The fourth Annual Frank Conroy Commemoration in Kildare December 13, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in History, Irish History, The Left.
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On Saturday 12th December 2015, a very interesting Frank Conroy Commemoration took place in The Liffey Studio , Newbridge. With the screening of The Republican Congress Presented by Donal Fallon and Directed by Donal Higgins . The documentary tells the story of the political organisation that was founded in 1934 by Left-wing Republicans Frank Ryan, George Gilmore and Peadar O’Donnell.
Donal Higgins said” I was attracted to the story of the Republican Congress as it seems to me to be a fairly
overlooked part of our history. In fairness, the Congress only lasted two years, so it’s not surprising that they’ve
been overlooked. But these were the people who went to Spain to defend Republican values at a time when the
whole country was supporting Franco. I also think that the Congress has some resonances for society today”.
Paul McCormack sang “Men and women heard the call and went to fight for good and all and in the ranks there standing tall a young man named Frank Conroy”. As he entertained the crowd including councillor Reada Cronin, at the Frank Conroy commemoration who died in 1936 fighting with the International Brigade.
Many thanks to the person who forwarded this.
IRSP loses members December 1st 1975 December 1, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
Interesting little piece from the RTE Archives this morning which carries an interview with Seamus Costello
20 members of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) resigned on 1 December 1975. Two days earlier, 11 members of its National Executive had walked out of an Ard Comhairle in a dispute over control of the INLA. These included Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, who had helped found the party the previous year with chairman Seamus Costello, and meant that the presence of the IRSP in Northern Ireland was substantially weakened.
Republican Congress Directed by Donal Higgins, will be screened at the 2015 Frank Conroy Commemoration November 17, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in Culture, The Left.
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In honor of Andrew, and The Devil. With a special and very rare tip of the hat to Mark P for inspiration.
“It’s like it’s forever still the 1980s in their heads. Turn up the Red Army Choir and watch the bombs drop”
[As a side note, the usual TWIMBLT will still go up, but I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass]
Még tréfából is baszd még oroszországot
‘Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit’ September 16, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
The nub of the statement
PBP and the AAA have notified the Registrar of Political Parties to formally register ‘Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit’ to contest the General Election with the intention of getting enough TDs elected to be an official Dail group/party in its own right. The Registrar has accepted our proposal for a merged Dail party and it is expected to take effect in three weeks after the period of public notification, at which time we will formally hold a press conference with further details.
Interesting to see how this plays out. Will there be others invited? will some already declared candidates withdraw?
Right2Change September 2, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
I notice Right2Change have set up their own Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as some regional ones too. So Right2Change is the potential electoral vehicle of Right2Water.
From their Facebook page
You have a Right2Water, a Right2Housing, a Right2Health and a Right2Change this country. Let’s discuss the policies you want implemented, not the ones being dictated to you!
The Right2Water Trade Unions began a consultation process a number of months ago about the types of policies the people of Ireland want implemented. We facilitated two major conferences and a submission process where 10 policy principles were identified. Water, Health, Housing, Jobs & Decent Work, Education, Democratic Reform, Debt Justice, Equality, a Sustainable Environment and National Resources. Stay tuned for more…
Will they register as a party and field their own candidates or will this be a badge that can be used by candidates?
I presume at this stage PBP, AAA and Sinn Fein won’t be standing as just Right2Change candidates, but does is create a unifying banner. A banner where other sections of The Left and those that agree with the Right2Change Agreed Principles , be it Clare Daly in Dublin Fingal or an Independent in Mayo, can stand as a Right2Change candidate.
Presumably too AAA/PBP (and whatever alliance that evolves from those talks) and Sinn Fein can stand with the Right2Change banner also.
Interesting to see what direction it takes.
The Socialist Magician August 18, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
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A PBP/AAA Alliance? August 8, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
“The withdrawal of our listing with the registrar for a few short weeks is to continue an exploration with PBP toward the formation of an alliance for the next general election and an enhancement of the left voice in the the next Dail and to go through the necessary procedures regarding the Register to give this effect,” Coppinger said.
She added that the party won’t be making any further comment on the issue unless discussions are successfully concluded. The Dublin West TD said this is “likely to be well into September”.
Would be good to see and indeed would be excellent if some other of the groups/Parties/Independents from the further Left would be included.
Workers Party Stall outside the GPO circa 1995 August 6, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
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A picture of Water Charges protesters in Rathfarnham in the early 90’s. It may well have been something to do with a court case as the picture is taken yards from the old Rathfarnham Courthouse. The placards are for The National Association of Tenants Orgs (NATO), with Sean O’Cionnaith (WP) 3rd from left. There are Militant Labour Posters on the bottom right of the picture and a Workers Solidarity Movement banner on the left of the picture by the wall also.
Click to enlarge the picture.