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Left Archive: ‘Leaders’ Handbook’ for Workers Party Youth, 1987 July 15, 2019

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This ‘Leaders’ Handbook’ for Workers Party Youth dates from 1987. In a full 34 pages it covers a range of issues from ‘Where to Start’, ‘Running a Youth-Group’, ‘Financing a Youth-Group’, ‘Running a Campaign’, ‘Publicity’, ‘Speaking in Public’ and ‘Useful Addresses’ for both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The Introduction outlines the purpose of the pamphlet, noting that:

…it is to give youth officers, leaders of youth-groups and youth members in general, some ideas and practical information on setting up and running a youth-group. The task of building a progressive youth movement, involving working class youth, is one which is vital to the future our Party, our class and socialism in Ireland. We long ago recognised that young people have their own interests, needs and level of commitment, and that therefore we need a youth movement to cater for them.

And:

The ideology of Capitalism, of the ruling class is the dominant one in our society. Its values and ideas are spread throughout the educational system, and a myriad of other agencies and organisations legitimise this position in society.

It is not surprising therefore that most young people form working class areas leave school with no real understanding of the world around them. They have not got the conceptual tools to even start asking he right questions about the world, never mind come up with the right answers.

It continues:

Hopefully it is clear form these brief comments that our movement should be primarily educational, with agitation taking second place. We must seek to develop a range of activities and a style of work that will build young working class people’s confidence in themselves , get them to participate in organising things, give them the tools to assess and analyse their society and world.

It outlines the structures and orientation of such approaches:

The best term to describe the sort of youth-groups we should aim for is ‘political youth clubs’. A type of youth organisation that, unlike the traditional youth club, take the development of young people that one logical step further, into politics, into gaining control over their lives. Youth groups that deal not just with the concerns fo the individual but also the collective, and see the solution to the problems young people face in terms of collective action.

The relationship between the youth movement and the Party is a very important one. The youth movement, while it must lead its own existence, is ultimately under the political direction of the Party.

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Wood Quay Occupation News July 8, 2019

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As noted previously the Wood Quay protests of 1978 and 1979 were not explicitly left-wing, however in the materials used to promote the protests and occupation there was an appeal to trade unionists and others. Individuals later prominent in the Labour Party and other groups were involved.

The collection brings together documents related to the campaign. Many thanks to the family of Leo Swan for forwarding these documents to the Left Archive.

This edition of Wood Quay News is arguably slightly better produced than previous ones. Dating from June 1979 it includes photographs and a banner.

It outlines the occupation and the injunctions taken out against nine of those on the site. Broadly speaking it is optimistic about the future noting the visit of the newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, William Cumiskey, to the site. There is even a ‘Plan for Wood Quay’ that details an education centre, housing, restaurant and so on.

The front page article details the occupation and argues that ‘it was a protest for the rights of democracy against the inertia of bureaucracy, for the wishes of the citizens of Dublin against the wishes of the Corporation. These wishes were clearly shown by the voters during the protest… a new Council, pro-Wood Quay has been elected.’

And it argues that ‘this twenty-day protest both in its personalities, execution and success was unprecedented. Although the Supreme Court has found against the protestors, Wood Quay will be saved’.

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Irish Left Archive: Workers Party General Secretary’s Report 1987 July 1, 2019

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As with other General Secretary’s Reports from the Workers’ Party this document covers a broad range of areas relating to the development and activity of the party. There are short pieces detail attendance at meetings of party bodies, an outline of party activity in the Dáil and then areas of interest or activity by party committees. So one will read an Environment & Local Government Committee Report, the Finance Committee, Health and Social Services Committee and so on.

There are some interesting aspects discussed. The Finance Committee Report notes in passing ‘In NI we are faced with a situation where the law does not allow for political parties gaining a permit for any sort of public collection. This obviously creates difficulties and places restrains on the ability of the local organisation to generate funds fo the party. While most areas have surmounted this difficulty, we would call for a greater effort from those constituencies outside of Belfast in the fund raising efforts for the Party Centre’.

The issue of ‘Associate Membership’ is described as a positive ‘half-way house to full membership. These supporters must be invited to all events’. Mention is made in the National Youth Committee Report that ‘the class structure of the student population [at third level] has changed and the small number of working class students are being squeezed out. However, we have still made progress and have recruited new members to the party and become active in many smaller colleges as well as the large universities’. The National Women’s Committee Report notes that ‘ we would like to be confident that all branches are convinced of the necessity to develop and adapt flexible methods of organisation to allow us to tap the receiver of commitment and talent amongst women. Though it is a matter for concern that some branches have a very low percentage of women members, there are many areas however where the ratio of women members has levelled out in recent years and it is a fact that women share a fair proportion of responsible positions within. The local organisation’.

