Irish Workers' Group 1967-8

James Connolly: Home Rule and the Gaelic Revival

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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson continues a series on the life and politics of James Connolly.


Connolly's period in Dublin coincided with the period of the Gaelic Revival, and the rediscovery (and re-invention) of Ireland's historical, literary and cultural past. It also led to a deepening of Connolly's understanding of Irish history and the Irish national question, establishing some themes which, in various form, would be present throughout his political life.

Michael Johnson continues a series on the life and politics of James Connolly.

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Liam Daltun: 50 years after the Easter Rising, a Socialist Republican's "Reflections on the Easter jamboree"

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Liam Daltun

Introductory note.

On the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, Socialist Republican Liam Daltun Reflects on the Irish state's celebration of the Rising.

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“Unite the workers and bury the religious hatreds”

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Michael Johnson

At Workers’ Liberty 2015 summer school, Ideas For Freedom, Michael Johnson summarised on the history of the far left in Northern Ireland. Here we publish his presentation. Marc Mulholland’s speech in the same session was published in Solidarity 386.

At Workers’ Liberty 2015 summer school, Ideas For Freedom, Michael Johnson summarised on the history of the far left in Northern Ireland. Here we publish his presentation.

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The far left in Northern Ireland

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Marc Mulholland

Marc Mulholland is a historian working at Oxford University, and the author of books including “Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction”. He spoke at the Workers’ Liberty 2015 summer school, Ideas For Freedom, on the history of the far left in Northern Ireland.


Trotskyism in the early 1960s in Northern Ireland is interesting and unusual, in that it was most prominent amongst the Protestant working-class.

Marc Mulholland is a historian working at Oxford University, and the author of books including “Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction”. He spoke at the Workers’ Liberty 2015 summer school, Ideas For Freedom, on the history of the far left in Northern Ireland.

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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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