National Sections of the L5I:

Ireland

Irish workers must not pay for the recession!

The budgest is the latest attempt by Brian Cowen's increasingly unpopular government backed by the Green Party to make Irish workers pay for the recession. Minister of Finance Brian Lenihan called for an extra 2 billion euro to be raised in taxes and 1 billion euro cuts in public spending to deal with the crisis in public finances. Read more...

Ireland 1968: Anti-Unionist revolt begins

On October 5 1968, a peaceful civil rights march, consciously modelled on the tactics of Martin Luther King's movement in the USA, was savagely attacked by the Royal Ulster Constabulary. The marchers were baton-charged and mercilessly beaten by the forces of "law and order". Amongst the injured was the West Belfast MP Gerry Fitt. The brutal attack  including pictures of the bloodied MP  was shown on television. 96 people were in need of hospital treatment. This profoundly shocked people in Britain, Ireland and around the world. Read more...

The Irish NO to the Lisbon Treaty is a victory for the whole working class of Europe!

1. The referendum in Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty ended with a decisive and clear NO. More than 53% of the participants  particularly many workers and farmers  voted against the Treaty. Read more...

End of the Republican road: fight for a workers’ united Ireland

Sinn Fein’s decision to co-operate with the Police Service of Northern Ireland provided the DUP with the guarantee that Adams and Martin McGuinness had no intention of resisting British rule. It is this that forced Paisley and the majority of the DUP executive to form a devolved government with Sinn Fein on 8 May. But it will not bring equality, never mind a united Ireland to the oppressed nationalist minority in the North East. Read more...

The Hunger Strikes: 25 years on

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Irish Hunger Strikes. In 1981, 10 Irish Republican prisoners fasted to death in order to win political status for themselves and their comrades in British jails. Read more...

Ireland: No to privatisation of Aer Lingus! End Partnership talks

The sale of Aer Lingus via flotation on the stock market was given the green light by Irish Transport Minister, Martin Cullen, on Wednesday, 5th April. All but a quarter of the national airline will shortly be up for grabs to the highest bidder. Read more...

Irish Ferries: compromise deal is no victory

The Irish Ferries strike ended yesterday (14th December) amidst much back-slapping. Read more...

Victory to the Irish Ferries Workers!

The unofficial action taken by the Irish Ferries workers in recent days has rewritten industrial relations in Ireland. The principled and heroic stand taken by the Irish Ferries workers in the face of the disgusting bullying tactics of the bosses is to be applauded. We call on all workers in Ireland and across Europe to rally behind them immediately and forcefully. This is a dispute Irish and European labour cannot afford to lose! Read more...

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