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11 June 2008

Unison witch-hunt hits Northern Ireland

THE WITCH-HUNT of members of the Socialist Party in Unison has now extended to Northern Ireland. Pat Lawlor, Unison convenor for nursing in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, who has continually campaigned for Unison members in opposition to low pay, cuts in services and privatisation, is currently under 'investigation' by the union's national executive, writes Eileen Keenan, Northern Ireland Unison member in education, personal capacity.

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9 April 2008

Ireland: "The most cunning and devious of them all" finally goes

AFTER 11 years as Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Bertie Ahern has announced his resignation for 6 May this year, writes Paul Murphy.

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27 February 2008

Sleaze in Northern Ireland: Keeping it in the family

THE RESIGNATION of Ian Paisley junior as a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, follows months of intense speculation over the nature of his relationship with Seymour Sweeney, a milliona, writes Gary Mulcahy, Socialist Party Belfast

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6 December 2007

Northern Ireland classroom assistants

MEMBERS OF the Nipsa union who have been on strike for 16 days fighting for a decent pay deal for Northern Ireland's classroom assistants returned to work on 4 December...

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22 November 2007

Support the Northern Ireland classroom assistants

CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS in Northern Ireland are continuing their strike action against attacks on their pay and conditions...

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25 October 2007

Classroom assistants challenge the Stormont Assembly

Northern Ireland: A BATTLE is being fought between classroom assistants who support teachers in many Northern Ireland schools and their employers, the Education and Library Boards... By Padraig Mulholland, NIPSA branch 517

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4 October 2007

Classroom assistants on strike

 Brown dashed from the TUC to meet the hated Margaret Thatcher

Brown dashed from the TUC to meet the hated Margaret Thatcher

Northern Ireland: OVER 2,000 classroom assistants took part in a solid one-day strike across Northern Ireland on 26 September against a pay cut and attacks on working conditions... By Gary Mulcahy Socialist Party Belfast

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26 July 2007

NHS: no more cuts, no more privatisation

The trade unions need to unite the campaigns to defend the NHS and fight for a living wage for a health workers...

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17 May 2007

The 'politics of smiles'

Northern Ireland Executive: IT WAS all photo opportunities at Stormont on 8 May when the new Northern Ireland Executive was set up, with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Ian Paisley installed as First Minister and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness as...

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4 April 2007

British government and local parties retreat on water charges

Northern Ireland: IN A major climb down by both the British government and local parties the proposed introduction of water charges in Northern Ireland has been postponed for 12 months...

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29 March 2007

Will the new agreement last?

Northern Ireland: THE MEDIA had pictures on 26 March of 'old enemies' Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein reaching an agreement to return power sharing to the Northern Ireland Assembly from 8 May....

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22 March 2007

Water charges to be delayed?

Northern Ireland: SHOP STEWARDS and officials of the GMB union met Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain in Belfast on 20 March...

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15 March 2007

Northern Ireland Assembly elections: Another sectarian headcount...

THE RESULT of the Northern Ireland Assembly election was yet another sectarian headcount...

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22 February 2007

Students can defeat fees

THE LIES go on! Blair maintains that the introduction of top-up fees has been vindicated and that his critics have been proved wrong. As usual his claims are based on dodgy evidence.

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1 February 2007

Sinn Fein's major U-turn

Northern Ireland: DELEGATES AT the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Dublin on 28 January voted by an overwhelming majority to back a leadership motion to support the police and judicial system in Northern Ireland....

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11 January 2007

Northern Ireland: New governing executive looks in doubt

THE BRITISH and Irish governments are again attempting to push the main political parties in Northern Ireland towards forming a governing executive. ...

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25 May 2006

Unite against sectarianism in Northern ireland

A FIFTEEN year old Catholic school student, Michael McIlveen, was brutally assaulted in a sectarian attack in Ballymena, County Antrim on 7 May, writes Ciaran Mulholland, Belfast.

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25 May 2006

Bobby Sands Nothing but an Unfinished Song

Review: Twenty five years ago in May, Bobby Sands, MP, died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. Over the next few months, nine other young republican prisoners followed him, demanding jail reforms...

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8 December 2005

George Best

GEORGE BEST's funeral took place on 3 December in Belfast. Tens of thousands lined the streets to show their appreciation of his talent,...

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6 October 2005

Why the IRA campaign failed to defeat the British state

Lessons of Northern Ireland: AFTER THE recent report confirming that the IRA has 'decommissioned' its arms, NIALL MULHOLLAND looks at the approach taken by socialists to the IRA's campaign after the 'Troubles' re-emerged in the late 1960s...

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