Vigil For INLA Hunger Strike Martyr Mickey Devine Noon-1pm Saturday 20 August Outside Costello House

Posted in Belfast, Hunger Strikes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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There will be a vigil from 12-1pm on Saturday 20th August 2016 outside Costello House on the Falls Road in remembrance of INLA Hunger Strike Martyr’s 35th anniversary organised by Belfast IRSP.

All available members are to attend.

All freedom loving Republican Socialists are also welcome – Posters and flags will be supplied by the Irish Republican Socialist Party in Belfast.

Irish Republican Socialists will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of Mickey Devine or his 9 other comrades in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh Concentration Camp in 1981!

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Saoirse Go Deo!

 

Alex McGuigan

National Hunger Strike 35th Anniversary Commemoration – Derry Sunday 21 August 2016

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Commemoration, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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The National Hunger Strike 35th Anniversary Commemoration leaves Rosemount in Derry at 2pm where it will make it’s way with the Red Flag of International Socialism leading the Colour Party to the Irish Republican Socialist Movement memorial in the City Cemetery.  Transport arrangements can be arranged via the IRSP HQ at Costello House, Belfast; the Derry offices of the IRSP or via your local IRSP representative

“Must we live in the shadow of the tyrant in the chains of slavery?  And must we die to shake the shackles from our limbs and taste the fruits of liberty?

Surely it is not to much to ask for freedom and lasting peace in our native land?  And surely it is not too much to be treated as we truly are – soldiers of Ireland and of the Irish People”

(INLA Volunteer Mickey Devine who laid down his life for political status on 20 August 1981)

 

 

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Saoirse go deo!

 

 

Alex McGuigan, Belfast

What Can Irish Republican Socialism do for Ireland 2016?

Posted in IRSM, IRSP, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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The deadly combination of Imperialism and Capitalism is clear for all to see in 2016 Ireland. Ireland a proud nation that once stood up and defended its people against the biggest Imperial power in the world, a nation that supplied generation after generation whose political thinking has been world renowned amongst global revolutionaries. This nation now lies politically, economically and socially crippled and isolated.

Our nation has become one of low wages, mass unemployment and mass emigration.  The land which boasts a long history of revolution has become a land of zero hour contracts. Contracts designed to spread fear amongst the workers, to weaken trade union movements making it difficult to withdraw labour in any workers dispute. Zero hour contracts are the modern day slave shackles of the working class, shackles which send us to a lifetime of debt and pure reliance on corporate credit and landowners as the working people are in no financial position to own their own property. Ireland ranks second highest in the world in terms of percentage of the population deemed to be in a ‘low wage job’.  Our highly skilled and highly educated youth are forced to work in minimum wage jobs in call centres and Poundlands, while some fight crippling student debt which destroys any hope of a safe personal financial future.

Mass unemployment and Emigration holds a crippling burden on the Irish Working Class. Recent estimates indicate that 22% of our youth across the 32 counties are unemployed while approximately 10% of the population as a whole are unemployed. These figures would be substantially worse if it wasn’t for the ‘Safety valve’ of mass emigration. Over 200,000 young people in Ireland have emigrated in the past 5 years. Emigration leaves our communities with huge socio-economic problems in now and in the future as our potential young highly skilled workforces are exported around the world. Our working class communities left socially empty, demoralized, divided and weak.

 

Irish Republican Socialism has always been embodied within the Irish Working Class, our ideology has always expressed, promoted and fought for real change in Ireland, this change is needed and more importantly wanted more than ever before. In recent months recent elections in Ireland have shown a swing of support of voters in support of left wing candidates both north and south.  Even though our politics see this as a victory of sorts many of these candidates and parties cannot provide the real change in which Irish Republican Socialism can.

Irish Republican Socialists has always demanded that the Irish people have their right to National Self-Determination. While many politicians, socialist activists and parties shy away from this matter, national self determination is a pure class issue as it is a fundamental question which the Irish Working Class must face on its road to conquering power, it is a democratic demand pointing to the fullest democracy which creates the perfect conditions for the Irish Working Class struggle. Those who ignore this demand surrender this issue to the capitalist class leaving it open to their solutions.  While this belief in National Self Determination may leave the Irish Republican Socialist movement vulnerable to those who believe in the idea of ‘labour must wait’, any socialist or ‘left winger’ must take the side of those opposed to imperialism and the oppressed as the belief in National Self-determination is the purest form of democracy and democracy is the only way to unite the working class.

