Left Archive: The Theory of Permanent Revolution – A Critique, Loizois Michail – Trotskyism Study Group, Communist Party of Great Britain, 1977 November 14, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to Michael Cunningham for forwarding this to the Archive.
This document is somewhat anomalous in the archive in that it does not directly address the political situation in Ireland. However, as a production of the Trotskyist Study Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain there is a tenuous link to Ireland. Geoff Roberts, the historian at UCC and author of various works on Stalin and the Soviet Union was, it appears,> a member of that group in the CPGB. Others involved included Monty Johnstone, Betty Reid, Liozos Michail and John Callaghan. Mention is made online to the TSG in various places and any further information would be welcome.
Still, as an indication of a response from the CPGB towards the increasing popularity of Trotskyist parties in the UK and, indeed, in Ireland during the late 1960s and early 1970s it is well worth considering.
In relation to the group the Preface outlines its aims;
The Trotskyism Study Group consists of a group of Communist Party members engaged in the study of various aspects of the history, theory, and politics of Trostkyism. As part of our work we intend to publish a series of articles and documents dealing with some of the controversial questions that Communists and Trotskyists have devoted over the past 50 years. The first of these is the present pamphlet which discuses possibly the most contentious issues of that continuing debate – Trotsky’s theory of Permanent Revolution. For those readers wishing to examine the issues involved more fully a brief reading list is appended at the back.
The views expressed in this pamphlet should not be taken to express the views of the Communist Party or those of the Trotskyism Study Group or those of any individual members apart from the author himself.
Irish Left Archive: Womens View: Spring/Summer 1989 (Workers’ Party) November 7, 2016Posted by leftarchivist in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to Bobcat for forwarding this and other documents to the Archive.
This is a later edition of Womens View, the womens publication of the Workers’ Party. In 28 pages it covers a broad range of issues and there is an overt linkage to Workers’ Party political activity with the inside front page that includes photographs of WP European Election candidate (and later Independent left TD Catherine Murphy).
Under the heading Equality News there are short pieces on a range of topics including Labour Court rulings on Telecom Eireann women workers on the issue of equal pay, European Community guides to ‘positive action programmes’ and mention of what appeared to a discriminatory attitude to women gardai by that organisation.
Notable is a focus on women in Tallaght, including a full page piece on Tallaght Adult and Community Training. which notes that ‘for women their participation in adult education is a springboard for becoming involved in their community’. This also notes the opening of a Tallaght Women’s Contact Centre due to the efforts of combined women’s groups since 1984.
Another piece examines links between education and inequality and the impact on women in particular – part of this notes that ‘working class girls have even less chance than working class boys of participating in third level education’. Included in this are the personal testimonies of parents one of whom sent her children to a Gaelscoil and another who sent her son to a non-denominational and co-educational school.
Mary MacMahon gives a view from Northern Ireland on the Milan Conference of Women of the European Left, which positions the struggles of women in the very particular context of the North. This makes an interesting point:
The Ireland Fund, established as part of the Anglo-Irish Agreement is seen as little more than an SDLP slush fund, pushing Yankee dollars into the hands of private entrepreneurs in the areas they regard as politically important.
She concludes by stating that:
Discrimination can be declared illegal; ridding the member states of sexist attitudes is altogether another thing.
…it is our contention that the struggle for Peace in Ireland, and indeed in Europe, is indistinguishable from the struggle for Socialism. Without peace there can be no serious progress for left-wing politics; without left-wing politics continually asserting the values of communal activity and the need for struggle there can be no peace.
Rosheen Callender writes on how ‘Poverty is a political issue’ and other articles address Sellafield as well as issues addressing carers.
Left Archive: Interview and advert for Eamon Gilmore TD, Labour Party, December 2000 October 24, 2016Posted by guestposter in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to V. Boyhan for forwarding this to the Archive.
Printed in the South Dublin Life & Leisure it takes the part of a fully page article/interview with Eamon Gilmore, then a Labour TD and an advert for him. In the article he is scathing about the Celtic Tiger and ‘highly critical of the refuse Charges introduced by DLRCC’.
