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5 July 2017

Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government

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15 March 2017

Scotland 'indyref2' for socialist independence not the capitalist EU

The Scottish parliament will vote next week in favour of triggering a second independence referendum. With a pro-independence majority in the parliament, the vote itself is a formality.

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12 October 2016

Poland: Mass movement stops total ban on abortion

On 6 October women in Poland won a crucial victory against proposed legislation to impose a near-total ban on abortion

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5 October 2016

Poland: Fighting back against anti-abortion law

A mass movement is developing in Poland against the Law and Justice-led government's reactionary bill which bans abortions. This has included demonstarions of hundreds of thousands and a women's strike on 3 October.

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11 May 2016

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

The Northern Ireland Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression.

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27 April 2016

Poland: anger at abortion ban plan

A plan by the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party to introduce a total ban on abortion in Poland has angered a significant section of the population. It has sparked a series of city demonstrations and a large movement fighting for abortion rights.

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20 April 2016

Ireland: 100 years since the 1916 Easter rising

For many working class people in Ireland this rising against British rule is regarded as a key defining event in Irish history

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24 June 2015

Laying the foundation stones of the workers' movement

Rolling Stonemason: An Autobiography by Fred Bower - worker, socialist and artist - is a little pearl of a book.

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The British army was sent to Northern Ireland, not to defend beleaguered Catholics but to defend private property and British imperialism

The British army was sent to Northern Ireland, not to defend beleaguered Catholics but to defend private property and British imperialism

29 October 2014

Film review: On the streets of Belfast in 1971

This film, on general release, shows what it was like for a newly sent over British soldier during a few days in Belfast in 1971

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Iain Paisley in 1987, photo Dave Sinclair

Iain Paisley in 1987, photo Dave Sinclair

17 September 2014

Ian Paisley: Peacemaker or warmonger?

Obituary: How will hard line unionist Ian Paisley, who has died at the age of 88, be remembered?

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11 June 2014

Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Film review: Dramatic, inspiring and full of life, 'Jimmy's Hall', based on the true story of left-wing worker-activist Jimmy Gralton, is in many ways director Ken Loach's sequel to his outstanding 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley', writes Niall Mulholland.

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9 October 2013

The 1913 Dublin Lockout and its true legacy

"Crushing Larkin: The Tycoon Who Saved Dublin From Anarchy". That was the headline splashed across the front page of the September 2013 issue of Irish magazine Business Plus

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16 January 2013

Northern Ireland: Flag issue turmoil illustrates failure of the 'peace process'

Trade unions must offer a clear cross-community, anti-sectarian class alternative: Turmoil over the issue of the flying of the union flag has now continued across Northern Ireland for six weeks, writes Ciaran Mulholland , CWI Northern Ireland.

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6 July 2011

East Belfast riots: Only united working class action can prevent further attacks

The rioting in the Catholic enclave in the predominantly Protestant east Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 20 and 21 June - the worst in recent years - did not appear from a blue sky

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21 April 2010

Cameron turns back clock on women's rights

DAVID CAMERON'S comments on abortion last week underlined the danger of increased attacks on women's rights if the Tories win the general election...

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12 August 2009

August 1969: Northern Ireland explodes - 'the troubles' begin

THE EVENTS of August 1969 were an historical turning point for Northern Ireland that echo down to this day. The first deaths of 'the troubles' occurred in 1969.

Ciaran Mulholland of the Socialist Party in Northern Ireland explains how the situation rapidly escalated to the brink of civil war and what lessons can be learnt from these events.

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1 February 2007

Gay adoption: Christian hierarchy attacks equal rights

LGBT demoWHILE SOCIALISTS were out last week campaigning against cuts in the NHS, the leaders of Britain's main Christian de-nominations were involved in a different kind of battle.

Picture: LGBT protest. Photo Marc Vallee.

They want to be given an exemption from laws due to be implemented this spring that will ban discrimination against Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people (LGBT) in the provision of services.

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5 March 2005

Northern Ireland: Horrific murder enrages local community

THOUSANDS OF people have attended protest vigils in Catholic working-class areas of Belfast over the last two weeks...

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18 January 2002

Northern Ireland: Workers Strike Against Killings

UNDER INTENSE pressure from trade union members, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions have called a half day strike on 18 January in protest at the spiralling wave of sectarian attacks and threats, writes Peter Hadden, Belfast.

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14 September 2001

Northern Ireland: Working Class Must Unite Against Sectarianism

THE SITUATION outside the Holy Cross primary school has developed into an ugly stand-off as community leaders talk about trying to settle the conflict...

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