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An Irish Citizen Army for the 21st Century

Posted in activism, Ireland, Irish Citizen Army, IRSCNA, IRSM, IRSP, James Connolly, Jim Larkin, Trade Unions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

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The Irish Republican Socialist Movement has the very real potential of fully taking on the role of an Irish Citizens Army for the 21st Century. Connolly’s ICA was Europe’s first ‘Red Army’ and was intrinsically linked to the nascent militant trade unions of the day, taking direct action against employer abuse of workers, scabs, rack-renters et al. More significant was the clause, moved by Larkin, that,

‘Before being enrolled into the ICA, every applicant must, if eligible, be a member of his trade union.”

100 years later the lot of the Irish working-class is steadily regressing, poverty and housing is a disgrace, racism/fascism is raising it’s ugly head and there are more William martin Murphy clones living it up in 2014 than 1914 while we cravenly are told to tighten our belts by hypocritical politicians who spend more on a meal than many Irish families can afford to spend on the annual bare necessities. At the behest of Foreign bankers, foreign governments and global Capitalism working people are as ruthlessly exploited and cast aside, in even more punitive ways as those that have been the hallmark of the hated homegrown Gombeen variety.   Forced ‘austerity measures’ on workers with ‘zero hour contracts’, the shameful decimation of Ireland’s hospitals, public services, destroying Irish lives and the despicable evictions of families from their homes.

Direct actions by IRSP activists against Zionist products in solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza was praised by our comrades in the PFLP

Connollyite National Liberation and Socialism as opposed to Walkerite ‘Gas & Water Socialism!’

Unlike one-dimensional nationalists, such as Provisonal Sinn Fein, whose leadership backed the employers in the Great Dublin Lock-out of a century ago and in contemporary times continue in a similar modus operandi, Republican Socialists, as a genuine Connollyite movement who, in the words of the IRSM’s co-founder, Seamus Costello, primarily  we owe our allegiance to the working class! Likewise, unlike the Brit-centric  Left or ‘2 nations socialists’, the IRSM do not adopt their myopic approach that ignores the presence and impact of British imperialism and view the class struggle and the national liberation struggle as inseparable, in the same approach as Connolly, Larkin, Mellows, Costello and Ta Power.

Without second-guessing any potential overall strategy or tactical directions, it is suffice that as a Marxist revolutionary party the words of both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels strongly influence Irish Republican Socialists:

1) “We have nothing to lose but our chains – we have a world to win!”
and:

2) ” The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways, the point, however, is to change it!”
and:

3) “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory” (F.Engels: Anti-Duhring)

Saoirse go deo!

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By Alex McGuigan

Death of The Arch Bigot

Posted in Paisley, Sectarianism, Stormont, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

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The recently deceased Ian Paisley that many of my generation came to know, was not the Paisley that the pro-establishment media, revisionists and latter-day friends portrayed as a genial Octogenarian, former ‘First Minister’ and ‘peer of the realm,’ Baron Bannside. The Paisley that my generation and those of a previous one came to know was the howling harridan, who regularly whipped up sectarian hatreds within audiences that invariably lead to numerous sectarian pogroms and the murders of Catholics by Loyalist death-squads. That Ian Paisley, the fundamentalist preacher and arch-bigot, was well documented as the rabble-rouser who then, like a teflon Don, promptly distanced himself when murderous deeds were done in his name.

 

Antecedents of an Arch Bigot

Lets not forget the Paisley-organised, near ‘Black Masses’ of the 1960’s, in the Ulster Hall, where he and other religious charlatans, mocked the rituals, sacraments and even the communion wafers of the Catholic Church, in a ghoulish burlesque parody.  These regular sectarian tableaux in the 1960’s, were intended to whip his many Simian followers into a sectarian frenzy, cause maximum offence to Irish Catholics and indeed provided the stimuli for decades of reaction.

Nor should we forget the words of  the late UVF leader Gusty Spence’s co-accused, Hugh McClean when charged in relation to the 1966 UVF murder of Catholic teenager , Peter Ward and the attempted murders of his three fellow barmen, while enjoying a late drink in the Malvern Arms, on the Loyalist Shankill Rd:

“I am terribly sorry I ever heard of that man Paisley or decided to follow him”

Ian Paisley’s hand was allegedly evident in many of the nascent UVF false flag operations, that sought to scapegoat the IRA, as a means to oust more moderate Unionists and literally blew Terence O’Neill out of office.  Nor should we forget Paisley’s ‘academic’ qualifications, including an honorary Doctorate acquired at the Bob Jones University, then a renowned degree mill whose choice alumni include the late Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.  He was not the first, nor the last politician, with an academic deficit to allegedly acquire qualifications, but even more dubious was the British medias’ use of the ‘Doctor’ title, knowing full well it’s dubious origins.

A lot has been trumpeted about the late Paisley’s constituency work, even on behalf of Catholic constituents, which really, using any benchmark, does not really deserve praise as that is exactly what elected politicians supposedly draw their ample salaries and multiple expenses for.  From time to time grateful castle-Catholics were wheeled out in the media, praising Paisley’s efforts, for instance to, quite rightly, secure them a house from local authority housing stock.  However, Paisley’s routine howling sectarian demagoguery was very capable of inciting a lumpen sectarian mob that would burn Catholic constituents out of houses or worse.  Those of a certain age will remember Paisley on the Shankill in 1959 scolding a Protestant crowd for allowing a small number of “Papishers and Popesmen” to live in the area, which predictably enough incited a pogrom against Catholics who had the temerity to live there.

