Statement from the Irish National Liberation Army volunteers E4 Landing Portlaoise Gaol.

Comrades,

As we commemorate the 98th anniversary of our Easter Rising, we take this opportunity to send greetings to all our comrades, supporters and friends at home and abroad.

We also wish to thank our families and loved ones, who have borne the brunt of the hardship during our incarcerations, for their unwavering support.

The Ireland of today presents many complex challenges for Irish working class people. Both North and South. The political policies embraced in the theory of neo-liberalism have proven to be an unmitigated disaster.

In pursuing these social and economic policies, recent successive Governments, in tandem with the forces of Capital, have launched a series of unprecedented attacks on living standards, welfare and dignity of our people.Our role as Citizens has reduced to that of consumers.

Meanwhile and to a large extent, the interests of working class people have also been abandoned by the bureaucratic and careerist leaderships of various Trade Unions. Clinging to an outmoded and anti worker concept of social partnership, they have succeeded only in overseeing a massive decline in Union membership and confidence.

British, E.U. and American political and economic Imperialism, aided and abetted by their Irish allies of the ruling elite, has succeeded in further tightening its grip of the majority of this Island. Since the inception of our Movement we have steadfastly advocated and promoted policies that both defend and aim to enhance the life standards of people.

We have unequivocally advanced that only Socialism will best serve the long term interests of Irish people. In terms of the ‘National Question’, we maintain that only a United Socialist Ireland is the minimum achievement worthy of the struggle and sacrifice of our women and men.

Recently we have witnessed those, who once said that Socialism was not on the agenda being rewarded with gilded seats in the carriages of the ‘GRAVY TRAIN’. The ‘Broad Front’ as advocated by Seamus Costello and his comrades is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. Our Movement has always been open to principled participation with all progressive organisations, groups and individuals.

In closing, we congratulate all our comrades for their ongoing structured work and look forward to the future with optimism and confidence. Beir bua

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IRSP Easter Oration 2014

Comradaí agus a chairde (Comrades and friends)

Today we gather to remember and salute our fallen volunteers of the Republican Socialist Movement, who made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of a 32 County Workers Republic.

We remember with pride our volunteers in the Irish National Liberation Army, the political activists of the Irish Republican Socialist Party and all those who lost their lives in the struggle for national liberation and socialism who lie buried in this plot and in similar plots across Ireland.

Without the courage and bravery of those who went before us, the integrity of our political struggle would have long ago been compromised by pretenders to our political philosophy. Republican Socialism was always a separate political identity from the wider republican struggle, and our movement has always espoused a distinct political outlook.

This is what attracted activists of the calibre of Seamus Costello, Miriam Daly, Patsy O’Hara, Kevin Lynch, Mickey Devine, Dominic and Mary McGlinchey, Ta Power, Gino Gallagher and many more hundreds of men and women from across Ireland into the ranks of the Republican Socialist Movement. When they had a choice they chose the Republican Socialist Movement over all other reformist factions.

The men and women who founded our movement were the brightest and bravest of their generation. They had the potential to affect revolutionary change in Ireland but attacks on our movement from state and non-state forces stifled that potential from the very beginning.

Our task as we stand here to remember our fallen comrades is to rededicate ourselves to the political ideals for which they gave their lives: to again build a movement that can and will fulfil that potential to effect revolutionary social change.

Whilst we remember the men and women from the latest phase of the conflict, those who we knew personally as family, friends and as comrades, we remain mindful that Easter is the time of year when we commemorate those who fought during Easter week, 1916, in order to overthrow the British administration in Ireland.

It is a time when we analyse the current state of the Irish republican struggle and its ability to confront the forces of British and international imperialism. We also use this solemn occasion to review how we continue to prosecute revolutionary struggle in Ireland.

The men and women of Easter week emerged from the collapse of the reformist movement towards home rule and the radicalised working class movement that battled the bosses during the Dublin Lockout. This sowed the seeds of the working class resurrection within the nationalist movement.

From that fateful week Irish republicans have since strove to drive the British from our shores but we have yet to realise the aims of the 1916 proclamation. That is the unfulfilled potential which I mentioned earlier, the revolution that has yet to happen in Ireland.

The hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising is fast approaching and now there is talk of members of the British aristocracy participating alongside the Free Staters during state choreographed commemorations in the Free State.

Likewise, during the recent events in England, the so-called leaders of Labour and of Irish Republicanism raised a glass to salute the reigning British monarch. This is the antithesis of Republicanism. No Republican would ever countenance saluting any monarch.

What makes this situation even more perverse is that Sinn Fein are attempting to persuade the people that this is a step on the road to the Republic. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is simply an attempt to normalize the current situation in occupied Ireland which is in reality far from normal.

Republicans need to return to revolutionary struggle which will not be fought within Windsor Castle or the White House. Mimicking British bankers and the aristocracy by dressing in their clothes and taking part in their antiquated customs will not bring us one inch closer to the Republic for which so many of our friends and comrades gave their lives.

We in the Republican Socialist Movement will not be taken in by this charade. The toasting of the British Queen by Martin McGuinness was not done in our name. To paraphrase the great French revolutionary and Republican, Robspierre: ‘The elite must perish so that the people may live’. It is necessary that as we remember our brave comrades that we learn from history and attempt to move towards a revolutionary situation.

We need to learn from mistakes of the past and build on solid political foundations that will provide a strong basis for political change. We have been doing just that. Over the past three years the Irish Republican Socialist Party has undergone great change and development. This is part of the continuing struggle for socialism in Ireland.

Without the primacy of politics for which many of our comrades died, the struggle would have little to no chance of succeeding. The primacy of politics as envisaged by our fallen comrade Ta Power is what will bring the entire Republican Socialist Movement into the future; to see socialism in the 21st century.

The cultural, economic and political forces of the right are fighting the Class War with every weapon they have at their disposal. Internationally, Imperialist powers are carving up the world’s resources and manipulating borders in a manner not seen since the late 19th century. People’s lives, their hopes and their very survival is being threatened by global capitalism.

The living conditions of the European working class are being driven down by so called austerity measures. The rich and the powerful are manipulating the crisis in the capitalist financial system into a crisis in public spending by bailing out financial gangsters and gombeen men like Sean Fitzpatrick and faceless bondholders.

In return we see the criminalisation of the poor and of the working class, forcing us to work for little or nothing more than the dole. Ireland remains as occupied as ever. Despite the spectacle of reconciliation, regeneration and rebranding exercises, British imperialism still physically occupies the six counties.

The Westminster government and the Stormont pantomime is intent on implementing an economic agenda that is creating a surge in unemployment, underemployment, deprivation and poverty.

In the 26 county area, the situation is no different. The IMF, ECB and EU troika controls the Irish puppet state dictating budgets and encouraging the privatisation of all the means of production, distribution, exchange and our natural resources.

The forces drawn up by capital against the Irish working class are immense comrades. They are using their vast wealth and influence to crush any and all opposition to their plans of domination. But Republican Socialists have never been known to shy away from a fight.

Our strength comes from the empowerment of our class by our revolutionary Republican Socialist ideology. Ideas are our greatest weapon and without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.

Being of the working class means making Republican Socialism relevant in your community and I say here today comrades if you are not playing a positive role within your community you are not a Republican Socialist.

IRSP members and indeed other members of the wider left republican family in Ireland need to become leaders within the working class movements. We need to espouse our revolutionary politics of working class empowerment in our trade unions, our community groups and our residents associations and any other arenas of struggle which may open up.It is only by becoming of the people that we can advance their interests.

We stand here today commemorating all those Irish revolutionaries who paid the ultimate price for their love of freedom. From the brave men and women of 1798 to those of the Irish National Liberation Army, they are all equal in sacrifice. It is fitting that this occasion takes place on the anniversary of one of the greatest broad front actions in Irish history.

The 1916 Easter Rising was an event where the Irish Volunteer Movement along with the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Citizen Army and Cumann na hBann came together in a broad front to fight against British imperialism. It united working class militants alongside progressive nationalists, radical feminists with the revolutionary republican tradition.

In 1974, Seamus Costello sought a similar unification of anti-imperialist forces through the broad front. In 2014 he IRSP still maintain this aim. What needs to be done comrades, on this the 40th anniversary of our movements foundation, is the reassertion of Costello’s anti imperialist broad front. The contemporary broad front should comprise the widest layers of progressive political and revolutionary social forces. This is what must be done after we leave here today.

