"A New Nationalism for the New Ireland"
By Desmond Fennell, 1972, and published by Comhairle Uladh (Council of Ulster).
Comhairle Uladh seeks the establishment of Dáil Uladh – A Parliament of Ulster – within a New Irish Republic restricted with strong regional governments.
In addition Comhairle Uladh – Council for Ulster – promotes cooperation with the Civil Disobedience Campaign in the North, endeavours to co-ordinate the relief of distress and suffering in that area and works for the release of all political prisoners.
Published #OnThisDay, 22nd March 1974:
"Step Back to 1921 and Civil War?"
An Phoblacht, newspaper of Sinn Féin.
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For Unity and Socialism: Manifesto of the Communist Party of Ireland
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"If General Elections could really change anything, they'd make them illegal".
Gralton, a left magazine which ran for ten issues in 1982 and '83, named after Irish socialist, James Gralton.
Some political ephemera from Éirígí.
First, voting cards from the 2022 Ard Fheis.
Published #OTD 19th March 1976:
The Bottom Dog, Vol. 3, No. 60
The Bottom Dog, "the working class paper of North Munster", was published in the 1970s in Limerick and took its name from a paper published in 1917/18.
#ICYMI in our March episode of the Irish Left Archive Podcast (@ILAPodcast@podcast.leftarchive.ie) we spoke to two members of the Irish Anarchist Network about organising the newly-formed group, practical activism and direct action, and the contemporary political landscape in Ireland.
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New episode of the Irish Left Archive Podcast @ILAPodcast@podcast.leftarchive.ie!
In this episode we speak to two members of the Irish Anarchist Network about the formation and growth of the network and how they went about organising and structuring it; their orientation towards direct action and the balance between practical activism and theoretical discussion; their own individual backgrounds and attraction to anarchism; and contemporary issues in Irish society and approaches to the far-right.
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Irish Anarchist Network
🎙 New episode!
We speak to two members of the Irish Anarchist Network about organising, direct action, contemporary Irish politics and countering the far-right.
Published #OnThisDay 16th March 1973:
An Phoblacht: "The Choice is Yours – No Peace, Until British Troops Leave Ireland"
#OnThisDay 15th March 1970, the Communist Party of Ireland (CPI) was reconstituted, with the merging of the Irish Workers’ Party (IWP) and the Communist Party of Northern Ireland (CPNI).
The party had divided in 1941 amid tensions over the entry of the Soviet Union into the second world war.
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Here's an interview with Michael D. Higgins in Gralton, from 1982, in which he is asked about the prospects for the Irish left, his opposition to coalition with Fine Gael (FG), and the role of Labour as a vehicle for the left.
He also expresses opposition to expelling Militant (who were eventually expelled in the late 80s and are now the Socialist Party), and comments on the then recently dissolved Socialist Labour Party (SLP).
Higgins was Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht in the 1993 FG, Labour and Democratic Left coalition, and has been President of Ireland since 2011.
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"Workers Solidarity Movement closing statement"
Having decided to dissolve the organisation in 2021, this new article provides detail analysing the successes of the WSM and their reasons for dissolving.
Fight, Starve or Emigrate: A History of the Irish Unemployed Movements in the 1950s
By Evanne Kilmurray, 1989, for the Larkin Unemployed Centre.
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#OnThisDay 12th March 2003, a letter from Joan Collins of the Crumlin Anti-Bin Tax Campaign.
Collins, then a Socialist Party member, was elected to the local council the following year. She is now a T.D. for Right To Change.
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The Ripening of Time, No. 4, 1976: The Capitalist State.
Irish Anarchist Bulletin, 2009.
A joint publication from the Workers' Solidarity Movement and Organise!
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When did the practice of leaving a "sorry I missed you" note at houses when out canvassing for election start?
This article from Labour in 1967 seems to imply it was a novel idea then:
"[A] most thorough canvass was made—down even to leaving a special note to anyone who was not at home when his house was visited."
The text is from the article "Labour Breakthrough in Sligo—First Ever Seat", in their eponymous paper, Labour, available here: https://www.leftarchive.ie/document/view/292/?page=8
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"Ní Saoirse go Saoirse na mBan! All-Ireland Abortion Rights Now!"
A sticker from Éirígí in 2018.
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