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Book of Condolences Opened for President Hugo Chavez in Connolly Book, Essex St, Temple Bar

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A public book of condolences has been open in Connolly Books, Essex Street, Temple Bar, to allow the Irish public to express their condolences and solidarity with the family of Comandante Hugo Chavez and the revolutionary working people of Venezuela.

It will be an opportunity to show our solidarity with the Venezuelan Revolution and to honour the passing of a great internationalists and anti-imperialist.

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February Issue of Socialist Voice is Out Now

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February issue of Socialist Voice is out now.

It can also be view here to download, here to read online or below in the embedded widget.

Below is a list of contents.

  1. We must build on Connolly’s legacy
  2. CPI calls for support for the ICTU demonstration
  3. The ICTU’s “better, fairer debt” strategy [EMC]
  4. 2013: the continuing of the great scattering [EMC]
  5. James Stewart (1933–2013)
  6. “Social Europe” for the EU’S privileged [COM]
  7. The truth behind the myth of “social Europe”
  8. Rarefied Davos air fosters elite illusions [COM]
  9. More on monopolies globally [NL]
  10. Poverty and wealth in France
  11. Democracy and the crisis—Part 1 [FC]
  12. Is Ireland a tax haven? [EON]
  13. Another imperialist intervention in Africa [TMS]
  14. Slanted media attack Caribbean socialism [TMS]
  15. Red westerns [AF]

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Debt Deal: Smoke and Mirrors, Bluff and Spin

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The Communist Party of Ireland stated that working people should not be fooled by the bluff and spin being carried out by the Irish governments and EU spin doctors.

This is not a deal that will change anything in real terms to the lives of hundreds of thousands of Irish families now struggle to keep a roof over their heads or put food on the table.

As we have pointed out for some time the Irish internal troika (Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour) representing the Irish economic elites, has been and continues to be committed to paying this odious debt no matter what the cost to the people. They see no other role for themselves other than as junior partners to the imperialist powers, witness their constant declarations of loyalty to the European Union.

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Supposed Refusal of the ECB to Agree on Promissory Notes

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The general secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland, Eugene McCartan, commenting on the supposed refusal of the ECB to agree a deal on the promissory notes, warned working people to be careful, as a false trail was being laid.

This is the usual stance of an establishment attempting to give the impression that it is fighting the good fight on behalf of the people. It is a dance around the bones of our public services, with health, education and social services being stripped bare and starved of resources to pay a debt that is not the people’s. The government’s only request is that the debt should be paid over a longer period, not that it should be repudiated.

The economic and political establishment—the internal Troika—have long since committed themselves to paying this odious debt, as their complete dependence on the European elite and their strategic self-interest require them to do. They will continue to use the debt crisis as as a stick with which to beat workers, in particular public-sector workers. Croke Park II will see a renewed assault on workers and on services provided to the public. Securing this agreement will herald renewed cuts in social welfare and pensions.

He went on to say that there is no “good” or “bad” debt: the complete indebtedness of this state is the result of the application of neo-liberal policies over the last two decades, a political and economic strategy that has had the full support of the internal Troika of Fine Gael, the Labour Party, and Fianna Fáil.

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October Socialist Voice Out Now!

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October Socialist Voice Out Now!

The October issue of Socialist Voice can be viewed online: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/SV-94.pdf

Contents:

  1. Fine Gael firmly in the driving seat [EMC]
  2. Latvia and Lithuania: a demographic disaster [COM]
  3. Privatisation: robbing the people’s wealth [EMC]
  4. Why Keynesianism will not deliver the goods [NC]
  5. Understanding the crisis and putting the system on trial [NL]
  6. Turning a human right into a commodity
  7. Is state censorship of the media returning? [BH]
  8. Essay competition on the international brigades
  9. The Shankill and the Falls fight together! [TR]
  10. Labour helps Obama to subvert Venezuela [TMS]
  11. Obama at the United Nations [BG]
  12. George Morrison honoured by the Progressive Film Club [MNM]

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Noonan Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

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The statement today by the minister for finance, Michael Noonan, calling on the European Central Bank to make a “declaration of intent” about some kind of solution in relation to the Anglo-Irish Bank promissory notes is a clear sign of desperation by a government that has neither the political will nor the courage to challenge this illegitimate and odious anti-people debt dumped on the backs of our people.

The Irish establishment has been claiming almost every time they come back from these jamborees that they have struck a deal; but no sooner have they their backsides back in their Mercs than their “deal” unravels.

This is the first time that any Irish minister has publicly admitted that there is strong link between the government’s budget strategy and the repayments of this odious debt. This he did when he stated: “It would help me doing the budgetary arithmetic if something could be arranged” in relation to the promissory notes.

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