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Left Archive: Labour and the Republican Movement by George Gilmore: Introduction by Peadar O’Donnell – Sinn Féin December 1966 August 29, 2011

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Sinn Féin.

To download the document above please click on the following link: LAB REP CONG 66

This document by George Gilmore was printed in 1966 by Republican Publications, essentially Sinn Féin. As a preface notes:

In this pamphlet George Gilmore writes on the place of Labour in the Republican Movement in the years preceding the Rising and in the post-Rising Years. He writes that “as the squeezing out of the Labour leadership from the vanguard of the Independence movement was of such importance in ensuring its defeat, so it would appear that, if there is to be any future for the Irish people as a free people, it must depend upon a return by organized Labour to the politics of Connolly”.

This is an interesting publication for Sinn Féin to publish at that point in time given the history of Gilmore.

The preface also notes that:

The matter contained in the pamphlet first appeared as a series of articles in “The United Irishman” and later was presented as a lecture under the auspices of the Dublin branch of Muintir Wolfe Tone. It was also presented as a lecture under the auspices of the Republican Society of Trinity College Dublin.

That Peadar O’Donnell was invited to write a brief introduction is perhaps also indicative of a shift in the approach of Sinn Féin during this period towards a more explicitly Left Republican stance. His contribution is short and almost humorous while also being profoundly critical of the Republican Movement ‘within which the I.R.A. lives and moves’.

The essay itself is very readable and makes the point that ‘So we are back pretty much where we began. O’Neill is at last on talking terms with Lemass’.

Just to remind people that on Political World there is the following:

George Gilmore’s “The Irish Republican Congress”, with its foreword, in quotable text on Politicalworld.org, for discussion purposes.

And also that copies of the “The Irish Republican Congress” by George Gilmore are available from Jim Lane in the original print format – contact details:

CWC Publications, c/o 79, Earlwood Estate, Togher Road, Cork City for the sum of € 6.00 . Only a limited amount of copies are available.


1. Ciarán - August 29, 2011

The Stickies republished the pamphlet above a few years ago as The Working Class and the Struggle for the Republic. O’Donnell’s introduction was replaced by a new one by Seán Garland.


2. peterdalysociety - August 29, 2011

its still available from WP goin by their website


3. Brian Hanley - September 2, 2011

I think this pamphlet was one of the first places where the thesis that de Valera had demanded that ‘labour must wait’ was advanced. It has been very influential. O’Connor Lysaght wrote an article in Saothar 2001 about this- de Valera never actually used that phrase, at any stage.


4. Jim Monaghan - September 2, 2011

Labour decided to wait. Now they have decided that they have nothing to wait for.


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