Derry bids farewell to Comrade Peggy O’Hara

Saturday 18th July 2015 saw Derry City centre come to a standstill as Republican Socialists from across Ireland assembled to say farewell to Peggy O’Hara, a lifelong supporter and activist in the Irish Freedom struggle and mother to three imprisoned Republican Volunteers, including H-Block martyr Patsy O’Hara, who died following 61 Days on Hunger Strike in May 1981 aged 23.


Peggy’s was a life immersed in the cause for Irish Freedom, a dedicated supporter of the Armed campaign against British Imperialism, she balanced the priorities of running a family with those which inevitably come with a National Liberation struggle, in this task she was faced many times with agonising realities and trials all of which she faced with courage and dignity.

Earlier in the week a firing party paid tribute to Comrade O’Hara by delivering a volley of three shots over her coffin, on which was placed the Starry Plough and Irish National Flags. The Volunteers then offered further salute in the fashion of Military genuflexion, the same salute paid at her son’s graveside in 1981.


Peggy’s death had brought people together from the wider revolutionary republican family with comrades from across the country making their way to Longtower Church in Derry where requiem mass was said before the funeral cortege made its way to Derry City Cemetery.

Marching ranks of Volunteers as well as IRSP activists in black and whites accompanied Peggy on the long journey to her final resting place, stopping only to pay a short tribute at the Bishop Street INLA monument to her son.


At Derry City Cemetery the proceedings were opened and chaired by Derry IRSP spokesperson Martin McGonigle who urged those in attendance not to be sad as this is not what our Comrade would have wished for. Speaking of her traditional working class values he stated…“Peggy never lost her good spirits despite all the hardship. Even in her private life, she epitomised the socialist ideal. She had no regard for material wealth but was devoted to her family and friends”.

A lament ‘Táimse im Chodladh’ was played on the Uilleann pipes before Tommy McCourt – a founder member of the modern Irish Republican Socialist Movement – stepped up to give a most moving oration, recounting in detail the trials and tribulations experienced by Peggy during the dark days of 81’.

Such was their deep seated hatred for the Hunger Strikers the British government threatened to drop the body of Patsy O’Hara from a helicopter onto the family’s doorstep, we were reminded.

And Peggy we were told was torn between the love for her dear son Patsy’s young life and her own steadfast commitment to his very own ideals, this led to an agonising experience when the Thatcher administration (along with constitutional nationalism) began to put pressure on the mothers of the Hunger Strikers, urging them to initiate measures to commence feeding should their loved ones lose consciousness. Having stood by her sons wishes the agony of that dilemma stayed with Peggy for the rest of her days, yet served only to reinforce her commitment the freedom struggle and the INLAs role in that fight. She spent the rest of her life travelling and telling the stories of 1981 and assisting with commemorations and initiatives aimed at supporting the POWs, past and present.


A young relative of Peggy’s offered a song which was well received, stirring emotions with the telling line…’show me an English man who would starve himself to death’, before family members and comrades released three white doves into the Derry air, released to a shout of ‘Let the fight go on’.

The proceedings were then brought to a close with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann by young Comrades from the James Connelly Republican Socialist Flute Band.


Let the fight go on.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party wishes to thank all those who came out to pay tribute to Peggy on Saturday last, criticisms of her funeral arrangements should be treated with the contempt they deserve. In many ways her passing represents an end of an era, obviously for the O’Hara family but also for the Republican Socialist Movement and the wider Republican family in general. We take this opportunity to thank Peggy O’Hara for all her efforts on behalf of our country and our class, and we commit ourselves to continuing the struggle for which she gave so much.


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Belfast IRSP call for an end to Shankill bonfire funding and welcome forthcoming legal challenge by local residents.


Republican Socialist flags, taken from Costello House and burned on the Belfast City Council funded Conway Street bonfire.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party in West Belfast has called for an end to the practice of Council funding for Sectarian bonfires.

Their call comes following a wave of incidents directly related to the ‘Conway Street Bonfire’ on the Lower Shankill Road, an event facilitated and funded by Belfast City Council through its ‘Good relations initiative’.

