Gino Gallagher 20th Anniversary commemoration day. A moving and great success.

Saturday 30th of January 2016 saw the Republican Socialist faithful, brave the grey snow clouds of Belfast to gather and remember INLA Chief of Staff Gino Gallagher on the 20th anniversary of his assassination by counter revolutionaries.
In early afternoon up to 200 people gathered at Milltown cemetery and marched behind an RSM veterans colour party to the Republican Socialist plot, the final resting place of Gino and many more of his fallen comrades. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the INLA, IRSP branches across the country and from family and close friends.

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Speeches were made from both old comrades of Gino and younger members of the IRSP all of which paid testimony to the role which Gino Gallagher played in saving the RSM from the brink of stagnation and laying the foundations for the emergence of a modern and effective revolutionary party, a dedication for which he ultimately paid with his life.

Later in the evening, at a packed memorial function in West Belfast, a unique one off film tribute to Gino was screened, featuring face to face interviews with close friends and comrades of Gino, detailing the realities and experiences of the turbulent and often terrifying experiences which made up active service in the Republican Socialist Movement in the 1980s & 1990s.

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This event again visibly touched many of those who were present and it was great to see older comrades of the IRSM mixing in friendship and comradeship with the scores of younger party members which have joined since the parties period of clear rejuvenation.

The evening finished with a series of presentations to members of Gino’s family and to veteran IRSM and Trade Union activist Peter Black.

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RSM Easter Centenary Commemoration Details

The Republican Socialist Movement will be commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin with a march and Rally on Saturday 26th March 2016. This commemoration will be the centrepiece of the RSM’s commemoration activities and more events are planned for Dublin and across Ireland and will be announced in due course.

The march will assemble outside Liberty Hall, Dublin on that day at 12.30pm. All Republicans, Socialists, Trade Unionists and Community Activists are welcome to attend and join the movement and our supporters in celebrating Ireland’s strike for freedom in 1916.

We are mindful that the task is incomplete as Britain still retains control over six counties in the north we hope to use the occasion of the 1916 centenary to re-ignite the desire for freedom and socialism in Ireland.

Saoirse go deo!

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Poster advertising the Republican Socialist Movement’s Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration

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IRSP New Years Statement. ’2016. Let us celebrate resistance, evaluate, reorganise and finish the task’.

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The Irish Republican Socialist Party sends New Year greetings to members, supporters, imprisoned comrades and international allies and saluté them for their continued commitment to the cause of National liberation and socialism in Ireland and beyond. We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you all again in 2016 as we continue with our important work.

The O’Hara and McGlinchey families have a special place in our hearts at this time of year we take this opportunity to humbly let them know they are still in our thoughts.

2015 delivered many challenges for the IRSP and the wider working class movement. Questions were asked of our political position and our activists yet the entire Republican Socialist Movement can hold its head up as all decisions taken kept us on the correct side of the barricades. Every action taken over the last 12 months was carried out in the best interests of our country and our class.

Merging Republican Socialism into the everyday struggles of our class, and becoming ideological ambassadors within our communities is the most transparent and honest way we can continue to grow. If we are to exist in the spirit of James Connolly and the Citizen Army we must be accountable to our class and protectors of our communities. As leaders we should hold ourselves to higher standards, the class war is our lifelong vocation.

Watching our class being crushed under the weight of the neo-liberalist agenda has been a bitter experience for us all. The collective suffering of our communities due to the deliberate corrosion of; education, health, social care, arts, public transport, public and private employment, housing, water, social welfare and infrastructure provision all over the 32 counties has left scars that will never be healed.

Watching our national assets, natural resources, fisheries and all those things guaranteed to us within the 1916 Proclamation, being sold to the highest corporate bidder has cast a stain on the soul of the Irish nation. London and Brussels are not content to strip our material wealth they will not stop until they have stripped us of our hope. This is the sobering reality of contemporary Ireland.

