In this issue:
Deadline to resolve bus dispute
SIPTU NEC appoints Gene Mealy as new union Vice President
Dunnes Stores attack on workers provokes escalation of dispute
Solidarity with Dunnes Stores Workers
Health Minister addresses health care assistants conference
SIPTU Health Care Assistants tell us why they are worth it
Health workers to rally for better services and jobs
Bord na Móna workers meet TDs to discuss dispute
Former Ulster Bank workers’ protest
Successful conference on future of Palestine
Dr Mona El Farra speaking to SIPTU Palestine Conference
Elaine Bradley gives eye witness account of life in Palestine
Government action needed to end home helps’ zero-hour contracts
Zero-hour contracts and low pay the norm for young workers
Aer Lingus assurances concerning proposed takeover are inadequate
Water: Public resource or private commodity?
Global Action Day
Belfast GAA club in Industrial Tribunal over failure to pay redundancy
Cuba and US presidents hold historic talks
Cuba Dublin Festival
Cuban Film Festival
Call for clinical review of new psychiatric unit on CUH campus
Support for re-opening of Lagan Brick production plant
May Day 2015
Irish Equity supports call for halt to cuts in Northern Ireland cultural sector
Retained fire-fighters commit to industrial action if unsafe changes imposed
Yes to Equality
Support for Pfizer decision not to close Little Island plant
Additional funding for patient care at University Hospital Galway
New Activists training in the Community Sector
Seminar for frontline services
Polish Cultural Night
Ecumenical service of remembrance for children killed in the Easter Rising, Dublin
Low pay must top political agenda
Reducing inequality will not happen on its own – explicit policies are needed
NERI Seminar: A Future Worth Working For
Young Workers Network
Seán Murray Marxist‐Leninist and Irish Socialist Republican by Seán Byers
Docklands Book Sale
SIPTU Members Home Insurance
SIPTU Travel Insurance
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SIPTU Basic English Scheme
Larkin Credit Union
Fair Hotel
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Seán Murray Marxist‐Leninist and Irish Socialist Republican by Seán Byers
The son of a small farmer Seán Murray – a brilliant student - had to leave school at 14 to work on his father’s farm. He became Commandant of the Antrim Battalion in the War of Independence and was captured by British forces in 1920. Following his release, he met Peadar O’Donnell for the first time in 1922 and they would become firm friends and comrades-in-arms during the Civil War. After the Civil War, he worked for a period in the London docks. When he came back to Ireland, he headed up the Irish Worker League which had been formed by Jim Larkin.  He was a student at the Lenin International School in Moscow from 1928 to 1931; and on his return he became organiser of the Irish Workers' Revolutionary Groups. In June 1933, he was elected General Secretary of the newly formed Communist Party of Ireland, a position he held until 1940. He would also play a significant role in organising the Irish contingent of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.  Murray remained the Irish Communist Party’s national organiser from then until his death at the age of 63 in 1961.

A man of great intellect, he was also a prolific journalist, editor and pamphleteer.  Byers biography shows how in the face of adversity – the coercive measures of the Unionist state and red scare tactics of Catholic Ireland – Murray left a significant imprint on Irish leftist politics through his work as an activist and organiser, a prolific writer, propagandist and theorist.
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