Left Archive: Occupation News 1, 12 June 1979, Wood Quay Protest. October 24, 2016Posted by guestposter in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Uncategorized.
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Adding to the collection of documents already posted on the Archive, here is a further example of same. As noted 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.
This collection brings together documents related to the campaign. Many thanks to the family of Leo Swan for forwarding these documents to the Left Archive and many thanks to the person who scanned in this and other documents.
The tone of this piece is, perhaps at this remove, curious. The opening article in the four page A4 newsletter starts:
Drama and uncertainty surrounded the room in the liberties where a group of famous people met to carry out the invasion of the Wood Quay site. And what a picture they made, an alderman in his robes, well-known writers, politicians and trade union leaders.
Further on it continues after noting a ‘nun and a priest led the [first] group in’:
A squad car was parked outside but the stunned grade [sic] were ruled to their seats with surprise at the glittering parade of famous names: Mary Lavin, James Plunkett, Michael O’Leary, Denis Larkin, Donal Nevin, Oisin Kelly, gemma Hussey, Alexis Fitzgerald, Kevin Byrne, George Eogan, John Gallagher, Benvenuta MacCurtain, Imogen Stuart, Michael Scott, Tom Kinsella and F.X. Martin.
It outlines the events of the occupation (Operation Sitric). There’s also an explanation of the decision to occupy the Wood Quay site written by F.X. Martin. This notes the proximity of the local elections, to be held later that month. There are also pieces on ‘An American reaction’ to the occupation and a reflection on the ‘estimated 7,000 cars which will travel to WQ daily and will inflate the already choked traffic condition in the Quays’.
Left Archive: Leaflet Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 1982 October 17, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to Jim Monaghan for forwarding this to the Archive.
This is the first document from the Irish Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament and we would welcome any other contributions from that source. Primarily it publicises a March for Survival on June 5th 1982.
It also outlines ways in which people can help the campaign, including joining CND, getting unions to affiliate to CND, lobby in support of resolutions on disarmament, attending CND events, contributing to CND funds and so on. Particularly noticeable is the way in which it frames the issue in relation to workers.
Left Archive: NICRA Poster, c.1974 and leaflet October 3, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Uncategorized.
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We believe the date of the NICRA poster is 1974 but a more accurate dating would be much appreciated. The leaflet which gives instructions should one be harassed notes the passing of the Emergency Provisions Act at Westminster which was in 1973.
Some further aspects of interest include the mention of a ‘census’ by the British Army. There is also a seven point outline as to what those arrested under the EPA should do.
An Teoiric – Theoretical Journal of the Republican Movement (Official Sinn Féin), No 1, Summer 1971. September 26, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to Aine Mannion for forwarding this to the Archive. This 24 page long pamphlet issued in 1971 contains three major pieces – one on ‘Revolutionary Objectives: Strategy and Tactics’, another ‘Leirmheas as ‘Damnaithe an Domahin’ le Frantz Fanon and a third on Imperialism and the Struggle for Irish Freedom. There’s another shorter piece on ‘What Should NICRA Do?’
While noting on the last page that ‘The views contained in this bulletin are not necessarily those of the Republican Movement. They are to form the basis of discussions with the movement on important issues’, the introduction argues that:
In recent decades republicans have had little regard for theory, they were interested mainly in direct action. The great strength of the Republican Movement has always been its willingness to act against the enemies of the Irish people.
For decades it has demonstrated its dedication and willingness to expend all its forces in the struggle against British military occupation of our country. When the struggle was extend some years ago to the social and economic forces oppressing the Irish people the RM displayed the same energy and deviation as it had done against military oppression. No time was spent theorising, problems were isolated and met head-on. A new refreshing force had come on the scene with ‘action’ as its watch word and the various socialist groups who had evolved correct theories but never acted on them were forced from their back rooms on to the streets.
The weakness of the RM has always been its apparent unwillingness or inability to explain its actions or the need for action either to the public or even to its own members. Furthermore there have been many occasions when Republicans took wrong action or took the right action at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons.
