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Wood Quay Occupation News, No. 2, 12 June 1979 January 14, 2019

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To add to the collection of materials on Wood Quay here is the Occupation News from June 1979. At this stage the site of Wood Quay had been occupied by a variegated group of protesters at the proposed construction of new Civic Offices there by Dublin City Corporation. This document issued by the protesters is a four page publication that touches on a range of issues, including accounts from the occupation, a piece on the local election results of 7th of June which the protesters interpret as being in their favour as well as a piece on ‚’the Voice of the Liberties‚’ from John Gallagher, Chairman of the Liberties Association. This makes the point that for people living in the Liberties it is ‚’houses people want, not office-blocks or a dual carriageway that turn communities into dangerous traffic islands‚’.

The front page notes the local election results:

The news that [Fine Gael] Lord Mayor Paddy Belton had been sacked by the people of his Dublin constituency was unreservedly welcomed behind the barricades here at the Wood Quay site. No-one in Irish public life has opposed preservation more strenuously than Mr. Belton. There can be little doubt that those who suffered his frequent outbursts in the chamber at City hall must feel that Irish political life could only be enriched by the passing of Belton into oblivion.

It continues that:

Our friends who favour the preservation of Wood Quay and the relocation of the Civic Offices have a clear majority in the new City Council.

Irish Left Archive: Fourthwrite, Issue no. 4, Winter 2000/2001, Irish Republican Writers Group December 17, 2018

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This edition of Fourthwrite, published by the Irish Republican Writers Group, appropriately is from the Winter of 2000/2001. At a remove of eighteen years it provides an useful insight into the period after the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement was signed.

The lead article is argues that the Patten report was ‘gutted’ and that ‘the British government is imposing its own version of slicing on the North of Ireland’. It continues ‘in reality there never was any prospect of things being different… control of policing is not an optional extra for a ruling power – it is a fundamental necessity’. It is deeply sceptical of the idea that there will be real change and argues that the British Government ‘has ensured that there has been a unitary police service in NI since partition’ and that this will continue with the ‘same authority’ controlling Special Branch and ‘taking charge of traffic safety, domestic violence incidents and regulation of addictive substances’. And it suggests that for Sinn Féin and the SDLP ‘such decisions [to come to terms with policing] will not be easy… evidence suggests they will wrestle with the dilemma for some time but in the end they will make some form of accommodation with the system’.

The editorial mentions ‘harassment of IRWG members, Anthony McIntyre and Tommy Gorman’ but states that its commitment to continuing publication remains unchanged. And it asks about what tasks continue to face radical Irish Republicanism – ‘is the new republic to be a workers republic’, ‘what economic benchmark do republicans set for the citizens?’, ‘how will republicans adopt an ethical and neutral foreign policy and can a foreign policy be both?’ are questions asked amongst others.

A wide range of contributions will be found in the sixteen pages, with authors as diverse as Paul Bew and Eamon McCann.

Left Archive: The Irish People, Official Sinn Féin, September 5, 1975 December 10, 2018

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This edition of the Irish People from 1975 has a wide range of articles. The joint lead articles asserts that ‘Cork School Guarantees Jobs But Degrees Are “Bogus”‘, as well as information on the’National Strike Called by Post Office Workers’. Interestingly there are pieces on Farming People, reports on strikes, as well as an editorial on the then Rhodesia.

Left Archive: United Irishman, May 1978, Vol 36, Number 5, Sinn Féin The Workers’ Party December 3, 2018

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This edition of the United Irishman from Sinn Fein the Workers’ Party dates from May 1978. The lead article details what it describes as ‘Victory‚’ over the issue of the Belfast Ring Roads, and the text outlines the proposals of the Republican Clubs in relation to that issue.

There’s a piece on Finglas Housing Failure which outlines defective housing in that part of Dublin. There’s also a piece on how Enoch Powell was suing Des O’Hagan, then Director of Elections for SFWP over’an attack made by O’Hagan where in a speech O’Hagan argued that there were ‘similarities between the ‘blacks and Paddys go home’ policies of Powell in Britain and the ‘Prods and Planters get out’ call of the Provos and their political front groups in Ireland’.

An editorial argues that:

The only political initiative taken by the British Government in the last three years has been to increase the number of WestmInster seats in the 6 Counties. Even that decision was taken for the wrong reasons. Its purpose was to help the Labour Government in Britain and not to help the situation in Ireland.

