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Left Archive: Sinn Féin debates Change: An Irish Mass Revolutionary Party, Gerry Foley, Intercontinental Press, February 5th, 1973 September 2, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.

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Many thanks to Jim Monaghan who forwarded this to the Archive.

This short piece from Intercontinental Press joins other documents by Gerry Foley on the Republican movement(s) of the 1970s in the Archive. In this instance he examines the December 16/17the Ard Fheis in Dublin and the discussions around ‘building a revolutionary party’. It notes that this objective was stated by national organiser Seán Garland that Summer at Bodenstown.

He paints a picture of an organisation trying to move from a loose structure to a more centralised form. Foley remains pessimistic that the pace of change could be forced, but he was optimistic that it would be achieved in the end.

While revolutionists everywhere support all movements fighting against British imperialism, they cannot help but feel a special concern about this most serious attempt in Irish history to set up a mass revolutionary party. This is especially so since the chances for an effective and united struggle against imperialism hinge to a large degree on the successor this effort.


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