Last week the IRSP reported how Republican Socialist flags (including the Starry Plough) mounted on the walls of Costello House on Belfast’s Falls Road, were prised from the building and taken by people most likely Loyalists and as a result called on local residents to remain vigilant. Since that time it has become evident that the flags were indeed stolen with the sole intent of being placed on top of the Conway Street bonfire, along with Irish tricolours and other symbols of Irish Republicanism.


A stolen IRSP flag is placed on top of the Belfast City Council funded bonfire.

However this trespass and theft was only one of many sectarian incidents directly related to the council funded bonfire, including a sustained attack upon nearby Catholic homes by a Loyalist mob and the use of the bonfire itself to taunt attack and create tension amongst nearby Clonard residents living directly across from the Conway Street site.

Speaking on those incidents, Gerry Foster of Belfast IRSP stated… ‘In the week prior to the lighting of this bonfire, a host of sectarian incidents occurred in and around the vicinity of the Conway Street site. Residents living on the Clonard side of the ‘Peace wall’ were disturbed on several occasions, awoken by sectarian cat calling coming from those using ‘cherry pickers’ to stack pallets onto the bonfire, then on early Saturday morning (July 11th) a sustained attack was made upon Catholic homes in Conway Place within spitting distance of the bonfire site. The attack which lasted for at least twenty minutes saw homes and cars pelted with bricks and bottles and it is our belief that those responsible include the many Loyalist youths who gathered around the bonfire in the run up to the twelfth, indeed residents report seeing two men atop of the structure, guiding those throwing from the Shankill end of the Peace wall.

It is nothing short of bizarre, that at a time when working class people in Belfast are being told there is no money available for health, education and leisure; that funds can be found to facilitate an event which has the sole intention of creating fear, mistrust and sectarian tension. The irony of naming such a funding package the ‘Good relations initiative’ is not lost on us, this bonfire has only done damage to good relations in West Belfast, indeed it has introduced the novelty of sectarian tension to a section of our youth who otherwise would have no interest in such nonsense.

In the wake of the most recent provocation and attacks, residents of the streets affected have approached the IRSP who encouraged them to take formal legal action against the practice of council funding for Sectarian bonfires, it is our understanding that this process has now been initiated and our party fully supports these people in their efforts.

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SYRIZA Sells Out the Greek People

“If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you … Continue reading

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IRSP identify & reject PSNI infiltration of South Derry anti-drugs initiative!

irsp-psniRepublican Socialists in the South Derry – Bellaghy area wish to put on record their take on events surrounding the South Derry Drugs Awareness meeting which occurred in Bellaghy village on Thursday 25th June and in particular why IRSP members felt compelled to leave the event.

Republican Socialists in South Derry had been very keen to play their part in initiating and establishing a genuine grass roots and community based initiative aimed at tackling the real and problematic issue of drug usage which has been widely commented on within the media in recent times.

To this end the IRSP committed itself to playing its part both in publicising and attending the meeting which was to be held at the ‘Old School’ community centre on Thursday evening.

However on entering the meeting, several members still outside noticed a plain clothes member of the PSNI disembarking from a vehicle and making his way towards the entrance to the venue as if to go towards the meeting. On being challenged as to the reasons for his presence the PSNI member stated openly ‘this is a public meeting and I intend to go in’.

IRSP members then engaged with other organisers stressing their opinion that the presence of a PSNI officer would in fact be detrimental to the building of the grass roots peoples initiative that they came to help build. Not least because concerned family members of drug users would be reluctant to speak in his presence.

Unfortunately their opinion was not shared by attending Provisional Sinn Féin members who instead welcomed the attendance of the PSNI, portraying they’re presence as a form of ‘Multi-agency approach’.

As such, for the sake of maintaining the integrity of the original initiative as well upholding the IRSPs principled position of non engagement with the PSNI, members had no option other than to leave the venue and the meeting, about fourteen in all took the difficult decision to walk out.

