Gino Kenny, Joe Higgins,  Clare Daly and  Richard Boyd Barrett during a United Left Alliance press conference  in Dublin in 2011. The alliance won five seats in the 2011 general election but fell apart before too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

There is an old saying in Irish politics that the first thing on the agenda for any new political party is the split. As soon as the two main Trotskyi(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Michael Taft, research officer with the Unite trade union who have called on the Government to host a European debt conference. Photograph: Collins

The Government should show leadership and host a European debt conference to look at solutions to the burden of debt both in Ireland and in Europe, a (...)

Austerity has not ended but is entering into a new phase after Budget 2015, a conference on the impact of Tuesday’s Budget heard today. Michael Taft, (...)

Michael Taft: the forthcoming Budget must be expansionary. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Unite trade union has urged the Government to increase the national minimum wage and social welfare payments in the Budget in the autumn in a bid (...)