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Workers’ Party Statement on Situation in Greece July 2, 2015

Posted by Garibaldy in Workers' Party.

The Workers’ Party of Ireland expresses its solidarity with the people of Greece in the struggle against austerity and the humanitarian crisis it has wrought.

We condemn the actions of the EU-IMF-ECB Troika and the continuing efforts to bleed the Greek working class dry by transferring wealth from the workers of Greece to pay for the capitalist crisis. These developments take place in the context of a serious crisis within the capitalist system and the intensification of imperialist competition.

The Workers’ Party expresses its profound disgust at the actions and interventions of the Irish government which has ruthlessly pursued an agenda of austerity, privatisation and protection of the bondholders to the detriment of the Irish working class. It comes as no surprise to see this government play the role of enthusiastic cheerleader for the demand for ever-harsher austerity to be imposed on the people of Greece.

This posturing rings hollow in the ears of the hundreds of thousands unemployed, those forced to emigrate in search of work, those suffering from cuts to healthcare and other public services, those in precarious and under-paid work and those subjected to water taxes and the universal social charge.

Cuts in public services, privatisations and the sale of state assets, job losses, pay cuts and other attacks on the quality of life of workers are for the benefit of the capitalist class. There are always powerful forces supportive of such policies, members of the economic, financial and political elites that dominate individual countries and the whole world. There are political forces in every country willing and often eager to do their bidding, including in Ireland and Greece.

The attacks on the living standards of workers across Europe to bail out the bankers and the speculators are not accidental. They are not the whim of malicious politicians or sadistic individual bankers. They are inherent in the very system of capitalism which ensures that governments are run in the interests of the ruling class and the monopolies. Capitalism, whatever its manifestation, is a system of exploitation which cannot be repaired. The WPI recognises that the capitalist class adjusts its tactics and reorganises its alliances in the struggle for the preservation of its power and interests.

We support the struggle of Greek workers against the vicious attacks on their quality of life by the capitalist system under the mantra of austerity. Whether those attacks take place in the name of the Troika or of the Greek government, the results are the same – a deepening of the humanitarian crisis affecting Greek society and an increase in the power of the monopolies. Austerity is austerity, an attack on the working class, no matter who implements it.

We salute and send our solidarity to our comrades in the KKE confident that they, with their long wealth of experience and analysis, will continue the struggle on behalf of the working people, youth, pensioners, unemployed and poor of Greece. We know that they will continue the struggle to defend the quality of life for workers and to pose the socialist alternative in Greece in the months and years ahead.

The struggle to defend the interests of the working class continues in Ireland, in Greece and across the world – for democracy, for liberation from exploitation and oppression; for the protection of workers’ rights; for social justice; for solidarity; for the building of a society in which the “free development of each is the condition for the free development of all” – for socialism.

No to Austerity! Solidarity with the Working People of Greece!

International Section

Central Executive Committee

Workers’ Party of Ireland

01 July 2015

Left Archive: Irish Republican Socialist News: A publication of the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America (IRSP), Issue 1 – Summer 2008 June 29, 2015

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To download the above please click on the following link. IRSN – Issue 1

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Many thanks to the editor of this publication for forwarding it. This was a document produced and distributed in the United States in support of the the IRSP

As the editor notes:

This was published during 2008 and 2011. The first 2 issues were called Irish Republican Socialist News (IRSN) before it was changed to Seven Stars. It was intended to be published quarterly. It was handed out free of charge and was available online. Copies were sent to IRSCNA cummain in Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle, Austin, Medford, Minneapolis, and Detroit. There would have been distributed and left wing events as well as more traditional Irish Republican commemorations. This was a time when the IRSP’s paper the Starry Plough was not being reguarily published and areas such as Belfast and Derry were producing their own news sheets.

At 12 pages long, A4 and with some colour it is a very comprehensive publication. The cover story calls for an end to state repression, noting ‘the detention and vicious assault of five IRSP members in the 26 County State’. It notes that ‘some political groups rallied to the support the 5 victims of state brutality, others were astounding indifferent to the situation…where was the CPI, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party etc during all this?’