Irish republican Socialists have never believed that the objective of the 32 county Socialist Republic can be achieved through sole individuals or as a party. Examples both in Ireland and worldwide have proven that you cannot change a system via their own political medium to those they exploit.  Irish republican Socialists have always maintained the steadfast belief  that the working class as a unit can only achieve this true objective. Our only allegiance is to the working class and our objective as a group is to help organise and politicise the Irish Working class to achieve our 32 county workers republic.

A 32 county socialist workers republic, created by the incorruptible Irish Working class would be a nation where the needs of the people come before the needs of the financial elite.  A republic where the workers have seized the ‘levers of power’ and the means of production. The billions upon billions worth of profit created by Irish Workers which are today put into the pockets of a few individuals and exported to foreign banks  are seized and put back into the nation. The Republic would provide true working health and education systems which provides for the people. Our National resources will be under the full control of the Irish people and not exploited by multi-national foreign billion dollar companies whose only intention is to exploit and maintain its global financial monopoly at the interest of the few.

The Irish Republican Socialist ideology provides the Irish Working class the answers to its ongoing devastating problems. Our politics offer  true freedom in every sense of the word, a nation free from imperial and capitalist intervention, a nation free from exploitation and modern day slavery, a nation free from corporate greed and corruption.  The power to achieve this objective lies solely with the working class and the ongoing tireless work of those whose only allegiance is to the protection, politicisation and organisation of the Irish Working Class.

 

Joe Matthews, Vol. Matt McLarnon IRSP Cumann, Belfast

 

Victoria al socialista Cuba en los Juego Olimpicos!

Posted in Olympics, Uncategorized with tags , on August 9, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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(A partir de Belfast)

….Y, por supuesto, buena suerte a los boxeadores Irlandeses!

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Felix, Belfast 

 

 

 

British Internment in Ireland in 2016

Posted in Internment, Ireland, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 6, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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As the 45th anniversary of internment without trial, termed by the British State as ‘Operation Demetrius’ looms, we must remind ourselves that this tactic is still used by the British State, and enforced by their proxies in Ireland today.

The most recent and serious case is without doubt that of Derry Republican Tony Taylor, who was arrested by the PSNI in March and returned to Maghaberry Prison on the instructions of then Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.

Tony Taylor was arrested and incarcerated for the apparent crime of ‘posing a risk to the public.’ In reality, what the British Government were stating was that due to Tony Taylor’s political activism, they had him put back into a prison cell, taken away from his family and friends on no charges whatsoever.

This sinister situation cannot be dressed up in any other way. It is clear that Republican Activists can be lifted off the streets when they become too much of a headache or threat to the ficticious ‘peace process.’

With this in mind, who will be the next family to miss out on having their Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, Grandfather or Grandmother around for a considerable amount of time? All on the orders and say so of a British overlord who holds no mandate whatsoever in Ireland.

We keep hearing from the State media and the establishment Party’s at Stormont that we have moved on from the ‘dark days’, that all is rosy in the garden. Yes, that’s true for those who tow the line of the apparent great and the good.

For Republican Activists who still fight against the injustices of the British Government in Ireland, this is certainly not the case. It is open season on Republican Activists when the British ‘Secretary of State’, Mi5 and their puppets at Stormont deem it necessary.

British internment in Ireland may not be as in your face and transparent as it was in 1971, however the cases of Marian Price, Martin Corey and now Tony Taylor prove that this draconian tactic was never dropped and will never be dropped by the British State as long as those principled Republicans who expose this rotten, unchanged and unchangeable statelet remain.

The call of ‘SMASH INTERNMENT’ continues for Irish Republicans in 2016.

Michael Kelly
Belfast IRSP.

New Badges For My Collection – Much Appreciated!

Posted in Irish Republican Socialism, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 30, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

A fellow Republican Socialist badge collector, Australia’s James Connolly, very kindly sent me some new badges for my collection.  They are very much appreciated, comrade!

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The Dominic, Mary and Declan McGlinchey IRSP Cumann

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The James Connolly Association, Australia. Featuring the Plough and The Stars set on a red star with the crossed flags of the Irish National Flag and the Australian Aboriginal Flag

(The Aboriginal flag was designed by Harold Thomas, a Luritja man of Central Australia, and was first flown on National Aboriginal Day in Adelaide in 1971)

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The James Connolly Association Australia Easter Rising Centenary badge

Many thanks Comrade!

