Armed Struggle: An Open Letter to PIRA
Date:June 1988
Organisation: Communist Party of Ireland
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James Stewart
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

20th January 2008

A self-explanatory but very interesting document that runs to some 30 odd pages (the file size is 8mb - if this poses problems please comment and I’ll try to reduce it yet further). This black and white A4 pamphlet contains an open letter to PIRA and responses to that letter from various individuals and parties, finishing with a further response from the CPI. It is much as one might expect, and yet, I can’t help but admire the fact that such a discussion was taking place during a very dark period of the Troubles. I might - retrospectively - wish that the WP had been so wedded to persuasion as the CPI, but I guess that such a dialogue was close to impossible given the animosity and shared roots of the various organisations.

One point. When scanning this I neglected to include the front page. This was a donation, so I sent it back before realising the error. If anyone has a scan of the front page I’d be very grateful if you could forward it to the cedarlounge at so I can add it to the PDF. It doesn’t lose much without it, but to maintain the integrity of the document it’s better with it!

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