A workers' guide to Ireland

War in the North: A workers' guide to Ireland

The Provisional IRA war began early in 1971. It did not begin, as myth now has it, as a movement to defend the Catholics. Everything they did brought death and suffering on the Catholics as well as on others!

War in the North: A workers' guide to Ireland

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Northern Ireland breaks down, 1968-72: A workers' guide to Ireland

Northern Ireland broke down for three interlinked reasons:
1. In the ’60s Britain began to find its Northern Ireland backyard police state an expensive embarrassment.

Northern Ireland break down, 1968-72: A workers' guide to Ireland

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From Free State to Fianna Fail to free trade: A workers' guide to Ireland

Despite the savagery of the civil war, the Irish Free State emerged from its fratricidal struggle in 1923 as a functioning bourgeois democracy on the Westminster model. The old Unionist ruling class and all the “stake in the country” people rallied around the ruling party Cumann na nGaedheal.

From Free State to Fianna Fail to free trade

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Ireland - Reform from above and the working class: A workers' guide to Ireland

Faced with peasants organised to fight a land war and a Fenian revolutionary underground still powerful, Britain now exerted herself to solve the “Irish problem”.

Faced with peasants organised to fight a land war and a Fenian revolutionary underground still powerful, Britain now exerted herself to solve the “Irish problem”.

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Home Rule crisis - the UK faces the threat of civil war: A workers' guide to Ireland

Twice — 1886 and 1892 — the Liberal leader Gladstone tried to pass a bill to give Ireland Home Rule. He lost in the Commons in 1886 and won in 1892 only to have the measure vetoed in the House of Lords.
The Home Rule crisis on the eve of World War I was triggered when the House of Lords lost its veto.

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