While acknowledging this uncomfortable reality, however, it is undeniable that the political landscape in Ireland is slowly changing, an organically led culture of resistance against austerity is emerging in opposition to years of ideologically driven cultural and economic oppression, we salute all those behind them and encourage them to nurture the discontent they have successfully tapped into.

As regards the occupied Six Counties, again we declare that any involvement in the institutions of Stormont can only shore up the occupation and legitimise partition. The IRSP hold that there is no strategic merit in administering our own occupation nor in implementing neo-liberalism on behalf of the Tory government in Britain. At present, we view elections to the Dáil in the same manner, a diversion at very least. Change must come from below.

We refuse to implement our own poverty, whether it’s source lies in London or Brussels, we declare again our utter rejection of foreign interference in the affairs of the Irish working class.

There remains no parliamentary road to Socialism in Ireland or Europe and we caution those on the left who would lead working class into the cul-de-sac of constitutionalism alone.

Capitalism cannot be reformed. Those who have vested interests in the continuation of the capitalist system will use all in their power to destroy the Working Class agenda should we limit our methods to parliamentary politics. Our class enemies will destroy the fabric of society before relinquishing any real power, they must be made to feel the impact of grassroots resistance.

The means must be seized by the working class themselves.

2016 is a historic year in our countries struggle against Imperialism and it’s baneful manifestations.
The IRSP will not be party to the chorus of empty waffle which will emanate from Free State and counter-revolutionary corners.

We view the centenary as an opportunity to celebrate the proud culture of Irish resistance as a time to evaluate the past hundred years and reorganise with a view to finishing the task.

Our itinerary of events to mark the 1916 Rising will reflect this. We will celebrate a centenary of struggle marking the continuity of our unfinished revolution. From the Citizens Army to the Republican Congress, the Left Republican tendency that developed within the united Republican Movement, the formation of the Officials to the Irish Republican Socialist Party and Irish National Liberation Army’s later emergence in 1974 and on to the present day.

Since the summer, the entire Irish Republican Socialist Movement has absorbed attacks from both the British and Free State regimes, in punishment for our decisions in how best to commemorate our fallen. We have seen dozens of our party activists arrested, homes raided, IRSP offices ransacked, our supporters harassed and attempts to turn some of our members into state agents.

The IRSP never asked for any quarter during the armed conflict, as we afforded none, and that position remains the same. We caution those who would seek to suppress us or the Irish working class. Beware the thing that is risen.

We look forward into 2016 with renewed enthusiasm we send solidarity greetings to all other principled Republicans and Socialists preparing for struggle and facing the important year of 2016.
Saoirse go Deo!

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Mid-Falls IRSP Welcomes Refugees Into Our Area

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Tommy with the Male member of the house (it was a conscious decision not to include this man’s wife or children in the photo)

Between two IRSP members from the Mid-Falls area,  at very short notice, both members’ partners managed to put together some welcome gifts which included:

  • Several items of new Diesel clothes that would fit the two very young kids in the household
  • A gift of cash
  • A large box of chocolates
  • Several new toys, still boxed, for the two children of the household
  • Several other assorted confectionaries
  • A “Welcome to the Neighbourhood” card with a local IRSP representative’s contact mobile number and the number of the IRSP HQ which is nearby
  • And several other items to let these traumatised people know that they were very welcome in our area
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Some of the items we managed to put together at very short notice

Despite being left in an extremely bare living room that’s only items of furniture consisted of an old cloth covered sofa, one wooden chair, an ironing board and a clothes horse, the adult male member of the family welcomed us into their home and gave us several cups of what would be their local version of coffee, something similar to Espresso. He had no English whatsoever, so we communicated via a google translate app on our phones!   Despite the language barrier, the adult male, thanked us for the welcome gifts that we brought.

