Belfast IRSP Newsletter ‘Workers Republic’. Summer 2016

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IRSP to help Clonard residents in wake of Heroin find

A recently opened gateway at a secluded part of the West Belfast peace wall is being utilised by drugs couriers as a drop off point according to both Clonard residents and a local IRSP representative.


Michael Kelly IRSP spokesperson for the Lower Falls has been contacted by several local residents concerned at the presence of known drugs dealers who appear to be exploiting the secluded nature of the area around the St Galls Avenue peace wall as a ‘blind spot’ at which drugs and money can cross hands in relative privacy.

The issue came to ahead on Saturday morning last when a local taxi driver returned home from a night shift and found what appeared to be a bag of Heroin lying in the driveway of his home. The man who does not want to be named approached the IRSP with the drugs who in turn arranged for them to be handed over to priests in Clonard Monastery for safe disposal.

Michael Kelly explained “A handful of residents came together informally following this worrying find on Saturday morning, and the IRSP were invited to attend at which point we were handed what is clearly a bag of drugs. Further concerns were expressed to us about the constant presence of both strange cars as well as those belonging to well known drugs dealers which park at all hours of the day and night in the cul de sac beside a recently opened gateway which connects two separate housing developments that sit just below the peace wall”.

Another Clonard resident Ciarán Cunningham, who in the past with the help of Father Des Wilson helped to dispose of large amounts of confiscated Heroin, confirmed his belief that what was found in his neighbour’s garden was indeed the deadly drug.

I was handed what appeared to be a small bag of cut heroin, ready for sale or personal use”Ciaran Said, “it was not a dark as pure Heroin which is a sign that it has already been cut with some form of thinning agent. I logged the find with a solicitor and then brought it to Clonard Monastery where the priests agreed to dispose of it for us”.


Michael Kelly said that the local people are “furious that drug pushers were using a quiet street brimming with playing children in order to play their disgusting trade”.

It seems that both drug pushers from outside west Belfast and their local counterparts are taking advantage of the secluded nature of St Galls Avenue in order to meet up and pass over drugs. God only knows what could have happened if a child had found this package and not an adult alert to the dangers”.

“The IRSP have subsequently been asked by local people to assist them in tackling this worrying development, we fully intend to do so”.

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For Irish sovereignty, not servitude. Republican Socialists for Lexit. IRSP





For Irish sovereignty, not servitude. Republican Socialists for Lexit. IRSP


The Irish Republican Socialist Party has voiced it opposition to the European Union since its inception. From the outset it was easy to predict that an amalgamation of capitalist and monarchist states will serve only the interests of the few. Predictably we have been proved correct time and time again by the European elite using the union to work in its own selfish class interests.


It’s important for the Irish republican left to view the potential UK exit from the EU as an opportunity to give momentum to our own calls for national liberation, for self-determination, sovereignty for socialism. If the island of Ireland is ever to be truly free we must cast off the chains of the EU and UK alike.


A referendum was held in the “Republic of Ireland” in June 2001 to approve the Treaty of Nice, the Irish electorate voted by 53.9% to 46.1% against ratification of the Treaty, against the corporate  bosses agenda contained within it. The EU establishment pushed ahead with the mechanisms to implement the Treaty of Nice, irrespective of the Irish referendum result.


In October 2002 the Irish electorate were forced back to a second referendum, scare mongered by the Irish political establishment and EU leaders, the result was a 62% vote in favour of the Treaty of Nice.


In June 2008 the Irish electorate was asked to vote in a referendum to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. The Lisbon Treaty was defeated by the Irish electorate by 53.4% to 46.6%, the Treaty was rejected due to concerns around EU militarisation and Irish neutrality. Legitimate concerns as we see the so called “Irish Defence Forces” just about to join an EU Battle-Group


In October 2009 once again the Irish electorate were forced back to a second referendum, scare mongered by the Irish political establishment and EU leaders, the result was a 67% vote in favour of the Lisbon Treaty.


The successive referendum fiascos mentioned are proof enough, if more was needed, that the EU only projects the illusion of a democratic project when in-fact all real power rests with the thousands of corporate lobbyists who exist at its heart, in Brussels, constantly pushing their neo-liberal agenda of privatisation, lack of social spending and globalisation.


