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Michael Parenti – Globalization The New Imperialism

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Class Solidarity, Hezbollah, Historical Materialism, History, Ho Chi Min, Human Rights, Imperialism, International socialism, Irish Republican Socialism, Michael Parenti, Socialism, Solidarity, Syria with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2018 by The Plough & The Stars

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IRSP International Department Easter speech 2017

Posted in Anti-Zionism, Belfast, Class Solidarity, Commemoration, Easter Commemoration, Fallen Comrades, Human Rights, Imperialism, INLA, International socialism, Internationalism, Irish National Liberation Army, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSCNA, IRSM, IRSP, Kurdistan, PFLP, Scottish Indepence, Socialism, Solidaity, Statements with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: IRSP NEWS!

Head of the Irish Republican Socialist Party International Department and Ard Comhairle member Sean Carlin delivered a solidarity message to our comrades struggling abroad.

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International solidarity is an important aspect of the struggle for socialism in Ireland. Through this work our International department has endeavored to rebuild old friendships and to find new allies as we try to get support for our struggle but also give support and solidarity to others around the world who find themselves fighting against oppression and injustice.

During this Easter we would like to extend solidarity and revolutionary greetings to our comrades in Catalonia as they demand independence from Spain. They have fought a long and hard fight over the decades and if they can achieve victory this it will bode well for their neighbours in the Basque country. ETA has very recently volunarily disarmed in an attempt to further their cause through politically peaceful activities. It’s been reported that the Spanish government has not reacted in a positive manner to this brave move. History has shown that the Spanish will not come easily to a political solution that gives autonomy to either the Basques or the Catalans and we urge our comrades to exercise caution and to stay resolute when dealing with the intransigence of Madrid. Like here, too many sacrifices have been made and too many imprisoned and too many families broken up over a long period of time for these initiatives not to produce positive political results for our comrades in the Basque country.

Given our experience of the pacification process here in Ireland we would caution. We would demand that the Spanish and French Governments recipricate ETA’s initiative and repatriate Basque prisoners from both Spanish and French jails. We know from experience if you oppose the process for any reason you will be subjected to state harrassment

Since the Brexit referendum there is a growing desire from Scotland to once against vote to leave the UK. We look forward to any coming referdom in Scotland were the scots have a chance to become a free nation as we see this as a real opportunity for occupied Ireland.

This year has seen many groups fighting for to implement a better, more sustainable progressive and revolutionary future for their people. Some are simply fighting against oppression from religious fundamentalists and we will continue to offer support to all these goups.

The Kurds, Palestinians, Syrians, Yemenis, the Free Papua Movement  to name but a few as we see the interests of the USA and backed by the worlds capitalists rain their bombs in civilian targets and hospitals inbuilt up areas but never the oil or the gas depots.

Comrades as neo liberal agenda ramps up we must be ready to stand by our comrades

We from this platform must send the messge out loud and clear

You have our support and our solidarity

Saoirse go deo

Why Jeremy Corbyn Should Be The English Labour Party Leader

Posted in Class Solidarity with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

High Street Kensington, London, UK. 26th July 2014. Jeremy Corbyn MP and comedian Jeremy Hardy at the front as the Solidarity for Palestine march fills the High Street Kensington near the Israel Embassy as they march towards Whitehall © Matthew Chattle/AlFirstly it should be stressed that Jeremy Corbyn is not a Revolutionary by any means nor to be fair does he pose as one.  He is a Democratic Socialist and MP for Islington since 1983, previously having worked on Tony Benn’s campaign for Deputy Labour leader in 1981 which was unfortunately unsuccessful.  However, it is well documented that he is a person of principle, holding the record for defying the ‘New Labour’ Three Line whip in parliamentary debates.  During the 2005-2010 Parliament he defied the Labour whip 238 times based on principle, almost 25% of entire votes during this period.

Just Some Reasons why Jeremy Corbyn Should be Labour Party leader:

  • He has consistently supported the cause of Irish National Liberation
  • He is a declared English Republican stating England should be a Republic
  • He is an animal rights campaigner
  • An anti-poverty campaigner
  • Supports and actively advocates ‘Peoples Assemblies’
  • Campaigned for former Chilean dictator and ally of Thatcher to face trial for genocide
  • He is a member of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
  • A member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  • He has called for an end to sanctions against Iran
  • During the height of the parliamentary expenses scandal, he was revealed to be the Westminster MP who claimed the LEAST expenses
  • A member of CND
  • National Chair of the Stop The War Coalition
  • He is chairperson of the anti-imperialist and anti-racist group ‘Liberation’
  • He has the support of the two largest Trade Unions in his country: Unite and Unison
  • A supporter of disability rights

The positive list could go on ad infinitum but Jeremy Corbyn would be a much needed breath of fresh air to a party that for decades has been led by politicians like War-Criminal, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Ed Milliband who out-Toryied the Tories in their right wing policies.  Jeremy Corbyn has recently been the subject of predictable scathing attacks from charlatans such as John Prescott and Neil Kinnock – a vote of confidence by any progressive political barometer!  The Plough and the Stars supports Corbyn’s candidacy for the leadership of his country’s Labour Party, although with the proviso that there can be no parliamentary road to Socialism in any Liberal Democracy.

