Ireland: 32 Counties in Struggle
Date:1979
Organisation: Revolutionary Struggle
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

3rd August 2020

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

This document, issued by Revolutionary Struggle is an interesting addition to the Archive. 41 pages long it examines across five sections the history and then contemporary situation in Ireland. The introduction notes that it was prepared following a visit to the US ‘organised by our comrades of the Sojourner Truth Organisation .

This is primarily a document of analysis – thus it demands study. It’s not a summary of capitalist horrors … written to arouse sympathy. Neither is it a punchy exhortation to rebellion in arms. We have plenty of both in Ireland but we have no freedom, no equality, no self-determination, no independence. In fact, we have very little. That’s why we believe analysis and study are important for our people and our friends.

Finally, it is simultaneously a balance sheet and a future projection. A sediment of our last 5 years of practice to be used as a catalyst for the next phase. 5 years? Nothing really but still a lot. You can judge that better after reading this document.

There’s a lot of content in the document, and a number of appendices. Appendix II offers a single line sentence categorising Irish political parties:

Provisional Sinn Féin: Reformist-Republican Party -the political expression of Provisional IRA Army Council.

Workers Party: Revisionist-Republican Party.

Labour Party: IInd. International Social-Democratic Party, close to West German and Israeli Labour Parties.

Interestingly it defines both the SDLP and Alliance as Social Democrat.

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  • By: Eolo G Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:35:01

    Regarded as a Police op by some.

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  • By: terrymdunne Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:51:25

    One of the innovative aspects of this grouping – it seems to me anyways – was its involvement in environmental protests – a fairly early adoption of this relative to the rest of the left. Any time I dip into the R.S. publications though that doesn’t seem to be reflected in the content of the publications. Also – and I don’t at all necessarily agree with all they had to say at all – they seem to have seriously engaged with trying to understand the Ireland of their time – has any other left group put as much focus on that – are their similar publications as Ripening of Time from other groups? (genuine question).

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