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.
recent announcement that the Provisional IRA had decommissioned all its weapons
has been drowned out by the blasts of the loyalist paramilitaries using theirs.
The Good Friday Agreement is dead. Instead of peace we have a dramatic increase
in extreme sectarian violence. More than ever the call for working class unity
in the struggle for socialism is the only answer.
declaration by the leadership of the Provisional IRA that the armed struggle is
over has been reported in the media as an historic turning point and a
fundamental departure in Irish politics. In spite of the rhetoric, however,
there has not been one single step in the direction of a united Ireland. At least a section of the Provisional Republican
movement will now be feeling demoralised and betrayed. They and many others, especially
the young people who have just started to become involved in politics, will
want to know - what next?