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Socialist Voice – May 2016 June 1, 2016

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The June issue of Socialist Voice it can also be viewed online at 

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/index.html 

Deepen the struggle, deepen the resistance: Eoghan O’Neill

The people have voted, the Government has been formed, and of course it’s back to business as usual. The anger and aspirations that were expressed in the election campaigns, and in the results, have not been enough to force any sort of meaningful change in Government policy.  Yes, the Government has conceded on some issues, mainly water charges; but these are only temporary, given the fact that recently Dáil Éireann voted not to dissolve Irish Water.         http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/01-resistance.html 

The North’s political institutions: as powerless and ineffective as ever: Tommy McKearney

In this rapidly changing world we can still depend on political Ulster unionism to remain stationary. Its outlook has stood cemented in place for the last century, and apparently it has no plans to make any adjustments for the coming decades.      Typical of this rigid disposition is the North’s first minister, Arlene Foster, who, when recently offered the opportunity to speak to a university audience about inspirational women, cited her devotion to the late Margaret Thatcher. 
http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/02-north.html

The legitimacy of strike action: How to argue with a capitalist Niall Curran Striking workers get a bad rap. Luas workers on strike, it seems, inconvenience commuters, hold the good people of Dublin to ransom, upset St Patrick’s Day, and put an ordinary decent tram company at risk.        http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/03-strikes.html 

Statement by the Work Must Pay Campaign The struggle continues The Work Must Pay Campaign notes the recent remarks of the minister of state for training and skills, John Halligan, and the minister for social protection, Leo Varadkar, where both outline their commitment to ending Job Bridge, the national internship scheme, launched by Joan Burton as minister for social protection in the previous Government.     http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/04-work-must-pay.html

Retire alive at sixty-five: Jimmy Doran Since the global financial crash, many savage cuts have been forced on working people. Some have received plenty of publicity; others have slipped through relatively unnoticed.

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/05-retirement.html 

Book: Ireland’s revolutionary tradition: Graham Harrington Kieran Allen, 1916: Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition (London: Pluto Press, 2016). Kieran Allen’s latest book can be best characterised as a decent but ultimately unfinished engagement with the current centenary celebrations. It is clear from reading it that certain analyses were left out in favour of ensuring that it would hit the bookshops as interest about 1916 was at a high point. http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/07-allen.html

Books 

21st-century imperialism: Seán Edwards ■

John Smith, Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016). In 2002 Anne Daly produced a documentary called Race to the Bottom, provoked by a fire that killed fifty-two workers in a garment factory in Bangladesh. John Smith’s book begins with the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, when another garment factory collapsed and 1,131 workers died. Clearly, the race to the bottom continues.

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/08-smith.html

Books A vivid picture of 1916: Jenny Farrell ■ Liam O’Flaherty, Insurrection (1950). “It was noon on Easter Monday 1916 in the city of Dublin” is the opening sentence of Liam O’Flaherty’s novel of Easter 1916, Insurrection. Although it was written more than thirty years later, O’Flaherty gives the reader a sense of eye-witnessing five days of the Rising, largely from the viewpoint of a Conamara man, Bartley Madden. Madden, who has returned to Dublin from working in an English war factory, is sucked into events of which he has no prior knowledge.      http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/09-oflaherty.html 

Great night of music: Michael Healy One of the highlights of this year’s James Connolly Festival was the music night with Anderson and his guests Bad Sea and Ciarán Dwyer.  tp://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/11-music.html 

The Slaves Will Rise:Gabriel Rosenstock

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