|Organisation:||Irish Socialist Network|
|Contributor:||Colm Breathnach, Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh|
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This particular edition leads with a piece by Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh writing about the issue of immigration from other EU member states. And Ó Cathasaigh notes:
A workers’ movement that really welcomed immigrant workers would be a very different movement indeed.
Just as the women once excluded from unions often turned out to be the best trade unionists, Irish workers could do with a shot in the arm from those Rabbitte wants to keep out.
The most militant part of the Irish working class last yearwas the Turkish part, the workers who fought Gama’s exploitation and SIPTU’s indifference.
There’s also a piece on the ‘Love Ulster’ Dublin Riots of that year which notes:
Journalist Susan McKay has been a lone voice reminding. people that its chief organiser Willie Frazer is an apologist for terrorism who is manipulating the suffering of northern Protestants to further his anti-democratic agenda. Frazer’s comments about loyalist paramilitaries (“they should never have been locked up in the first place”) haven’t been given much of an airing in the southern media.
Colm Breathnach reports on the Bin Tax protests and notes that:
With the issue languishing in the courts for months to come, popular resistance taking on the council across the city and an election in the offing, one thing is certain; the battles may rage but the war is far from over.
There’s also a piece on the Iraq War that concludes:
One clear lesson should stand out from the experience of the last three years: anyone who argues that US military power can be a force for good in the world should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.