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IRSP Press Release Exposes MI5/PSNI Smear Campaign!

Posted in Belfast, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSM, IRSP, RUC/PSNI with tags , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

 

Source: IRSP NEWS

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IRSP PRESS RELEASE

Irish Republican Socialist Party
Costello House
392b Falls Road
Belfast
BT12 6DH

Date: 22/02/2017
=========PRESS RELEASE==========

The Irish Republican Socialist Party releases this statement to refute allegations made in the media beginning yesterday (21/02/2017) following the alleged discovery of explosives and ammunitions in the Conway Street area of the Falls Road.

This incident is not related to the Irish National Liberation Army. We state this standing firmly on the basis of the Republican Socialist Movement’s statement released in Bray in 2009 which stated the following;

“The RSM has been informed by the INLA that following a process of serious debate, consultation and analysis, it has concluded that the armed struggle is over and the objective of a 32 County Socialist Republic will be best achieved through exclusively peaceful political struggle.”

The Irish Republican Socialist Party stands by the above quote and has not been informed of any change in position from the Irish National Liberation Army.

Sinister media speculation of internal conflict within the Republican Socialist Movement is of no substance and is a dangerous but futile attempt to create the perception that we are divided.

The Republican Socialist Movement is united on a political path in pursuit of our objectives.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party is entirely satisfied that there is no conflict within the INLA. The state arms of the press and the security forces are collaborating to advance a politically motivated campaign against the Republican Socialist Movement.

This has manifested itself in Arrests, Violent House Raids, the targeting of IRSP members for harassment and character assassinations via numerous newspaper outlets. The events of the past number of days are nothing other than a continuation of this campaign.

STATEMENT ENDS

The Plough and The Stars Editorial Comment

The IRSP’s press release reproduced above in a measured, concise manner pours cold water on the recent inflamatory scaremongering ‘story’ emanating from the MI5 controlled PSNI Media Department that mainstream news sources replicated almost verbatim without the least attempt at any serious analysis.  Perhaps the only truth contained in the MI5/PSNI’s latest sponsored narrative is the admission that they have been engaged in a very specific targeted campaign of vilification and harassment of Irish Republican Socialists.  There will be little doubt that the PSNI’s campaign of harassment will continue however it would be folly to believe that it will dent the resolve of the IRSP to challenge injustice, imperialism and current attempts to marginalise the Irish working class.

PSNI intrusion at Clonard Primary School ‘Offensive, Unauthorised and wrong’

Posted in Belfast, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSM, IRSP, Police brutality, PSNI/RUC, RUC/PSNI with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: IRSP NEWS!

 

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PSNI on the offensive, at homes and schools

IRSP Lower Falls spokesperson Michael Kelly has said that the party has in recent days received numerous complaints from furious parents in the Clonard area, expressing concern at the decision of a local primary school to permit the PSNI/RUC to enter and ingratiate themselves with children during school hours. Despite children being allowed to handle dangerous equipment, (including riot gear), none of the parents concerned were consulted by the school.

This afternoon Kelly said ‘The IRSP understand and share the concern of these parents at the unauthorised exploitation of their children, which is frankly, offensive, unjustifiable and wrong, particularly given the wave of documented harassment operations which have been mounted against republican families in the streets around the school in recent times’. Accordingly we intend to seek a meeting with school authorities.

TARGETTED HARASSMENT OF CHILDREN BY THE PSNI

The PSNI have in recent times embarked upon a deliberate policy of stalking local school runs both in the morning and afternoon, with a view to harassing, searching, and isolating republican families from their neighbours.The homes of local children have also been stormed by heavily armed and aggressive PSNI swat teams leaving children traumatised and psychologically damaged. School authorities will be aware of these incidents as they have been well documented in the press. They should also be aware therefore that to allow the same armed thugs access to what should be a safe space for children, risks retraumatising the victims of politically motivated abuse and aggression.