Local IRSP spokesperson Declan McGlinchey, speaking on the matter stated…’we find it unfortunate (if not surprising) that the PSNI entered Bellaghy on Thursday, with the sole intention of using such an important community event to promote their own presence in the area. It is equally unfortunate that for political capital some local politicians assisted them in doing so.’

‘We are firmly confident that the PSNI if anything contribute to the Drugs problem in South Derry and elsewhere, recruiting dealers as informers to spy on local republicans, protecting them and giving them immunity to operate at will. The PSNI view drugs problems in our areas as no more than intelligence gathering opportunity; this is an established fact, and as such they simply have nothing to offer’.

The IRSP in South Derry remain committed to assisting in the building of a grass roots campaign capable of dealing with the issue of drugs and drug abuse. We hope to continue along this road in the future, with our friends and neighbours and without the malign and unhelpful influence of the PSNI.


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National Hunger Strike Commemoration – Derry Sunday 24 May 2015

11261700_617520648385509_1144937258949432595_nThe National Hunger Strike Commemoration in Derry on 24 May, assembles at at 1.30pm at the Rosemount Factory to make it’s way to the City Cemetery to commemorate the bravery and the ultimate sacrifice made by the Irish National Liberation Army and Provisional IRA Hunger Strikers in 1981.  All are welcome to attend the National Hunger Strike Commemoration to show their respect in this, the 34th anniversary, of the 1981 H-Block Hunger Strike, for those martyrs who laid down their lives for the right to be treated as the political prisoners they were.  Their sacrifice will never be forgotten – history has vindicated the ’10′ as the bravest of the brave!


All IRSP members are expected to attend.

All supporters, families, Republicans, Socialists, Trade Unionists and all progressives are welcome to attend the National Hunger Strike Commemoration this weekend.


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Yorkshire miners delegation, messages for Irish comrades.


You very kindly invited us to take part in the May Day celebrations with our radical, not to say revolutionary miners banner from Wardley, the pit I worked at following my Da and Granda into that same mine, the banner was from their period, but I had sworn to resurrect it after it was defaced and went missing sometime in the 50’s.

Obviously coming over with a huge banner by road and ferry limited the numbers who could come over with me, so I invited men from the last pit in Britain, Hatfield Main, who I worked with most of my adult life underground. The lads were good solid union men, socialists, strong pickets and militants but had never really had a deal of understanding on what the Irish war was about, despite my constant beating of the republican drum, and furious arguments underground and in the NUM branch halls. The strike of 84’5 had changed some of that.

As it was it took a quick double take at those streets of Belfast and Derry, the scenes of riot and police charges, and listening to ordinary working class lads like themselves and meeting normal working class families, with aspirations and goals of freedom like ours had been to understand the truth of what it was all about. It didn’t take long before they fitted right in and could see in an instant where this Irish war of resistance fitted into their own war against the British state for our identity and culture and way of life.

But boy did we knock around some diverse topics over the kitchen table and bar rooms. I think its true to say they were knocked out by the warmth and hospitality and they have never stopped talking about it since, pledged to bring the banner over for Easter next year to Dublin and hopefully bring the Hatfield Main NUM banner over too. Many thanks for the invite, but try and sort the weather better next time , carrying the banner in the gale was like a shift on the coalface. Yours Sincerely Dave Douglass.

Thank you for inviting me to share with you the May Day rally, with the Durham miner’s banner, in Belfast in the north of Ireland. I have to say I was very apprehensive at first bearing in mind the history we have seen on our TV screens over the years. I thought long and hard about this and eventually concluded, why shouldn’t I go to join other working men, I may not get the best reception being from England, however my logic was the Irish men are just working men as I am and there is a peace process under way, and I couldn’t have you being braver than I, could I now? lol.

Well that was a few days back now, I have had time to sit quietly gather my thoughts and reflect upon my time in Belfast. I am more than happy to return to Belfast for any celebration or even a few days just for a pint and re-new the friendships I made. I could not have been treated better in a 5 star hotel; in fact I was spoiled a bit by our host’s. What a lovely man and a lovely family we stayed with, which was mirrored in all the other people we met. Although we miner’s often feel we have been dealt with harshly down the generations, here I discovered a large population that had never been dealt a fair hand either which instilled a fellow feeling deep inside of me, I quickly realized the problems were not with me being from England, but basically the same as us miners facing a mindset set against us by the ruling classes and a lack of a opportunity to lead a productive and fulfilling life (unemployment).