There is notice of the opening of ‘The Bookshop’ at SFWP head office on Gardiner Place and a broad range of articles. One other is of particular interest, that being the first part of a series on ‘The Poverty of Federalism’, then the chosen political approach of PSF. This is contrasted with Republicanism and argues ‘those who stand for unitary socialist republican state should stand up and be counted now‚’.

Left Archive: Militant, Issue 243, April 1996, Militant Labour. November 26, 2018

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This edition of Militant from early 1996 is a useful addition to the Archive. Dating from the period where Militant was known as Militant Labour and prior to its adoption of the Socialist Party name it provides a sense of a pivotal point in the development of the organisation. Published after Joe Higgins narrow loss to Brian Lenihan Jnr. it shows a party energised by the contest.

Notable is the cover story which references:

Joe Higgin’s campaign in the Dublin West by-election has put the issue of double taxation, local charges firmly onto the political agenda. The parties who bourthg in charges now know how angry PAYE workers feel.

And:

The campaign must now be stepped up to achieve abolition of the charges. This can be done by building an even bigger and better campaign.

And it calls for a movement of mass non payment. Another piece notes that Militant Labour is to ‘stand in North Elections’ and on foot of the Dublin West by-election there is a piece that argues it is ‘time to build a new left’.

Left Archive: Labour Left, 1984, Irish Labour Party. November 19, 2018

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Published in 1984 Labour Left had an editorial board composed of Tony Dermondy, Ciona Kernan, Peter McDermott and Michael Taft. The magazine notes that it is ‘produced by a cooperative of Labour Party members. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Labour Left’. Others involved on the Management Committee include Frank Buckley, Brendan Halligan and Sam Nolan.

The contents is wide-ranging including an interesting analysis of Militant that argues against expelling them.

It has pieces on the White Paper on Industrial Policy, Sean Redmond argues the paper represents ‘Ideological Capitulation’. There’s a piece by Joe Duffy which has the streamline ‘the rightward trend has been halted. Students remain an important progressive force in society’. John Mitchell, leader then of IDATU provides a scathing critique of the Labour Party. There’s consideration of the balance of forces inside the British Labour Party at the time and Bob Purdie has a piece on Labour and Ireland which ‘looks at the Atlee Government’s handling of Unionism’. There’s also a guest column from Mick O’Riordain of the CPI.

A quote from the introduction on a motion calling for a Special Conference of the party ‘in response to Labour’s disastrous showing in the European elections in which it lost all its four seats’ and argues that an ideological rift exists in the party, and the leadership refuses to admit there is a crisis. This also on foot of Labour’s entry to an FG-led coalition.

It argues that ‘Dick Spring and others are content to fill themselves that ours is a problem of marketing and organisation. In some areas the left constitutes the backbone of many successful organisational endeavours yet we still must pose the questions: market what? Organise to what end?’

It explicitly argues for a ‘non-coalitionist independent socialist position’ and a ‘socialist response to the present economic crisis’ as well as ‘strengthen of links with the Trade Unions’ and ‘we encourage all socialists to join the LP. We believe we can build a mass campaigning party from the grassroots up’.

Noting that the leadership ‘fends off criticism from the TU movement, the rank and file activists and its own elected membership’ and that ‘in government it justifies the cutting of essential services while real wealth remains intact’ it notes that ’its stated reasons for being in government are explicitly negative. First it seems they must restrain their friends in FG from unleashing the full force of their cruelty upon the ‘weaker sections’ of society. FG must be saved from themselves and a potentially vengeful electorate’. Secondly it must in the ‘national interest’ save the country from FF (thee effect here is relatively positive for the two major parties’.

It concludes…

The LP as never before lacks direction and meaningful purpose. The extent of demoralisation within the party cannot be exaggerated and with worse to come the undertaking of any serious organisational tasks will take place under impossible conditions. The calling of a Special Conference would at least signal a willingness to come to terms with the party’s crisis.

Left Archive: Socialist Republic, Movement for a Socialist Republic, Number 5, 1976. November 12, 2018

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This edition of Socialist Republic joins others in the Archive. It has a range of interesting pieces – not least one on’Armed Struggle: The Way Forward?’. This argues that the Irish National Liberation Army actions‚'[are] obviously mid-way between the a latest pacifism of the Officials and the militarism of the Provos, whose definition of a ‘military target’ encompasses a great deal more than the British Army.’