First drafts of Irish economic budgets have circulated German Parliamentary Committees like confetti since 2008. Shannon Airport has been opened up for extra-ordinary rendition flights and the transporting of thousands of imperialist forces of occupation, our fisheries have been decimated. Irish national resources sold to the highest bidders. Social spending cuts, unemployment, poverty, evictions, another generation of emigration.


This was the meticulous and careful work of the EU, slowly eroding member states sovereignty continuously redistributing the wealth of the people to the Billionaire class.


Portugal, Spain, Greece all met with the same harsh neo-liberal realities and now French working conditions are in the EU firing line, it’s only a question who’s next?


The Irish Republican Socialist Party has been anti-EEC/EU since its inception writing in its first press release in 1975 “It will be an immediate objective of the Party to launch an intensive campaign of opposition to the E.E.C membership. We, therefore, intend to play an active part in the E.E.C. referendum in the Six County area and through our support groups in Britain.”


We stand for a democratic socialist society in which all political power rests in the capable hands of each citizen. We can never support European capitalism uniting to force their neo-liberal agenda on supposedly sovereign nations.


The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, what the capitalists really crave, will elevate multinational corporations to the level of nation states; give multinational corporations the power to hold sovereign states to ransom, to fine them in international courts for perceived losses of projected profits. Effectively banning nationalisation of industry, financial institutions or natural resources, meaning these things will always be used in the interests of the ruling class, not for the maintenance of our educations systems, infrastructure, health and social care, for job creation for the betterment of everyone and not just the few.


The establishment media in the UK today are doing exactly the same as the establishment media did in Ireland during the Treaty of Nice and the Lisbon Treaty referendums; they are controlling the narrative, scaremongering and shaping the debate on a UK exit from the EU. It suits the pro-neoliberal “remain” campaign to have its opposition portrayed as rabid jingoist’s anti-immigration racists. Where is the progressive anti-capitalist Lexit voice in the mainstream media? The Lexit position been conveniently ignored, suppressed by the establishment in favour of the reactionary right-wing Brexit outlook.


A UK exit from the EU suits the long term Left Republican agenda, a UK exit creates momentum for the national sovereignty and self-determination debate. It allows progressive Irish, Scottish and Welsh political forces to continue to effectively campaign for independence. To call for a break from the UK for the same reasons as we are calling for a break from the EU. The concept of any break from the EU suits the calls from our Basque, Catalan, Corsican and dozens of other European separatist movements.


Be careful not to get sucked into the establishment pantomime between the reactionary right-wing and the capitalist political class. Vote along your class lines, Vote Leave, Vote Lexit.


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James Connolly memorial evening Belfast.

Belfast IRSP, tonight, Thursday 12th May 2016, gathered to pay a tribute to the founder member of the Republican Socialist Movement, commander of the Irish Citizens Army, thinker and fighter James Connolly, on this the one hundredth anniversary of his execution by the British.


Assembling at Connelly’s former home on a what was a beautiful spring evening, comrades gathered behind the banner of the Belfast  Comhairle Ceantair while a colour party stood in formation, before a member laid a laurel wreath adorned with red roses beneath the memorial plaque which sits above the door.


Michael Kelly from the Matt McClarnon read from Connollys last statement to To the Field General Court Martial, held at Dublin Castle, on May 9th, 1916: at which he declared

Believing that the British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland, the presence, in any one generation of Irishmen, of even a respectable minority, ready to die to affirm that truth, makes that Government for ever a usurpation and a crime against human progress.

I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys, and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives if need be.



Later in the evening the party hosted a memorial lecture in the nearby Conway Mill in honour of Connolly, during which long time IRSP member Gerard Foster spoke on James Connolly and the legacy of principled Revolutionary violence in the international Socialist movement, while Ciarán Cunningham spoke on the impact which future austerity measures will have on the Irish working class and the Irish struggle in general.

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Successful drugs awareness meeting hosted in West Belfast tonight

Teach na Failte, the Republican Socialist ex Prisoners support group, tonight (6th May) hosted an immensely successful drugs awareness evening in the White rock community centre in West Belfast.


The event was hosted in the wake of the latest tragic drugs related death which took the life of a well respected youth in the Upper Springfield area only last week.

The meeting was attended by many local parents and concerned citizens and was chaired by former IRSM prisoner Gerard Foster who introduced local Pharmacist Dr Terry Maguire who did a great job in explaining to those in attendance the chemical make up, the origin and the many dangerous physical and mental effects associated with currently circulating street drugs (including prescription drugs) being accessed by youths in West Belfast and beyond.


