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The Irish Left Archive: Militant Irish Monthly, Issue No.3, June 1972 April 13, 2009

Posted by irishonlineleftarchive in Irish Labour Party, Irish Left Online Document Archive, Militant, Socialist Party.



Under the heading “Introducing the Irish Monthly” this four page broadsheet is confusingly numbered as No. 3 and introduced as ‘the first issue of the MILITANT Irish Monthly”. It continues:

The great success of the MILITANT Irish Editions made it absolutely clear that there was a real demand for a paper which put forward a clear and consistent Marxist view of the bloody events in Ireland.

This speaks of a concentration on the events in the North which is exemplified by the photograph of the Vanguard March at Craigavon Bridge, an inside photograph of Craig and Enoch Powell in full Orange regalia and accompanying articles on the situation including an highly critical overview of the Northern Ireland Labour Party. Note the main headline: North and South: Fight Orange and Green Tories with: Class Action.

An article calls for the ‘creation of an armed TU defence force to fight sectarianism coupled to a socialist programme for the nationalisation of the banks, insurance companies and major monopolies’ in order to ‘side-step’ the ‘possibility of a protracted civil war’.

As ever with Militant it is a clear and well produced document.

This text and these files are a resource for use freely by anyone who wants to for whatever purpose – that’s the whole point of the Archive (well that and the discussions). But if you do happen to use them we’d really appreciate if you mentioned that you found them at the Irish Left Online Document Archive…


1. D. J. P. O'Kane - April 13, 2009

Here’s a question for any Irish Millies out there. About a decade ago I was doing some work on the Shankill, and noticed Socialist Party posters put up for the local elections. What struck me as interesting about them was that they were all done in a certain colour – the colour orange.

I hasten to add that I am not making this up, and I’m not trying to be snide or a stirrer. And I’m not saying that this is when the mask slipped and the Millies revealed their true. . . colour. I don’t think any reasonable person could disagree with the Militant contention that workers’ unity was a more attractive proposition than sectarian division. But why put up orange SP posters on the Shankill? Were there similar posters in green on the Falls?


2. entdinglichung - April 14, 2009

at least, I can remember, that some stuff of the SAV, the German CWI section, was also in orange around 10 ago …


3. John O'Neill - April 14, 2009

I like the sub heading – For a Socialist United Ireland-


4. WorldbyStorm - April 14, 2009

Hmmm… entdinglichung, and what of the Dutch socialists – eh? 😉


5. Neues aus den Archiven der radikalen Linken - eine Auswahl « Entdinglichung - April 16, 2009

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