Irish history

An Irish Trotskyist Programme for Irish Unity (1948)

Submitted by dalcassian on 12 April, 2012 - 2:22

This leaflet was produced by the Irish Trotskyists of the Revolutionary Socialist Party in 1948. A section of the Cannon-Pablo-Mandel Fourth International, the RSP had adopted the politics of the Workers Party USA, the Shachtman organisation. The “coalition” referred to is the Dublin government formed after the the February 1948 election in the 26 Counties by Fine Gael, the Labour Party, Clann na Poblachta, Clann na Talmhan and the National Labour Party. It replaced De Valera's Fianna Fail, which had been in office since 1932.

Fine Gael takes hostages

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Glory o, glory o, to the bold Bolsheviks
MatthewWed, 15/11/2017 - 11:22

The Russian Revolution has had all sorts of things grafted onto the image it projects to us. But what was it in reality?

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The DUP: the really nasty partyMatthewWed, 14/06/2017 - 12:57

The Conservative Party’s loss of their parliamentary majority has left Theresa May reliant on Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a hard-right organisation which has 10 MPs in the House of Commons. So who are the Tories’ new unionist bedfellows?

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The limits of Labour’s multilateralism

Submitted by Matthew on 24 May, 2017 - 12:06 Author: Clive Bradley

There has been some recent media attention on Jeremy Corbyn’s alleged past links to the IRA and the claim that he is a “pacifist” — meaning, he is opposed to any and every kind of military intervention, even around “humanitarian” issues.

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Notes on early Irish history
martinMon, 17/04/2017 - 16:53

Ireland has a singular history. Unlike England, it was never part of the Roman Empire. There was trade with the Roman Empire most importantly with Roman England, and Ireland was culturally influenced by the Roman Empire. For instance, a Roman script replaced the primitive and clumsy Ogham script. In the period of the final decline of Rome, the Irish joined the other barbarians in raiding Roman and immediately post-Roman England for loot, including slaves. Among those slaves was, famously, the future Saint Patrick.

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The story of Martin McGuinness

Submitted by martin on 28 March, 2017 - 9:44 Author: Sean Matgamna

The young Martin McGuinness was a typical Catholic boy who grew up in the six north-east counties of Ireland, in the Protestant-sectarian backyard of the British state, the "Protestant sub-state for a Protestant people".


Submitted by Matthew on Wed, 29/03/2017 - 13:13

In the early 70's, McGuinness apparently joined the Official IRA in Derry for a short time, before switching to the Provisonals, as he was unware of the split that had occurred in the Republican movement.

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Martin McGuinness MatthewWed, 22/03/2017 - 09:25

Martin McGuinness became a revolutionary, by his own lights, as a teenager, and ended his life as a bourgeois minister in a political system he had vowed to shun. He died on 21 March, only a couple of months after resigning as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

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Connolly and the Easter RisingMatthewWed, 07/09/2016 - 13:47

The final part of Michael Johnson’s series on the life and politics of James Connolly. The rest of the series can be found here.

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