Some of the gifts we delivered to the refugee family
Some of the gifts we delivered to the refugee family

If anyone can help with a few items, especially a television and some comfortable furniture at this holiday time, can they contact the admins at the Mid-Falls IRSP Facebook page using the following LINK .  These people who have no doubt been through a highly traumatic journey deserve a little comfort.  The father of the family explained that he is a skilled stone engraver and we witnessed some of his high standard of work when he showed us photographs of his skilled masonry on places of worship which included Churches and Mosques

We hope the community will make this family welcome and if anyone has an old tv, so that this family can keep updated on events in their homeland, please contact this LINK for further information on how to help, their address to deliver items, etc

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Christmas Greetings from the Irish Republican Socialist Prisoners

 

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The Irish Republican Socialist prisoners in Portlaoise and Castlerea gaols would like to wish all our friends, supporters and comrades within the Republican Socialist Movement a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We commend the Irish Republican Socialist Party on their successful achievement in building the party of Connolly and Costello nationwide and in building a true Revolutionary Socialist alternative for the working class.

We commend the Volunteers of the Irish National Liberation Army for their part in contributing to the class struggle and who have a popularly supported revolutionary mandate and after 40+ years of struggle their position as disciplined revolutionaries remains the same! We salute all past and present members of the Republican Socialist Movement for their sterling contributions and to Teach Na Failte for continuing to give IRSM prisoners and their families support throughout the year. The prisoners would also like to send our condolences to the O’Hara and McGlinchey family on the passing of Peggy and Declan this year. We also feel your loss and hope that despite this unimaginable sorrow you bear, your family circles may manage to comfort each other at this special time of the year.

We would also like to send our season greetings as Socialists and Internationalists to all political prisoners in Ireland and abroad who have lost their freedom to fight for National Liberation and Socialism. We make common cause with all those revolutionaries who oppose Imperialism here and in the developing world. As a Marxist Leninist Movement we encourage those to critique both the Corporate and Gombeen capitalist machine here using the scientific Socialism of Marx, Engels, Connolly and Lenin. We all recognise that Capitalism’s heartless pursuit of profit have deprived our class, the working class, of an equal society for their own social and economic well being.

We have seen a serious rise in the most draconian attacks on the most vulnerable strata of society this year, whether by the Free State Leinster House Gombeen scoundrels or the far right junta composed of a neo-Fianna Fail type reformist nationalist party in combine with the Fascist sectarian DUP, inflicting so-called  on the Irish Proletariat. We see no alternative but the revolutionary politics and direct action of Irish Republican Socialism advocated by Connolly and Costello in tandem with the political analysis, policies and of the IRSP. Through the mass agitation and mobilisation of the working class we can succeed in achieving theses objectives.

As the centenary of the 1916 rising approaches, it is the largest historical event of our generation. We are fully committed in contributing to the ideals and principals of the 1916 proclamation from within and without Irish gaols. We welcome all who share the same values as our leaders of 1916 to pursue their goals in achieving an equal society and help end British rule over the north east of our Ireland. We salute you all who genuinely seek a country that truly seeks to value the children of the nation equally!

Let the fight go on! Saoirse go deo!

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IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY – PRESS RELEASE COSTELLO HOUSE – 02/12/2015

After the recent protests against attacks on the Welfare system and  tax breaks for the wealthy elite, which have taken place outside a number of Provisional Sinn Fein and DUP offices, two Provisional Sinn Fein councillors have since made worrying remarks via social media about the protests and those who attended them.

The IRSP want to take this opportunity to formally state that all the allegations made by these two individuals are untrue and baseless.

Cllr Jim McVeigh has claimed that he had been “contacted by a Protestant gentleman from East Belfast” further stating that one of the protesters at the Falls Road picket was a “former Loyalist from East Belfast, who was convicted of domestic abuse and who was more recently expelled from the Shankill for selling drugs”. He then requested that the IRSP or Unite in the community confirm this.

The IRSP want to make a number of points about these allegations originating from Jim McVeigh.

Firstly we would ask…Why did he not check whether or not his “source” was credible?

The individual that Jim McVeigh referred to in a photograph of the picket was a member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, born and raised on the Falls Road where he has always lived. Furthermore, he has no connections to criminality in any sense, historically or at present.

