A fortnightly podcast looking at Left politics in Ireland from the Irish Left Archive.
We talk to activists, writers, historians, politicians and others involved in Left organisations and movements about their experiences of participating in Left parties and campaigns; Left publications and political documents they've been involved in; and the history and development of progressive politics in Ireland. We also look at the role of the Irish Left Archive and similar informal projects.
The podcast is hosted by Ciarán Swan and Aonghus Storey.
In this episode we talk to Terry Dunne, first about his own activism, from the anti-war movement, the non-hierarchical environmental and social justice movement, Gluaiseacht, and the broader activist context at that time. We then discuss Terry's research in the area of agrarian agitation during the Irish revolutionary period, which is explored in Terry's podcast, Peelers and Sheep, and how that fits with more traditional narratives of Irish history.Listen or download
We talk to Labour party local councillor Ciara Galvin about how she got involved in politics, her experience as a party member, standing in the local elections and the role of local politics, and the political and personal challenges of being a local councillor.Listen or download
In this episode we talk to David Costelloe about Irish military history and his extensive writing on the subject on his website, Never Felt Better. We delve into Irish revolutions since 1798, and look in particular at the revolutionary period in the 20th Century.Listen or download
In this episode we talk to Brian Hanley about his experience of Left activism as a member of the Socialist Workers Movement in the late 1980s and early 90s; the cultural and political influences that led him to join the SWM as a teenager in Limerick; the politics of the organisation at that time; and his experience of being an active member.Listen or download
In this episode we talk to Danny Morrison about his time as editor of Republican News and An Phoblacht and Sinn Féin director of publicity, his analysis of the Irish political landscape, and his work as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.Listen or download
The Irish Left Archive Podcast aims to hear from a broad range of voices on the Left. We are not affiliated with any particular political organisation, and the views, information, or opinions expressed by guests are solely their own and do not necessarily represent those of the Irish Left Archive or those associated with it.