 

Alex McGuigan

 

INLA Hunger Striker Kevin Lynch Commemoration Dungiven 31 July 2016

Posted in Kevin Lynch, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

The INLA Hunger Striker Kevin Lynch Commemoration 2016

All available members, supporters, and families to assemble at 1.30pm, Main Street, Dungiven – Sunday 31 July 2016.  March leaves at 2pm.  Prominent speaker.

Please contact IRSP HQ at Costello House, 392b Falls Road, Belfast for those seeking transport or further details.  Telephone: 02890321024 or contact your local IRSP office or IRSP representative

Kevin Lynch INLA Hunger Strike Martyr

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The year 2016 is the 35th anniversary of the H-Block Hunger Strikes in Long Kesh concentration camp, when 10 brave INLA and IRA prisoners gave their lives for the right to be treated as the political prisoners they most surely were. Irish National Liberation Army Volunteer Kevin Lynch was one of three Republican Socialist prisoners, along with Volunteers Patsy O’Hara and Mickey Devine, who selflessly gave their lives in the tragic Hunger Strikes of 1981. The H-Block protests saw a mass mobilisation in Ireland and overseas in support of the Hunger Strikers. The H-Block Hunger Strikers’ Five demands were:

  1. The right not to wear a prison uniform;
  2. The right not to do prison work;
  3. The right of free association with other prisoners, and to organise educational and recreational pursuits;
  4. The right to one visit, one letter and one parcel per week;
  5. Full restoration of remission lost through the protest

Background

Kevin Lynch was born on the 25th of May, 1956 and came from the Dungiven area of North Derry. Prior to his involvement in the Irish National Liberation Army, Kevin Lynch was a keen sportsman excelling in boxing, Gaelic football and hurling. In December 1977, after spending a year on remand in Belfast’s Crumlin Road prison, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh by a Diplock non-jury court, convicted of armed INLA operations in the North Derry area. On arrival at the H-Blocks Kevin Lynch joined the ‘blanket protest’ for a period of three and a half years until he took his place of the Hunger Strike. Kevin was known for his courage and fortitude during the blanket protest, once enduring weeks of agony with a dental abscess rather than don the prison garb to seek medical treatment.

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Kevin Lynch joined the Hunger Strike on the 23rd of May, 1981 and took the place of his INLA comrade Patsy O’Hara who had given his life 2 days previously. Kevin was a H-Block/Armagh prisoner candidate for County Waterford in the Leinster House elections and although he was not elected like his fellow prisoner candidates, Paddy Agnew and Kieran Doherty, he received 3337 first preference votes! Kevin Lynch’s courage throughout his time on Hunger Strike is well documented and we, who were either very young or not even born in those desperate times can only imagine the pain and suffering endured by Kevin, his brave comrades and indeed his family. Kevin sadly passed away at 12.50 am on the 1st of August 1981 with his two brothers at his prison hospital bedside after 71 days on Hunger Strike. He was only 25 years old..

According to his last wishes, Volunteer Kevin Lynch was buried in Dungiven on the 3rd of August 1981. Kevin died as he lived, a proud Republican Socialist and a volunteer in the Irish National Liberation Army. His last fight was against the criminalisation of Irish political prisoners, by the forces of British imperialism in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh concentration camp. Kevin Lynch was given a full military funeral by his comrades in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement with 6 armed INLA volunteers in uniform firing a final volley of shots over his coffin as it made it’s journey to Dungiven cemetery. Thirty five years onwards, INLA volunteer Kevin Lynch is forever remembered by his old comrades in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement, his family, his community and indeed by the Irish working class. Kevin Lynch’s name is immortalised in his native Dungiven with sporting tournaments, teams and indeed a Republican band named in his honour. On the anniversary of his death each year Kevin Lynch is remembered by his own community and the wider Republican community with a parade in his honour. A large monument in Dungiven bears his name and bears testimony to his courage.

In the year 2016, the 35th anniversary of Volunteer Kevin Lynch’s death on hunger strike, young and old alike will be commemorating his bravery and utter selflessness. Like his fellow H-Block Hunger Strikers Kevin Lynch was amongst ‘the bravest of the brave!’

Saoirse Go Deo!

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Alex McGuigan

 

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