I enjoyed looking at the murals on the gable ends of buildings, all the colors and themes told a story, real people’s art work. I enjoyed going around Belfast city itself, it was in opposition to walking around the corporate shopping centers found stamped alike identical in every town just about in England. The pubs and people are special as they deal with their problems and have been gifted with a smile to help cope.

I look forward to the day Ireland is fully healed and the peace wall removed unneeded forever, which I realize will be a long hard road with no time limits on a recovery, no doubt there will be the odd setbacks every now and again which I am confident will have in place a method of easing the tensions so that all the good work is not wasted allowing men to live as men should, in the words of President Kennedy, FREE & INDEPENDANT.

Your good friend Leslie Moore

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IRSP host Miners Strike veterans in brilliant, if wet weekend of Mayday events.

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the end of the miner’s struggle against Thatcher, in which those involved fought a hard battle to the bitter end, in defence of their jobs, families and hard built social structure, the Irish Republican Socialist Movement were delighted and honoured to host a visit to Ireland this weekend from comrades who played a central role in that fight, from the Hatfield Colliery picket line and as participants in often brutal mobilised actions at coal fields, towns and villages across England.

Veterans of the Miners Strike visit Costello House ahead of their mayday events.

Veterans of the Miners Strike visit Costello House ahead of a busy schedule of mayday events.

Dave Nixon, David Douglass and Leslie Moore were all politically grounded workers and members of the National Union of Mineworkers; involved in other successful strike actions since the late 70s, they foretold the oncoming attacks from the Thatcher government in the run up to the 84 strike and recognised that the Tory hatred for organised Labour in England, Wales and Scotland would herald an attempt to destroy the coal industry, under the guise of making it appear unprofitable. When the time came to strike, the Hatfield Colliery under the watch of the NUM was ready, and throughout the period proved to be the most militant of all areas involved in the fight. Their personal stories and reflections of the period were covered in the BBC Documentary ‘The Miners Strike’ which was made to mark the 20th Anniversary.

The Banner

The delegation were also responsible for restoring the internationally iconic Follonsby-Wardley ‘Connolly/Lennin’ banner which was commissioned by the miners in 1928 yet destroyed in later years, due most likely to a malicious fire. After years of determined research, fundraising and lobbying, the Follonsby/Wardley banner was restored at a cost of around £13’000, to date it is the only trade union banner which depicts ICA Commander James Connelly in full military attire.


At Costello house

The delegation had travelled by car from Northern England to Stranraer on Thursday night, staying in a guesthouse before catching the boat to Belfast on Friday morning. On arrival in Belfast, the delegation we met at the docks before they made their way to Costello House; Headquarters of the party of Connelly, where they were warmly greeted by comrades and workers at the building. Making the most of the good weather, their Iconic banner was unfurled in the Sunlight and a small lecture on the banners history was given by Dave Douglass who has written books not only on the 84-85 strike, but on the banner itself. The discussion was well received and welcomed by both comrades and passing members of the public and motorists, some of whom came in to enquire more about the presence of this novel object on the Falls Road on a Friday afternoon.

Later that evening, the delegation made their way to Derry City, where comrades from the James Connelly Youth movement had secured a venue at the City Hotel for a lecture on the 84-85’ strike. In what was to become a very moving discussion, those present heard from the miners themselves on how many thousands of English workers’ understanding of what the people of Ireland were going through at the time (at the hands of British imperialism) was very much shaped by the plethora of oppressive tactics and dirty tricks which were used against the miners themselves, by the Police and MI5, who utilised all underhanded means at their disposal; including collective community punishment, wrongful arrest and conviction, frame-ups, spying and murder in order to try destroy a formidable peoples movement.

The Derry Meeting was a well attended and moving event.

