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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.

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

 

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.

INLA Vol. Patsy O’Hara – Hunger Striker Martyr

Posted in Hunger Strikes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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The year 2016 is the 35th anniversary of the H-Block Hunger Strike of 1981 when ten brave and selfless Republican Socialist and IRA prisoners gave their lives in the struggle for the right to be treated as political prisoners.  Of the ten Republican POW’s who sacrificed their lives for their comrades, three were Irish Republican Socialist prisoners, almost a third of the 1981 Hunger Strike martyrs. At the commencement of the first Hunger Strike in 1980 and up to the 22nd of March 1981 when he took his place on the 2nd tragic Stailc, Volunteer Patsy O’Hara was Officer Commanding (O/C) of Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) prisoners held in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh concentration camp.

Patsy O’Hara was born in Derry on the 11th July 1957, a city that was the personification of British misrule.  As a youngster growing up in the Orange state-let of ‘Northern Ireland’ under the jackboot of the Stormont Unionist one party junta, he would have witnessed his fellow citizens who marched peacefully for basic Civil Rights being viciously beaten off the streets by the Unionist party’s paramilitary police force the Royal Ulster Constabuarly (RUC.) At the age of just 13 Patsy O’Hara joined the Republican youth movement, Na Fianna, and a year later in the Winter of 1971 he was shot and wounded by a British soldier. In 1974 he was interned without trial in Long Kesh concentration camp. On release he became active in the Irish Republican Socialist Party and it’s military wing the INLA. Between his release from internment without trial, he was arrested several times and spent further periods of imprisonment for taking the war to the forces of British occupation in Ireland.

The Republican Socialist Movement that Patsy O’Hara was a shining example of, stressed the symbiotic need for not just National Liberation but the necessity for the radical redistribution of the means of production, distribution and exchange, ie, the creation of a 32 County Irish Workers’ Republic.   It is locally reported that the radical politics of the Republican Socialist Movement did not find favour with neo-liberal  leadership elements within the Provisionals in Derry city who have since gone on to become ministers in the current Stormont, Tammany Hall type regime. At one stage in 1977 Patsy O’Hara was shamefully attacked by 12 members of the Provisionals in an unsuccessful attempt to stunt the growth of the Republican Socialist Movement in Derry, clearly Green Tories feared the appeal of economic liberation just as much as the Brits feared national liberation!

In May 1979, Patsy O’Hara was captured by the British occupational forces and charged under special ’emergency’ legislation with possession of a hand-grenade. A year later he was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in the infamous H-Blocks of Long Kesh where he joined his comrades on the blanket protest. On March 22nd 1981 he commenced his Hunger Strike on the same day as his PIRA fellow Republican POW, Raymond McCreesh. While on the protest in the H-Blocks Patsy O’Hara stated:

“After we are gone, what will you say you were doing? Will you say you were with us in our struggle or were you conforming to the very system that drove us to our deaths?”

After 61 days refusing food, Patsy O’Hara’s last struggle against Imperialism and the British government’s failed attempts to criminalise him, ended approximately 20 minutes before midnight on the 21st of May 1981. He was the first of the three INLA volunteers to die on the 1981 Hunger Strike for human rights. His last words to Peggy O’Hara, his mother were:

“Please mammy, let the fight go on!”

Volunteer Patsy O’Hara’s legacy to the Republican Socialist Movement is huge and his bravery is commemorated by his comrades from those dark days and the many younger members joining the IRSM. His image is arguably one of the most instantly recognizable human faces of the 1981 Hunger Strike. In the years following the Hunger Strikes the Republican Socialist youth movement was named after Patsy O’Hara as were European armed revolutionary movements, one of which bore the name ‘The Patsy O’Hara Commando.’

Today, Patsy O’Hara is commemorated in murals, songs and monuments in working class areas of Ireland as a symbol of resistance to British imperialism and the struggle for an Irish Workers Republic. In this year, his 35th anniversary, the Irish Republican Socialist Movement which Patsy O’Hara died a member of and which he devoted all his adult life to, continues to fight for the Irish working class and the intrinsic goals of Irish national liberation and socialism!

