A 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.
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
26th October 2020
In this episode we talk to historian Brian Hanley about The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party, the book which he co-authored with Scott Millar, published in 2009.Listen or download
19th October 2020
In this episode we discuss clips from our guests so far on four themes: informal archives, the shift from print to digital publication and organising, the benefits and limitations of local government, and the role and nature of Left organisations.Listen or download
12th October 2020
We talk to Colm Breathnach about his political experience as a member of the Workers Party and later Democratic Left, as a local councillor in Dún Laoghaire, and about his own political development and later involvement with the Irish Socialist Network, and activism in Scotland.Listen or download
5th October 2020
In this episode we talk to Ber Grogan about the Abortion Rights and Repeal campaigns, and her experience of organising, canvassing, and producing campaign material. We also discuss Ber's Seanad campaign, and her current involvement in Communities Against Racism.Listen or download