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(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said Donald Trump had turned out to be somebody who was whipping up an outrageous and dangerous hysteria against the undocumented, including the Irish. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he “unreservedly’’ condemned remarks about immigrants made by US presidential candidate Donald Trump. “We have 70 million p(...)

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: said council had ‘no direct role’ in relation to Longboat Quay apartment complex. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin City Council will not be able to rehouse the residents of the Longboat Quay apartment complex if it is evacuated, council chief executive Owen (...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said Labour has ‘imposed crushing austerity on working people’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has urged Siptu delegates to end their traditional affiliation with the Labour Party. The four-day Siptu (...)

 Paul Murphy greeting a supporter at a protest over the policing of the anti-water charges movement at the Central Bank in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Attempts to “intimidate”, “silence” or “marginalise” the anti-water charges movement with arrests and court summonses will not work, up to 2,000 prote(...)

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(...)

‘The quota will rise to 40 per cent seven years after the upcoming general election.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I was taken aback by the sheer number of accomplished and inspiring women gathered in the one place. Perhaps others who attended the Beijing20 confere(...)

Seamie O’Boyle, who has died aged 58, has been described as an ordinary man who touched the lives of many people in his home town of Sligo. Raised in (...)