Inside it notes that ‘an April article published in the Irish Times [states] that there is no INLA connection to the drugs trade in Ireland’ quoting Det. Supt Barry O’Brien from the Garda National Drugs Unit.

There are also May Day Greetings from the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America. It notes that:

As this May Day dawns, the workers of the world remain exploited by a global capitalist class in its unending
quest for profit. The Cuban Revolution remains defiant in the face of this and Venezuela continues to pursue a progressive path, but until the working class collectively and globally rises against the capitalist order, a better world for all will remain out of reach. We, the workers, are the ones with the power to build that world, and build it we must.

Another page details the first IRSCNA Ard Fheis since 1999 and another has a May Day statement from the IRSP. There’s an interview the singer songwriter and activist Ray Collins.

There’s a lengthy assessment, ’10 years on from the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement’ and a report which was delivered by IRSP members in Catalonia. Finally there is an IRSCNA Easter Statement which notes that:

The IRSCNA is proud to continue representing the IRSM, building solidarity as well as giving practical aid and support to the best of our ability. We stand firm in the Republican Socialist tradition begun by Connolly and continued today by the IRSP. The IRSM’s political analysis and leadership has never been as sorely needed as now: the Republican Socialist analysis and programme is the only one within Irish antiimperialism
that can both understand the line of march and lead by example.

Left Archive: Labour and Socialism by Brendan Scott (1973), with an appreciation of Brendan Scott by Dr. Noel Browne, c. 1973 June 22, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Labour and Socialism Pamphlet by Brendan Scott.

To download the above please click on the following link. LAbour and Socialism

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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 posted to the Left Archive this year and next.

This is an unusual document, an essay by Brendan Scott with an appreciation of Scott by Noel Browne. The document itself was first published in 1973 and the frontispiece notes:

This essay is published as a simple tribute to Brendan by his comrades in the Labour Party Liaison Committee of the Left. his great impact in the path was through his speeches and lectures as he was primarily a teacher. This booklet will recall the fundamental so what he taught to those who knew and learned from him. For a new generation it will start again the debate and action on those ideas. In that way it will be his epitaph.

The essay asks amongst other questions, ‘what stage of development has now been achieved by the Irish people?’. It also touches on the conflict in the North and it discusses the increasing usage of the term ‘social democratic’ by the Irish Labour Party. It also notes:

We are also told time after time by Coalition Europeans, ‘Seven Days’, John Healy, Michael McInerney etc, that all the Social Democratic parties have been in coalitions; that in fact coalition is almost a sacred principle of social democracy.

And he quotes those who ‘probe for the reasons for revisionism and de-radicalisation within the European Social Democratic Parties’.

He notes that there is a very wide gulf between egalitarian and meritocratic social democracy. The former wants to get rid of privilege – the latter wants to change the rules on how privileges are allocated. Socialism seeks classlessness, Social Democracy is content with class mobility. Socialism wants industrial democracy, Social Democracy is prepared to live with a private sector dominated economy, provided there is a welfare service safety net. Socialism sees the cause of inequality as the capitalist system – Social Democracy believes it can run the system better than the capitalists.

There’s much more, including his criticism of the danger of ‘Social Democratic involvement in coalitions is the tether which this places on affiliated trade unions’ to class politics and other criticism of the ‘profound hatred of our socialist sects’.

The appreciation by Noel Browne is unabashed, speaking of Scott as ‘a revolutionary Marxist in the barren political wasteland of this Republic with its thousands of one-time socialists with nothing but guilty consciences to show for it’ and that ‘all that is certain is that we cling to our socialism, we owe this to our comrades everywhere in completing the giant jigsaw of world revolution’.

Just to note that Scott is mentioned here http://www.redbannermagazine.com/Roddy%20Connolly.pdf as someone ‘who was advocating co-operation between Labour and the republican movement’. We’d be very grateful for any further information on Scott and this publication.

