Michael Collins was a great
Irish revolutionary and nationalist who more than any one person may be
considered to have created modern Ireland. His political tragedy, like other well-meaning nationalists in the age of
imperialism was to attempt the impossible; to try to achieve meaningful
national independence, in Ireland's case uniting both Catholics and
Protestants, without breaking free from the binds of capitalism.
Some disturbing events have been taking place in the south
of Ireland, where two IRSP members have been arrested and are being held under
the notorious “section 30”. This is clearly a case of political victimisation
and should be condemned by all socialists.