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…

My Vision for the Green Party – Amelia Womack

Amelia is running for re-election as Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. Two years ago I was elected to represent the Green Party of England and Wales as Deputy Leader on a platform that was based on grassroots activism, increasing our membership base, working to strengthen the links between local communities,…

We Must Work Together for Unity – Kat Boettge

Kat is a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. Whatever the future holds we must work together for unity. After this dreadful referendum and the Brexit vote we must all pull together. The country appears divided, the young vs the older generations, the north vs the south, the “leavers”…

An Inclusive Future for the Green Party – Alan Borgars

Alan is a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. My name is Alan, I’m 25 years old, I live in Ware in East Hertfordshire, and I’ve been an active Green Party member since September 2012.  I have been educated at the University of Hertfordshire and London Metropolitan University in…

A Green Vision with a Distinct Voice – Jonathan Bartley

Jonathan is standing for election as co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales alongside Caroline Lucas MP. This is a watershed moment. We’ve been building to it for some time now. Our broken political system is leaving huge swathes of the UK abandoned and voiceless. The Green Surge, Corbynmania, the rise of UKIP,…

Bring the Economy Under Democratic Control – David Malone

David is a candidate for Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. I am running for leader because I think we need to have a serious debate in the party, first and foremost, about finance and economics. It seems to me that one of the defining facts of our time is that around…

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…

Live: The EU Referendum Results

Updates will be posted here during the night. 05:21 – The UK votes to Leave the EU. Wales as completely gone against expectations, voting Leave along with England, while Gibraltar, Scotland and Northern Ireland have shown overwhelming support for membership of the EU. This is likely to cause bitter divisions in British politics and may…

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…