Both parties are Trotskyist and advocate permanent revolution and political agitation through working class mass action in capitalist societies such as Ireland.

The coming together of the two small left-wing parties should have been the easiest graft in Irish politics but has proved to be the most difficult. (...)

Joe Higgins, with Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Richard Boyd Barrett during the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit press conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A merger between two similar left-wing groups may seem like a modest political step, but it was the result of many months of tortuous discussions abou(...)

People Before Profit councillor for Dublin Bríd Smith said: “We can’t keep spending these huge sums on hotels.”  Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Almost 85 per cent more money has been spent on hotel rooms for homeless people since April than in the first three months of this year, according to(...)

Clerys department store on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin city councillors have voted to prevent Clerys department store from being used for offices or a hotel. Clerys was sold by Boston-based Gordon (...)

A dog waiting outside a polling station on Friday while his owner casts his vote. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The strong Yes vote returned by many working class areas, particularly in Dublin and Limerick, showed such communities were embracing social change fa(...)

Dublin City Council received 1,491 ‘repair requests’ from tenants about excessive damp and mould growth in their homes

Almost 1,500 complaints of damp and mould were made to Dublin City Council in the past year by tenants of its flats and houses.In almost all cases – 9(...)

Protesters during the Stand Up to Racism and Fascism national demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London on Saturday. Photograph: PA

The Irish State remains in denial about racism, a rally in Dublin to mark UN international day against racism on Saturday was told. The United Nations(...)

SICAP funding will begin in April, replacing the Local and Community Development Programme which had been the funding stream for the sector for almost 20 years. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

Hundreds of jobs will be lost and public services cut in some of the poorest areas under Government plans to change how community projects are funded(...)

Council tenants will be pursued for any unpaid water bills by their local authority housing managers, under legislation being drawn up by Government. Above, People before Profit Kim O’Donnell, Brid Smith, Paul Shields and Andrew Keegan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Council tenants will be pursued for any unpaid water bills by their local authority housing managers, under legislation being drawn up by Government. (...)

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan said the decision to cut costs for property owners could hit homeless services. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin homeowners, the State biggest payers of local property tax, will see their bills fall next year, following the decision of city councillors to (...)