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 3:22

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(...)

 Kilkenny’s TJ Reid is favourite for the Hurler of the Year award after an exceptional season with club and county. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny and Galway share the biggest presence on the short list for the GAA GPA All Stars, sponsored by Opel. Both All-Ireland finalists have (...)

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(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance member Ruth Coppinger, TD. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Anti-Austerity Alliance and People before Profit are to join forces in a bid to form new left-wing party. In a statement, the two groups confirmed(...)

West Belfast man Tim Brannigan. “People used to shout at black British soldiers, ‘go back to England you black bastard’, and then they’d turn to me and say, ‘No offence, Tim’.” Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Summer in Northern Ireland is always fraught with tension over marches and flags, and flare-ups of intolerance and bigotry of one kind or another, or (...)

Paul Murphy at a Anti Austerity Alliance event:  “We will be appealing this blatant political policing all the way through the courts.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) was refused a permit to collect money because of its involvement in protests which led to public disorder, a Garda c(...)

The scene at Thomond Bridge in Limerick on Saturday evening as the cage structure was lifted out of the water. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The sole survivor of an incident in which two men died while working on the Thomond bridge in Limerick two weeks ago has said he is lucky to be alive.(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: his record speaks for itself: 11 All-Irelands. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

We’ve been here before, singing Kilkenny’s praises, and it looks like we’ll be here again. There is no end to what Brian Cody’s men achieve on the hur(...)

Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after his side beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18 It started with the promise of a memorable contest but by the final whistle Kilkenny had proved beyond quibble their endurin(...)