Following an in depth Questions & Answers session, which touched upon topics as diverse as ‘the next arena for class struggle’ to the ‘potential for a return to coal as a general source of energy’, the meeting was addressed by two currently striking Glasgow Homeless case workers. Homeless workers Suzanne and Jennifer spoke on how they have been out on strike for the past five weeks, an ‘unofficial and indefinite strike’ their struggle is based around gaining official recognition of the work that they do, a reaction to staff bullying and an end to exploitative work conditions and unacceptable workloads. A small collection was also conducted on their behalf.

Striking Glasgow homeless care workers, Suzanne & Jennifer address the audience on their struggle.

Striking Glasgow homeless care workers, Suzanne & Jennifer address the audience on their struggle during the Derry meeting.

Back to Belfast

After a late trip back to Belfast, the next day the Miners delegation formed up in the rain to join with comrades from the IRSP to take part in the annual Mayday rally in the city. Some good press coverage of this and a follow up lecture at the ‘Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre’ had created a bit of a buzz at the event, yet the arrival of the Yorkshire miners and their iconic banner was marred by appalling conditions, rain and wind meant that the Follonsby-Wardley banner had to be covered by a heavy plastic wind sheet which made it much harder to handle and called for some Irish support several Belfast comrades got their first taste of windy banner techniques as they were required to literally ‘take the ropes’ in gale force conditions through Belfast city centre.


Wind and rain forced the banner to be covered up, and made carrying it a formidable task.

Legion of the rearguard at the Belfast Mayday march

As is unofficial tradition within the Belfast Mayday march, Republican and other revolutionary organisations form up at the rear of the procession. Yet as a result of the buzz created around Newspaper stories in the run up to the march, the delegations arrival had been noted by the Trade Union movement and upon forming up the visitors were understandably invited by March organisers to take themselves and their banner to the front and lead the rally. However the miners politely declined this invitation, stating plainly that ‘we came with these people [IRSP] we’ll march with them’. Although they would have been thought no less of if they had taken the up the organiser’s invitation, the decision of the miners to stay behind with Republican Socialist comrades was noted as typical of their grass roots spirit and complete lack of pretence.

The Hatfield miners who fought the might of the Thatcher government in 1984-85 walked in the rain at the back of the Belfast march with Republican Socialists, it was a hard walk with rain and wind making the heavy banner hard to negotiate and at times making it more akin to a sail than a banner, nevertheless they persevered with help from Irish Comrades made it to the end.

Standing room only

Immediately following the march, it was standing room only at the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, were again David Douglass gave a moving breakdown of the political conditions which led to the Strike, the appalling poverty and living standards endured by striking miners and their families at the time and as always the draconian conditions applied to them by the corrupt British state as well as the virtually unspoken of yet [then] real possibility of mining communities being forced to mobilise against the British army had Thatcher seen fit to send in the troops, which appeared more than likely in 1984.

The after rally meeting was extremely well attended.

The after rally meeting was extremely well attended.

Moving contributions were also made from the floor from others who had been in England at the time of the strike and who had participated in struggle on the streets. The meeting ended with Dave Douglass giving his analysis of the layout of the Follonsby-Wardly banner itself, and how it represented every tradition within the left, the Social-democratic, Syndicalism and revolutionary Socialism. Describing how all those depicted in the banner were related through struggle, he spoke of the link between reform and revolution, describing the IWW tactic of ‘fighting for more bread this side of the revolution, and the whole damn bakery afterwards’.

Moving contributions and recollections about the period were made from the floor.

As predicted the visit of the miners to Belfast and Derry for anniversary Mayday lectures was an immense success and both helped to educate and raise the morale of comrades on both sides of the Irish sea, for that alone the effort was worth it. Many took the opportunity of paying tribute to these class fighters later on in the day, in bars and at left wing Mayday functions at which they were both warmly welcomed and invited to sing, which they did.

IRSP & Teach na Failte comrades, raise a salute with the fighting Yorkshire miners.

IRSP & Teach na Failte comrades, raise a salute with the fighting Yorkshire miners.

