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Varadkar would be an exclusionary Taoiseach

Varadkar offers nothing to those who have been affected most by austerity. And he offers no hope for a more progressive, equal Ireland.

If Leo Varadkar becomes Taoiseach, it might seem to mark a positive step in Irish politics. A young, openly gay man with a name far from the traditional titles encountered in the Irish political arena will be in the top

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Why the October Revolution should be commemorated

Conflating the revolution with Stalin’s atrocities is misguided and facile, Rory O’Neill argues

“It is vital that we learn from the Russian Revolution, understand its virtues, and more importantly its failures”

Dublin City Council, as part of their 2017 commemorations programme, have allocated 30,000 towards work on the Communist Party of Ireland

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Budget: Minority government offers short-term solutions for long-term problems

While student housing and higher education funding were addressed in today’s budget, the government declined to offer any major policy initiative to really tackle these problems.

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Having digested today’s budget, one can’t escape the underlying feeling that it provides short term solutions to long term problems. The government today showed a reluctance to commit to particular approach to student housing, and higher education funding. While this

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After Stephen Donnelly, what’s left?

On foot of recent events, it is not unthinkable to question the survival of the Social Democrats as a viable political entity in the Dáil

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It’s hard to believe it is just over 6 months ago that Stephen Donnelly was hoisted to roaring electoral success on foot of 14,348 first preference votes in his home constituency of Wicklow. He was, until last week, one of

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Are we going forward?

Seán Ó Deoráin analyses the current political landscape in the wake of the general election

COMMENTAnd so, the dust settles on another Irish general election. Or has it? The results of February’s poll means that the Irish electorate could be facing into a prolonged period of political uncertainty. Gone are the days when the “internal

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Pol Soc general election debate: Campaign narrative is adhered to as opposition promise to rectify Fine Gael and Labour’s failures

The event, held on Tuesday in the Swift Theatre, saw the Green Party, Sinn Féin, Social Democrats and AAA/PBP fighting to appeal to students’ social conscience on education funding, climate change and the eighth amendment, while Renua’s Tim Graham stated the topics were less than preferable.

Trinity’s Politics Society held their general election debate involving student party representatives yesterday evening. Young Fine Gael (YFG) , Ógra Fianna Fáil, Labour, Sinn Féin, The Social Democrats and People Before Profit/Anti Austerity Alliance (PBP/AAA) were the parties represented.

Each

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Should students really vote for the Social Democrats?

After having been let down by Labour, can young voters trust another party to dance with the proverbial devil? Absolutely.

In the last five years, Ireland’s students have borne the brunt of the harsh policies of austerity implemented by the outgoing Fine Gael and Labour government. Increased student fees, reductions in maintenance grants and cutbacks within universities have all left

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Whose recovery is it, anyway?

Conor Scully argues that the pro-business, pro-growth attitude pushed by Fine Gael leaves out students and workers and furthers inequality.

COMMENTLast week, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar gave an interview to the Irish Independent, which makes for unsettling reading. In it, he speaks of how increasing the resources allocated to hospitals would actually lead to a worse service overall, as …

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Relief for student voters as election date expected to be announced for Friday 26 February

The Taoiseach is set to publicly announce the decision on Wednesday, following weeks of rumoured coalition discord on the topic

NEWSAn Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to announce the polling day for the upcoming general election tomorrow, further delaying the decision. The decision comes down to a choice between Thursday 25 or Friday 26 February, with Friday being considered as

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