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April issue of Socialist Voice is now available April 4, 2017

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Table of Contents:

Transport war declared
Jimmy Doran: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/01-transport.html

Bus Éireann workers have mounted pickets on all depots, as the management left them with no other option when they attempted to force cuts to pay and conditions without agreement.
This is now a transport war, as the management have fired a salvo into the workers’ ranks. The gloves are off; workers will not give up their hard-won terms and conditions without an equivalent fight to retain them.

Political statement
National Executive Committee, Communist Party of Ireland
11 March 2017. http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/02-statement.html

The National Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Ireland, meeting over the weekend of 11 March, evaluated the political challenges facing the people at both the national and the international level at the present time.

A state that has lost its way
Tommy McKearney: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/03-state.html

What on earth is going on in the Republic of Ireland—or, more to the point, what form of governance is operating in that 26-county state?
Reflect for a moment on some of the issues undermining the well-being of society. A banking collapse that first resulted in a massive debilitating debt being loaded onto the public, that was then followed with a NAMA fire-sale of Irish assets, allowing foreign vulture funds to make enormous profits.

Our sovereignty challenged
Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland
26 March 2017: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/04-statement.html

The opinion expressed by the EU commissioner for the environment, Karmenu Vella, that the proposal by Fianna Fáil to impose fines on those wasting water would be insufficient to comply with EU law, and that it would not be in line with the EU Water Framework Directive, is a direct challenge to the sovereignty and democracy of this state.

Successful speaking tour on Brexit: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/05-tour.html
Socialist Voice reporter

The week before the British prime minister, Theresa May, triggered article 50 for Britain to leave the European Union, the CPI hosted a delegation from the Communist Party of Britain for a national speaking tour around Ireland.

The right to water. – Call to action
Jimmy Doran: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/06-water.html

The CPI calls on all citizens to take part in the final push to defeat water charges by joining in the Right2Water national demonstration in Dublin on the 8th of April.
It is essential that we have a good turn-out to get water charges abolished once and for all and to force the Government to give the people a referendum to have the public ownership and management of our water enshrined in the constitution.

Moving beyond social democracy’s decay towards the alternative: socialism
Eoghan O’Neill: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/07-social-democracy.html

Following the Second World War, social democracy and social-democratic parties saw an upsurge of support for the policies they were proposing. However, social democracy as an ideology had also abandoned the idea of class struggle and socialism at that time, and ever since, preferring to work within the confines of the capitalist organisation of society.

In defence of identity politics
David Hartery: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/08-identity.html

One of the seemingly constant debates on the modern left is between those concerned with what is termed “class first” politics and those concerned with what is termed “identity politics.” Such a split risks both alienating a new generation of left activists and also dooming an older generation of activists to having their contributions forgotten or condemned.

Vulture funds being enriched by NAMA
Sebastian Müller: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/09-nama.html

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis the Government was faced with several political and economic choices in the face of a failing financial sector. As is well known, the Government at the time (and also the two subsequent Governments) pursued a conscious strategy of bailing out the banking industry at the expense of the Irish people.

Haiti’s Hibernian haven
Robert Navan: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/10-haiti.html

Reflecting on his country and its problems, the nineteenth-century Mexican president Porfirio Díaz is credited with the remark “Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States.”

Letter from Cuba: Ethical and moral contamination
Seán Joseph Clancy: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/11-cuba.html

At 6 p.m. on what is generally good enough weekday children’s television in Cuba there is a popular superhero series called “The Flash,” aimed at an audience primarily in the 6–12 age range.

Guernica: Jenny Farrell. http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/12-guernica.html

■ Based on an essay by Thomas Metscher, published in Der Friedensgedanke in der Europäischen Literatur (1984).

There are a handful of pictures that may be said to be almost universally known. They include Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and Picasso’s Guernica.

Eoghan M. Ó Néill (1958–2017)
http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/13-eoghan.html

At the end of March the CPI lost a very valuable comrade, Eoghan Ó Néill. Eoghan was a genuine revolutionary, a very humble, kind, generous and cultured person, one who was always willing to pass on his knowledge and experience, in particular to young people.

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