Alex Mcguigan

Class Struggle Growing in Ireland!

Posted in Class Solidarity, Ireland with tags , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars


With every week passing, there are a growing number of workers’ feet on the streets in Ireland, angry with the excesses of Capitalism.  The increasing draconian so-called Austerity Measures, whether it be the despicable screwing of ordinary folk by enforced Water-charging, vile evictions, workfare slavery, health care cuts or the deprivation of welfare provisions from the most vulnerable of people.  The Irish people are on their feet, rightfully angry and they will not be forced down by Monopoly or Gombeen Capitalism’s lackeys whether they be corrupt politicians or the armed heavy squads of the ‘police’ in their role as zealous defenders of the wealthy elite.


Workers are becoming more class conscious on a daily basis and correctly view the long departed, supposed Celtic Tiger as having a very sharp tail.  There is a growing awareness that even if there was another boom, there would inevitably be another cyclic crash and more misery ad infinitum.  The only answer for ordinary working-class people is to take control of the means of production and exchange to negate the spiral of misery based on profit known as Capitalism, a system that rewards the few and punishes the vast majority by it’s dynamic.


Increasingly, Irish working class people, whether they be in employment, under-employed or unemployed, through harsh lessons have come to understand the true insidious nature of Capitalism.  If Capitalism was personified as an individual, it would be undoubtedly diagnosed by psychiatrists as a dangerous Psychopath, devoid of empathy or conscience.  This diagnosis also says a lot about the individual Capitalists, corporations and their tamed or bribed politicians who do their bidding both above and more often, ‘under the table.’


It is the view of The Plough and The Stars that Irish Republican Socialism in the form of the politics of the IRSP can provide an acceptable, proactive alternative to the politicians who have miserably failed us all and build on the justifiable anger at Capitalism’s abject failures as a socio-economic system.  Unlike ‘ring road’ socialists who ignore the impact of Imperialism in Ireland or one-dimensional nationalist parties, the Irish Republican Socialist Party in the tradition of James Connolly and it’s co-founder, Seamus Costello, view the class struggle and the fight against Imperialism as inseparable and have been at the forefront of the fightback against the victimisation of the Irish proletariat.


Join The Fightback!




Alex McGuigan

Mass Protest Against Water Charges – Dublin 10th December

Posted in Class Solidarity, Water charges protest with tags , on December 5, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars



The Belfast Relief Strike – Class Unity In A Divided City by Alex McGuigan

Posted in Belfast Relief Strike, Class Solidarity, Proletariat on October 26, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars

The 1932 Belfast Relief Strike is a significant chapter in the history of class struggle in Ireland, as for a short time the sectarian divisions in the north of Ireland’s largest city were overtaken by working-class solidarity against the state. The partitioned state-let of ‘Northern Ireland’ was based on a sectarian headcount which guaranteed the Unionist party ruled the six counties as a de facto one party government. With the help of organisations like the Orange Order, the ruling-class managed to regularly, if not seasonally, foment sectarian strife as a bulwark against cross-denominational proletarian unity.

Welfare Benefits Attacked!

Unlike Britain and indeed the southern Free State, the northern Unionist state-let retained the draconian Victorian Poor Laws, which similar to today’s regimes in the north east and south of Ireland, effectively punished the jobless. By the early 1930’s following the global depression, primarily caused by the Wall Street Crash, a large section of the proletariat were dependent on the extremely meagre welfare benefits of the day called Outdoor Relief, where in effect the unemployed had to work for mere subsistence benefits, even more draconian than today’s ‘Workfare’ trend. In the south, jobless workers had formed the Irish Unemployed Workers Movement. Elsewhere in Europe including Britain, unemployed workers were organising themselves against  crippling austerity measures.