Left Archive: United Irishman – An t-Eireannach Aontaithe, Meitheamh (June) 1975, Official Sinn Féin June 15, 2015

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To download the above please click on the following link. UI JUNE copy

Please click here to go the Left Archive.

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

This edition of the United Irishman from Official Sinn Féin is one of a series of United Irishman and Starry Ploughs that date from the period of the feud between the INLA and the OIRA in 1975.

This edition has a front page that argues for the ‘Civil rights answer to civil war’ and references a two page spread on Job Crisis Grows – More Firms Collapse. In relation to the death of Liam McMillen which the previous May edition had considerable coverage of there is a letter from OIRA volunteer Noel Jenkinson in Parkhurst Prison on the ‘phenomenon known as the I.R.S.P. and the serious damage being done to the Republican Movement to the advantage of the British’. Another letter sending regrets on the death of Liam McMillen from the Irlandsfronten, Norway is printed. The Editor notes that: ‘…many other tributes have arrived at Head office from all parts of the world…we feel that readers would like to know that a special commemoration was held in New York at which the oration was delivered by Liam Kelly, formerly of County Tyrone’.

The editorial does not mention those events, but instead examines in part ‘the end, however temporary, of the Provisional campaign…’. The Sinn Féin Platform column looks at both the Criminal Law (Jurisdiction) Bill and ‘the total bankruptcy of the Government’s Northern policy’. There’s also a reprint of a message from Sinn Féin to the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

There’s another long article on International Women’s Year which is prefaced as ‘the contribution by some female members of Sinn Fein to the on-going struggle to secure women’s rights. Some comparisons with Socialist countries are included to illustrate how far the women of Ireland must progress to secure equality with men’.

On the last page there is a short piece ‘I.R.A. denies attack’. It notes that the ‘Irish Republican Publicity Bureau has been asked to release the following statement issued by GHQ Irish Republican Army’ and ‘Mr. Costello has accused the Irish Republican Army of an attempt on his life. The Irish Republican Army did not shoot Mr. Costello.’

Transnational trainspotting – European parties and Internationals added to the Left Archive June 10, 2015

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We’ve added another section to the Left Archive website to list Internationals and European parties and parliamentary groups. The idea is to show how different Irish organisations link up internationally, and also with each other via these affiliations.

So, for example, listing the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties shows the cooperation between the Workers’ Party and CPI with the KKE and other groups. For an earlier 20th Century example, the various Irish affiliates to the Comintern are listed here.

There’s every possibility of errors here, but hopefully this provides some useful extra detail to the archive. No doubt there are CLR readers with a better grasp of the detail than what I’ve pieced together, so as ever, any corrections or comments are welcome.

Left Archive: Starry Plough Number 2, Bealtaine 1975, Irish Republican Socialist Party. June 8, 2015

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To download the above please click on the following link. SP 2 VOL 1 MAY 1975

Please click here to go the Left Archive.

Many thanks to the long term contributor who forwarded this to the Archive. This is the second edition of the IRSP newspaper, the Starry Plough – the first one was posted last month, produced in the aftermath of the split from Official Sinn Féin which precipitated the foundation of that organisation.

The front cover has the headline ‘Break The Connection: Fight for a national liberation and a Socialist Republic!’.

Inside the Eagarfhocal asks ‘Feud or Fascism’ when it outlines a series of murders of IRSP members in Belfast. It argues that:

Previously IRSP members were, in the main, members of an organisation which often won the admiration of the Irish people by exposing and opposing such issues as the corruption of the northern state, the robbery of our mineral wealth, the shocking housing problem in our cities; and so forth. These members were acceptable then, to the Officials’ leadership, and indeed, many were to the forefront in the struggle of the working class.

If the leadership had decided to allow open and free discussion within the Republican Movement, to solve the policy differences that arose from 1970 onwards, probably there would be no IRSP today. But, instead, over period of two years, the leadership carried out a successful with hunt of the opposition to such an extent that only 15 votes were cast against the leadership at its last ardfheis. There was no option for the remaining dissenters but to form a new party.

