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Left Archive: Capital in Ireland: The Ripening of Time No. 7, May – July 1977 February 19, 2018

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Many thanks to the person who scanned this document and forwarded it to the Archive and thanks to Jim Lane for the cover photograph.

As always with the Ripening of Time the sheer volume of the publication is beyond providing an clear précis. The topic of this edition is Capital in Ireland. The contents includes a piece on The Break-Up of Capital, Reflections on Agriculture including a Reappraisal of the Irish Industrial Revolution and the issue of Ground Rent. There’s an overview of the Fishing Market and another on The Bourgeois Class in Ireland.

The publication includes both reviews and a letter section. The preface notes;

This seventh issue of the Ripening of Time begins the examination of the bourgeois class in Ireland. It is the bourgeois class which owns and controls the means of production, the State and the ruling ideas in the 32 counties. It is this bourgeois class we intend to put under the microscope in this and the coming issues of the journal.

The editorial of this issue is rather unusual. It is a reproduction of a letter written by a group of French workers who are at present occupying their factory. it is a militant appeal for political support and solidarity. It speaks for itself and is a stark condemnation of the other seamy side of capitalism.

Left Archive: Class Struggle, No. 24, April 1991, Irish Workers Group February 12, 2018

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This edition of Class Struggle is of particular interest given it includes a four page supplement on James Connolly and the 1916 Insurrection (this has already been posted in the Archive and can be found here). As always with the IWG it is a well produced publication. Its lead story states ‘Imperialist Hands Off the Middle East Now!’ and argues against the continuation of US military facilities at Shannon. Other articles engage with ‘Irish Workers and the Gulf War’ and critiques the SWP led ‘No to War in the Gulf Campaign’.

The editorial argues that ‘Bombing Downing Street – No Way Forward’ and states that its critique is rooted in ‘the effectiveness or otherwise of the act in advancing the struggle against British imperialism and for socialism in Ireland.’

And it continues:

“only a movement and tradition that remain wedded to he fantasy of ‘pure’ physical force from a few hundred guerrillas can go on believing that British imperialism can be bombed into surrender’.

Left Archive: Northern Star (inc. Workers Weekly), June 1993, BICO February 5, 2018

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This is an intriguing document issued from the formerly BICO stable – and includes advertising for the Bevin Society publication Labour & Trade Union Review. In a short eight pages it covers considerable ground including a piece on Kate Hoey, BLP MP, who had just been dismissed as a shadow cabinet spokesperson over the Maastricht Treaty. The Northern Star posits an interesting critique – in this instance over Hoey being ‘someone who has done everything to block Labour politics in Northern Ireland’ and quotes a Private Eye article.

This complaint aligns with the broader attitude found in the newsletter where there is strong support for the extension of the British Labour Party to Northern Ireland and considerable interest in and analysis of Council for Labour representation candidates at the then recent Local Government Elections.

Other pieces examine the Conservative and Unionist Party and Alliance. There’s an odd line in a review of a local history project publication on a series of murders by RIC/RUC members in 1922. Noting that ‘this incident still lives in the folk-memory of Catholic Belfast’ it concludes ‘it is hard to understand why this book was written, it myth have been a better idea to concentrate on the housing or industry in North Belfast (the Glenravel in the title refers to an area of the New Lodge not the County Antrim village. It’s an odd name of what must be an overwhelmingly Catholic group. Glenravel used to be the RUC headquarters, and the street led directly to the only British Army barracks in Belfast proper).

Left Archive: The Public Sector & The Profit Makers; Research Section Department of Economic Affairs – Sinn Féin – The Workers’ Party, 1976 January 29, 2018

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To download the above please click on the following link. publicsectorpro.pdf

Many thanks to Bobcat who forwarded this to the Archive.

This is a pivotal document as it outlines Sinn Féin – The Workers’ Party policy in relation to the Public Sector. It is a precursor of the Irish Industrial Revolution which would be published some years later.

In the Foreword it notes that:

The purpose of this pamphlet is to show workers in the Public Sector why they must make common cause against the Private Sector.

The Public Sector must fight now or face a Pay Freeze that will never end. Questions of status and snobbery between different grades and categories must be abolished if Civil Service, State and Local Authority workers are not to join the ranks of the badly paid and exploited workers in the Private Sector.

Sinn Féin’s strategy is to support the expansion of the State sector in three areas. The first is to expand existing State bodies in energy, oil, gas and mines. The second is the establishment of a State Construction Co. The third is the expansion of the State into food technology, processing and marketing.

And it concludes:

The basis of these demands is the nationalisation of the Banks.

