Irish Workers' Group 1967-8

Liam Daltun: Stocking up on theory martin Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:38

Introduction by Sean Matgamna

Another day

The document we reprint here, Liam Daltun's account in a letter to Sean Matgamna of events in the Irish Communist Group, deals with an important episode in the history of the Irish left.

The ICG, set up in 1964, was a foredoomed experiment in building an organisation involving both Trotskyists and Chinese-oriented "revolutionary" Stalinists.

James Connolly: Home Rule and the Gaelic Revival Matthew Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:15

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.

Liam Daltun: 50 years after the Easter Rising, a Socialist Republican's "Reflections on the Easter jamboree" dalcassian Sun, 04/24/2016 - 21:32
“Unite the workers and bury the religious hatreds” Matthew Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:24

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.

The far left in Northern Ireland Matthew Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:31

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.

Irish Emigré Trotskyism in the mid-1960s: Notes by a Participant dalcassian Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:26

[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”.]

Trotskyism or Chameleonism? The Irish Workers Group (1965-68) martin Sun, 04/01/2012 - 09:30

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]


Click here to download as pdf.
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.