All in all a great weekend of events was had and comradely contacts made for the future. The IRSP, Teach na Failte and the Republican Socialist Movement thanks our English comrades for the efforts they made on our behalf.

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Durham Miners Connolly Banner to be hosted by the Republican Socialist Movement.


An historic banner originally commissioned by English miners in 1928 and which has seen so much controversy over the decades that it has warranted the writing of a book in its honour is being taken to Derry and West Belfast.

The ‘Follonsby Wardly’ banner was originally commissioned by the Durham Miners Association in 1928, just four years after the great General Strike which brought England to the verge of a Revolution.

In reflection of the radical and militant mood of the time, it depicted amongst others the Iconic Irish Republican Socialist leader James Connolly. Given the sensitivities of the time, the depiction of an Irish rebel on an English workers banner attracted no small degree of attention as well as some derision; indeed the banner itself was burned in mysterious circumstances in the 1940s. Never the less the striking image of Connolly being held aloft by English workers became an iconic image for Socialists and Internationalists world-wide, a copy of the image sits on the wall of Conway Mill.

In later decade’s controversy continued to follow the Follonsby Wardly pit banner, with new additions consciously leaving out the bust of Connolly in favour of more publically acceptable figures from the English Labour movement.

However thanks to the efforts of the National Union of Mineworkers, political activists as well as members of the Irish Community in Tyneside the original banner has in recent years been restored in its identical and original state, costing no less than £7000 to make.

The banner is being brought to West Belfast by veterans of the 1984-85 miners strike, including long term coal miner and NUM organiser Dave Douglass, who is also the author of a book on the History of the Follonsby Wardly banner as well as on the 84-85 strike.

The delegation are coming as guests of Teach na Failte the Republican Socialist ex-Prisoners association and will be staying in West Belfast from where they will join the main Belfast May Day rally on Saturday 2nd of May, after which they will address a lecture in the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre on lessons of the 84-85’ Miners Strike.

Teach na Failte west Belfast representative Gerard Murray explained ‘it’s a great honour for us to host this delegation of Workers in West Belfast, as well as the Follonsby Wardly banner, an object which should hold great significance to all Irish Workers, Socialists and Republicans alike’.

‘The miners’ strike struck a chord with most people in West Belfast, who amongst other things associated with the miners struggle against Margaret Thatcher, indeed some who went on to become Republican Socialist prisoners were active on the streets along with the miners in 1984, so this is a very important visit for us all’.
The Follensby Wardley miner’s banner will be on display at the Belfast Unemployed Resource centre, Donegal Street, following the main May Day rally on Saturday 2nd of May, which takes place at 12 noon.Derry meeting is at City Hotel, Friday 1st May at 7pm.

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McGlinchey memorial weekend a fantastic success

The panel during Saturdays McGlinchey memorial debate. Including representatives from the IRSP, former Maghaberry Prisoners, Cogús and Thomas Pringle TD

The panel during Saturdays McGlinchey memorial debate. Including representatives from the IRSP, former Maghaberry Prisoners, Cogús and Thomas Pringle TD

The IRSP and Teach Na Failte wish to thank all who participated in the immensely successful events which marked what is becoming an established memorial weekend for fallen INLA Freedom Fighters Dominic & Mary McGlinchey.

The first rays of the summer sun came out to greet the annual memorial march on Saturday 4th of April, which as in other years stretched from the Deerpark Road through the centre of Bellaghy village and on to serene churchyard of St Marys, the final resting place of Dominic and Mary, as well as to some of Irelands other greatest Freedom Fighters; including martyred hunger strikers Francis Hughes and Thomas Thomas McElwee.
Attended by Republican and Socialist supporters from around Ireland and the world, the march was greeted by local people along the way swelling the numbers to a sizeable contingent of several hundred.
During the ceremony a Republican Socialist colour party stood guard while wreaths were laid on behalf of several comradely organisations, including IRSP, Republican Sinn Féin, the INLA and various travelling flute bands who had made the effort to attend the ceremony.

