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The Irish Left Archive is a digital collection of political material from Irish left parties, campaigns and activists. We post left wing political periodicals, posters and leaflets, as well as recording an interview podcast with activists.

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Bloody Sunday poster

A 1972 poster from the Revolutionary Marxist Group (RMG), then Irish section of the Fourth International.

A poster with a photograph of Bloody Sunday victims lying on the street. The text reads: Ireland: Britain Out Now!; Bloody Sunday, Jan 30 1972; Fourth International.
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To mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday last year, we spoke to Dr. Brian Hanley about the reaction in the Republic of Ireland to the events in Derry on 30th January 1972, when British soldiers opened fire on civil rights marchers, killing 14 and injuring several others. The reaction in the South saw walkouts and strikes, a national day of mourning, the burning of the British embassy in Dublin, and mass protests around the country.


Episode 35: Bloody Sunday: Reactions in the Republic of Ireland, with Brian Hanley — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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30th January 1972, Bloody Sunday in Derry -- British soldiers shot 26 people during a civil rights march in Derry, resulting in 14 deaths.


On This Day, 30th January

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New document:

"19 Arrests - Campaign Will Not Be Intimidated!"

Armagh/H-Block News, Vol. 1, No. 5, 19th September 1981, from the Armagh/H-Block Action Group.

Active during the 1980/1 Hunger Strikes, the group was associated with the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist).


Armagh/H-Block News, Vol. 1, No. 5 (1981) — Armagh/H-Block Action Group

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Our index of left political organisations includes 377 parties, formations and campaign groups.

This includes Irish left orgs. from throughout the 20th Century, as well as groups from outside Ireland who have produced documents on Ireland.


Index of Organisations in the Irish Left Archive

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Our timeline of the Irish left traces the history of Irish left parties and groups throughout the 20th Century and up to the contemporary.

The timeline is always evolving -- if you are aware of a group that should be included or have any corrections, please let us know!


Timeline of the Irish Left

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A section of the timeline of the Irish left diagram, representing organisations over time with lines on the horizontal axis and indicating merges and splits.

"Landlord should be "tarred and feathered""

A 1975 article from The Irish People on poor housing conditions in Carlow.

The Irish People was the newspaper of Official Sinn Féin and then The Workers' Party, from the 1970s to 90s.

Full issue here: https://www.leftarchive.ie/document/2967/

The Irish People, Vol. 3, No. 25 (1975) — Sinn Féin [Official]

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Landlord should be "tarred and feathered"

He should be "tarred and feathered" Carlow Urban Councillor, Mr. Michael Byrne, said of one Carlow landlord when he finished inspecting a flat which was being rented out to a young married couple in the town. As a lesser deterrent Carlow Urban Council has decided to introduce bye-laws covering the conditions of rented accommodation in the town and containing penalties for noncompliance, including possible closure. The decision in principle was taken by the Council on 26 August and the September meeting is to discuss the enactment of bye-laws more fully.

The motion to introduce housing bye-laws was proposed by Counclllor Byrne who told colleagues on the Council that conditions in some of the flats rented by one particular landlord had made him "literally sick" and were not fit for a dog.
Such conditions were a serious indictment of public representatives, he said.

A tour by Urban Councillors around flats in the town brought to light shocking cases of extortionate rents for insanitary, often rat-infested, accommodation.

In one case, a group of flats, the sewer (open) was covered over by a flagstone.

Couples were living in danger of contracting disease carried by rat infestation. One child had dermatitis which could not be cured while living in its present home and another had been in hospital with gastro-enteritis on a number of occasions. Yet again, children had had to be hustled out of a building to avoid the rats in a flat which also used to chew their clothing.

One flat was so bad that the tenants were recommended for emergency rehousing; in another
the tenants' ESB bill, averaging £2-£3, had been upped to £21 odd because, they were told, the ground rent was included!

Under the 1966 Housing Act local authorities are empowered to introduce bye-laws setting out minimum standards of ventilation, lighting, heating, sanitary facilities, food storage etc. In rented accommodation. Councils, however, are not allowed to regulate the rents charged for flats.

All of the bits and pieces of code used for the Irish Left Archive project are available on Github, including our main website and customisations to Microblog.pub for this Fediverse instance.

Much of it is fairly custom to our project, but interested readers are welcome to browse or reuse it.

All the Irish Left Archive repos are listed here: https://github.com/stars/Aonrud/lists/irish-left-archive

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A poster from a rally in May 2022 opposing the private ownership of the National Maternity Hospital.

The poster uses an image originally painted by Nina Vatolina for a 1940s anti-fascist poster.

From a collection of leaflets from that rally put together by @electionlit@mastodon.online as part of the Snapshots of Political Action project, which you can find at the link below.


Political Material from: National Maternity Hospital Rally, 14th May 2022

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A poster reading: Stop Handover of Our National Maternity Hospital to Nuns’ Private Company / Defend Abortion Rights Defend Repeal and featuring an iconic image of a woman in a red dress and red bandana.

"Dig deep for the miners"

From the 1984-85 British miners' strike.

From our collection of documents from support work in Dublin for the striking miners' families. https://www.leftarchive.ie/collection/1147/

Document Collection: British Miners' Strike 1984/85

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A circular yellow sticker with black text in the centre reading: Dig Deep for the Miners. Red text around the perimeter reads: National Union of Mineworkers.

"The Path to Marriage Equality in Gay Community News"

Written on the first anniversary of the marriage equality referendum, this series of articles traces same-sex marriage through the pages of Gay Community News, starting in the early 1990s (when homosexuality was still criminalised in Ireland).


The Path to Marriage Equality in GCN: Part 1

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Traveller Activism in the 1980s: The Committee for the Rights of Travellers and Mincéir Misli

An article on Traveller activism in response to anti-Traveller protests and state mistreatment. The Committee ran the first Traveller candidate for the Dáil, Nan Joyce, in 1982.


Image: A screenshot from an RTÉ Archives video.

Traveller Activism in the 1980s: The Committee for the Rights of Travellers and Mincéir Misli

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A still image from a video of a protest march in Dublin. In the foreground, Nan Joyce and her children are sitting in a horse-led cart. She's holding a sign (not legible in the image). Other marchers walk behind her with a large banner (partially legible: Commitee For...).

Material from Occupy Dame Street in 2011.

From a march in support of the occupation, which took place on the 22nd of October 2011 from the Garden of Remembrance to Dame Street.


Political Material from: Occupy Dame Street March, 22nd October 2011

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"The Fruits of Apartheid"

From 1983, a cartoon supporting the boycott of South African fruit in response to apartheid.

From Ireland, international magazine of the Workers' Party.

Titled The Fruits of Apartheid, a sketch of various fruit with labels reading: whites only; violence; Forced removals; detention without trial; and poverty. It is captioned: Support the fight for justice in South Africa; do not buy South African fruit.