Jim then proceeded to use the very emotional issues of domestic abuse and drug dealing to try and create a negative picture in people’s minds of the protesters. This underhand black propaganda method of using domestic abuse by Mr. McVeigh is shameful, to say the least, and for a politician to use this tactic shows distinct lack of compassion for the victims of domestic abuse.

Mr. McVeigh should now admit that his “source” either exists or is a fragment of his vivid imagination. His use of the term “Protestant” also leaves us perplexed; Did he use the sectarian term to try and make his lies seem more believable?

In response to Mr. McVeigh’s lies, Councillor Ciaran Beattie then posted that the protesters “Are from a group of misfits who are up to their necks in criminality having the audacity to protest outside our party offices!”

Mr. Beattie needs to explain these comments. The branding of these protesters as “misfits” and “criminals” amount to claims which he must now substantiate or withdraw.

Many of the protesters were political ex-prisoners. Perhaps to Mr. Beattie this is what makes them misfits and criminals in accordance with his political outlook today?

Far too many political ex-prisoners are suffering from the impact of years of imprisonment by the British. Many are struggling daily to cope with the physical and mental consequences of their participation in the ongoing struggle against imperialism in Ireland. For Mr. Beattie to call them “misfits” shows the levels he is prepared to stoop down to in blackening the names of those political ex-prisoners who had the “audacity to protest outside” on the doorsteps of ‘Britain’s Tory Puppets’.

Mr. McVeigh has removed his lies from social media. Does this mean he accepts that his “source” was wrong all along? Considering Jim McVeigh is clearly backtracking, will he now apologise for attempting to discredit union activists who dared to express their disgust and opposition to this latest phase of Tory assault on the working class?

Maybe these “followers of James Connolly” may even explain to the working class community why they have accepted a deal which could have been inspired by Thatcher herself.

In conclusion, the IRSP will not be drawn into petty bickering by any Provisional Sinn Fein members on the issue of this protest and will continue to challenge the pro-Tory establishment parties that do the dirty work of Downing Street.

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Make Sinn Féin’s betrayal the catalyst for a real people’s alternative!

The clear and unambiguous capitulation from Sinn Féin in their predicted embracing of brutal Tory austerity measures deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible terms by Socialists, Republicans and all concerned with preserving basic dignity for working class people of the Six counties.

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Thatcherite attacks on the poor and marginalised are nothing new for the working people of the North, yet in past years some comfort was taken from the fact that it was the enemies of Irish Freedom (not those who claim to endorse liberty) who led the charge to take the shoes from our children’s feet.

Sinn Fein’s characteristic spin on the so called ‘Fresh Start’ dripping as it is with subterfuge and notably lacking in specifics, will allow them to sell their actions to the gullible for a while.

But facts remain much as they were in February when that party announced that they could not accept a ‘Financial support’ figure of £565 Million over five years (a woefully insufficient amount) to cover for the poverty inducing damage which would befall all those families stripped of DLA, Carers Allowance and various Disability Premiums.

Today Sinn Féin have said yes to the above but with a mild adjustment of the calculation, a non change in real terms for families who will be plunged into despair. The package – which we are told will offset the damage – amounts to little more than is shelled out by the social fund in a given year, on crisis loans, budgeting loans and community care grants. Attempts to sell this figure as a credible means of off-setting the ravages of a wholesale Tory attack on the above named vital benefits, should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

The fact is, there is no way of predicting the immensity of the financial damage which will now be inflicted on the vulnerable. Savage and unfair assessment procedures introduced by the Tories in Britain will decide who falls victim to the process. This is predicted by state sources to be at around 25%, the IRSP predict that financial casualties will be much higher and the appearance of a panel based method of shelling out temporary compensation in return will be a woeful substitute for what had been a safety net for the vulnerable.

Lack of clarity in the ‘Fresh Start’ document about what exactly is meant by ‘Fraud and error’ can only lead the open minded to believe that the horrific measures of victimisation and petty sanctioning – which in England has heralded in the era of food banks and poverty induced suicide – will also befall working class people in the six counties in epic proportions as it has across the water. Hints in the document at a warding off of the sanctioning process remain to be clarified, and in the meantime observers can only prepare for the worst.

