MEP

Martina Anderson was co-opted in 2012 to replace Bairbre de Brún as Sinn Féin’s MEP For Northern Ireland after serving as an MLA for the Foyle constituency. She retained her seat in the European Parliament in 2014. We are aware of the failings of the EU. Our primary concerns include the unaccountability of the European…

Why I Voted (Reluctantly) to Remain

I’m the kind of person who generally knows what I believe and what I want. I’ve never had any hesitation or doubt leading up to a general election or referendum. The order of my preferences may change, but I know who gets the first one and the rest is tactical. In referenda it’s the same….