Irish history

Articles concerning the national question: Scotland, Ireland and Israel. From Workers' Liberty 8, October 1987

Author: 
AWL

A collection of articles and responses from Workers' Liberty 8, October 1987. Including Scottish devolution, the question of banning the Orange Order and a letter on Zionism and Israel by Tony Greenstein with a response from John O'Mahony.

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Articles concerning the national question: Scotland, Ireland and Israel. From Workers' Liberty 8, October 1987

Author: 
AWL

A collection of articles and responses from Workers' Liberty 8, October 1987. Including Scottish devolution, the question of banning the Orange Order and a letter on Zionism and Israel by Tony Greenstein with a response from John O'Mahony.

Click here to download pdf.

Ireland: blame the British ruling class!

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

(Published in 1993)

Dear brothers and sisters,

Like everyone else whose human feelings are not blocked or numbed by national hatred or chauvinistic self-righteousness, you are horrified and angry over the IRA bomb in Warrington which exploded in a crowed of weekend shoppers and killed two children.

40 Years of the IRA: Where the Hillside Men Have Sown [IWG 1967]

Author: 
Gery Lawless & Sean Matgamna [1967]

James Connolly wrote: “Ireland occupies a position among the nations of the earth unique … in the possession of what is known as a ‘physical force party’ – a party, that is to say, whose members are united upon no one point, and agree upon no single principle, except upon the use of physical force as the sole means of settling the dispute between the people of this country and the governing power of Great Britain.

1993 Warrington Bombing: The roots of the deadlock in Northern Ireland - Blame the British ruling class!

Author: 
John O'Mahony (Sean Matgamna)

An open letter to British trade unionists, from an Irish socialist living in England, after the killing of two children by an IRA bomb in Warrington, in March 1993.

The theory of Permanent Revolution and Ireland: is there a socialist quintessence in Irish nationalism? . A reply to Lysaght

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

[This is a copy-edited and slightly expanded version of the text in Solidarity replying to Lysaght.]

A dozen years on from the “Good Friday Agreement” (GFA) things in Northern Ireland are far from settled. The recently threatened breakdown of the power-sharing executive was avoided. But the Good Friday system is far from stable.

"Irish Marxist rebuts internet slander and Comments on a smear job"

Author: 
D.R.O’Connor Lysaght

Entitled, "Irish Marxist rebuts internet slander", and "Comments on a smear job", this article by Rayner Lysaght appeared on the website of "Socialist Democracy", the Irish Mandelites. In an abusive introductory paragraph, they say that they themselves are unwilling "to join in this arcane discussion, but we do recognise Raynor’s right to defend himself and publish the letter in that spirit."



Surfing the net the other day, this writer was surprised to see his name taken in vain as being a “second-hand-tale-spinning adoptive Irish nationalist”.

Working Class Life in Ennis in the Mid-Twentieth Century: Sean Matgamna Examines His Own "Roots and Branches"

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

[See also SAVAGE VIOLENCE IN IRISH SCHOOLS: WHY DID THEY STAND FOR IT?,
MARY PLAYS NUNS' SCHOOL
and SCHOOLBOOKS]

Like many revolutionary activists over the ages, Sean Matgamna was an immigrant, someone shaped in his thinking by the shifts and contrasts from living in one culture to living in another.