Still the Officials came after IRSP members and associates to jackboot them into submission and final disbandment. While their typewriters clicked out angry words against British imperialism and its terror troops, their fists and boots tortured IRSP members while their guns gored, crippled and maimed them.

The Officials will not talk to the IRSP although the IRSP has accepted nine different intermediaries, have stood down members in Belfast, demanded a temporary ceasefire of its recent protectors and even offered one national executive member a s hostage to show their goodwill. They will not allow the IRSP the right to form a separate party and let the working class an history judge who is correct.

It concludes:

Even now we would be quite prepared to work with the Officials on any issue which would help to make national liberation and socialism a fact for the Irish working class, rather than hopeful but long term dream.

Articles inside include a piece on Internment which notes that ‘[PIRA] ceasefire or no ceasefire, Internment is here to stay and will continue despite the fact that batches of the internees are being released in dribs and drabs’. There is a report from the ‘First IRSP Ard Fheis which notes that 1000 delegates attended and that ‘visitors, some of them representing other revolutionary groups from at home and abroad, were also present’. It reports that on a discussion on Internal Democracy and Democratic Centralism ‘an amended resolution was overwhelmingly accepted by conference… which permits full freedom for discussion and debate within the party and for maximum unity in action outside the party’. It did however reject factions in the party. It also noted that delegates accepted that the struggle against foreign imperialism and native capitalism is one struggle. Also mentioned was the centrality of equal rights for women.

A long excerpt from Seamus Costello’s chairman’s speech is given. Interestingly it includes the following:

In doing this we recognise quite clearly that the struggle for National Liberation must reach a successful conclusion before we can establish a Socialist Republic.

There is also a piece entitled ‘Who Shot McMillan?’ which suggests that the murder of Liam [Billy] McMillan ‘a member of the Ard Comhairle of Sinn Féin was the work of an ‘agent provocateur’ said Seamus Costello, chairman of the I.R.S.P.’ and that ‘the shooting is particularly sinister in view of the fact that the dispute between the IRSP and the Officials is almost at an end.’

It continues:

Mr. Jim McCorry, a member of the National Executive of the IRSP said his organisation was in no way involved in the kiling. He had checked with all branches in the city.

Other pieces include an overview of ‘A Victory that shook the World’ that focuses on the victory of the NLF in Vietnam (and has a passing mention of  the offensive by the Khmer Rouge in neighbouring Cambodia) and an account of how the ‘party zooms ahead in south Derry’.

Left Archive: Catalyst – Empowerment, Ecology, Evolution, Number 4, Summer 1997 June 1, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Catalyst Magazine - Empowerment, Ecology, Evolution (1990s), Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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To download the above please click on the following link. CATALYST 4

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Many thanks to IEL at Irish Election Literature for forwarding this to the Archive.

This is an interesting addition to the Archive, Catalyst magazine published during the 1990s and representative of strands positioned within the broad ecological movement. The magazine itself was produced by dint of assistance from the Area Based Allowance according to the editorial – ‘an initiative of the Dept. of Social Welfare to promote employment’ and it notes that it was exploring ways ‘to establish Catalyst as a sustainable business’.

It also notes that ‘The eight months since the last issue appeared have been active ones for us – much visualisation, strategy and energy put in to manifesting our ideals in our living. We’ve been led to some important connections and insights, many of which are reflected in the articles we’ve assembled for you.

It continues:

It has been wonderful for us to witness and participate in the wave of personal and community healing and empowerment that is so obviously, slowly and surely revolutionising life in Ireland. The scale of our challenges here becomes apparent when one reads about the water pollution scandal or infringements on civil liberties.

The contents is very varied with revised of The Solstice Bograve and news of how the Octagon free party was raided. There’s a piece on various ‘collectives’ including Garden of Delight, Dublin Alternative Radio Collective and Soul Gun Warriors. Another examines ‘internet sites and info’.