During the commemoration a short oration was read out by Declan McGlinchey – son of Dominic & Mary – during which he paid a special tribute to who he called the ‘unsung heroes’ of the Irish Freedom Struggle, those men and women from the locality who assisted in the provision of daily support and logistics, but who until now had been rarely mentioned alongside the names of the fallen volunteers, even though many now lie alongside them.

It was a sentiment that gained agreement and acknowledgement from those in attendance. Following Declan’s oration the formation of a new IRSP (South Derry) Cumann was also announced, aptly named after comrades Dominic & Mary McGlinchey.
Following the successful commemoration, in the afternoon a memorial lecture and debate was held in the nearby Elk Hotel, the theme of which was ‘Human Rights in Maghaberry Prison and the ongoing fight to implement the August 2010 Agreement, to ensure a basic standard of decent living for Republican prisoners in the Gaol.

IRSP member Michael McLaughlin gave an extensive run down on the talks process which occurred behind the scenes and in the backdrop of the ongoing ‘dirty protest’ and which led to the August Agreement, while former Republican Socialist Prisoner Sean Carlin provided those in attendance with a perspective of protesting prisoner, giving a harrowing account of reality within the walls of Row House and the brutal and vindictive nature of the regime there.
Also speaking on the panel were representatives from the Cogús Prisoner support group who read a statement from current incarcerated Republican prisoners as a contribution to the debate, as well as progressive left wing TD Thomas Pringle, who himself was also party to negotiating the August Agreement.

As well speaking on his own efforts to secure human rights and Justice in Maghaberry, Thomas Pringle gave a worthy insight into the ongoing Class Struggles in the 26 Counties, including the campaign to resist Water Charges and Austerity in general.


Following the panel talk, a lengthy ‘Questions and Answers’ session took place, with contributions from the floor quickly contributing to a frank and open debate, which was described later as ‘much needed and long overdue’. Topics broached included the need to push on to secure the August Agreement as well as the prospect of ‘Republican Unity’ in general.
Participants from the floor included leading members of the 32CSM, RSF, RNU, IRSP, Human Rights Solicitors, former H-Block blanketmen and even Journalists, providing for an immensely productive and well informed debate.

Activists from a broad range of organisations came together to make the McGlinchey memorial lecture and debate a fantastic and insightful event.

Activists from a broad range of organisations came together to make the McGlinchey memorial lecture and debate a fantastic and insightful event.

Following the days successful events, an evening function was held back in Bellaghy where participants rested and were entertained by well known Revolutionary Balladeer Pol McAdaim.
All in all this year’s McGlinchey memorial weekend was an immense success and provides a format for what should prove to be a useful and anticipated series of yearly events. The IRSP and the McGlinchey family would like to thank all those who took part and helped to make it such a successful event.

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Irish Republican Socialist Party 1916 Rising Oration -2015



As we gather in these familiar surroundings every year to mark the 1916 Rising and to remember our patriot comrades and volunteers who rest in this graveyard, and in graveyards like it all over this island, it’s important to continue to recognize the sacrifices, pain, suffering and anguish that accompanies the necessity of taking up arms against those who oppress our class.

We salute the bravery of the men and women of the 1916 Rising and we salute the bravery and dedication of the men and women of the Republican Socialist Movement whose names are inscribed on this monument.

Armed conflict is never a decision that should be taken lightly, but this movement was born out of the fundamental truth that in 1974, like the 1916 Rising, the struggle for National Liberation and Socialism needed to physically oppose the occupation by bearing arms against it. No other option existed and the men and women of Irish Republican Socialist Party and Irish National Liberation Army stepped up to the plate defending their communities and going on the offensive against the might of British Imperialism and its domestic allies.

After decades of armed struggle Bernadette Devlin when describing the latest phase of the conflict said that the “Good Guys” lost and she was right. This movement has never hid from the realities of the circumstances around the Good Friday Defeat. We hoped in 1998, as we still hope today, that a peaceful settlement could have been reached that once and for all allowed us to continue our struggle for a 32 County Socialist Republic, without the pain and suffering that accompanies open armed conflict.