For any who doubt that SF are complicit in a full scale ideological attack on the marginalised poor, we need only look financially at how the oppressive forces of the state fare from this deal in comparison to marginalised citizens of the working class. It is quite clear where the priorities of the state lie in this so called ‘Fresh Start’, neither with victims nor the oppressed but with political policing and the armed wing of Tory rule in Ireland.

Let us be in no doubt that the door has been opened to a wave of cruel and vicious attacks on working class families, reflective of the deep ingrained hatred for the poor which exists in the heart of every Tory politician. Tragically they didn’t open that door themselves; they had it opened for them, in servant like fashion by the former revolutionaries of Sinn Féin, and for the sake of maintaining positions of power and relevance, along with the perks and privileges that come with the posts of career politicians.

SF may argue that in the circumstances they had no choice but to swallow the pill which the Tories were forcing down their throats. This being the case the IRSP in turn poses the question, what is the point in the Sinn Féin project?

The Sinn Féin project has not forwarded the concept or prospect of Irish Unity. It has not ended (merely repackaged) the oppressive features of the British State in Ireland. And now it has been seen to accommodate the worst ravages of Tory Social planning, leaving the business class the winners and the Working class the losers.

Better that Stormont had fallen forever, than the finger prints of Irish Republicanism be found near such a dirty deal.

We take this opportunity to call on the working class people of the Six Counties and indeed in all of Ireland to utilise frustration and anger felt at Austerity measures and to channel that anger into the building of a credible working class alternative, to capitalism, cronyism and to the ongoing negative impact of Imperialism in Ireland.

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Comrade Declan McGlinchey. An Obituary

It is with great sadness and no small degree of shock, that the IRSP confirm the sudden and tragic death of Comrade Declan McGlinchy. To his wife Brenda and their children, to his beloved brother Dominic and indeed to his entire wider family circle, we extend our sincere condolences.

Capture.PNGdecDeclan will be most fondly remembered – around South Derry and beyond – as a down to earth family man who lived for his wife and children, as a Loyal and committed friend, as a hard worker and a committed follower and member of Bellaghy Wolfe Tones GAC.

He was also a committed revolutionary, espousing every day of his life the ideals which he inherited from his mother and father; comrades Mary and Dominic McGlinchey.

Irish Republicanism ran through Declan’s veins, he was acutely aware and proud of South Derry’s tradition of armed resistance to British occupation, a tradition in which his family had played a significant part in maintaining. In recent years he worked hard to mark and remember the role which his parents played in the Irish National Liberation struggle, culminating in this year’s extremely successful ‘McGlinchey memorial weekend’, a now annual event attended by revolutionaries from across Ireland and beyond and an event which we hope will now continue in Declan’s name also.

Declan himself was also a committed participant in the struggle for Irish Freedom. His journey as an activist saw him taking a ‘hands on’ role within the Republican movement, a decision which at the tender age of 16 saw him occupy a Portlaoise prison cell, right next to that which had been home to his father as a POW. In later years his activism brought him no small degree of state harassment, arrest and indeed had brought him through the gates of Maghaberry Prison. Yet to Republicans across Ireland – both Volunteers and activists alike – he was known as a man that you would want by your side, in good times and bad, and he faced down the hazards of struggle like he hadn’t a care in the world.

In later years, Declan’s political journey saw him return to the ranks of the Irish Republican Socialist movement, the movement which had been the proud home of his beloved mother and father. Confiding in those closest to him, Declan described his decision to join the IRSM as being akin to ‘returning home’.

In recent times he had set about building his political home into a rejuvenated and capable Revolutionary force in the wider Bellaghy area, committing himself totally to structuring, networking and lobbying on behalf of the movement, increasing its ranks, raising its profile and re-establishing the IRSP as a credible and noteworthy force in South Derry and beyond.

