Irish Workers' Group 1967-8

The Frank Keane Defence Committee, 1970

Introduction: a footnote to Republican-Socialist history.

In April, 1970 a group of armed men raided the Bank of Ireland on Arran Quay, in Dublin. An unarmed policeman, Richard Fallon, was shot dead. The police immediately blamed a 'Guevarist' urban guerrilla group, Saor Eire (Free Ireland) for the robbery and murder.

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Irish Emigré Trotskyism in the mid-1960s: Notes by a Participant

[Workers' Fight and the Trotskyist Tendency of the International Socialists – now the SWP – were forerunners of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty. This is only an outline account, part of a longer article “AWL’s record on Ireland”.]

A brief account of the Irish Workers Union, the Socialist Republican League, the Irish Communist Group, and the Irish Workers Group.

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Trotskyism or Chameleonism? The Irish Workers Group (1965-68)

Trotskyism or Chameleonism? The main document of the Trotskyist side in the faction fight in the Irish Workers' Group in 1967-8.

The main document of the Trotskyist side in the faction fight in the Irish Workers' Group in 1967-8.

CONTENTS
I. Vacillation and inconsistency
II. What kind of revolutionary party?
Organisational politics
III. The record: political chameleonism
Eclecticism and nationalism
IV. The present orientation
Shopkeeper
Polemics
Result of the nationalist accommodation
Accommodation to Labour too?
V. The theory of Irish exceptionalism
And exclusiveness
Religion
VI. The internal "regime"
The chameleon at home - a petty bonaparte
Centralism vs. democratic centralism
Subjectivism
The Lawless clique and the Workers' Fight faction
VII. Whither the IWG?
[Notes, 2012]


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The dispute in the Irish Workers' Group was important in shaping - or mis-shaping - the available Irish left on the eve of the explosion of 1968-9 in Northern Ireland, when thousands of young people sought new revolutionary politics, and most ended up joining the Provisionals, a new version of old and indeed anachronistic militarist/Catholic-nationalist politics.

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"Taking whose gun out of politics?" Irish Militant, January 1967

This article, published in Irish Militant of January 1967, demonstrated the confusion of the Irish Workers' Group in relation to Republicanism. It was by-lined for though not written by Phil Flynn, later vice-president of Sinn Fein, a prominent trade unionist in the 26 Counties, and later a high-profile businessman.

This article, published in Irish Militant of January 1967, demonstrated the confusion of the Irish Workers' Group in relation to Republicanism. It was by-lined for though not written by Phil Flynn, later vice-president of Sinn Fein, a prominent trade unionist in the 26 Counties, and later a high-profile businessman.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

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.

An article from "Workers Republic" no.17, Feb. 1967 about what attitude revolutionary socialists should take to the IRA and Sinn Fein

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Ireland and Permanent Revolution: A Discussion 1966/7 .

Author: 

Gery Lawless/Rachel Lever/Eamonn Mc Cann/Sean Matgamna

CONTENTS:
Introduction
a Editorial for Irish Militant, Dec 1966, By Gery Lawless and Eamonn McCann
b Letter to Irish Militant from Sean Matgamna
c Letter to Gery Lawless from Sean Matgamna

Ireland and Permanent Revolution: A Discussion 1966/7 .

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