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Ireland

IRA renounces the armed struggle

“The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann has formally ordered an end to the armed campaign. This will take effect from 4pm this afternoon.” So began spokesman Seanna Walsh, delivering an IRA statement via DVD on 28th July. “All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means. Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever.” Read more...

Northern Ireland and the British elections

The recent General Election results in Northern Ireland saw a humiliating defeat for the the Ulster Unionist Party at the the hands of their Unionist rivals the Democratic Unionist Party. Their local election vote was also significantly down by 5 per cent. David Trimble the UUP leader and a key player in the Peace Process lost his seat and resigned as leader. The DUP now has a virtual monopoly of the Unionist vote, 9 Westminster seats as against the UUP one. Read more...

Hands off Sinn Fein!

The British and Irish governments are trying to criminalise the Irish republican movement. They are doing it to reduce its political support in Ireland, north and south, in the run-up to an expected general election in May. They hope that, after the election, renewed negotiations over the complete disarming of the IRA - which broke down last December when the main unionist party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party led by Ian Paisley, demanded the publication of a photographic record of decommissioned weapons - will see Sinn Fein and the IRA weakened and under pressure from its own supporters to “go the extra mile” and cave in to the DUP’s demands for complete surrender and public humiliation. Read more...

IRA destroy weapons to preserve sectarian Assembly

Earlier this week the Provisional Irish Republican Army destroyed part of its weapons arsenal in order to prop up a Unionist dominated institution which was about to collapse. It has been hailed as an historic step. And indeed it is - backwards! Read more...

Northern Ireland: discrimination remains in employment

The Good Friday Agreement of April 1998 was justified by the republican movement on the grounds that it offered the possibility of progressively reforming the sectarian state of Northern Ireland. Read more...

Ireland: Britain's treacherous peace

JOHN MAJOR failed to end the Irish war but he did begin the most serious peace offensive by the British state for many years. Read more...

Rethinking the road to power in Ireland

Maureen Harrington reviews the new programme of Socialist Democracy\Ireland: The Promise of Socialism is by written by three members of Socialist Democracy – the Irish section of the United Secretariat of the Fourth International (USFI). Read more...

The genesis of Irish nationalism - The United Irishmen and the failed revolution of 1798

In 1795 the United Irishmen, the first Irish republicans, refounded themselves as an underground revolutionary organisation. In September of the same year, the Orange Society was established as a mass reactionary alliance of landlords and loyalist peasantry. The aim of the United Irishmen was to recreate the French Revolution in Ireland; the Orangemen's goal was to prevent it. So the "two traditions" referred to in the Downing Street Declaration both have something to commemorate this year. Read more...

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