We have a programme of oppositional politics and progressive alternatives. It is our intention to fight the hypocrisy of those implementing welfare reforms and exploitative ‘labour activation schemes’ by exposing the bosses behind it all while addressing the housing crisis and lack of services and opportunities for the youth which is leading to societal self harm and criminalisation of an entire section of the community.

The biggest lie in this whole austerity drive is shown when this militarised police force can demand more and more millions of taxpayers’ money all the while we are told that care for the sick and elderly must be privatised to cut costs.

Next month we will mark the loss of James Connolly a founding father of Republican Socialism who was the last of those who rose during Easter Week to be executed on the 12th of May 1916 whose words I will now finish on:

Revolution is never practical – until the hour of the revolution strikes. Then it alone is practical, and all the efforts of the conservatives and compromisers become the most futile and visionary of human imaginings.

Republicans Recover Massive Haul of Cocaine, not PSNI. – IRSP

Republicans Recover Massive Haul of Cocaine, not PSNI. – IRSP

17 April 2014

The Irish Republican Socialist Party would like to put on record that a recent recovery of £30,000 of cocaine within Derry was the result of community activism within the republican community rather than the result of actions of the PSNI.

We are placing these facts on public record in response to a local radio interview earlier today in which PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows claimed that the discovery of the drugs in question was the result of closer co-operation between the PSNI and the community in Derry. We refute totally that this is the case.

The cocaine haul was recovered by republican activists in Derry in their efforts to disrupt the importation of dangerous drugs to vulnerable members of our community. This network of importers have ceased their activities. The drugs were handed to the IRSP who in turn handed them over to local community activist Dee Quigley for disposal. It is our understanding that Dee Quigley then contacted a local priest and arranged for the drugs to be disposed of. At no stage during this process were the PSNI aware of or involved in the recovery of the drugs.

It is both disingenuous and factually incorrect for Jon Burrows to claim that support for the PSNI within the community led to the recovery of these drugs. The drugs were recovered solely as the result of community activism by republicans who have real and not manufactured support within the working class communities in Derry.

ENDS

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Irish Republican Socialist Movement Easter Commemoration 2014 Details

The 2014 Irish Republican Socialist Movement’s Easter commemoration takes place on Sunday 20th April. This Easter commemoration is especially significant as it occurs during the 40th anniversary year of the foundation of the the Irish Republican Socialist Movement.

Assemble 11am Dunville Park, Falls Road, Belfast – leaving for the IRSM plot at Milltown cemetery at 11.30am sharp!

All members are expected to attend.

Family members and supporters are, as always, very welcome.

Saoirse go deo!

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“No strategic merit in Windsor Castle visit” IRSP

The Irish Republican Socialist Party is unconvinced of the strategic merits of republicans engaging with the British establishment in the manner they have been doing since Michael D Higgins state visit to England began.

Speaking on behalf of the Ard Comhairle Michael McLaughlin continues “Apart from a vague reference to building closer relationships “with our unionist neighbours” those republicans engaging with the British establishment at this level have not definitively explained the rationale behind their bold and indeed arrogant move. We are unaware of any collective democratic consultation process in which neither the Sinn Fein grass roots nor the families of fallen republican martyrs were involved in the decision to act against the democratic principles of republicanism by being guests of the British monarchy in a Royal Palace”.

Mr McLaughlin finishes “Unlike other actions since 1998 this move cannot be spun as a concession for the good of the peace. When strategically analysing this situation we need to view these actions as an active move on Sinn Feins behalf to seek engagement with the highest echelons of the British establishment whilst normalising and copper-fastening the economic and physical occupation of the Island”.

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IRSP “furious” at Ivor Bells detention.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party condemn the politically motivated arrest and detention of 77 year old veteran republican Ivor Bell as another injustice, in a long line human rights abuses, being carried out against republicans who politically oppose the British agenda in Ireland.