Outdoor Relief Workers Committee

In response to the crippling austerity measures the Outdoor Relief Workers Committee was formed in Belfast in 1932 by the most class conscious of the jobless workers. Their basic demands were:

  • The end of task work.
  • A rise in relief payments to males to l5 shillings 3d per week and an increase for wives to 8 shillings and 2 Shillings per child
  • An end to “payments in kind”. All ODR payments to be in cash.
  • Trade union rates to be paid for street improvement schemes and other ODR schemes
  • All single unemployed men and women who are not in receipt of unemployment benefit to be paid adequate welfare benefits

The Outdoor Relief Class Struggle

In October 1932, 7,000 jobless workers marched on the Lisburn Road Work House headquarters of the Poor Law Guardians (where part of Belfast City Hospital is situated  now.) Heavily armed RUC men were by now attempting to repress the Outdoor Relief Workers Committee but the marchers managed to disrupt the Workhouse’s draconian regime. Rioting against the RUC and the Unionist establishment spread throughout the city in early October. A rent strike was called as organised jobless workers grew in confidence. Accordingly the RUC and British army were deployed on the class strife torn streets of Belfast, attempting to repress the Outdoor Relief Workers Committee’s actions.

After the RUC and British army broke up a mass jobless workers’ demonstration, rioting became even more intense with both the proletariat of the Catholic Falls Road and the Protestant Shankill Road uniting to fight the armed uniformed shock-troops of the ruling Unionist establishment! True to form the RUC murdered 2 demonstrators, including Protestants who had travelled to the Falls to man the barricades and attempted to prevent emergency relief food parcels sent by the trades unions. Over 50 strikers were seriously injured by the RUC, including many Protestant workers, although it must be said that the RUC were at their most vicious when attempting to put down the strike in Catholic areas.

Partial Victory and Ruling Class Foment Sectarian Divisions

The striking workers won an increase in welfare benefits for married couples and achieved a partial victory. Unfortunately benefits for single persons was not achieved and the leaders of the strike came in for heavy criticism for settling for much less than their full demands. Belfast Trades Council had half-heartedly threatened a General Strike but this did not reach fruition. The Unionist ruling-class, as was their modus operandi, attempted to play their habitual ‘Orange Card’ attempting to divide the militant proletariat along sectarian lines and were partially successful.

Proletarian Unity Proved Sectarianism Was Not Monolithic

The Belfast Relief Strikes, although short lived, prove that class solidarity can transcend sectarian divisions in the north of Ireland given the correct circumstances. A lesson for contemporary Irish Republican Socialists, the ‘Left’, anti-imperialists and progressives is that forced austerity measures and especially cuts in welfare benefits proved to be the catalyst during the cross-denominational class solidarity of 1932. Likewise, organised jobless workers became the most militant element during the events of 1932 and fought hand to hand against the armed wing of the state.

Although brief, the Belfast Relief Strikes of 1932 are an example of sectarianism being cast aside in the necessity of class struggle and it can happen again. With the current Westminster, Stormont, Leinster House  and indeed global offensive against ordinary working-class people, workers of all lands will indeed unite, as there will, inevitably, be literally nothing to lose but our chains…


Socialists from the Shankill Road attend the annual Bodenstown commemoration during the era of the Left wing Republican Congress in 1934

Alex McGuigan,

Miriam Daly Irish Republican Socialist Martyr

Posted in 'The Troubles, Alex McGuigan, Armed Struggle, Belfast, Class Solidarity, Collusion, Commemoration, Community, death squads, Dublin IRSP, Fallen Comrades, Feminism, History, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Imperialism, INLA, International socialism, Internationalism, Internment, Ireland, Irish National Liberation Army, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSCNA, IRSM, IRSP, James Connolly, Long kesh, Loyalism, Miriam Daly, Murals, Police brutality, Political prisoners, Primacy of politics, Proletariat, PSNI/RUC, Ronnie Bunting, RUC/PSNI, Seamus Costello, Sectarianism, Socialism, Solidarity, State sponsored murder, Thatcher, The founding of the IRSM with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars

Miriam Daly, an Irish Republican Socialist activist, was callously murdered in her home in Andersonstown, West Belfast, shot dead by a pro-British death-squad on the 26th June, 1980.  She was a founding member of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement a dedicated Republican activist and a highly qualified academic who at the time of her brutal murder by the armed agents of imperialism was a much respected lecturer at Queens University Belfast (QUB) Department of Economic and Social History.

Miriam’s Background

Miriam Daly grew up in Dublin in the South-East of Ireland, attended University College Dublin (UCD) as both an undergraduate then a postgraduate student and subsequently became a member of the academic staff, lecturing in Economic History. Miriam’s first husband, Dr Joseph Lee died tragically of a heart attack aged only 37, leaving Miriam a young widow. Some years later she met and eventually married Jim Daly, a fellow Republican Socialist, university lecturer and lifelong partner. By 1968 both Miriam and Jim Daly had secured lectureship posts at Queens University Belfast (QUB) just as the Civil Rights movement was gaining public momentum. Miriam Daly became active in the struggle for civil rights and as a gifted orator became a publicly prominent spokesperson. Ironically, due to the very real threat of assassination by Loyalist paramilitaries the Daly’s had to move from their home in the then largely Unionist Stranmillis area of South Belfast near QUB, to the perceived safety of Andersonstown in Republican West Belfast.

