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    The armalite and the ballot box: election results could vindicate Sinn Féin’s electoral strategy.

    Via violence to contempt to abstentionism to normalisation perhaps to government. By Dan Haverty. It is difficult to exaggerate the magnitude of Sinn Féin’s electoral performance in the Irish general election. Once the political wing of the paramilitary Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), Sinn Féin took down a political establishment that had been in power […]

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    General Election 2020 Editorial: Vote Left and green

    In 2016  (and 2011, actually) Village editorialised, “You would think from our recent history of some of the most notoriously bad governance on the planet, that we would have learnt that our political classes need to be replaced. In fact, this election time we see no new ideas”. Sadly democracy in Ireland needs an overhaul every […]

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    Protesting and sublime.

    Review:  Derek Jarman at IMMA. By Noelle English. Derek Jarman was a bombshell in the 1980s.  As an artist, filmmaker and gay activist, he made music videos for The Smiths, Marc Almond, The Pet Shop Boys and others.  His film ‘Jubilee’’s representation of punk so outraged Vivienne Westwood, one of its progenitors, that she designed a t-shirt in […]

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    Electoral fickleness in liquid modernity.

    Change melts political loyalties so parties such as Sinn Féin can only, strategically, aim to generate temporary commonalities. By Ronan Doyle. “The old guard can have yesterday”, tweeted Sinn Féin the day before the general election. “Tomorrow is ours. Vote for change. Vote for Unity”. On that particular morrow sufficient votes were returned to push […]

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    The election’s unspoken issue

    Many reproductive rights will depend on who is in power for the next few years By Neasa Candon General Election 2020 has seen almost no discussion about how to build upon last year’s Yes vote and achieve equal access to free, safe and legal abortion services for all living in Ireland. In the lifetime of […]

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    Sinn Féin: not quite yet.

    Sinn Féin’s exciting economic and social agenda needs to be weighed against its ambivalence on violence, its cultism and its environmental weaknesses. By Michael Smith. Village believes equality of outcome, sustainability and accountability are the most important policies.  So how does, now rampant, Sinn Féin fare under these criteria? Of course Sinn Féin has been attacked for […]

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    The PBP/Solidarity explainer: from Campaigns to Revolution

    Ireland’s Trotskyist left and its structured campaigning, issue by issue, until the people overthrow capitalism By Oisín Vince Coulter. On 10 March 2016 Richard Boyd Barrett was defeated by 111 votes to 9 in the election of the Taoiseach during the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil. Ruth Coppinger had nominated him with the Connolly […]

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    Micheál Martin, evasive and misleading, in 2020

    Answers, provided by a spokesperson for Fianna Fáil,  to the questions posed by Village to Micheál Martin, about his relationship with developers Owen O’Callaghan and John Fleming, are evasive and misleading. By Frank Connolly. The Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, sounds more like a man under pressure than one who looks most likely to be the […]

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    Labour: dynamic role for State, climate action and genuine equality

    Sinn Féin is the only party in Europe claiming left and Green credentials that opposes both a property tax and carbon tax. By Brendan Howlin. According to Irish Times’  focus-group research, undecided voters are overwhelmingly in favour of change, but they’re struggling to decide which party represents the change they want to see. However, according to […]

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    Green and Red: Ecosocialism and Ireland

    Ecosocialism promises more equitable social relations and less damaging, extractive technologies; a society that serves people rather than capital. by Niall Flynn Since survival of our species is at stake, all politics today, whether explicitly or otherwise, are ecological politics. Following this premise, all elections are now climate elections.  This, again, was supposed to be Ireland’s […]

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    Left fails properly to address scandal of Direct Provision at election time.

    Loth in their campaigns to address minority issues, the mainstream parties have left all the momentum on immigration to the intolerant right. By Stacy Wrenn. For how long can something be ‘next’ before it’s allowed to become ‘current’? Direct provision has been referred to, in some variation, as ‘our next great shame’ in the mainstream […]

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    Keeler concealer.

    By Joseph de Burca The BBC’s lavish Christine Keeler drama concealed the humiliating truth that Keeler claimed lay at the heart of the Profumo affair: that Sir Roger Hollis, the Director-General of MI5, was a Soviet mole. The BBC also ignored what she wrote about the infidelities of Prince Philip. The six-part BBC drama, ‘The […]

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    Still accelerating

    But it’s time to stop living for consumption by John Gibbons One of the innate limitations of living in any given era is the innate assumption that the way things are is how they have always been, and will continue, more or less, into the foreseeable future. In a time of rapid shift, such assumptions […]

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    Co-house, co-op but only sometimes co-live

    We should look to Co-operative and Cohousing solutions to the Housing Crisis caused by dependence on developers and prejudice against social housing by Caroline Hurley and Kim O’Shea THE RUMBLING by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) of a dangerous gang engaged in prolonged extortion of building companies for protection, leading to High Court drama in […]

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    Taking Liberties

    An Bord Pleanála is anachronistically heedless to the heritage of Dublin’s most famous and vibrant working-class suburb by Kevin Duff THE LIBERTIES area is a special part of Dublin with a rich social and architectural history dating to the twelfth century when the area preserved its own jurisdiction, though it was otherwise part of the […]

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