Left Archive: United Irishman – An t-Eireannach Aontaithe, Lunasa (August) 1975, Official Sinn Féin August 24, 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 one of a series of United Irishman and Starry Ploughs that date from the feud between the INLA and the OIRA in Spring/Summer 1975.
The cover article – Energy Programme needed not A-Bombs – references proposals to have a nuclear reactor in Wexford operational in 1980. The tone is deeply antagonistic to the proposal arguing that ‘the plan threatens the livers of our people of this and future generations’. By way of contrast a piece on the back page examines, quite favourably, proposals for an oil refinery sister in Dublin Bay. It argues that:
There is only one way in which Ireland can solve the joint problems of unemployment and emigration. this is by developing her international trade. Over 99 per cent of this trade by volume is carried by sea and more than 60 percent of the general cargo, the most valuable constituent, passes through the Port of Dublin.
Other notable aspects of this edition are a number of stories about activities and statements from various sections of the OIRA, including one on how “D” Company of Belfast Command prevented the kidnapping of a former internee and discovered a haul of undercover British Army weapons. The editorial suggests that ‘Recent killings, claims and counter claims are evince that he enemies of the working class are preparing for their kind of ‘solution’.
There’s a piece on Mother Jones, another on Portugal and a two page spread on the need for ‘Human rights must be fully guaranteed’ along with a four point outline of what OSF demands in that regard.
There is only oblique mention of the OIRA/IRSP(PLA) conflict of earlier in the Summer. This is most notable in the Sinn Féin Platform column which carries the text of a speech by Tomas Mac Giolla addressing a conference on Sectarianism in Derry. This includes the statement that:
We know that a purely military campaign would destroy the unity which the Civil Rights struggle was developing, that it would strengthen bigotry and sectarianism and eventually solidify once again the Orange Unionist structure. Our purpose was to eliminate sectarianism completely.
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Many thanks to Peter Mooney for donating this document to the Archive – one of many from his collection that will be reproduced here in coming months.
This leaflet published in late 1973 or early 1974 outlines its objectives in the Preface:
The aim of this pamphlet is to show that ground rent is not only ‘faintly ridiculous’ but that it is immoral and that its abolition is long overdue.
A campaign against ground rent is a logical corollary to the fight for peasant proprietary or the demand for the public ownership of inland waters. It is the smashing of a link with the conquest; ground rent is unknown outside Ireland and England, its home of origin.
And the leaflet in the space of 56 pages forensically examines the history of ground rents in 9 chapters, offering both an overview, an an analysis and a course of action to abolish them for good. It also positions this within the contemporary and notes the Association of Combined Residents Associations campaign to abolish ground rent which commenced in June 1973.
The announcement of the campaign, made by ACRA’s PRO Andy Conlon, at a public meeting organised by the Sinn Féin party in Ennis created much speculation among ground rent tenants throughout Ireland.
The Irish democracy in the shape of ACRA, NATO and other groups joining in, are beginning to catch up on this relic of feudal times. May they succeed.
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This edition of Republican News was printed in August 1973. It provides a good sense of Provisional Sinn Féin during this period and the avowed orientation of the publication as ‘The Voice of Republican Ulster’. It is well put together and has a strong focus on prisoners in Long Kesh, what is termed the Curragh Concentration Camp, Armagh, Crumlin Road and Mountjoy. The main article looks at the situation of PIRA prisoners in English jails. The other front page article draws attention to the fact of eleven ‘Irish women now interned’.
Other pieces on the newspaper include a cartoon on the LittleJohn Affair, Troops Out rallies in the UK and Germany, an analysis on ‘Whither SDLP?’ and a long piece on ‘The Irish Working Class and the IRA’.
This latter argues that the:
…success of the IRA lies with the Irish working class people, particularly in the North of Country. Despite the repression used against them, despite the psychological and physical forces which have been tried on them, despite the military occupation of their ghettoes and despite the final weapon of murder (much favoured by Brit. and Loyalist Extremist alike) they continue to resist all and to support their Army in its endeavours towards freedom.
