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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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Left Archive: Making Sense, Workers’ Party, No. 10 May/June 1989 November 6, 2017

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This edition of Making Sense, the Workers’ Party publication joins others in the Archive. Most notable is a piece by Ellen Hazelkorn and Paul Sweeney which examines the ‘issues raised by Proinsias de Rossa in his Presidential address to this year’s WP conference’. It engages with a ‘significant revision of the WP’s concept of socialism and the market contained in the speech. In it we are told that ‘we define Socialism by letting the people tell us what they want from Socialism’, people ‘all over Europe, want socialism to be democratic’ rather than economic or coercive. The authors are mildly but pointedly critical of much of this in the three pages of the piece.

Other articles include Rosheen Callender examining Basic Income, the Left in Europe, Cuba and book reviews.

Left Archive: Irish Socialist Review – Communist Party of Ireland, No. 1 1970 October 30, 2017

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This is a fascinating document, the very first issue of Socialist Review from the Communist Party of Ireland. It promotes itself as the Lenin Centenary Edition but the editorial eschews mention of him and instead focusing on the recent unity resolution of the Irish Workers Party and the Communist Party of Northern Ireland to come together as the CPI. It argues that:

At a time when among the Left forces there is far too much in-fighting, division and quarrelling about questions not immediately essential, the Irish Communists have shown the leadership and political duty of the day by endorsing a united policy in the struggle against capitalism and imperialism.

Oddly there is no mention of the conflict in the North.

The rest of the publication contains pieces on Lenin: His Life and Achievement, On the National Question by Sam Nolan, Lenin on Ireland, How Imperialism Rules Now by A Raftery, Lenin on the rule of the People and Lenin’s Kind of Party. There’s also a piece by a Soviet Historian on Connolly. All told a very polished publication.

Left Archive: The Labour Party Outline Policy: Health Social Welfare, Irish Labour Party, 1969 October 16, 2017

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This document joins others outlining policy from the Irish Labour Party at the beginning of the 1970s. The fact that Health and Social Welfare are combined largely under the same heading is interesting. However the Labour Party argues ‘that the community has the responsibility of providing a free medical health service for all citizens without distinction’. It also dismisses the ‘conservative government now in power which proposes to introduce free choice of doctor without fee for some 30% of the population. It does not accept responsibility for providing the middle income group with similar facilities’. The document is strongly in favour of community health care and is quite comprehensive addressing geriatric care, mental health and research. In terms of funding it supports expenditure funded by the state and is against ‘flat insurance based schemes’ due to their lack of redistributive effect.

Similarly with social welfare the party argues that ‘the role of social services is central to any democratic socialist programme’. And it continues ‘the objective of this social welfare policy is to secure for each person a basic standard of living in terms of income and services, thereby eliminating poverty from society’.

It argues for a Social Fund and a Department of Social Development which would be responsible for co-ordination of social services.

Notable is the unabashed language of democratic socialism.

Left Archive: Fownes Street Journal – Women’s Liberation Movement, Vol. 1, No. 2, June 1972 October 9, 2017

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This is a notable addition to the Archive. The Fownes Street Journal published in 1972 was produced by one of the Women’s Liberation groups that were established after the breakup of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement which had been extant in the early 1970s for a number of years. It appears to have been a consciously non-party political grouping which espoused non-violence. It succeeded in printing at least two issues of the Fownes Street Journal.

The first article suggests why readers should join Women’s Liberation arguing that:

…it [means] that if it is a successful movement you should be able to follow any career (including motherhood) for which you have the ability with no more of the setbacks than those common to the human race. This means, of course that you should be able to receive the education suited to your talents – not just something thought suitable for the generalised woman.

It should mean that you will have equal rights and responsibilities running a house and family, and that if you are unfortunate to end up in a criminal court, there will be at least 6 women on the jury. It should mean that planning your family is a matter for individual conscience and the teachings of your chosen religion rather than a matter for Government control.

It should mean that the care of the children falls equally on men and women and that the consequence of desertion, being the parent of an illegitimate child or sling a partner through death, depend on the misfortune, rather than the sex of the victim.

It should mean that society will be neither male dominated as it is at present, or female-dominated as some fear it will be if Women’s Liberation is successful.

It should mean that working conditions, salaries etc depend not he job and not on the sex of the worker.

In addition to many snippets of information detailing discrimination there are pieces on Women and Nonviolence which explicitly argues for a non-violent approach in campaigning for women’s liberation, a letters page which includes a communication from an Asst. Librarian which details the marriage ban and how the writer is forced to resign on marriage. As the letter points out, this is ‘a perfect waste’ given her education, her experience and research.

There’s a (at this remove) remarkable account of Career Information Leaflets from the Dept. of Labour which while comprehensive ‘ at the same time limiting in that after each pamphlet listed there is a designation as to which sex has been deemed suitable for this particular occupation’.

And on the last page there’s an account of how the first woman to sit on a coroner’s Jury had done so recently thereby breaking ‘an eight century long tradition’. It goes on to note that the situation in criminal cases was (then) somewhat different ‘because women make up such a small percentage of property owners it is not considered worthwhile to include them automatically on lists of jurors. A women who is eligible for jury service and who considers it her duty as a citizen must apply to the city sheriff to be included not he list of jurors. Here is where the system breaks down in a CATCH 22 stalemate: The occasional woman who appears on a jury is generally objected to on the grounds that volunteering indicated a dangerous tendency and who but a crank would do so’.

Any further information on the Fownes Street Journal and this particular time in respect to feminist and women’s liberation activism and links to materials outlining same would be very much appreciated.