Alex Mcguigan, Belfast

” If you strike at , imprison , or kill us out of our prisons or graves we will evoke a spirit that will thwart you and perhaps raise a force that will destroy you ! We defy you! Do your worst!! “

(James Connolly)

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(INLA Firing party at Patsy O’Hara’s funeral, Derry 1981)

The IRSP Women’s Facebook Page

Posted in Uncategorized, Womens' Rights with tags , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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The IRSP Women’s Facebook page is THE focal point for Irish Republican Socialist women to take part in discussions, read archived articles, view videos and post views on a variety of issues affecting women in today’s era of austerity and sexism.  It is a well managed page and although it is mainly female-focused, men are more than welcome to contribute also.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party has a proud history of promoting women’s equality and holds the distinction as being the first party in Ireland back in the early 1970’s to campaign for (and from it’s foundation enshrine in it’s constitution) the implementation of full female reproductive rights, including contraception, divorce and abortion on demand.  At this time, this was virtually unheard of in Ireland.  As with so many of the IRSP’s revolutionary politics, they have always been the most progressive party in the country.  Furthermore, women have always played a leading role in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement and many including INLA Volunteers Miriam Daly and Mary McGlinchey paid the ultimate price for their opposition to British imperialism.

Check the IRSP Women’s Page out here via this LINK!  Although it is an IRSP page, all progressives are welcome.  Feel free to visit and find out more about the IRSP’s politics and in Facebook parlance, give it a ‘Like!’  Below is a presumably early IRSP pamphlet and well worth a read:

 

Women In Ireland-IRSP Pamphlet Reprint

(The author and original date of publication of this historical IRSP document is unknown, but it was part of a series of pamphlets produced by the IRSP to give the working class of Ireland a clear vision of the IRSP’s policies.)


“…The first class opposition that occurs in history coincides with the development of antagonism between man and woman in monogamous marriage, and the first class oppression coincides with that of the female sex by the male.” (F. Engels: The Origin of the Family)


The oppression of women is thus directly linked with the institution of the family which emerged for the first time when there was an economic surplus in society, thus creating a material basis for class exploitation. The family became a unit of consumption, a vehicle of inheritance and a means of socialising children into the system.

The management of the family was no longer a public concern, and so the wife’s production became ‘private’, not recognised as socially necessary labour, ie. giving birth to a man’s children and looking after his house, while doing so increasingly in isolation from other wonen. Hence regardless of her status in wider society, within the family, the women’s relationship to the man became one or exploited to exploiter.


IMPERIALISM

British imperialism in setting up the sectarian statelet in the six counties and through partition, has deliberately fostered sectarianism amongst the working class and fragmented the women’s movement into those who are actively involved in or support the national liberation struggle and those who are pro-imperialist.


ROLE OF THE CHURCH

The church, particularly the Catholic Church, has continually taught that a woman’s main role in life is to marry, have children and stay in the home. Women are seen in the image of the Virgin Mary – pure, and that the sexual act inside marriage is for procreation and not to be enjoyed. Women are positively discouraged from seeing themselves as having their own identity and their own sexual needs. This view reflects itself in the Church’s total opposition to contraception, abortion and divorce and to women working.


CONTRACEPTION

Contraception is now available throughout Ireland from family-planning clinics but the moralising attitude of medical staff and the unnecessary prying questions into one’s sexual habits, prevents many young people from using these facilities. The entire process becomes very humiliating when, not only the clinics, but many family doctors agree firmly with the Catholic stance and refuse to prescribe any form of contraception. When it comes to sterilisation, a wife must have her husband’s written consent before the authorities will perform the operation – the implication being that she is his property.


ABORTION

In the six counties, abortion is illegal except on strict medical grounds, when a mother’s life is in danger or when the child will be deformed. In the twenty-six counties abortion is illegal. It is also illegal to give advice on how to obtain an abortion and at present there are court cases pending against various groups who are giving advice an abortion. A vigorous campaign has also been mounted (DEFEND THE CLINICS) to defend the right to freely give out information on abortion.

