WITH THE Assembly in long term suspension, the main political parties
are once again enjoying the luxury of permanent opposition. They have
suddenly found their voice again and are able to lay the blame on
Westminster for cutbacks, privatisation and other unpopular policies.
The Socialist Party and its forerunners in Northern Ireland have
consistently campaigned for working class unity and the struggle for
socialism as the only answer to the sectarian division that is part of
every day life. Through patient work in often extremely difficult and
polarised conditions they have built a base in...
80,000 turned out in Belfast, despite the wind and rain, to support the
trade union demonstration against sectarian attacks. This was bigger
than any of the previous anti sectarian trade union rallies that...
The BBC current affairs programme, Panorama, recently broadcast a two
part investigation on Northern Ireland that revealed more details of the
dirty undercover war carried out for decades by the ‘security forces’.
Most of the material appeared to come from the forthcoming report of the
A RECENT opinion poll demonstrates that a significant minority of voters
in Northern Ireland are sick of the sectarian parties and are looking
for an alternative. Up to seventeen per cent declared their intention to
vote for smaller parties outside the sectarian circus.
Over the last few days, sectarian conflict has increased in various
parts of Belfast. Both sides have blamed each other for starting the
recent trouble. But what is the real cause of the outbreak of sectarian
clashes? What can working class communities do to stop sectarian
attacks? How can decent public housing for all...
THOUSANDS OF council workers, health and education workers joined the 17
July strike throughout Northern Ireland, picketing council offices,
education and health boards, leisure centres and police stations.
DESPITE MONTHS of negotiations, no agreement has been reached on how an
Executive will be put in place after the election. At the last minute
David Trimble rejected IRA decommissioning moves as not "transparent"
enough and a supposedly carefully crafted deal fell apart.
FIGHTING BROKE out at last weekend’s annual Orange Order parade at
Drumcree. Demonstrators threw missiles at police, resulting in 24
injured as well as two civilians. However, Drumcree is not the issue it
was. The Portadown Orangemen have been forced into a sullen acceptance
that they cannot force their way...