In February five members of the IRSP were brought before a
court in Dublin,
a clear case of state harassment. It is an attempt to silence any left
criticism within the Republican movement. We publish here three articles
explaining what is behind all this and we call on all our supporters to support
On February 23 three comrades of the International Marxist
Tendency attended the Republican Socialist Youth Movement's (RSYM) winter day
school in Belfast.
Jim Daly, Sean McGowan and Bernadette McAliskey spoke on various aspects on the
question of Republicanism and Socialism and the role of the working class.
Francesco Merli spoke on Venezuela.
There was keen interest in the ideas of Marxism and the school bodes well for
the development of the RSYM. A HOV speaker also took part in this year’s Connolly Festival on February 22 and 23, while Labour Youth organized another talk on Venezuela in Galway with a speaker from HOV on February 26.
This article was originally
published in the Militant under the title "Northern
Ireland - For A United Workers' Defence Force" just after the British troops were sent into the North of Ireland in
1969. While most of the left capitulated and supported the sending in of troops
the Marxists explained clearly that, "The call made for the entry of British troops will turn to vinegar in
the mouths of some of the Civil Rights leaders. The troops have been sent in to
impose a solution in the interest of British and Ulster Big Business."
Over 150 years ago Ireland lost a staggering 13% of
its population to death by disease and starvation. How could it be that Britain, which
was still the richest and most powerful country in the world, could not prevent
this horrific death toll? The answer is simple ‑ the British ruling-classes did
not want to minimize the death toll, on the contrary, they welcomed it!
We are publishing
here an interesting piece on the Irish trade unions by Peter Black, an active
member of the TGWU (now fused with Amicus to form “Unite”) and the Irish
Republican Socialist Party. Trade union membership is growing in Ireland, as is
the militancy of the working class and Socialist Republicans, in the tradition
of James Connolly, can play an important role in providing the militant
leadership the Irish workers deserve.