The I.R.S.P. totally supports a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion or not.

The I.R.S.P. supports the Defend the Clinics campaign for the right to freely give out information on abortion.


DIVORCE

In the 26 counties, divorce is unobtainable, yet another example of the indivisibilty of the Church and State. In the six counties, even with the opposition of the churches, the right to divorce exists, after two yeers with both couple’s mutual consent, or after five years without mutual consent.

The I.R.S.P. totally supports the campaign for the introduction of the right to divorce.


WORK

The Equal Pay Act has had much less impact here than originally expected. Women have traditionally been employed in “women’s work” like clothing factories, cooking, cleaning, typing, etc., so it is almost impossible for a woman to say she is paid less than a man for the same work as this situation rarely exists. Many women find they can’t make ends meet on social security and they’re forced to take on jobs without disclosing this to the DHSS ‘doing the double’. This always results in bad working conditions, low wages and the risk of being sacked at a moment’s notice.

This type-casting of women is reflected in the family and in particular in the education system where boys are steered towards science, metal-work, woodwork and are encouraged to continue their education. Girls on the other hand are trained to prepare themselves for their future lives as wives and mothers and are given no encouragement to continue their education.


CHILDCARE

Pre-school child care has been and continues to be grossly inadequate in Ireland. There are only four day-care nurseries in the six counties and places are few and far between and usually cater for what they call ‘problem families’. Play-groups exist in most areas, but the majority of these are only morning or afternoon care for any one child. This does not suit a working mother.

The I.R.S.P. supports the demand for the provision of free childcare facilities for all those who wish to avail themselves of it.


HEALTH

The recent government cutbacks in health, both north and south, have had detrimental effects on women’s health. Cervical cancer which relies on early detection through regular smears is on the increase, due to long delays in getting results back and long waiting lists for hospital appointments. Breast scanning facilities are almost non-existent. Addiction to nerve tablets is on the increase with doctors prescribing Valium as a cure for all ills.

The I.R.S.P. is actively involved in the campaign against the cutbacks and against increasing government privatisation of health care.


RAPE

Society has created many myths surrounding rape such as: rape is due to sudden uncontrollable sexual urges unleashed in men by the slight of a provocatively dressed woman; no woman can be raped against her will; ‘women secretly enjoy it’.

Rape is a violent crime often carried out under threat of, if not actual use of force, such as beating, maiming and the murder of victims. 90% of all rapes are planned in advance. Rape is man’s physical expression of his power to dominate women. The victim is humiliated in court and made to feel that she is on trial, her own private sex life will be displayed to the court. Many judges openly sympathise with the rapist, illustrated by the nominal sentences handed out, often less than a motoring offense. Because of the way women are degraded by the courts, many women will suffer rape and not report it, and so the official figures on rape are considered by many to be just the tip of the iceberg.

The image propagated by the capitalist media and the widespread distribution of pornographic literature increases the view of women as sexual objects to be ‘had’ and ‘conquered’. On a wider level it is a reflection of the wider use of repressive values in the capitalist system to make the man/woman relationship one of domination and not of equality.

The I.R.S.P. supports the demand that sentences for rapists should reflect the serious nature of the crime.


STRIP SEARCHING

Since 1982, when strip-searching was introduced for women prisoners, on the pretext of security, there have been over 3,500 strip-searches. A strip-search entails a prisoner removing all her clothes and having her body inspected in full view of prison staff. Sanitary towels must also be removed. Refusal to comply results in beatings and the forcible removal of clothing. Nothing of any consequence has ever been found a prisoner and its sole purpose is to degrade and humiliate the women prisoners.

The I.R.S.P. totally supports the campaign to end the degrading practice of strip-searching.


SEXUALITY

We believe in a woman’s right to define her own sexuality, either as a lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual. Lesbians experience discrimination especially in areas of child-custody, where a lesbian must often face a really hard legal battle for her children. She also faces the possibility of losing her job if she works in such areas as teaching or nursing.

The I.R.S.P. demands an end to discrimination against lesbians and a recognition that women have a right to define their own sexuality.

 

Alex McGuigan

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