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Few if any Republicans will need to be reminded of how both Declan and Dominic were dealt the hardest of cards early in life. Few can imagine the cruel ordeals which they were both forced to deal with, not only in the dark days of 87’ and 94’ but indeed every day and on into the rest of their lives.

Yet Declan faced these ordeals, and in a fashion which displayed not only immense courage but also grace and indeed compassion, always eager to equally stress the hurt felt by all those – who in the course of conflict – had experienced similar tragedy. For all those who knew him, it will be this attribute, his unique ability to endure hardship and simply get on with life which will be his lasting legacy.

Declan McGlinchey was a credit to his parents and to the Irish Republican Socialist Party, and we take this opportunity to salute his memory.

Saoirse go Deo!

Requiem Mass for Declan will be celebrated in Church of St Mary’s, Wednesday at 11am followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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Belfast IRSP and Kurdish Community Unite To Commemorate Kobane Day

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Members of the IRSP in Belfast and the Kurdish Community supporting the YPJ/YPG joined together at Northumberland Street beside the IRSP sponsored mural to imprisoned PKK founder Abdullah Öcalan, prior to holding a white line picket at Divis Street. We received passing support from motorists and black taxi drivers

Belfast IRSP spokesperson, Alex McGuigan, speaking at the white line picket stated,

“The Kurdish people just like the Irish people have suffered disproportionately from imperialism and fascist religious fundamentalists.  We gathered together together today to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice that the YPJ/YPG and others displayed during the  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant better known as ISIS/L or Daish Siege of the Canton and city of Kobani, also known as Kobane.  The IRSM, an internationalist revolutionary movement salutes the heroism of the Peoples’ Protection Units known as the YPJ/YPG, and the PKK, the Kurdish Workers Party.  We look further to forging even further links with our Kurdish comrades.”

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IRSP speech at North Belfast 1916 Rising Centenary and Left Republican debate.

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IRSP Ard Comhairle member Mícheál Mac Lochlainn gives on the platform in north Belfast last night with independent Left Republican Fra Hughes, Republican Socialist Paul Little and ex-INLA Hunger from Armagh John Nixon talking about the 1916 Rising its relevance today and in the future, and the ever increasing relevance of the Republican Left in Ireland in the run up to the 100th Anniversary and the overall struggle to achieve the Socialist Republic.

The 1916 Rising its relevance today and in the future.

Like most people in this room the first experience I had with the 1916 Rising was a copy of the Proclamation looking down at me from the living room wall as I grew up. Looking back it was always present, throughout the good times and the bad, prominently placed, foresight from the past, willing to speak to anyone who will listen to its vision for the future.

For me the drafting of the 1916 Proclamation was as much a revolutionary act as the military uprising that followed it. The Proclamation recognised that not only do we have to right a historic wrong, to stand up to the bully next door, but to offer the Irish people an alternative worthy of all the sacrifice, a new dawn to enrich all the people on this island. The Proclamation represents that for me.

“The right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies”, “equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally,” for me these excerpts from the Proclamation are the spirit and essence of the document it clearly states that in a truly just Republic everything has to change.

Those excerpts acknowledge that Ireland had to, and still has to be transformed. Land, Production, Distribution and Exchange cannot continue to rest in the hands of the few, for the Irish Republican Socialist Party it’s as equal a crime on the soul of the Irish nation for an individual to grow wealthy off the labour of others, as 800 years of imperialist occupation. They are one in the same.

Connollys warnings from 1897 that “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.” are nearly prophetic, his advice has been conveniently ignored.

Corruption, individualism and greed characterize modern Irish capitalist society, the occupation, our national sovereignty denied, defines our national identity. It will only be by contemporising the ideals of the 1916 Rising, making the message relevant for 2016, can we do the men and women who rose on Easter week any justice.

More and more people are seeking an alternative to what has gone before. The sectarian rogue state in the North and the Free State Plutocracy have been discredited in the eyes of the people, capitalism and neoliberalism are doing a fantastic job in undermining their own institutions.