It has been obvious for some time that some theoretical work was necessary particularly int eh field of analysis and assessment. it is apparent even in the purely military context that an analysis of the motivation of the enemy is necessary. This was particularly evident in the past few months in Belfast when there was substantial evidence that it was the desire of the British Army to promote conflict.
‘Teoiric’ is a modest effort to fill a gap in contemporary republican thinking. It does not propose to indulge in sterile theorising but in practical analysis and assessment which will be designed to lead to correct action.
And it concludes that:
The activist who scorns theory is like the rifleman who scorns the sights. He can make a lot of noise without even hitting his target.
Left Archive: Gralton, No. 7, April/May, 1983 September 12, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to Jim Lane for donating this and other copies of Gralton to the Left Archive. It is intended to reproduce these every month or so for the next year and a half and thereby have a full run of them online (except for number 6. We would be very grateful for a scan of same).
As noted previously Gralton magazine ran for ten issues from 1982 to 1983. It took it’s name from James Gralton, “the only person to have been deported from the 26 counties for political activity”.
This edition examines the topic of Workers and the Law with a long piece from Des Derwin on the topic of ‘worker-state confrontations’. It also considers the history of Jim Gralton in a long article. There’s a piece on the ‘revolutionary aspirations’ of the Socialist Labour Party and the history of that organisation, again by Des Derwin.
There’s a report on the Anti-Amendment Campaign and on the first ICTU Women’s Conference, held in February of that year.
Also notably there’s a piece from Dublin Gay Collective on the murder of Declan Flynn in Fairview Park – the anniversary of which was last Saturday, and the fact those who committed the murder received suspended sentences.
Neutrality is discussed and there’s an interview with Brendan Ryan who had recently been elected to the Seanad for a second time as an independent.
Left Archive: Wood Quay Documents 2 September 5, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to the family of Leo Swan for forwarding these documents to the Left Archive. Over the Summer we will post up further related documents.
As noted in the first post in this series last month, 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.
This posting includes includes the electoral materials relating to the campaign amongst other documents. There was, from these documents, a very clear effort to identify potential allies as well as those hostile to the campaign and to apply political pressure to them.
The first is a publication entitled City News which was issued early in 1979 and published ‘in associating with the Living City Group’. This included information on those who had voted for and against preservation the site. The contents though was considerably more wide-ranging and included information on Corporation redevelopment in Summerhill, transportation plans in Dublin, Art for the People and City Centre Hospitals. The publication is scathing about plans for ‘meeting the basic needs of the area’ in terms of housing. It also contains some useful statistics from a survey by the Prisoners Rights Organisation.
The second and third documents are lists of candidates for Local Elections in the Dublin Area in June 1979 – the month the site was occupied – and indicates those who are known to be either favourable or not to the campaigns goals. The fourth is a postcard issued during the local election that shows those who can be voted for and against. As can be seen at that stage the list of the former was yet to be formulated. The fifth is a sticker for the campaign.
Left Archive: The Struggle for Political Status by the H-Block & Armagh Prisoners is a Just and Heroic Struggle by Revolutionary Irish Patriots, National Executive of the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), 1981 August 22, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.
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Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.
This twelve page pamphlet was published in support of prisoners in H-Block and Armagh Prisons and their five demands during the hunger strikes. These being:
1 The right to wear their own clothes, instead of prison uniform.
2 The right to use their time on vocational, craft or cultural education and activity, instead of prison work.
3 The right to free association with fellow political prisoners.
4 The right to one otter, one parcel and one visit per week.
5 Restoration of remission of sentence lost through their protest.
It notes that in the 1970s the British government conceded ‘special category status’ – ‘this amounted to an admission by British imperialism that these patriots were, indeed, political prisoners or prisoners of war’.
But it notes that just four years later that category was abolished. It outlines the course of the situation from there and argues that:
The Irish people are not going to forget that these 6 patriots were allowed to die despite the overwhelming justice of their demand.
It continues that:
In Ireland itself the heroism of the hunger strikers is inspiring more and more to take up revolutionary political activity.
The document also outlines those who it considers allies and opponents of the struggle. It argues that ‘The question of tactics is a question for the Irish people’ and concludes that ‘The Long Term Solution is a United Socialist and Secular Ireland’.