Workers’ Party Statement on Situation in Greece July 2, 2015Posted 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!
Central Executive Committee
Workers’ Party of Ireland
01 July 2015
Left Archive: United Irishman – An t-Eireannach Aontaithe, Meitheamh (June) 1975, Official Sinn Féin June 15, 2015Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Official Sinn Féin, Workers' Party.
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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, 2015Posted by Aonrud ⚘ in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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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.
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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 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, 2015Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Official Sinn Féin.
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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: Saoirse: Irish Freedom (incorporating Republican Bulletin-Iris na Poblachta), Uimhir. 1 Bealtaine – May 1987, Republican Sinn Féin May 11, 2015Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Republican Sinn Féin.
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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.