Whilst we warned against aspects of the Good Friday Agreement we hoped for a settlement that would decisively deal with the core issues of the denial of our national sovereignty, but all it has done is institutionalised sectarianism and economic inequality. We stand here 17 years after the Good Friday Defeat of 1998 reluctantly vindicated in our opposition to that treaty. The occupation is as secure as ever, sectarianism is still the order of the day and the manifestation of economic inequality is evictions, homes without heat and dinner tables without food. Our class continues to suffer; our work is far from over.

Our class enemies are winning comrades. Billions upon Billions is getting poured into their overseas bank accounts from public money. The privatisation of society is well under way; What Maggie Thatcher failed to achieve in the 1980s David Cameron and Enda Kenny are succeeding at present. The privatisation of the Health Services through the TTIP European-US agreement is fast approaching and society must mobilise to oppose anything that will hand health care over to private corporations.

In the occupied North, Stormont continues with its neo-liberalist economic race to the bottom. We are told by “the great and the good” that cuts to corporation Tax will create wealth, that’s correct; it will create wealth, but only for the already wealthy. Our wages will still keep the lights on and fund public services while the capitalists will be laughing all the way to the Swiss bank.

In the South the rich and powerful foreign and domestic corporations, who drain public money from society like vultures, are recruiting an army of private scab security contractors to intimidate residents and workers on the picket-lines and at protests against the privatisation of our very water. Actions worthy of William Martin Murphy and his Strike Breakers of the Great Dublin Lock Out of 1913.

So you see comrades. Although the Republican Socialist Movement’s tactics have changed to suit the political landscape, for now, our class and this movement is still at war with the very same set of oppressive right-wing ideological principles that drive us on this small island to continuously reassert our resistance to oppression generation after generation and over hundreds and hundreds of years.

We all know what is to be done comrades, Ta Power knew what had to be done, Gino Gallagher knew what had to be done and Seamus Costello knew what had to be done. To succeed where others have failed before us is to create a fire in the hearts of every oppressed Irishman and Irish woman. We need them all to rise up with us. To create this mass movement we need a strong, motivated, relevant, class conscious and principled republican, Irish Republican Socialist Party.

There must be no ceasefire in the class war comrades. The IRSP must use our Republican Socialist political agenda as the main weapon in our arsenal to undermine the confidence of our class in the institutions of capitalism and against the denial of our national sovereignty. The IRSP must step up our campaign to break the links with Britain and the European Union. We must strive to create an Ireland in which our entire class is bonded together in a community of purpose, of sustainability, of stability of united working class solidarity.

The IRSP must continue to raise our people’s class consciousness and offer an alternative vision of the future of this nation under Republican Socialist leadership. We must continue articulate and evolve our economic, social and cultural vision laid out in our Perspectives for the Future of Republican Socialism in Ireland document.

Our task is to help raise the living conditions of our class. To make an equal society in which we can all give our allegiance. Currently we have an unequal society in which the rich are getting richer off the backs of the wealth generators. All the while our class gets left behind by those born with a silver spoon in their mouths. We must strive to make sure that all the children of the nation have access to the prosperity that we are all working to build and those private corporations or off shore banks are not in a position to steal that wealth, rather it goes back to the people who generate it.

It’s only by convincing others of the IRSPs progressive political program that we grow the struggle for national liberation and socialism.0 Our vision for this island and its people must be confident, vibrant, contemporary and revolutionary. In the heart of every “Irp” beats an organic contempt for the institutions and people that represent the arrogant, greedy and condescending values of the small few who control so much at the top of the unequal society we live in, and have lived under for hundreds of years.

It is the same organic contempt for the elite that lives in us that drove the United Irishmen of 1798. It’s the contempt for those who would oppress us that drove the men and women of the 1916 Easter Rising. It’s the same contempt for all forms of injustice and oppression and the hope of creating something better that led to the creation of the Irish Republican Socialist Party and the Irish National Liberation Army in 1974.

We need to spread the gospel of discontent and light a fire of revolution and optimism inside every Irishman and Irishwoman.

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