A workers' guide to Ireland
martinMon, 11/07/2016 - 13:45

A guide to Irish history and politics, first published 1993.

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James Connolly's The LegacydalcassianMon, 19/08/2013 - 01:58

Come here my son, and for a time put up your childish play,
Draw nearer to your father’s bed, and lay your games away.
No sick man’s ’plaint is this of mine, ill-tempered at your noise,
Nor carping at your eagerness to romp with childish toys.
Thou’rt but a boy and I, a man outworn with care and strife,
Would not deprive you of one joy thou canst extract from life;
But o’er my soul comes creeping on death’s shadow, and my lips
Must give to you a message ere life meets that eclipse.

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Ireland: abortion ban cracksMatthewWed, 17/07/2013 - 12:04

On Thursday 11 July, Irish parliamentarians passed a law finally allowing limited abortion rights in Ireland.

The law, passed by 127 votes to 31, allows for abortion only in cases where a woman’s life is in danger or if she is suicidal.

The new legislation, the first of its kind, does the bare minimum to comply with the 2010 European Court of Human Rights ruling which found that Ireland’s failure to regulate access to abortion was a violation of its human rights obligations.

However, it does not reform or add any new grounds for legal abortion.

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1916: The Easter Rising

Submitted by martin on 6 May, 2013 - 4:58

Ireland and the Revolutionary Tradition of Easter Week

From Labor Action, 14 April 1941

Easter Sunday morning, 1916. Three o'clock. James Connolly. Irish revolutionary leader, was talking to his daughter and some of her friends, all asking why the revolt so carefully prepared had been countermanded.


Submitted by Rick Grogan on Fri, 10/05/2013 - 11:46

A brilliant article, well researched and well written. We will never forget the heroes of 1916 and all those have fallen for freedom before and after.

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Rendezvous in Northern Ireland?MatthewWed, 11/07/2012 - 14:16

In a hugely symbolic moment on 27 June, during a royal visit to Northern Ireland to mark her jubilee, the former commander of the IRA shook hands with the Queen.

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An Irish Trotskyist Programme for Irish Unity (1948)dalcassianThu, 12/04/2012 - 02:22

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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Editorials - February 1995
AWLThu, 28/04/2011 - 00:11

Editorial comments on Blair's "modernisation" project in the Labour Party and the peace process in Northern Ireland.

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Article continues on page 5.

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Provos, Protestants and Irish Working-Class Politics - A Dialogue
cathy nThu, 22/02/2007 - 13:54

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IrelandAnonSun, 05/03/2006 - 11:30

Northern Ireland is in chronic communal conflict. For there to be a democratic solution, a wider framework than Northern Ireland is needed.

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No amnesty for British Army in the North of IrelandAWLTue, 10/07/2018 - 13:48

On Monday 10 July, ex-Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon unsuccessfully proposed an amendment to the Northern Ireland Budget (No 2) Bill in the House of Commons, aimed at restricting the provision of financial resources for the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to pursue cases against former soldiers charged with crimes allegedly committed during "the Troubles".

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