In subsequent chapters it addresses The Public Sector, Reasons for the Public Sector and The Lack of a Public Sector Ideology.

Left Archive: Workers Republic, LWR Conference Documents 1977, Sept-Oct 1977 January 22, 2018

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To download the above please click on the following link. AP 1970

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Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

This is an important edition of Workers Republic (see here for more issues) from the LWR. Printed in 1977 it came at a time when Fianna Fáil had just returned to power after the Fine Gael/Labour coalition.

The editorial ascribes the 13% achieved by the latter party and the loss of seats by Labour Ministers as a result of ‘coalitionist’. It argues that Fianna Fáil won because it ran ‘on a programme of concessions to the working class and middle class’. it also criticise the Liaison of the Left Committee for refusing to ‘organise a broad left opposition to coalition within the LP’ which ‘caused the LP left to be totally unprepared to meet the ruthlessness of the apparatus in blocking all candidates who might pose the slightest threat to the coalition’ and it further criticises the Browne/Merrigan ‘ill-prepared and politically confused independent labour campaign’.

Other parts of the publication include the main document adopted at the LWR conference in May 1977. These, as the introduction notes ‘first advance the new tactical turn of the LWR, where we turned from the sectarian attempt to build revolutionary party outside of the mass organisations of the working class to an orientation to those mass organisations’.

These documents address both international and national issues and provide a compelling insight into the thinking of the LWR during this particularly eventful political period.

The Environment – A Position Paper Presented by the Administrative Council to the 1978 Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1978 January 15, 2018

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Many thanks to Peter Mooney for donating this document to the Archive – one of many from his collection that are being reproduced here.

This document published by the Labour Party in 1978 focuses on the environment. It argues in the Introduction that…

The environment is important. It is a primary resource for tourism, for agriculture and for some industries. It si the base of our rural and urban settlements. The environment and what happens within it effects every one of us, both collectively and as individuals. The environment under our present social system is neither owned or controlled by us. Instead individuals be they land owners or single private industries have exploited the environment for their gain at our expense.

It also notes:

A socialist society can and will create a socially just environment. Such an environment would be base upon the principles of democratic socialism involving communal ownership, public participation, equal mobility, freedom and the positive encouragement for the personal development of every individual. The socialist perspective of the environment extends from the nature of land ownership to the fostering and development of our culture and the arts within society.

Divided into various sections, including Land, Planning, Environmental Management, Transportation, Housing, Culture and Recreation, Tourism and Local Government. As an Appendix it contains Submissions to the Plic8y Committee on Environmental Policy from various party branches. There are some, at this remove, interesting attitudes expressed amongst those submissions. The one from Cavan-Monaghan Constituency Council on ‘The Itinerant Problem’ is particularly notable.

In conclusion the document notes that ‘The environment is a vast and complex area which affects every aspect of our lives. It can oppress or liberate our potential for human development. In transferring responsibility for tourism and transportation to the Dept. of the Environment, Labou will make logical and comprehensive sense of our socialist approach’.

Jail Journal, The Womens Prison and other articles, Vol 1, No. 2 – Prisoners Rights Organisation, c.1973 January 8, 2018

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This document from the Prisoners Rights Organisation was published around 1973. As a journal it is quite comprehensive with articles on a range of areas including Prison Reform, The Women’s Prison, the Offences Against the State Act and advice for those arrested. There are accounts from Portlaoise Prisoners Union.

The piece on the Womens Prison notes that:

There is rarely more than 50 women prisoners at any given time in Mountjoy and Limerick prisons. This figure is for the adult prisons but of course many girls between 14 and 18 are imprisoned in the adult female prison, whatever the Children’s Act may stipulate to the contrary. With such a small number of female prisoners to cater for it would be natural to imagine that their rehabilitation would be a comparatively easy job. This is not so fro the simple reason that their rehabilitation is not even attempted.

A woman is a second class citizen in Ireland generally, in prison this discrimination is intensified. Women get no exercise at all while in prison. Quite recently they were granted the vast privilege of an hour walking up and down a gravel path but they cannot play games, have a football or basketball or simply run about to keep themselves wawrm.

The work that women perform within the prison does not and is not intended to fit them for gainful employment on release… illiterate women prisoners get no education, a teas half of all women prisoners cannot read even the puerile books provided in the library… they look at comic books or simply sit and smoke, staring at the walls and breaking out into odd crying fits to break the monotony.

The account continues by describing yet more repressive and grim conditions.

The piece on Abuses of Offences Against the State Act outlines the account of someone arrested under the act with others ‘none of whom have or ever did have any political affiliations whatsoever, arrested and detained for 3 hours without pretext’.