It’s fair to say that a vast amount of people now see the capitalist model for society as something that will, 100% of the time, work in its own selfish class interests. The myth of “trickle down” economics has been exposed for exactly what it is, a pure myth.

The opportunity for a Left Republican alternative cannot be characterized by electoral pacts to keep the right wing agenda out of power. We must learn the lessons and remain principled. There can be no cordial working relationships or potential coalitions with the likes of the Democratic Unionist Party, Fianna Fail, Labour or Fianna Gael.

The Republican Lefts ambitions are indeed power, power to impose the dictatorship of the proletariat; we have a vision for this island of a sovereign, stable, sustainable and socialist Republic which puts all power in the hands of the people. But the journey to that Republic cannot be paved with concessions to the very establishments we exist to smash.

We must be clear and concise in what we are getting people to buy into, a Left Republican political programme for Ireland in which each citizen has collective ownership of the nation and is entitled to be equally enriched by all its fruits.

Since the creation of Connolly’s Irish Socialist Republican Party in 1896 no Left Republican organisation has ever definitively set out to articulate the mechanics of an Irish Socialist Republic. We have policies and our own respective, very similar, political programmes yet no document exists that we can say this is what we want to create, this is how an Irish workers Republic will function.

As we move towards the centenary of the Rising it’s high time that vision, once and for all, was properly and collectively articulated in a way that speaks to every Irish person.

If we want to really discuss the 1916 Risings relevance today and in the future we need to explore the tactics and strategies that will see our ambitions realised. We must be collectively brave enough to have an honest conversation with each other based on mutual respect. Each individual Left Republican needs to have a soul searching conversation with themselves on the way forward.

It’s a sad indictment on us all that we, as the rebels, the good guys, are letting ourselves and our vision become further marginalised in our communities. The battle for hearts and minds, the propaganda war, is being won hands down by our enemies.

The British and Free State intelligence agencies propaganda war to discredit our respective organisations political programmes and the principled struggle for the republic is solely aimed at turning potential supporters away from our message and it’s sadly working.

They are feeding a constant flow of misinformation to the establishment media who are more than happy to print it, word for word, lie for lie. We are being felon set, all of us in this room; in quite the similar fashion the leaders and volunteers of the 1916 Rising who were called criminals, madmen and drunkards.

We must also accept our own responsibility for our tactical and strategic failings. Wider Republicanism, in general, must ask themselves the same questions the Irish Republican Socialist Party has asked itself its membership and supporters.

Do we continue armed actions in this political climate? Will the current phase of armed actions bring about the creation of a socialist republic? The Irish Republican Socialist Party’s analysis is that to both questions the answer is no, armed actions will not bring about our republic, our republic will come from the streets, it will come openly and with transparency, or not at all.

No one expects the capitalist establishment to go without a fight, they have far too many vested interests in the continuity of their corrupt system, but they can’t fight everyone, they can’t destroy a mass movement or an idea, this is what we must endeavour to create, something which is so powerful they cannot destroy . That is why our entire political programme, tactical and strategic vision must be laid bare at the feet of the Irish working class for them to endorse.

Armed Republican actions in this political climate actually shore up partition. According to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions the Stormont power sharing executive has presided over £3.6 Billion worth of cuts to public services in the North since 2010. Why are people not marching to that bastion of partition, Stormont, and demanding its collapse? It’s because the British have been able to portray the Good Friday Agreement and its Power Sharing Executive, which is a glorified super council with no real power, as the only viable option for the people in the North and us, collectively, the principled Republican Left, as relics of the past.

They wrongly state that a return to violence as the only alternative to their pantomime, which lets them get away with everything. The normalisation of the occupied counties has only continued against the backdrop of the current armed campaigns. MI5s grip has tightened and we have collectively lost the support of a vast section of the republican base.
The Irish Republican Socialist Party are not sitting here tonight saying we have all the answers, we don’t have the Golden Cow, no republican group has, let’s use the centenary of the 1916 Rising as a platform for our Republican politics of the people to finally address our unfinished business.

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