Irish Socialist, No. 123
Date:January 1973
Organisation: Communist Party of Ireland
Publication: Irish Socialist
Issue:Number 123
Contributors: Info
Hilary Boyle, George Jeffares, John McDonnell, Máirín Mooney, Seán Nolan, Con O'Farrell, A. Raftery, John Riddy, Jim Savage, Betty Sinclair
Collection:Music in the Irish Left Archive
Type:Publication Issue
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Subjects: European Union (EEC, EC, EU) James Larkin

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

1st March 2019

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

An interesting edition of Irish Socialist from the Communist Party of Ireland. This published in January 1973 argues that after the vote to join the European Economic Community ‘the benefits are: Higher Prices, Profits and Unemployment’. And it argues that ‘the call must be made for the Labour movement to lead a crusade to defend the right of the people of Ireland, North and South to work in their own country’.

The Editorial argues, though, that 1973 is ‘A Year of Hope’ and this because ‘in spite of set-backs, the struggle for democracy, equality and the right of the people to control their own destiny is advancing everywhere. The hysteria of the ruling class, the introduction of anti-democratic legislation, the attempt to hamstring the trade unions, all these things are happening because the bosses see that a new spirit is sweeping the world’.

And it makes the interesting point that twenty years earlier ‘“Socialism” was a word no self-respecting person would use. Now even Fianna Fáil Ministers claim to be Socialists’.

There’s much more, not least an overview of the (Official) Sinn Féin Ard-Fheis, the issues within Unionism, South Africa and Nixon.

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