The General Secretary’s Report argues that:

Few would now deny that the Workers’ Party has established itself as the party fo the Irish working class, particularly coming after the results of the recent general election in the Republic and the steady growth and activity of the Party in Northern Ireland.

And it concludes:

Given the immense task the Party has to accomplish it is essential that we use our time and resources to the maximum possible advantage. Very often, as we all know too well, time spent at many meetings at all levels of the Party could be more profitably spent if the meetings were better organised and properly structured.

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Left Archive: Socialist Labour Party: Trade Union and Unemployed Workers Group, resolutions for Conference, 1978 June 24, 2019

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This month we intend to post up documents from the Socialist Labour Party which existed in the late 1970s and was a serious attempt to construct a further left platform party.

This latest addition is a short document from the Socialist Labour Party includes resolutions from the Trade Union and Unemployed Workers Group and a covering letter from the steering committee which includes some names familiar from the Irish left.

The letter notes that ‘two resolutions were deferred to a later date’ and announces a half day conference of the Group on the theme of ‘Trade Union Democracy and the Rank and File’.

It asks that ‘all trade unionists and unemployed members ensure that their names and union-membership are registered with the General-Secretary so that the Group can contact them’ and asks branches to send ‘information about strikes, disputes and issues affecting their unions so that the industrial and unemployed activity of Party members can be coordinated’.

The resolutions cover a wide range of areas – from those calling on the commission of a publication of ‘an easy to read, popular and cheap pamphlet on ‘Fighting for the Right to Work’ to the structure of the TU&UWG itself and calls for a minimum wage and 35 hour week.

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Left Archive: Socialist Labour Party, Opening Address from Matt Merrigan. May 27th 1978 June 17, 2019

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This month we intend to post up documents from the Socialist Labour Party which existed in the late 1970s and was a serious attempt to construct a further left platform party. Many thanks to the many people who forwarded these documents to the Archive.

This document from the SLP conference in 1978 comprises the opening address by Chairman Matt Merrigan.

He opens the speech by noting:

It is my fervent hope that this weekend will mark a watershed ninth development of a national debate on the necessity to weld together the serious socialist groupings on the left of Irish politics and to use that political bridgehead to thrust for state power to establish a Socialist Workers’ Republic in the whole of Ireland.

He strikes a curious note in his closing remarks:

Let the SLP and all the tendencies in it take up that challenge on behalf of the Rise people in a determined united way.

If there are those amongst us who see these task being performed better by any other organised entities outside and apart from the SLP, I would respectfully ask them to formally join and work Winton those organisations and let the rest of us get one with some serious work.

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Left Archive: Socialist Labour Party Conference Bulletin, Socialist Worker Review, May 1978 June 10, 2019

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This month we intend to post up documents from the Socialist Labour Party which existed in the late 1970s and was a serious attempt to construct a further left platform party. Many thanks to the many people who forwarded these documents to the Archive.

This seven page document was issued by those around the Socialist Workers Review – essentially the Socialist Workers Movement. It notes that they ‘wish to outline their view son a number of specific issues raised in the policy documents as a contribution to the clarifying of the debate’.

It argues that there is a need for the SLP to have ‘real forces to argue for our policies – real forces that have established credibility amongst their fellow workers’. And it argues that this is only established on a ‘day to day basis’ and through ‘consistent work fo building up the sales of Socialist Labour inside and outside the factory gates and on a door to door bass on the housing estates’.

It also argues for ‘a national initiative from the SLP which can help to guide our work and focus our activity. To be specific; there is a need for the SLP nationally to take the lead in the campaign for rights to contraception….and for the SLP to become identified as the party which takes up the struggle against unemployment in an active fighting way… and raise support for the the struggle for political status in the North’.

The document is broken down into further sections on The National Question, Womens Policy Document and A Workers Government.

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Left Archive: Fourthwrite, Journal of the Irish Republican Writers Group – Issue Number 3, Autumn 2000 May 20, 2019

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This edition of Fourthwrite joins another in the Archive. As with the other editions it covers a considerable area in terms of content.

The front page article under the heading ‘Devolution of Pomp’ criticises the recent suspension of the Assembly which only ended with the decision by PIRA to open arms dumps to inspection. And it argues that:

Whether there will ever be sufficient agent to make the Assembly (or indeed the Six-County state) work is open to serious question.

Interestingly in the editorial mention is made of criticism of Fourthwrite for not excluding from the pages of the magazine ‘those who are diametrically opposed to republicanism. An argument is made that we are providing a vehicle of expression for the ‘pro-British’ lobby.’ The editorial notes that anti-republican sentiment is well catered for and that it remains the policy of the magazine to ‘engage in debate with our opponents, and we cannot do that and deny them their voice at the table’.