There’s a series of pieces on hemp, the Glending Forests, Waste Disposal in Co. Clare and Genetic Engineering. Others address the Arms Trade with specific focus on Irish companies involved, Greenpeace, Community News amongst others.

There’s a long piece on the Zapatistas uprising in Mexico and information on an ‘expected extraterrestrial intelligence contact’ in Ireland. All told an unusual mix.

Any other copies would be welcome.

Left Archive: United Irishman – An t-Eireannach Aontaithe, Bealtaine (May) 1975, Official Sinn Féin May 25, 2015

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


To download the above please click on the following link. UI LMC MAY 1975 copy

Please click here to go the Left Archive.

This edition of the United Irishman from Official Sinn Féin is of a piece with the issue of the Starry Plough posted up in the Archive last week. The headline is ‘Tribute to Liam Mac Maolain (Billy McMillen) who was commander of the Belfast Brigade of the Official IRA at the time and was killed by the INLA during the feud following the establishment of that organisation.

This edition, published at the height of the feud includes reports on the murder of OSF member Paul Crawford and a centre spread that offers an overview of the life of McMillen as well as excerpts from the oration at his funeral. It contains the following taken from a statement issued by the Ard Comhairle of Official Sinn Féin:

Mr. Liam McMillen was a lifelong Republican, a member of the Ard Comhairle of Sinn Fein for the past ten years, he was one of the architects of the present policy of the Republican Movement. He was totally committed to the anti-sectarian struggle and one of the foremost in promoting dialogue between the Northern Roman Catholic and Protestant communities and people’s organisation on a wide range of issues form housing conditions to saving individual lives. He opposed with all his ability both the attacks of the British Army and the efforts of the Provisional o involved the Republican movement in the mildness anti-civilian bombing campaign for the Provisionals. He stood above all others in the Six Counties as a bulwark against the Republican Movement being drawn into a situation which would ultimately end in the destruction of the Movement and postpone for years the chance of genuine national political and economic emancipation.

This statement also contains the following:

With regard to [an IRSP] statement, the IRSP claim that there were developments in the ‘dispute’ between the RISP and the IRA. The truth is that Jim McCorry contacted a member off the Alliancd Paryt in Turf Lodge asking for talks with the IRA an date PLA. In fact, the PLA is the IRSP. The statement by the IRSP that their members were not involved simply means that the killing was done under the name PLA. The attacks on our membership over the past few months have been carried out by full-time paid killers, mercenaries, whose purpose is to smash our organisation.

The oration by Cathal Goulding includes this:

[Liam McMillen] recognised that the first and greatest enemy was British imperialism and he fought for separation. But he also saw the failure of blind nationalism and he struggled for civil rights. He felt the need of the people of the Six Counties for peace and maintained a ceasefire. He heard the demand for political action and he died on his way from election headquarters. He recognised the dangers of sectarian civil war and he was murdered by those who would, as coldly and cynically as they shot him, start the sectarian conflict that would consume the working class.

It is worth noting the tone of the oration is particularly heated in relation to Seamus Costello and Bernadette McAliskey (who was involved in the IRSP for a relatively brief period of time).

Notable in the document is the focus on other issues including a report on the Ard Fheis of Chonradh na Gaeilge, a piece calling on people to ‘Oppose the Collaboration’ between the Dublin Government and the British Government on security matters on an all-island basis. There’s mention of a ‘police attack on Cork Sinn Féin HQ’ and in international affairs an article on the then Czechoslovakia which takes a very positive view of ‘the intervention in the country of the armies of the Warsaw Pact countries’ where it suggests that ‘the intervention only lasted for a very short time. There was no mass repression, no exceptions, no bombing, no internment, no attempt to take over Czech industry and natural resources, no attempt to break up or divide Czechoslovakia and no attempt to destroy the culture or language of the Czech people’ and concludes that ‘Despite the troubles of the past, Czechs have a bright future ahead of the them’. Another piece examines the conflict in Angola.

The last page contains a number of pieces on unemployment and the right to work and an application form to ‘Join the Republican Movement’.