As a founding member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party Miriam Daly was elected chairperson of the IRSP following the murderous assassination of the IRSP’s co-founder,Seamus Costello. Miriam and her husband Jim were very active in the burgeoning H-Block/Armagh Committees and were tireless workers on behalf of all Irish Republican prisoners. Miriam Daly would have been particularly prominent in the H-Block campaign and would have become a household name as one of the campaign’s most articulate spokespersons and advocates on behalf of the H-Blocks’ Republican POW’s.

 The Murder of Miriam Daly

The brutal murder of Miriam Daly by a British military death-squad can not be viewed in isolation, as her particularly callous assassination was part of a very definite state-sponsored murder campaign targeting Irish Republican Socialist Party members and H-Blocks campaigners. Articulate IRSP leaders and/or Republican prisoners’ campaigners such as Miriam Dally, Ronnie Bunting, Noel Lyttle and John Turnley were all brutally murdered within a short period of time. IRSP co-founder and H-Block campaigner, Bernadette Devlin-McAliskey and her husband were also critically wounded by a pro-British death-squad. Countless other activists were targeted in concerted attempts to silence the most able advocates of Irish freedom.

The British 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 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.

Just as with the murders of Miriam Daly’s comrades Ronnie Bunting and Noel Lyttle, the death-squad’s modus operandi was that of a British military undercover gangs. They murdered M/s Daly in the heart of Belfast’s largest Republican area, Andersonstown and even waited for some time in the Daly home hoping to murder her husband, Jim. The British death-squad carried out their foul deed in the safe knowledge that, at the very least, the uniformed British military who would normally have been very much in evidence in West Belfast were giving them safe passage both in and out of the area.

Jim Daly, Miriam’s grieving husband, was certain of collusion and the hidden hand of British military involvement in her murder. Jim said of his beloved wife and comrade:

“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.”

As her funeral cortege passed her home in Andersonstown four members of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) fired a volley of shots in tribute to Miriam Daly, the Irish Republican Socialist Party activist, the Irish National Liberation Army guerrilla, the H-Block activist, the university lecturer, the wife and the mother!

Miriam Daly is buried in Swords, County Dublin. Irish Republican Socialist martyrs like Miriam Daly who made the ultimate sacrifice will always be remembered and commemorated by her comrades. Miriam Daly’s image appears on IRSM commemorative plaques, murals and her name is inscribed on the Irish Republican Socialist Movement (IRSM) memorial stone in Milltown cemetery, Belfast. One of West Belfast’s best known and most striking wall murals on Oakman Street in the Beechmount area commemorates Miriam Daly and was actually painted by her son, Donal, along with others.

Many people who often pass the striking mural dedicated to Miriam Daly, the author included, will think of one of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement’s most outstanding comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for national liberation and socialism. It should be remembered that Miriam Daly had a successful career as a university lecturer and she could quite understandably have chosen to immerse herself solely in the infinitely safer world of academia but instead Miriam chose to fight for human rights and the Irish Socialist Republic envisaged by James Connolly. Being a Republican Socialist activist in those intense and dangerous days was not an easy path to choose as the full weight of the murderous British military industrial complex was ranged against those who dared oppose imperialism. Miriam Daly was one of those courageous Republican Socialists who defied Britannia’s iron grip on Ireland and she sadly and tragically paid for her brave resistance with her life. Today’s Republican Socialist activists are determined that Miriam Daly’s sacrifice will not be erased by the historical revisionism, currently being pushed by imperialism’s lackeys and it’s fellow travellers. The Miriam Daly mural prophetically bears the inscription:

“History is written by the winner.”

Miriam Daly’s widowed husband Jim Daly elucidated further on the well known quote at a commemoration remembering the 25th anniversary of Miriam Daly’s murder:

“This year, on the 25th anniversary of Miriam’s death I feel there is at least one thing I can do, and that is to restate an important message she never tired of repeating. It was: to beware of and shun so-called “conflict resolution” the alleged academic discipline which is in fact an imperialist confidence trick.” 

Miriam Daly the INLA Volunteer, the political activist, the esteemed academic, the loving wife and mother who was gunned down by the forces of British imperialism will never be forgotten by her comrades in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement and even in death remains an exemplary model for today’s young activists who follow bravely in her footsteps!

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Alex McGuigan

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