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…

EXCLUSIVE: The doomed privatisation of the Imperial War Museum

The doomed privatisation by the Imperial War Museums of their visitor services and security department should stand as a warning for all museums under pressure from grant cuts and political masters. IWM, a national collection of museums, including IWM London, IWM North, IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, has gambled with its reputation,…

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…

‘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…

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…