An important document.

2017 In the Irish Left Archive January 2, 2018

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Thanks to everyone who contributed to, commented on, and visited the Irish Left Archive this year. The archive has continued to expand every week thanks to the documents donated, and more gaps in its coverage have been filled.

In the seasonal spirit of lists, I’ve picked out below the ten documents added this year that have seen the most interest (according to our stats, anyway).

Éire Nua (1993)

A brief summary of the Éire Nua policy, carried on by Republican Sinn Féin after the split in SF.

Congress ’86, No. 1 (1986)

The first issue of Congress ’86, which was published by the League of Communist Republicans – a group established in H-Block that split from Sinn Féin in 1986.

Communism in Ireland (1977)

An overview of the history of the Communist Party of Ireland, from the perspective of the British & Irish Communist Organisation (BICO).

Starry Plough, No. 7 (1972)

An issue of the Derry-based Starry Plough from 1972, which precedes the IRSP paper of the same name.

Towards the Socialist Republic (1975 c.)

Outline policies from Official Sinn Féin.

An Phoblacht, Vol. 4, No. 6 (1973)

Sinn Féin’s paper from March 1973.

The Republican Tradition (1975)

From Official Sinn Féin’s Repsol Pamphlets series, based on a lecture by Des O’Hagan.

Pages From History: On Irish-Soviet Relations (1977)

From the Communist Party of Ireland (under their New Books imprint), a history of Irish-Soviet relations by Michael O’Riordan.

Republican News, Vol. 2, No. 86 (1973)

An issue of Sinn Féin’s Northern paper from 1973.

Making Sense, No. 10 (1989)

The Workers’ Party magazine, which ran from 1988-92.

Irish Socialist Review, No. 1 (1970)

From the then newly-reconstituted Communist Party of Ireland, the first issue of Irish Socialist Review.

Left Archive: Communist Comment, Irish Communist Organisation, No. 17 August 15th 1970 January 1, 2018

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This publication, issued by ICO in late 1970 engages with the ‘Recent Riots in the North’. It argues that the ICO does not support ‘these struggles’. It continues:

When the ICO was of the opinion that there was a progressive element in the military conflict in Belfast – in the defence of the Falls in August 1969 – it did not issue incitements to resistance from afar. It participated physically in the struggle in a very definite manner, and in the critical days made a very substantial contribution to this defence. The trotskyists moralised from a distance.

The reason why the ICO has not supported conflicts with the Army, is because of the central position of the Catholic/Protestant contradiction in these conflicts. We have explained our view of this contradiction in detail over the past year. It has been disagreed with but it has never been refuted.

There are a number of articles, one on the rebuilding of Bombay Street, another arguing that there are not ‘too many unions’ and another on anti-partitionism.

This argues that:

The Protestant community prefers to remain within the UK than to come under a souther Catholic government. They are perfectly entitled to that preference. To deny them that right in the name of anti-imperialist, as has been done by all Catholic bodies from FF, through the Republicans, to the ‘revolutionary socialists’ is sheer political trickery.

There’s more on ‘Why The Cold War is Over’ and ‘Soclialism ‘Comes in From the Cold’.

Irish Left Archive: Marxist-Leninist Weekly, Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), 1985 November 27, 2017

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This edition of Marxist Leninist Weekly from CPI (M-L) focuses on the Anglo-Irish Agreement. It states that:

Friday November 15th, 1985, the day on which the governments of the southern Irish ‘Free’ State and of Britsih imperialism singed the Anglo-Irish Agreemnt 1985 – will go down in history along with all the other crimes back to the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed on December 6th, 1921, 64 years ago, as one of the blackest injustices perpetrated against our nation and against the inalienable right of our people to national independence and sovereignty.

In essence the publication contains but a single essay on this topic and it concludes:

Patriotic, revolutionary violence to overthrow this whole rotten system arises as THE ONLY JUST ALTERNATIVE TO CONTINUED NATIONAL ENSLAVEMENT AND DIVISION. This is part and parcel of all the national liberation movements and anti-imperialist struggles and the world proletarian socialist revolution as a whole which are a matter of NECESSITY TO SAVE THE COUNTRIES AND THE WORLD’S PEOPLE FROM IMPERIALIST SLAVERY AND FROM WORLD WAR. This is the NECESSITY FOR REVOLUTION.

And it signs off:

SMASH THE ANGLO-IRISH AGREEMENT 1985! UNITY AND FREEDOM TO THE IRISH PEOPLE! FREEDOM AND PEACE TO THE WORLD’S PEOPLE!

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