For as long as I can remember, I have seen myself as a Leftist. I have always been biased towards those who advocate a more democratic and equal economy and society. Much of this is due to the political events of 2010 and a speech I watched by then Labour…

In the wake of the John Hume’s death last August, many politicians and commentators rightly hailed his legacy as the redefinition of what Irish nationalism stood for. Hume was able to bring Irish nationalism away from a ‘territorial’ mindset to one which focused on the unity of people.

“The real…

There can be no dignity in Labour until Labour knows no master — James Connolly

International Workers’ Day is the day we celebrate and remember all that was accomplished by the international labour movement. This includes things like the Eight-Hour-Day, the Five Day Working Week, and huge changes across the…

Intellectuals, activists, and politicians of the left often ground the moral case for their politics on the principle of equality, and for good reason. But the desire for freedom also has an instinctive appeal to most people. On top of this, the right-wing has become very skilful in monopolising language…

Eurosceptic arguments need to be taken seriously if the EU s to reform and survive

There may never have been a more pertinent time to discuss the topic of Euroscepticism than the period we are living in. Before 2016, no European Union member state had ever unilaterally chosen to leave. Brexit, although carried by a slim margin, expressed a clear repudiation of the EU and…

Rather than just criticise Sinn Féin’s approach to unification, other parties should present their own proposals

The New Ireland Forum (1983) sitting in Dublin Castle. Credit: RTÉ Archives Stills Library

Since the Brexit vote in June 2016, the future of the United Kingdom has been called into question. With Scotland and Northern Ireland voting to remain in the EU and England and Wales voting to leave, many Scottish and Northern Irish people have questioned the continuance of the union, some…

Inequality isn’t just about wealth and income, it’s also about ownership

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the value and contribution of workers — especially those on our frontlines — to our economy and society was on full display. Unfortunately, it also highlighted the level of precarity that many workers face and the power imbalance between employer and employee, encapsulated…

Seán Rainford

MA student NUI Galway, Labour member, Socialist. Stuff on politics mostly, some old essays from university as well.

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