Local community worker Margaret Walker who herself has in the past suffered family bereavement due to the abuse of drugs gave a great account of the nature of addiction, why it is prevalent within working class communities, as well as advice on how to spot the signs of both drug abuse and related suicidal ideations within young relatives or childrenCapture.PNGw1

Following the meeting, a frank and open debate was held between all those in attendance, around the issue of tackling the drugs problem in general in West Belfast, with helpful and constructive contributions being made by many local people, including local IRSP activists, Sinn Féin Cllr Stephen Corr and Springhill Community Worker Tommy Holland.

Capture.PNGgeeA provisional agreement was made to build on what was achieved at tonight’s event and Teach na Failte have agreed to facilitate any future initiative where they can. Full video to follow.


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IRSP Withdraw from International Workers Day Celebrations in Occupied Ireland.


The Irish Republican Socialist Party communicates to our members and supporters, at this late hour, that we will not be having any official presence at any International Workers Day celebrations in imperialist occupied Ireland over the May Day weekend or bank holiday. We have instructed all Cumman not to carry official party banners or flags.

This extraordinary position has been taken, after much debate, by the entire leadership, at this late time…, due to the reality that our party, the party of Connolly, would have to march shoulder to shoulder with those we believe are complacent in the implementation of right wing socio-economic austerity in British occupied Ireland.

In this the year of the 1916 Rising Centenary the Irish Republican Socialist Party refuses to march beside reformist political parties, pseudo-socialists, implementing austerity, and those within the trade union movement who work against their own class interests. We will not encourage our members or supporters to share a platform with those who either use the workers movement for their own selfish ends or to politically implement British austerity programmes under the guise of “the lesser of two evils”.

We respectfully acknowledge that individual members of the IRSP, who choose to attend the International Workers Day celebrations as part of their own trade union, will do so. The IRSP views this as a matter of conscious and supports our own member’s right to exercise their own judgement.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party takes this opportunity to offer its solidarity with all those who remain principled, who stand against austerity and who fight for national liberation and socialism in Ireland.

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IRSP Easter 2016. Belfast oration.

The IRSM gathered in Belfast, Sunday April 24th 2016 for their annual commemoration of Republican Socialist fallen and in particular acknowledgement of the centenary relevance a hundred years after the rising of 1916.


The party of Connolly assembled at Dunville park on the Falls road at 11am,where, despite megaphone announcements from the British PSNI which attempted to intimidate the Republican Socialist faithful by declaring their 2016 Easter commemoration an ‘illegal gathering’, the Irish Republican Socialist Movement marched in Unison to Milltown cemetery accompanied by a complimentary Citizens Army colour party  and onto the INLA/IRSP plot in order to pay tribute to our revolutionary dead.


The main IRSM colour party stopped to lower flags at the the graves of several INLA, IRA and PLA fallen throughout the cemetery as well as at the Antrim 98′ monument, before moving onto the main Republican Socialist plot and to the main ceremony.

At the Republican Socialist plot, wreaths were laid on behalf of the IRSP and INLA from around Ireland and Scotland, flags were lowered before international statements of solidarity were read by Comrade Tommy Doherty of the Matt McClarnon IRSP Cumann.


Comrade Simon McElroy from North Donegal IRSP read an address to those assembled on behalf of LGBT Socialists, before Comrade Michael McLaughlin read the main address on behalf of the IRSP Ard Comhairle.

Below are the contents of Comrade McLaughlin’s address.


We are here today to commemorate the events of Easter week 1916 and also to remember our comrades and volunteers of the Irish National Liberation Army and Irish Republican Socialist Party who fell in the struggle for national liberation and socialism in Ireland. Those events in 1916 were a turning point in the struggle for Irish freedom and nationhood. The joint effort by a wide range of Republicans, nationalists, trade unionists and socialists could accurately be described as the first broad front in modern republicanism.


Our main objective has always been, and continues to be, a society free from prejudice, discrimination and exploitation, a people’s republic. A secular, stable, sovereign, sustainable, non-sectarian, socialist society, a republic organised from the bottom up, with the means of production, distribution and exchange in the collective ownership of every Irish citizen.

As we strive to create a workers republic in this vision, our current political position will never be reconcilable with either rogue State on this island. We exist solely to  bring the pillars of the 26 County Free State and the Six County sectarian northern State tumbling down, to expose those institutions as implements and apparatuses of the wealthy, designed to ultimately serve their interests.