Michael McLaughlin of the IRSP continues “The fact that the will exists within the British establishment in Ireland to arrest and imprison a 77 year old pensioner who has suffered two heart attacks and wears a Pacemaker for a 42 year old political offence is cause for serious concern. “

“No attempts have been made to deal with the legacy of the conflict other than arresting, charging and detaining ex-combatants criminalising individual participants of the war. The establishment is trying to create a culture of condemnation in which people see the conditions of the conflict as circumstance of individual’s actions while completely ignoring the key source of the conflict, the occupation. British intelligence agencies are in total control of policing and justice their dirty finger prints are all over Ivor Bells imprisonment.“

Mr McLaughlin finishes “There is a real feeling of fury within republicanism that the British establishment uses human rights abuse and imprisonment as a tactic against political opposition we are furious at the arrest of Ivor Bell .The fact that Jean McConvilles tragic death is being used as a political football by the British establishment is nothing short of a disgrace. “

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Pro-GFA Provisional republicans were given immunity. IRSP.

Speaking on behalf of the Irish Republican Socialist Party Ard Comhairle, Michael McLaughlin commenting on the latest revelations regarding the “On the Runs” said; “The murky back room deal between republican “OTRs” loyal to the Sinn Fein leadership and British establishment sums up the squalid nature of how society currently deals with the legacy of the war. No attempts have been made to inclusively deal with the “OTRs”, Loyalist or Republican, and until such a time we collectively and sincerely find an independent non-party political approach we are doomed to repeat the cycle of mistrust and instability.”

He went on “Everyone and their dog knew full well that Provisional republicans were given immunity whilst republicans not loyal to Sinn Fein were hounded from pillar to post by the British and we’ve had many situations recently when clearly political motivated prosecutions have been instigated against those opposed to Sinn Fein. No republican loyal to the Republican Socialist Movement received these letters”

He continued “A key factor in the debate we need to collectively have is on the powers British intelligence agencies have and their control over all aspects of all political institutions. Faceless intelligence operative can sit in Palace Barracks and determine which combatant and from which political tradition to prosecute.”

Concluding Mr McLaughlin said “Because the current approach to the legacy of the past is not independent or transparent it allows these murky intelligence forces to continue to use issues like “OTRs” as political weapons within all the current institutions of Stormont.”

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IRSP position on 2014 elections.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party since its foundation has never been an abstentionist party. Similarly we do not see ourselves as a constitutionalist party. We do not believe that our ultimate political goals can be reached via constitutional politics. We have always said that all elections would be looked at on their merits and whether we believed taking part in certain elections would benefit in particular the party and in a wider context, the working class. This is a position first adopted by Seamus Costello when the party was formed in 1974 and we still stand by this position today.

After analysing the current political situation the Ard Comhairle and membership of the IRSP have decided not to contest the upcoming local government elections in the six counties. We have democratically taken this decision after a period of internal discussion. Standing candidates at this time would go against the wishes of our membership.

Constitutionalism has and will continue to fail the working class and our allegiance has always been to the working class and to building a fair and equal society on the island of Ireland. In fact some may believe that the IRSP have been led up the path of constitutional politics. Nothing could be further from the truth. The IRSP remains a committed revolutionary party, our ultimate goals remain and that is the establishment of an Irish 32 county Socialist Republic.

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IRSP Welcome Derry Housing Scheme.


20 February 2014

IRSP spokesperson Thomas Dixon today welcomed plans by Habinteg housing Association to purchase properties in Connor Court for social housing.

Commenting he said “The Irish Republican Socialist Party welcomes news today that Habinteg Housing Association is in the process of purchasing the vacant properties in Connor Court in Crawford Square. During our “House the Homeless” campaign two years ago the IRSP called for this very scheme to be purchased for social housing to help alleviate the housing crisis in Derry.

Mr Dixon went on “There are thousands on the housing list in this city and the imminent opening up of these apartments to those on the housing list is very welcome news. We would now demand that no restrictions be placed on those who will be allocated these apartments and those allocations be made on the basis of need.

In concluding Mr Dixon said “We are glad to see that calls from groups such as ourselves have led to positive outcomes and that homeless people in this city will now have access to quality housing in Crawford Square.”

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INLA Vol Neil McMonagle 31st Anniversary Commemoration

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The commemoration for INLA Neil McMonagle will take place shortly before the Bloody Sunday March For Justice.  All available members, supporters and their families are asked to attend.

Saoirse go deo!

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