SCHOOLS ARE FOR LEARNING, NOT BRITISH PROPAGANDA

The PSNI are engaged in an intense political propaganda offensive with a view to isolating the families and children of local Republican activists, this involves countering images of their armed oppression with imagery purporting to show concern for child welfare. This amounts to no less than the exploitation of local children for political ends. The IRSP opposes such despicable practices and asks the school authorities to reconsider the practice of granting such people access to children

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IRSP lower falls spokesperson, Michael Kelly.

Source: IRSP NEWS

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

Public Meeting On Drug Abuse – Whiterock Leisure Centre Tonight 6 May!

Posted in Belfast, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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(Source: Upper Springfield IRSP) The Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners’ Group ‘Teach Na Failte’ are facilitating a public information event tonight aimed at shedding light on the misuse of drugs and the risks surrounding it.

It is an event which welcomes the public to the Whiterock Leisure Centre on Friday 6th May at 7pm.

The event will be attended by an experienced pharmacist with the ability to provide a scientific insight into prescription drugs being sold throughout the city, a representative from Suicide Awareness and a Youth Worker.

The purpose of the meeting is to raise awareness, educate and provide the wider community with an opportunity to voice their opinions on the matter and share their concerns.

All are welcome!

BHSCT’s Illegal Treatment of Workers Continue!

Posted in Belfast, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Uncategorized, Unite with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

 

 

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Belfast Anti-Austerity March 18 October – A Pay Rise For All!

Posted in A Pay Rise For All, Belfast, campaigns, ICTU, IRSP with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

Source IRSP NEWS!

A major march in Belfast on Saturday, 18 October,  has been organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), demanding fair pay for workers and protesting against the cuts.   The march assembles at Writers Square, Donegal Street, Belfast at 12 noon on Saturday.  All available Irish Republican Socialists, supporters, their families, friends are asked to attend and are welcomed to march behind our banner!  Flags, posters and placards are welcomed.  For further details please contact your local IRSP representative or the IRSP’s National Headquarters, Costello House, 392b Falls Road, Belfast (Tel: 028 90321024.)

Unlike one-dimensional nationalists of various hues, we as Republican Socialists view both the class struggle and the struggle for national liberation as symbiotic.  As the IRSP’s co-founder, Seamus Costello, stated, we:

“owe our allegiance to the Working Class!”

The realities of the offensive against the Irish working class in the 21st Century are that:

  • Wages have not kept pace with prices since the 1970′s
  • Falling wages and growing inequality and poverty hits businesses as well as households
  • The worst attack on the living standards of workers for nearly a century
  • The super- rich continue to see their incomes soar

The ICTU’s minimum demands are:

  • An enforced minimum wage
  • Commitment to the living wage
  • A crackdown on excessive executive pay and bonuses
  • A crackdown on tax dodging, evasion and avoidance

One would be forgiven for thinking that little has changed qualitatively for the Irish Working Class since the days of Connolly and Larkin’s championing of the demands of the proletariat over a Century ago.  In many cases there has been significant regression, for instance, so-called ‘zero-hour contracts’ are worse in practice than the casual labour schemes faced by the Dockers, Carters and other workers in the early 20th century!

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Saoirse go deo!

By Alex McGuigan

Loyalists Fly True Colours In Belfast

Posted in Belfast, Flags, Loyalism, Racism on July 1, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars
Loyalists Fly Ku Klux Klan flag in Belfast

Loyalists Fly Ku Klux Klan flag in Belfast

This photograph of the Ku Klux Klan supremacist flag flying in Loyalist East Belfast appeared in today’s Belfast Telegraph.  However, it fails to provide any analysis of the ideological linkage between sectarian supremacist organisations and racial supremacism.  In less than two weeks time the same publication, along with other media outlets will provide uncritical blanket coverage of Europe’s largest supremacist hate-in and attempt to pass it off as a harmless lollapalooza.

Later in the week the following photos appeared on social networking sites, also depicting ‘Loyalist KKKulture’…

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