The destruction of the society for the wealthy, the expulsion of imperialist interference in the affairs of the Irish people, the cessation of carefully fostered sectarianism ,created by an alien government to divide the Irish working class, these are the tasks the Irish Republican Socialist Party busy ourselves with in the centenary year of the 1916 rising.

The IRSPs political analyses has been correct at every major political juncture over the last four decades. But comrades we can be correct and wrong at the same time. We can be correct in continuously remaining principled, in continuously using our republican socialist political programme in the interests of our class but wrong if we fail to communicate that political programme correctly to the mass of the Irish people or fail to attract our class to our cause, ultimately their cause. We must continue Connolly’s revival.

We must continue the work of the martyrs who fought and died on Vinegar Hill. We must continue in the footsteps of the Workers who walked out on strike against exploitation, who fought pitched battles on the streets of Dublin during the 1914 Lockout. We continue to stand in solidarity with the spirit of the broad front of progressive forces who rose in 1916 against foreign physical and economic control of this island.

We stand here in the tradition of all progressive republicans and socialists who stayed the course, who remained principled, even in the darkest days of struggle. We continue to stand here on the shoulders of the giants of the martyrs of the Irish National Liberation Army who rose against imperialist occupation and lie buried in this graveyard and graveyards like it all over this island.

Republican Socialism has never had a strategic code to follow. To even try and create an authoritarian set of rules in which to pursue our struggle denigrates the journey to a people’s republic. The Irish working class are the sole instrument in which we can achieve our goals. Only by working through them, by convincing them of our political programme, that our vision is their vision, that a Republican Socialist society is in their best interests, that our Republic is their Republic, that it will belong to them. Only then will we see the fruit of our revolutionary labour.

Our core principals, our tolerance, our fairness, our tradition of resistance, our uniquely Irish socialism, these are the things that will keep us on the correct path. We don’t claim to be perfect, yes mistakes have been made, but all done in the best interests of our class at any given time. We hold no romantic notions of martyrdom, like the men and women of the 1916 Rising, we are just as prepared to do what has to be done, when it has to be done. 

As the struggle against foreign interference in our affairs, the fight for national liberation and socialism has evolved over the last century it has gone through many eras. From armed rebellion to civil war, from social and political activism to the dark years of the Long War from 1969 to 1998, the key for survival and growth is in identifying the transition from one era of struggle to another.

Today, 18 years after the Good Friday defeat, and after numerous treaties aimed at solidifying the peace, after the entrenchment of sectarianism in the north, after the absurdities of greed and gluttony during the boom and bust cycle of capitalism in the south, and the un-flinching implementation of cruel unjustifiable austerity, we are on the threshold of a new era of struggle and like those who have gone before us, we must embrace it and thrive. The stakes are too high to ignore the realities.

As the young capable comrades of the IRSP position themselves for leadership of this organisation, how will we be judged in 100 years time. As future generations gather at this very spot to commemorate the sacrifice for a workers republic, what will they say about the new era of struggle we are moving into? What will the history books say about us? Who knows? But it’s up to us to write that chapter of struggle, our struggle against imperialism and oppression and for national liberation and socialism.

Like the men and women who rose in 1916 we have a clear vision, we have the same motives.. To address our national sovereignty denied and to create a nation worthy of a people who have never known a nation, a nation waiting to be born, that exists today in the hearts and minds of young Republican Socialist’s.

The primacy of our political project will bring us towards the Workers Republic. It will abolish the physical border partitioning our island, from North to South, and it will destroy the economic border partitioning our island from East to West. The primacy of our political project will redistribute the wealth of the nation collectively and equally giving ownership of the nation to its entire people.

As we enter this new era of struggle it’s important to remember the words of Liam Mellows as he was led out of a battle scarred Four Courts in 1922 to see uninvolved and apathetic workers cleaning the rubble from the streets after the republicans garrisoned there were attacked by the Free Staters. The ordinary worker didn’t care for the fate of the Republicans being escorted to prison or execution, Mellows commented that “the workers are not with us”, meaning the republican side in the Civil War. We must be vigilant that we do not repeat those mistakes, we must learn from history, any future actions must lead towards the Workers Republic; there can be no backward steps. It’s only by standing shoulder to shoulder with workers in their daily struggles can we attempt to fight against the powerful forces lined up against us. We must always act in the interests of the working class.