As a founder and associate of multiple shadowy Loyalist paramilitary groups, including the Ulster Constitutional Defence Committee, the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (allegedly an early UVF front), Tara, the Third Force and Ulster Resistance, perhaps only his former sidekick, the sectarian paedophile, John Mckeague, comes close.

 

Paisley’s Legacy to Irish History

Paisley the demagogue was the late twentieth century’s premier dog collared sectarian hatemonger.  This was far from a new phenomena in Irish history, as he gladly took on the role previously filled by demagogue’s of previous ages, including the infamous Henry Cooke and Roaring Hugh Hanna, who Paisley eulogised as “being in the great evangelical succession of Ulster Protestant protagonists.”  Like Hanna, Cooke and their various imitators, Paisley was encouraged by more influential establishment figures who thought they could use them during periods of perceived crises of ‘Loyalty’ or any hints of working class unity.

A living contradiction, Paisley did more to divide Unionism and Protestantism than any other contemporary politician, not to mention that he was often hailed as ‘Republicanism greatest recruiting sergeant.’  His support for public acts of direct action by his various paramilitary creations, then promptly distancing himself from the results, earned him the nickname ‘the Grand Old Duke of York’ by Loyalists who served time inspired by his demagoguery.  His perceived mellowing with age has variously been hailed as variously an unlikely latter day enlightenment; a fulfillment of his long ambition to become ‘prime minister’ of a Stormont legislature; the result of a long term hold over him by shadowy intelligence agencies or just the fears and guilt of an old man who knew his days were numbered.

Paisley in his Ulster Resistance paramilitary garb

Paisley in his Ulster Resistance paramilitary garb

PSF Paint Over the Miriam Daly Mural Yet Eulogise Arch Bigot Paisley

Posted in Miriam Daly, Murals, Paisley, Revisionism, State sponsored murder, The Pensive Quill with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

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No doubt the anti-revisionist message of the iconic Vol Miriam Daly memorial mural now painted over on Oakman Street, West Belfast today was lost on Provisional Sinn Fein on the very day they publicly eulogised arch-bigot Paisley, yet appear to be attempting to revise out the the role and memory of British death-squad victim, Irish Republican Socialist activist, Miriam Daly.  A local IRSP member approached those responsible asking why they were painting over the mural and was given the rather spurious excuse that there was ‘graffiti’ at the street level area of the mural.  The IRSP member stated that this hardly warranted the total erasing of the entire mural!

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The eyesore that has hastily replaced the Miriam Daly memorial mural. Not surprisingly, it’s message seems to reinforce individualism, alienation and powerlessness.

Miriam Daly, a respected academic, a leading co-founder of the then nascent RACs/H-Block/Armagh Committees was slain by an undercover British death-squad on the 26th June 1980, in the most horrific of circumstances.  The death-squad gunmen who callously murdered Miriam Daly, bound the mother of 3 and then waited at her home in Andersonstown, hoping to also murder her fellow IRSP and H-Blocks’ activist husband, Jim, who they were expecting to return from work. However, on that tragic day, June 26th 1980, Jim was in Dublin attending a German language course and it is assumed that when the British death-squad realised that he would not be returning, they shot Miriam dead before making good their escape.  The Daly children discovered their murdered mother when they returned from school and it can only be imagined how traumatic and heartbreaking an experience that was for the young Dalys.  It should also be mentioned that Miriam’s son was one of the original artists involved in painting the memorial mural that was one of the first and most iconic murals in West Belfast.

Doubly ironic is the fact that the Miriam Daly mural that is now painted over, is situated just a few hundred yards from the ‘Collusion Wall’ that lists British state collusion in the murders of Irish Republican Activists and Catholic civilians.  Jim Daly, grieving husband of Miriam Daly stated in the aftermath of the state-sponsored murder of his wife:

“She came very much to the notice of agencies that were poking their noses in here, for sure. That’s why she was targeted. She had a tremendous energy and never stopped. People called her in the middle of the night to come to an RUC station to help out, while relatives would phone her to find out where their loved ones were. She never stopped. It was amazing how much dedication she had. She was always upbeat and confident and optimistic. If there is an opposite to demoralise, she moralised people.”

In foul contrast, Fascist arch-bigot Ian Paisley whose concerted hate-mongering and rabble rousing undoubtedly contributed to the normalisation and promotion of British state-sponsored murders,  is being publicly eulogised by Provisonal Sinn Fein, most prominently by his fellow Chuckle Brother, McGuinness:

“Their bonhomie was evident at the many public functions which they attended together, leading to them being dubbed the “chuckle brothers” by some.  Mr McGuinness added: “I learned with deep regret and sadness of the death of former First Minister the Rev. Dr Ian Paisley.” (Source: Belfast Telegraph)

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Words of praise for dead bigot Paisley from McGuinness

Unfortunately, there appears to be no tears for, or ‘rising above’ enmities, where Miriam Daly is concerned by those intent in airbrushing out the prominent role Irish Republican Socialists played in the campaign against criminalisation in the H-Blocks, the struggle against British imperialism and the fight for a Workers’ Republic.

Saoirse go deo!

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