Left Archive: The Blanket – Vol 1, No. 1, Winter 2002 September 25, 2017

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A range of documents were donated to the Archive from a number of groups and organisations from the 2000-2002 period. We’ll be posting them up over the Summer in order to get a sense of the specific concerns during that period, now a good decade and a half ago. This is the first.

This edition, number 1, of the Blanket is particularly fascinating. Issued in Winter 2002 it has a pessimistic tone with various contributions including a front page article by Liam O’Ruairc arguing that ‘Irish Republicanism is in crisis’. An interview with Marion Price states that ‘I wouldn’t consider SF of today being republicans, I see SF as being a nationalist party… for Republicans I think we had a setback’.

An editorial by O’Ruairc and Anthony McIntyre reiterates this:

…this journal is also very conscious that Irish Republicanism is at present facing a serious crisis. To attempt to solve this crisis, this journal intends to regenerate what is best in the Irish Republican tradition. We believe that what is most valid in it could e summarised as the ‘three Ds’; defiance, defence and dissent. Any society needs dissent from the structures of power, defence against the structures of power and to defy the structures of power. Provisional Republicanism long enough provided that until those ideas were ‘decommissioned’ by people claiming to be Republicans. Failure to regenerate them today will allow Truceleers and Good Friday Solders to use the Republican tradition to legitimate their own ends.

There is much more including book reviews, an article addressing unionism and decommissioning and reports on issues outside of Ireland.

An important addition to the Archive.

Left Archive: Irish Anarchist Bulletin and stickers, c. 2000s. August 7, 2017

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A short one page publication this week. This was produced jointly by the Workers Solidarity Movement and Organise!-IWA. It outlines a range of activities and meetings held by both organisations both jointly and separately. It focuses on a ‘National Day of Action Against Racism’ and also has a piece by Organise!-IWA members who participated in ‘the Ideas and Action national anarchist gathering hosted by the WSM’. Also included is a list of other organisations which anarchists are involved in.

Also included in this post are various stickers produced by anarchist organisations on the island.

Left Archive: Communism in Ireland, British and Irish Communist Organisation, c.1977 July 31, 2017

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This is an interesting addition to the collection of publications from BICO in the Left Archive. Sixteen pages long, it provides an overview of the history of the Communist Party of Ireland from the perspective of the British and Irish Communist Organisation.

It is reasonable to argue that this perspective is deeply critical. Some flavour of this is evident from the opening words of the introduction:

The Communist Party of Ireland has constantly placed itself in a rearguard position, fighting at every stage of the development of Irish society to prevent the society form abandoning ideals which it was outgrowing…

The effect of this ideology has been to shackle the small section of the Irish working class that fell under community influence to the reactionary and unreliable ideals of national self-sufficiency, ‘national’ unification and defence of the small producer. Basically the CPI has been powerless to retard social development. Realising its impotence the CPI has sought alliances in strange quarters. These have included the republican movement and the most reactionary sections of the Catholic Church.

The remainder of the work is divided into various chapters addressing the development of the CPI.

Left Archive: Grapevine – Newsletter of the Irish School-Students Union (I.S.U.), No. 3, September 1972 July 24, 2017

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Many thanks to Jim Monaghan for forwarding this very interesting document – issued by the Irish School Students Union from 1972. The newsletter outlines a range of activities that the ISU was involved in including meeting the Chief Executive officer of the VEC – as well as noting that they were unable to attend a meeting on Youth Security in Helsinki.

It would be very useful to have further information on the ISU and its goals.

Also included is a leaflet demanding the establishment of a Secondary Students Union which presumably predates the above document.

Left Archive: People’s Voice, No. 2, Saor Éire (Cork), December 1968 [Repost] July 17, 2017

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This repost of the Saor Éire (Cork) publication People’s Voice brings a better copy of the edition to the Archive and many thanks to Jim Lane for that. There’s much to consider in the 12 page issue. It has a range of articles – one on TACA (which notes that ‘Jobbery is our game’), an outline of the position of workers under Franco, another on Nixon, a piece on ‘The Red Flag over Knocklong’ and another on the Derry Riots.

Perhaps most interesting is an Open Letter to Republicans. This is in response to  an article in the November 1968 issue of the United Irishman entitled ‘The dilemma of Sinn Féin’.

Saor Éire argue that:

 

…regardless of our well known hostility towards the political course pursued by the movement over the past few years, we will be the first to admit that it certainly appears to have had the positive, and therefore welcome effect of shaking the movement out of the lethargy and political fantasy which had dogged it for so long.

 

And it continues that while the article in the UI saw the dilemma being that SF faced a ‘stronger radical movement made up of the Free State Labour Party in alliance with the Trade Unions’ it sees it differently.

 

In our view the [Labour Party is not a radical body], it never has been and it never will be. And in all fairness to that party, it has never claimed to be radical, in the sense that the term is clearly understood by revolutionaries.

And it continues that the real dilemma facing the Republican Movement is parliamentarianism.

 

REFORM OR REVOLUTION: THIS IS the question now facing Radical Republicans. The present Republican Movement, due to factors endowed by its organised life, and by the middle class ideology which originally instituted and shaped its structure, is incapable of reorientation to meet the requirements presently demanded of a radical movement. therefore for Republican radicals to continue to uphold the movement in the light of recent disclosures means in effect they opt for reformism and cease to be radicals.

And in conclusion it calls for the building of a ‘new movement, which by being radical in its objects, will also be the true inheritor of that revolutionary pattern of development that is the proud tradition of our people’.

 

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