By striking this balance the INLA apparently believes it has found the Marxist mean between social reformism and traditional Republicanism.

And it argues that both the INLA and the Officials despite ‘vast differences in their tactics‚’ are ‘both strategically linked to the republican tradition by their concept of the Irish People’ which it suggests are regarded as ‘an inert mass which can be activated only applying action from without.’

It contrasts this with its own view that the ‘working class constitutes the original dynamic and creative forces which makes revolutionary action possible’. And it continues by arguing that armed action ‘requires not just the passive approval of the masses but their active support.’

Other pieces critique the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, state support for Noel and Marie Murray in light of their death sentence, examine China after Mao and look at the issue of Education. All told a varied and wide-ranging contents.

Irish Left Archive: Rebel – Revolutionary Struggle No. 46 Oct 13 November 5, 2018

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This edition of RS joins those already in the Archive. It has a wide range of topics covered, The Irish Economy, Iran, a letter to Republican News and so on.

But the cover article is perhaps most interesting given that it references the end of the Hunger Strikes.

It notes that:

The hunger strikes dominated the political scene not only in Ireland – where they were the major pole all through the latter part of 1980 and this year – but in Britain too. From Australia to Quebec, Iran to Norway, Nigeria to Greece, France and the USA, international public opinion focused on the struggle of our prisoners.

In the 32 counties the two stages of the hunger strike campaign,the deaths of the 10, the continuous mass activity in support of the prisoners, left no corner of the island untouched. There was hardly a village where black flags and the black on white pictures of the hunger strikers did not tell their own stark story.

It concludes that:

Today more than ever, SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN. Silence means opportunism and refusing to stand up for our politics for the sake of unity which never was anyway.

Irish Left Archive: The Worker, No. 3 April 1972, Socialist Workers Movement October 22, 2018

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This edition of the Worker joins two already in the Archive and from the same period. The Worker was the regular publication of the Socialist Workers Movement. As with other party papers from this period it has a tabloid format and an extensive range across eight pages.

The lead story examines the issue of direct rule in Northern Ireland by London. It argues that:

The civil resistance campaign must be maintained. The defences must be kept up against sectarian and military attacks. Protestant workers will, in time, being to see that their ‘loyalism’ has brought them no particular advantage in the long run. The British ruling class is discarding their old means of dividing and ruling the whole working class. Craig’s manoeuvres could tie working class organisations, making them incapable fo defending any basic class interests.

And it suggests that:

The way forward now is to build a working class movement in the 32 counties which can challenge ether economic and political power of British and Irish capitalism, as well as maintain the necessary physical defence.

Other pieces note that editions of the Worker were seized from a car driven by Bernadette Devlin, another strongly critiques the move to enter the EEC and a near full page article later in the publication asks ‘What is the Common Market’.

It also notes that in March of 1972 the SWM affiliated to the Socialist Labour Alliance. This gives some insight into the genesis of that entity.

Irish Left Archive: Leveller – The Paper of Organise! Issue 2, August/October 2009 October 15, 2018

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This is a welcome addition to the Archive, the publication of Organise! Many thanks to Sam M for forwarding it to the Archive – part of a tranche of similar materials.

As noted previously in the Archive:

Organise! is an anarchist group based in Belfast and a local of the UK Solidarity Federation. It took its current form in 2003 as a merger between the Anarchist Federation in Ireland, the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation and other small groups and individuals.
The Organise! bulletin had been published by the Ballymena and Antrim Anarchist Group since 1986 and in 1992, they created the Organise! group. When this was dissolved in 1999, the Syndicalist Solidarity Network was formed, which later became Organise! Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation.
Organise! currently issues a local bulletin called The Leveller.
The Solidarity Federation is affiliated with the International Workers’ Association.

The Leveller is an ambitious publication, sixteen pages long and in tabloid format. There’s a wide-range of articles, with an understandable focus on Northern Ireland. So the lead article is one on ‘wildcat traffic wardens reinstated’. Other subjects addressed include ‘combatting racism and fascism means combatting capitalism’, a response to a piece in Fortnight magazine which ‘accused anti-racist activists of being pumped up vigilantes whose actions were counter-productive’.

Another piece addresses the occupation by Thomas Cook workers of their workplaces in Dublin. There’s another piece on fascists in the North and a four page supplement on Education Worker News which examines planned redundancies at QUB.

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