Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) member Carmel Gates has been elected
President of NIPSA, Northern Ireland’s largest trade union and the main
public sector union. The election took place at NIPSA’s conference last
week and Carmel won a resounding victory, polling almost 17,000 votes
against 11,500 for the...
The Peace process remains in deep crisis. Despite desperate efforts by
the British and Irish governments over the last few months, it has not
proved possible to re-establish the Executive, and the Assembly
elections have been postponed indefinitely. Attempts to resuscitate the
institutions established under the...
WITH ONLY days to go before the close of nominations and even though
campaigning was already under way, Tony Blair has called off the
Northern Ireland Assembly elections. Despite his assurance that they
will go ahead in the autumn there is now a real question over whether
they will take place at all.
AS WE go to press, it seems almost certain that Northern Ireland’s
Executive and Assembly will collapse this week. New Labour’s Northern
Ireland Secretary John Reid will probably suspend the institutions in
the hope that they can one day be resuscitated.
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. At root, this conflict is about redefining boundaries between
Catholic and Protestant areas, which is further polarising the
One of the most vicious recent attacks was on the home of a Muslim
family in Craigavon. A gang of up to ten men armed with baseball bats
threatened to burn the family out; they have since left the area.
The Socialist Party has decided to challenge the right wing and
sectarian parties by putting up two candidates for the Assembly. Voters
in East and South Belfast will have the chance to elect someone who will
fight to defend the common interests of working class people and to
break the logjam of sectarian politics.