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Democratic Left was formed after a split in the Workers' Party

At a Workers Party Ard Comhairle meeting on 22nd February 1992, several members and six of the party’s TDs left the party and formed a new party led by Proinsias de Rossa. Initially called New Agenda, it was renamed Democratic Left at its founding conference the following month.

Divisions in the party between more Marxist and social-democratic orientations had culminated in a special conference at which a motion for significant restructuring of the party — proposed by De Rossa (then party leader) and allies — was narrowly defeated.

The Workers’ Party analysis of the split is outlined in this document:

Patterns of Betrayal: the flight from Socialism

Patterns of Betrayal: the flight from Socialism

  •  The Workers' Party
  •   1992

Free Margaretta D'Arcy, US Military Out of Shannon Rally

These documents are from a rally held at the Spire in Dublin on 22nd February 2014 calling for an end to the US military’s use of Shannon Airport and the release of Margaretta D’Arcy, who was imprisoned for her refusal to sign a bond committing not to enter Shannon Airport as part of the campaign.

Details of this demonstration