John Goodwillie is a long-time political activist, who has been involved in a number of progressive parties and organisations. He was a member of Labour in the 1960s and belonged to the Young Socialists, Socialist Labour Action Group and subsequent Socialist Labour Alliance. He was involved with the Socialist Workers’ Movement (SWM) in the 1970s, and joined the Socialist Labour Party (SLP) when the SWM merged with that group as a tendency, and remained on the National Executive until the SLP’s dissolution.
John was on the editorial board of Gralton magazine. He has also participated in a number of campaign groups, including the Dublin Clean Seas Group, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) - on the executive of which John served in various roles - and the National Lesbian and Gay Federation. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Green Party, and was the party’s candidate in Dublin South Central for Dáil and local elections through the 1990s. He has been involved in policy formation and served as Secretary of the Party’s Policy Council.
14: John Goodwillie: Young Socialists, Socialist Labour Alliance, SWM, Socialist Labour Party, Gralton magazine and the Green Party
2nd November 2020
In this episode we talk to John Goodwillie about the history of Irish Left organisations since the 1960s and his own political trajectory: in Labour, the Socialist Labour Alliance, Socialist Workers' Movement, and Socialist Labour Party. We also discuss Gralton magazine, the editorial board of which John was a member, and his involvement in the Green Party since 1990 and experience as an electoral candidate and in forming party policy.Listen or download