Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Years Active:19652003
Other Names:The Internationalists  (19651969)
Irish Communist Movement (Marxist-Leninist)  (19691972)
Groups & Sections: InfoIrish Student Movement  … Close Association
Dublin H-Block Armagh Committee  … Close Association
Communist Youth Union of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)  … Youth Organisation
Necessity for Change Institute of Anti-Imperialist Studies  … Publishing Imprint
Committee to Oppose Ted Kennedy  … Close Association
Armagh/H-Block Action Group  … Close Association
Trinity Anti-Imperialist Propaganda Committee  … Close Association
Belfast Communist Workers Group  … Sub-group/Section/Tendency
Limerick-Shannon Anti-Cheap Labour League  … Close Association
Workers and Unemployed Movement  … Close Association
Peoples Rights Committee  (19681969) … Close Association
Academic Freedom Committee  (1968) … Close Association
Democratic Student Front  (1973) … Close Association
  Documents in Archive:38
  Publications:Workers' and Unemployed News, Words and Comment, Voice of Revolution, The Irish Student, Spirit of Freedom, Red Patriot, Marxist-Leninist Weekly, Marxist-Leninist Journal, Armagh / H-Block News
Related Collection:The Hunger Strikes
  Article:The Internationalists/Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), Part One: 1965-1970
Timeline:View in the timeline of the Irish left
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The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) originated as The Internationalists in Trinity College Dublin in 1965, founded by Hardial Bains. It was an anti-revisionist party, initially Maoist and later supporting Albanian leader Enver Hoxha following the Sino-Albanian split. The party was officiallly dissolved in 2003, following a long period of inactivity.

Other names, groups or sections

  • Irish Student Movement

    The Irish Student Movement was linked to the Internationalists, later the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist). Active in the late 1960s and early 1970s in various colleges and educational establishments across Ireland.

  • Communist Youth Union of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)

    The Communist Youth Union of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) was the youth section of the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist).

  • Armagh/H-Block Action Group

    The Armagh/H-Block Action Group were organised in the early 1980s, with groups in several parts of the country. They were closely associated with the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist).

  • Democratic Student Front

    Democratic Student Front was established by the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) in April 1973 in order to contest elections to the Student Representative Council in Trinity College Dublin.


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A list of known publications from Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), including those not represented in the Irish Left Archive collection.

Anti-Imperialist Bulletin1972 c.Trinity Anti-Imperialist Propaganda Committee
Armagh / H-Block NewsUnknownArmagh/H-Block Action Group
Irish Student, The19671973 c.Irish Student Movement
Limerick-Shannon People's Rights1966 c.Limerick-Shannon Anti-Cheap Labour League
Marxist-Leninist Journal: Organ of The Central Committee of The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)19881989 c.Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Marxist-Leninist Weekly: Organ of The Central Committee of The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)19851991 c.Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Peoples Rights: Official Organ of the Peoples Rights Committee19681969Peoples Rights Committee
Red Patriot (An Tírghráthóir Dearg): Workers of all countries unite!19691984 c.Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Revolutionary Alternative19681969Academic Freedom Committee
Solidarity [BCWG]1972Belfast Communist Workers Group
Spirit of Freedom19821990 c.Dublin H-Block Armagh Committee, Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Trinity Student19721973 c.Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Voice of Revolution19841985Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Women For Freedom19841986 c.Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Words and Comment1967 c.1968 c.The Internationalists
Workers' and Unemployed NewsUnknownWorkers and Unemployed Movement


The Internationalists/Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), Part One: 1965-1970

From The Irish Left Open History Project

When The Internationalists were first set up in Trinity College Dublin in November 1965, it was not as a fully-formed Marxist-Leninist party, but ‘as an exercise in better staff-student relations.’ 1 Prominent among the initial group was Hardial Bains, a lecturer in bacteriology who was originally from India, but who had left for Canada in 1959 and had completed his post-graduate studies in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. Bains was a former member of the Communist Party of India, having resigned in protest at the party’s endorsement of Khrushchev’s criticisms of Stalin. In March 1963 he founded a political group in Vancouver which was called The Internationalists (later the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), and while the November 1965 TCD group may not have been exactly an Irish version at this stage, the choice of name suggests Bains’ strong input from the start.

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