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Left Archive: Socialist Labour Party, Opening Address from Matt Merrigan. May 27th 1978 June 17, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.

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This month we intend to post up documents from the Socialist Labour Party which existed in the late 1970s and was a serious attempt to construct a further left platform party. Many thanks to the many people who forwarded these documents to the Archive.

This document from the SLP conference in 1978 comprises the opening address by Chairman Matt Merrigan.

He opens the speech by noting:

It is my fervent hope that this weekend will mark a watershed ninth development of a national debate on the necessity to weld together the serious socialist groupings on the left of Irish politics and to use that political bridgehead to thrust for state power to establish a Socialist Workers’ Republic in the whole of Ireland.

He strikes a curious note in his closing remarks:

Let the SLP and all the tendencies in it take up that challenge on behalf of the Rise people in a determined united way.

If there are those amongst us who see these task being performed better by any other organised entities outside and apart from the SLP, I would respectfully ask them to formally join and work Winton those organisations and let the rest of us get one with some serious work.

Please note: If files have been posted for or to other online archives previously we would appreciate if we could be informed of that. We are eager to credit same where applicable or simply provide links.


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