Socialist Party
Years Active:1996
Groups & Sections: InfoSocialist Party Youth  … Youth Organisation
  Documents in Archive:30
  Publications:Voice, Socialist Voice [Dublin], Socialist View, Socialism 2000, Fingal Voice
  International Affiliations:Committee for a Workers' International (19972019)
International Socialist Alternative (2019)
  European Affiliations:European Anti-Capitalist Left (European Party) 
European United Left–Nordic Green Left (European Parliament Group) (20092014)
  Precursor:Militant Labour
  Other Related Organisations: Labour & Trade Union Group, United Left Alliance, Solidarity, Solidarity - People Before Profit, Cross-Community Labour Alternative, RISE, CWI Ireland
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The Socialist Party is a Trotskyist party active in Ireland. It arose from the Irish Militant Tendency, which became Militant Labour after ending the policy of entryism in the Labour party, and later merged with the Labour and Trade Union Group in Northern Ireland to form the Socialist Party. It is a member of the Comittee for a Workers’ International [Majority] (CWI).

Joe Higgins was elected for the party in 1997, and held his seat until 2007. In the 2011 Dáil election, the party stood as part of the United Left Alliance. Subsequently, Socialist Party representatives stand as Solidarity candidates (part of the Solidarity - People Before Profit alliance).

In 2019, divisions in the party resulting from a split in the CWI led to Paul Murphy TD leaving to form RISE, and also the formation of CWI Ireland, which aligned with the CWI [Refounded] (predominantly supported by the Socialist Party of England and Wales).

Website (NI) 
WikipediaSocialist Party (Ireland) 


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A list of known publications from Socialist Party, including those not represented in the Irish Left Archive collection.

Fingal VoiceUnknownSocialist Party
Socialism 2000: Political Journal of the Socialist Party19982000Socialist Party
Socialist Alternative: Marxist Journal of the Socialist Party2018 c.Socialist Party
Socialist Party Newsletter19962002Socialist Party
Socialist View2000 c.2018 c.Socialist Party
Socialist Voice [Belfast]19962004Socialist Party
Socialist Voice [Dublin]19961997Socialist Party
Socialist, The2004Socialist Party
Voice19962004Socialist Party
Young Socialist [SY]20002008 [Irregular]Socialist Party Youth

External Resources

Socialist Party & AAA Leaflets

Irish Election Literature

A number of leaflets and documents from the Socialist Party and Anti-Austerity Alliance, as well as individual candidates.


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