In 1994, twenty two years ago, in the interests of our class, our armed wing adopted its “no first strike” policy in response to the changing political climate of the day. Our entire movement had an intense period of internal political discussion which led to the collective decision to move towards total cessation of armed actions in 1998.

Although we supported the peaceful resolution of the national question we could not support the Good FridayAgreement in 98. The GFA contained nothing to further advance the struggle for national liberation and socialism in Ireland. It was a defeat for the wider republican struggle. But our path had been chosen, the primacy of our political project had been ratified by the entire movement and our support base.

The ensuing years of political struggle led to the IRSPs calls in Bray 2005 for “ all anti-GFA republicans need to take a step back and engage with each other, those not on cease-fire need to call a cessation to their campaigns. Put simply it is not working; there is no support within the working class community for armed struggle to defeat imperialism, at this present time”.

Dialogue did eventually take place in 2008 which eventually led to the formation of the Irish Republican Forum for Unity, which had the potential to politically unite all strands of anti-imperialist republicanism, predictably it failed, due to the influence of British intelligence and the hidden agenda by elements within the IRFU to use it to create a new IRA, aimed at continuing failed tactics, tired rhetoric and the zero-sum political programme of the past.

 The IRSP totally opposed these moves to use progressive dialogue for regressive aims and eventually withdrew our support for the IRFU over the “cloak and dagger” tactics being used.  Culminating in our current political position that support for armed struggle is one of the biggest barriers to creating an anti-imperialist broad front in the interests of the working class and for the building of socialism in Ireland. The IRSP will never condemn those who engage in armed struggle, although we ask those engaged in it to analyse their actions further than the maxim “Ireland un-free shall never be at peace” or smashing normalisation.


Since 2010 to entire movement has moved forward in the spirit of the Ta Power document, continuing our ideologically principled political struggle for national liberation and socialism in Ireland whilst implementing the Ta Power principles of politics in command and collective leadership.

I will finish with an excerpt from comrade Powers analysis document which states.


“What we must do is examine the above statement by Seamus Costello and draw all the necessary implications from it. A revolutionary party must have a revolutionary ideology, an ideology that enables us to analyse the world, the motive force at work in the world, and plan a campaign based on the analysis.”

“A campaign that is consistent, principled, and bold in its implementation, maxims as a guide to action is an ideology; it represents the historical interests of the working class, which through the medium of a revolutionary party, aims to overthrow the capitalist order and begin the construction of communism.”

Comrade Power continues 

“We must make no secret of the fact that we are such a party, make no secret of what we stand for and aim for. We cannot try to fool the Irish people, we must recognise that it is fatal to confuse and deceive them. “


“We must define our socialist republic, explain exactly what it entails; innuendoes, vagueness and good intentions are not enough: The road to hell is paved with good intentions! We must define all this with the utmost clarity so that the Irish people are under no illusion of what we are fighting for. “

“A revolutionary socialist party means that we must engage in revolutionary politics throughout all of Ireland, both on the streets and in the elected chambers.”

Comrade Power finishes

“It means that we must first identify the major contradictions in Ireland today, which is the continued occupation by the British of the six counties, the resulting denial of our right to self-determination and sovereignty, the resolution of the national question, partition and all the evils and divisions that spring from it, it entails a struggle against imperialism, it entails the mobilisation of the mass of Irish people in the struggle for national liberation, but it doesn’t mean confining ourselves solely to the national question.”

“As we said before, there are many strands to the anti-imperialist struggle; it means involvement in campaigns against unemployment, emigration, repression, involvement in trade unions, action groups and EVERYTHING! “

“We must agitate, propagandise and organise around these issues (but not a reformist manner). There is no easy road to a socialist republic, no short cuts; we must strive towards uniting and politicising the working class no matter what obstacles confront us in our task, for we cannot win our struggle without the working class.”

Comrades in this centenary year of the 1916 Rising its imperative that the party of Connolly, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, continue and accelerate our growth and struggle for national liberation and socialism in Ireland.

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1916 Rising oration by Republican Socialist LGBT rights activist.

1916 Rising oration by Republican Socialist LGBT rights activist.

At the IRSPs Dublin 1916 Rising commemoration LGBT rights activist Simon McElroy delivered a speech stating “100 years on from the Easter Rising and that famous proclamation which promised equality for all the people of Ireland, we are still not fully equal”.