Other pieces in the publication include Arther Aughey on ‘Contemporary Irish republicanism’, ‘Revisionism’ by Liam O’Ruairc, ‘The Prisoners’ by Brendan Hughes and ‘Loyalist Platform’ by Joe Craig.

Also included in this edition is a Special Supplement that examines the then recent shooting of Joseph O’Connor in West Belfast and the intimidation of Republican Writers Group members subsequent to that for a statement that was issued by them. It includes statements from the SWP, IRSP and other groups in support of the RWG.

To download the Special Supplement please click on the following link. fourthwrite-may-2019-supplement.pdf

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Left Archive: Voice of Revolution Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) Vol. 9 No. 13 April 20th, 1985 May 6, 2019

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Appropriately, here is Voice of Revolution from the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) calling on workers to ‚’Celebrate May Day!‚’at a Rally at the GPO in Dublin.

It argues:

May the First – the Day of the International Working Class – is a revolutionary holiday and festival for workers of all countries.

On this day workers workers all over the world march and demonstrate their total opposition to the capitalist system, class exploitation and oppression and reaction of all kinds, including national oppression by imperialism.

They demonstrate their confidence and determination to overthrow this rotten system of world imperialism and capitalism and replace it with the system which alone represents the true dignity of humanity – the socialist system – the first sage of communism in which class exploitation is abolished as well as all other products of class rule, such as fascism and racism, unemployment and crises (the fellow travellers of capitalism) and where the basis for the double oppression and exploitation of women is also eradicated.

Also in this eight page edition is a multipage report on the then recent funeral of Comrade Enver Hoxha of Albania as well as a long piece from his successo Ramiz Alia.

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Left Archive: Reasons to vote No to the Lisbon Treaty, Socialist Workers Party, 2008 April 29, 2019

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This is a very long document, published in 2008, written by Kieran Allen and outlining the reasons to vote no to the Lisbon Treaty. In order to make this case it presents six chapters, The Rise of a Neo-Liberal Europe, The ‘Lock-In’ of Corporate Rule, The EU and Militarism, This is Not What Democracy looks like, The Yes Chorus, What is at stake? And finally ‘What you can do’.

The introduction notes that:

In 2008, we will be the only ones to vote on the Lisbon Treaty. The four million strong population of a small island will be voting on behalf of the other 450 million Europeans. This unique situation has arisen because a Kilkennyfarmer-turned-academic, Raymond Crotty, dared to legally challengethe Irish government in the late eighties over its handling of the Single European Act. His victory ensured that successive Irish governments would have to hold referenda on similar treaties. Their counterparts in the rest of Europe have, unfortunately, more room to manoeuvre.

And argues that:

Constitutions normally outline general principles that guarantee freedoms for citizens. Rarely, are they based on detailed economic proposals that ‘lock in’ future generations to current economic strategies. Yet this is precisely what the Lisbon Treaty does.
At its core are a number of articles which turn the current neoliberal orthodoxy into a legal straightjacket for the future. Should circumstances change, the EU will still be legally obliged to follow

It continues:

The only people who can stop this charade are the Irish people All of which makes for a very intriguing referendum. In most political discussions, we are often urged to think about the ‘national
interest’ and to put the country first. On this occasion, the terms of the debate are different: the Irish electorate is voting by proxy for the whole population of Europe. Moreover, the debate cannot be defined in terms of those who are pro or anti-European.

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Left Archive: The Easter Rising as History: Our History, September 1966, History Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain April 22, 2019

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Many thanks to the person who scanned and forwarded this to the Archive. As it notes:

This is based on a paper read from C. Desmond Greaves at a meeting organised by the History Group at Marx House on Saturday, April 23rd 1966.

It further notes that the History Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain is open to all members interested in history.

The introduction states:

A Jubilee coincides with the fifty year limit and is not therefore an ideal time for assessing an event historically. Official papers, for what they are worth, have yet to be fully opened. Eye-witnesses and participants are still alive, and protected by the law of libel. Old men and their families can have strong vested interests in past events. And of course in the general sense these past events are enshrined in surviving relationships which are part of the structure of living politics.

This paper does not therefore offer the impossible, the mature assessment of 1916 in all aspects, but attempts to outline a basis for the criticism of the ‚’official‚’ historical assessment of 1916 which has been presented in the press over the past few weeks.

And presciently he writes:

One thing is now clear. The Irish question is not dead. Britain still has, as she always had, an Irish policy. And it is well to bear in mind what that now is, and to note recent changes. Broadly speaking it can be defined as ‚’integration within integration‚’; the economic and political consolidation of these islands under the hegemony of British monopoly-capitalism as an aspect of the consolidation (through E.E.C. or other means)of neo-colonialist Europe.

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