Left Archive: Starry Plough Number 1, Aibrean 1975, Irish Republican Socialist Party. May 18, 2015

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To download the above please click on the following link. IRSP SP 1 AIBREAN 1975

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

Many thanks to the long term contributor who forwarded this to the Archive. This is the first edition of the IRSP newspaper, the Starry Plough, produced in the aftermath of the split from Official Sinn Féin which precipitated the foundation of that organisation.

The Archive has acquired, and is promised, a range of publications from that year and will post them up across the next sixth monnts in order to offer as full a picture as possible of the events that took place then. Any further materials that are relevant to the Archive in relation to this would be very gratefully accepted – currently we are missing some United Irishman from earlier that year.

On the front page under the heading I.R.S.P. – the Way Forward is an outline of the formation of the IRSP ‘at a meeting held in Dublin on Sunday, December 8th 1974… attended by approximately 80 delegates from Belfast, Armagh, Co. Derry, Derry City, Donegal, Wicklow, Cork, Clare, Dublin, Limerick and Tipperary’.

It notes that ‘It was unanimously agreed that the object of the Party would be to ‘End Imperialist Rule in Ireland and Establish a 32 County Democratic Socialist Republic, with the Working Class in control of the Means of Production, Distribution and Exchange’.

It further outlines the policies of the IRSP in relation to North and South.

Inside it includes a piece with ‘members outlining their reasons for [resigning from Sinn Féin (Gardiner Place)’ and another that notes ‘West German Group Backs I.R.S.P.’

It reports from the first public meeting of the organisation in Dublin in February where ‘Seamus Costello told the meting that the development of class politics in Ireland – which would bring an end to the sectarian murder campaign in the North – could only be achieved by the ending of British interference in Ireland’. Bernadette McAliskey is quoted as saying that the ‘I.R.S.P. was an attempt to create a revolutionary socialist alternative to 800 years of failure’.

The editorial argues that the new organisation ‘is not an organisation intent on fragmenting further the anti-imperialist or socialist forces in Ireland’.

There is a long interview with Seamus Costello in the paper and listings of Easter Commemorations. There is also mention of International Woman’s Year and an Easter Statement from the National Executive I.R.S.P.

Left Archive: Saoirse: Irish Freedom (incorporating Republican Bulletin-Iris na Poblachta), Uimhir. 1 Bealtaine – May 1987, Republican Sinn Féin May 11, 2015

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To download the above please click on the following link. Saoirse:RSF 1987

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

This paper published by Republican Sinn Féin is eight pages long. It is focused on various matters including the then upcoming referendum on the Single European Act. It includes a piece entitled ‘The Leinster House Rip-Off’ which outlines pensions, salaries, allowances and expenses and tax relief for TDs. There is a short piece on harassment of RSF activists by the Special Task Force.

There’s also a long report on Easter 1987 and how ‘Ireland Honours Her Patriot Dead’ with a list of commemorative activities from across the island.

There’s also an Easter Statement from the Republican Sinn Féin leadership which argues that:

For the men and women of 1916 there was to be no half-way house, no stepping stones to freedom, no Westminster, Stormont or Leinster House. That has been the position of those who fought, suffered and died for Irish Freedom in the centuries of resistance to British rule before the great event we commemorate today, and in the struggle does the years since 1916.

That is also the position of Republican Sinn Féin in 1987. The constitution of Sinn Féin to which we adhere says that for a SF elected representative to accept and take part in any parliament other than that of the All-Ireland Republic of 1916 is ‘an act of treachery to be dealt with as such’.

As well as restating their support for ‘the right of the Irish people to use whatever measure of controlled and disciplined force is necessary to secure a British withdrawal from Ireland’ it also asserts that RSF:

…rejects the imperialist social and economic system operating in Ireland which is now in crisis. it is at present engaged in crushing further the poor and oppressed so that the rich may continue to prosper. We pledge ourselves to fight it at every opportunity.

We reject both power-blocs, East and West; we oppose all military alliances and seek a neutral, non-aligned Ireland.


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