It continues that while the I.R.A. is a Republican Army…
…[it] is also a socialist Army and their socialism is the distinguishing feature from other so called Nationalist or ‘Anti-Unionist’ bodies.
And it argues that:
It is realised that James Connolly’s belief than an Irish Republic with a Capitalist Economy would be but an extension of England’s Economy and thus under English rule, is as true to-day as it was in 1913. Thus the war cannot be said to be won until the Éire Nua or the New Ireland is achieved.
The piece also includes an appeal from 1923 ‘To the Free State Soldiers’ which asks the same Army in 1973 to study it carefully.
Automatic citations on the Irish Left Archive site July 14, 2015Posted by Aonrud ⚘ in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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I’ve added a small (and invisible…) tweak to the Left Archive site that may be useful to some. If you use any citation software (like Zotero or Mendeley), they can now automatically read the document information from CLRIrishLeftArchive.org, so their import buttons will work when you’re browsing the site.
For the technically inclined, it has both the Dublin Core metadata and COinS formats, which are fairly widely used. It turns out the standards available are pretty weak, but these will allow importing the basic information directly.
By the way, if you do have need of such a thing, Zotero is a great tool for managing documents and bibliographies and the like.
Left Archive: United Irishman – An t-Eireannach Aontaithe, Iuil (July) 1975, Official Sinn Féin July 13, 2015Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Official Sinn Féin, Workers' Party.
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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 feud between the INLA and the OIRA in Spring/Summer 1975 and which have been posted up in sequence this Summer.
This edition has a front page that has the quote ‘Freedom for all Irish People’ from Cathal Goulding. It also has photographs from Bodenstown and an outline of why ‘[Minister for Finance, Richie] Ryan’s budget fails to bluff workers.
The editorial deals with both the Budget in the Republic of Ireland and under the heading ‘Reform’ the Official Sinn Féin/Republican Clubs campaign ‘Sectarianism Kills Workers’. This suggests that:
The RUC are making strenuous efforts to blot out the memory of 1969. This will be difficult while there remain leading figures in the ranks who have a record of sectarian partisanship, to put it at its mildest. Reform of the RUC is still a top priority.
The report on the Bodenstown Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration is exhaustive, reprinting the oration by Cathal Goulding which covers a broad range of issues from Sectarianism, Intimidation and Rights.
And when the Provisionals ceased their provocation, when it seems there might be hope, out of the ashes of destruction, born of hatred and sectarianism there arose the Irish Republican Socialist Party and its Peoples Liberation army, as if to ensure that bigotry might not die, repression might not wither and sectarian incitement might not fade.
Unity is our struggle, comrades. We will not be diverted from it by any force, however vicious or murderous its attack, whether it comes directly from the British Army of occupation or from groups who might as well be their agents as the so-called standard bearers of revolution. Unity of the working class remains our aim, as our enemy remains British imperialism in all its forms and our objective remains full freedom – social, economic, political and cultural – for all our people.
Later he argues:
The RUC and the UDR are not and never can be acceptable forces of the administration of law and order, whatever emerges from the Convention, whatever kind of deal is done by the middle-class opportunist politicians, whatever the role of the new regime. As the Republican Clubs have made clear, nothing less than the abolition of the UDR and the RUC will be considered satisfactory. And the RUC must be replaced by a police force which is not armed and does not have hand, act or part in political affairs.
Other articles include the Sinn Féin Platform which quotes Tomas MacGiolla on the economic crisis. There are a number of reports on RUC and UDR oppression in the North There’s a two page spread on Nadezhda Krupskaya, wife of Vladimir Lenin. On international affairs there’s a two page article on Vietnam and the back page has a long piece on the need for an oil refinery in Dublin Bay and suggests that that suggests that ’A really big building site in Dublin would do wonders for trade union organisation’. and ‘The Anglo-American oil companies must love those who are now engaged in an agitation against the building of an oil refinery in Dublin’.
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