Mr McElroy continued “Growing up LGBT in Ireland was never easy, we were suppressed citizens, the oppressed of the oppressed, treated as outcasts, misunderstood, and singled out for discrimination by the Church and the State. To face each day knowing it was more mental torture and inequality has caused the loss of life in so many young people who were struggling to come to terms with their own sexuality in a hostile environment.

Mr McElroy said “Only the working class can change that and we in the IRSP will play our part. The IRSP has always been a party of equals, from the 1970s when supporting the first prides, through to the present day still supporting prides the length and breadth of our 32 county Ireland. Fighting for equality and socialism daily, for all! The 32 counties of Ireland are not equal. Until Ireland is fully equal it continues to lose young vulnerable lives. Valuable precious lives of sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents and best friends all because they are suffering social and sexual oppression”.

Mr McElroy finishes “100 years ago Pearse read the proclamation and I quote ” The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally”. The struggle in Ireland for national liberation and socialism for LGBT rights for workers’ rights against discrimination in all its forms is one in the same struggle, the class struggle.


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Support The SP Graham Workers Claim for a Living wage – Picket Saturday 9 April 2016


There will be pickets in Belfast in both the King Street and Whiterock Road/Falls Road branches of Sean Graham Bookmakers between 11.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday 9 April, in support of the industrial action taken by workers in relation to their justified struggle for a living wage!

Speaking on the issue, Sean Graham worker and Unite the Union member, Natasha Lawless, stated:

“Myself and shop staff from SP Graham Ltd will be taking strike action on Saturday 9th April (Grand National) We have been forced to strike as the Management of Grahams have offered nine pence an hour above the lowest legally permissible rate of pay from April of this year.
“This pay offer does nothing to address the poverty pay on which our staff are expected to live. We also face poor staff security eg, single man shops, some shops have no bandit screens etc..We know that SP Graham Ltd is a highly profitable company with a significant turnover. They can well afford to pay their workers a living wage and improve staff security. Please support our strike and do not pass the picket line. Thank you!”

All Unite the Union members, Unite Community branch members, other Trade Unionists, IRSP members and all progressives are asked to attend. Belfast Mid-Falls IRSP spokesperson, Alex Mcguigan, continued:

“This is just another example of the vicious offensive against basic worker’s rights.  We have a proud track record of giving unconditional support to working class people faced with draconian measures to undermine their rights.  Let the corporate bosses know that they can not treat the proletariat as disposable underlings and we will fight for their right to a wage that can realistically be enough to feed their families.  Be there on Saturday to support the bookmaker’s workers.  Be there on Saturday 9 April, to show your support for your fellow workers.  Do not pass picket lines.  An injury to one, is an injury to all!”


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“Dangerous Devolpment” as personal details of IRSP members passed to Loyalists by the PSNI


The Irish Republican Socialist Party has called the passing of its party members, and other republicans, personal details to Loyalists as “a very dangerous development”.

A spokesperson for the Dominic and Mary McGlinchey IRSP Cumman said “Questions need answered by the PSNI immediately. The car registration numbers and home addresses of two members of the Irish Republican Socialist Party along with the same details of four other Republicans have ended up in the possession of known Loyalists. Information the IRSP has received is that the document, which contained the personal details, was left behind during a house raid of a known Loyalist in Ballymoney”.

The spokesperson continues “The IRSP wants it put on a matter of public record if the PSNI are harbouring a “rogue officer” or is this the work of British intelligence agencies trying to heighten sectarian tensions in the area by passing information to Loyalists who may act on it. There is a real risk of destabilising the entire peace process if Loyalists were to successfully act on the information passed to them by the PSNI”.

The spokesperson said “Even tho the PSNI has said the document was recovered a person can copy such a document in seconds by taking pictures of it on their mobile phone. This is a very dangerous development that should not be swept under the carpet. People’s lives and families are at risk here the people in our local communities want answers”.

The spokesperson finishes “During the years of the long war British and Loyalist paramilitary collusion was systematic, commonplace, vast and lethal. The British government targeted Republican Socialists, passed personal details onto Loyalist death squads and armed them to carry out the attacks then protected the killers. Are we witnessing the beginning of a similar strategy to deal with those of us who will not accept the legitimacy of the Stormont puppet regime?”

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