The armed struggle is over. Class struggle is the only option. Those who ignore the class question and stand alone on their "republican principles" stand condemned to remain in splendid isolation. We now live in different times and the old certainties now no longer hold. We all on the left need to forget our petty differences and become relevant to the lives of the working classes in Ireland while keeping alive our vision of socialism.
The power-sharing executive involving Sinn Fein, the DUP and others, that should emerge from last week's elections to Stormont, will be called on to apply the anti-working class policies dictated from London. Socialist Republicans now face the task of offering a class alternative.
The replacement of the old Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) with the PSNI has received the support of Sinn Fein leaders. This has opened up a heated debate among Republicans on whether this is acceptable or not. Here we provide three articles written by comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, where they explain why Republican socialists cannot accept such a force.
Twenty five years ago British imperialism demonstrated its cold,
calculating cruelty in the face of Irish Republican prisoners who felt they had no alternative but to make
the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for political rights, embarking
hunger strike that would tragically end with their deaths.
The Hunger Strikers of 1981 join a hall of many martyrs in the long
struggle to free Ireland, the fight for national liberation and
socalism. Gerry Ruddy of the Irish Republican Socialist Party has sent
us an excellent and intimate analysis of the events, the tactics, and
the politics of Republicanism from the time of the Hunger Strikes in
1981 to the present day, highlighting the need to build a revolutionary
movement based on Marxism and rooted in the working class across all
This latest of Ken Loach’s films is well crafted and well
thought. It has been thoroughly researched and really gets under the surface of
the processes and the events that helped shape the current situation on the island of Ireland.