Joe Higgins

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Joan Burton: “The [banking inquiry] members have devoted a huge amount of time, the chairman, Ciaran Lynch has worked very hard to be really fair to all of the witnesses, and I think it would be in everybody’s interest if we can get that report before the general election - and they have a timeline of the third week of January.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon/The Irish Times

The members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry owe it to themselves and the people of Ireland to publish a report on their investigation before the Jan(...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch. It is understood some members of the inquiry are deeply unhappy with the wording of the final report.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry have heavily criticised its final report labelling it “weak” and “incoherent”. The Dáil committee investigat(...)

Dr Noel Browne, who died in 1997, at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

SOCIALIST politician and health reformer Dr Noël Browne was both “mesmerising” and “infuriating”, and an “inveterate individualist”, a conference ma(...)

Minister Charlie Flanagan said the Government was making  “considered and concerted efforts to achieve positive progress for this citizen and his release at the earliest opportunity”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has acknowledged there are campaigners who do not agree with the Government’s approach to seeking the re(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: his party  was one of the first out of the blocks this week to announce it was signing up to Right2Change

What is the left-wing alliance announced this week? A number of organisations and individuals involved in the anti-water charges movement, which op(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)

The Government had an overwhelming majority in the first vote on the Budget which was in favour of a 50 cent increase in the price of a pack of 20 cig(...)

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. (...)

The Dáil  resumed on Tuesday with the Opposition  accusing Fine Gael and Labour of showing contempt for the House. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

The Government has won a Dáil vote on a motion of confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny by 94 to 52. The vote followed a three-hour debate during which t(...)

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(...)

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