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Left Archive: Workers Life, Sinn Féin – The Workers’ Party, May 1981 September 7, 2015

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This edition of Workers Life, the magazine of Sinn Féin The Workers’ Party joins the other in the Archive and further underscores the good production values of this publication. Again, like the other issue it does not overly emphasise its links to SFWP. The editorial discusses the foreign policy of the Republic of Ireland with reference to the then permanent representative of the Irish government to the United Nations, Noel Dorr who was at that point President of the Security Council.

There is an account of the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis and an analysis of the Irish left under the heading ‘The General Election will see a shift in balance on the Left as Sinn Féin The Workers’ Party make their long-awaited breakthrough’. Des O’Hagan contributes a piece on the Fermanagh/South Tyrone by-election where Bobby Sands defeated OUP candidate Harry West. In the course of that piece he suggests that:

If ever here was an occasion when one would like to be a political scientist examining elections from the vantage point of city years hence, then surely the impending Northern Ireland Local Government elections is that occasion. The reasons are obvious. Apart from the atmosphere in which the elections are being conducted, sectarians, violence and the absence of a central democratic government, voters are confronted with a bewildering variety of parties, if not programmes, from which to pick.

Paddy Gillan examines the relationship between Anthony Cronin and Charles Haughey, there’s a piece on ‘PAYE workers still waiting for reform’ and one on the ‘battle for the minds and pockets of the public in the Republic by the large supermarket multiples and the so-called ‘independent’ grocers…’.

There’s a section on the International Year of the Disabled which calls for full participation and equality.

In international affairs there’s a sympathetic article on the French PCF and one on the recent coup attempt in Spain. There’s also a broad range of essays and pieces on culture and a poem is included too.


1. Starkadder - September 7, 2015

Essays by Henry Patterson and Fred Halliday! Interesting…


2. roddy - September 7, 2015

What about that advert for Eamon Kelly!.Also a sympathetic mention for UVF frontman Smyth and poor UDA man Millar “recovering from a sectarian attack”!


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