Armed Response Unit Break Up Political Protest in Cork, Ireland

Members of the Connolly Youth Movement had inhabited two buildings, which we dubbed Kent House and Mellows house, the six residents had been living there for over two months. Yesterday, a worker of the maintenance group hired out by the asset management company, O’Dwyer Real Estate Management, appeared on scene demanding that we immediately vacate … Read more

Wage, Labour and Capital

‘But the putting of labour-power into action – i.e., the work – is the active expression of the labourer’s own life. And this life activity he sells to another person in order to secure the necessary means of life. His life-activity, therefore, is but a means of securing his own existence. He works that he … Read more

Report on Connolly Barracks

This month marks 11 months of the Connolly Youth Movement’s occupation of a formerly derelict building in Cork City Centre. Throughout this piece I will attempt to illustrate both my own personal affinity with the project and the implications that I believe actions such as this can have on both a regional and national scale. … Read more

We Need To Talk About Housing | Forward #25

While the carcass of the Celtic Tiger may be long devoured; the rate of homelessness, precarious housing, insane rents, slum landlords and a lack of social housing, or appropriate accommodation for students, are still on the rise. Throughout the island of Ireland, the ownership and misuse of property decides our safety, our employment, our education … Read more

A Conversation with a North Korean Citizen

I recently had the opportunity to speak with a citizen of North Korea living in a city called Wonsan. Located along the Eastern side of the peninsula, it is a port city containing a naval base. The city in which he lives contains numerous major factories for the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and … Read more

Left Hook: Queer Space Communism – Upcoming Event

Calling all Commie Queers, Leninist Lesbians and Republican Deviants! Feast your eyes and ears on Dublin’s most spectacular lefty night of the year as Left Hook returns with ‘Queer Space Communism’, this May 9th. A gay variety show of music, dance, burlesque and spoken word featuring some of the cities most loved/hated LGBTQ+ politicos! Throw … Read more

Jobpath — A Bridge by Another Name

“Any refusal or failure, without good cause, to attend this information session or to subsequently participate in Jobpath may result in your Jobseeker payment being reduced”. These are the threatening words that over 100,000 young Irish people have read, myself included. This statement is intended to frighten the recipient into a state of paralysis. Already … Read more

Scooby Dooby Doo, Why Are You? — A Marxist Analysis

Scooby Doo is ultimately a materialist portrayal of the world. The protagonists, a group of travelling young people without a fixed home or source of income, are frequently confronted with ghosts and ghouls. These spectres are never the superstitious incarnations which they at first seem to represent, but are always contrived in order to hide … Read more