14
Mar
11

Initial statement

This blog is for anyone interested in discussing the political content of a programme for a revolutionary worker’ party in Ireland.

An initial statement by the author of this blog which does not pretend to be a fully finished programme – its aim is to stimulate discussion and debate about the key areas a revolutionary socialist programme needs to cover.

Comments welcome.

20
Aug
14

Cork abortion rights protests this week

Readers of this blog will no doubt have become aware over the last few days of the case of a woman who became pregnant through rape and was refused an abortion in Ireland. Suicidal and desperate, she went on hunger strike and refused fluids. She was denied the abortion she repeatedly asked for and at approximately 24 weeks a C section was performed upon her, authorised by the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act. It has been reported that the woman believes the state denied her access to abortion for months so that the fetus would be viable. She had been deemed suicidal by a panel of three doctors.

This isn’t a work of fiction or a story cataloging abuses that happened in the distant past; this happened to a woman in Ireland in 2014.

Protests about this outrage are occurring all over Ireland and across the world. There are two protests in Cork in the coming week that I’ll be attending:

Wednesday 20 August
6pm – Cork Courthouse, 27 Washington Street
Saturday 23 August
12 noon – Bishop Lucey Park, Grand Parade

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22
Jul
14

Cobh protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza

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16
Jul
14

2014 March for Choice – Sat 27 Sept in Dublin

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25
Jun
14

Audio recording of IBT Trotskyists annoying RCP Maoists with some home truths

Audio recording of IBT Trotskyists annoying RCP Maoists with some home truths

On 1 June this year there was a debate between the IBT, RCP and Platypus. In response to the IBT presentation the RCP comrades threw their toys out of the pram, refusing to engage with the political criticisms made by the IBT and walking out of the meeting.

The IBT presentation starts at 47:14 (an edited written version is available at http://bolshevik.org/statements/ibt_20140624_platypus_and_maoists.html) and the RCP tantrum starts at 1:08:18.

The discussion between the Platypus and IBT supporters about the relationship between programme, theory and action which follows the RCP walkout is also of interest.

18
Jun
14

More reformism from the Socialist Party in Ireland

10
Jun
14

Cork anti-water meters public meeting

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30
May
14

Ruth Coppinger’s maiden speech in the Dáil outlining a neo-Keynesian alternative to the policies of the current capitalist government of Ireland




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