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Encyclopedia > Irish Republican Socialist Party

Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) describes itself as a republican socialist party and claims to be both Marxist-Leninist and republican. Like many political parties in Ireland, it claims the legacy of socialist revolutionary James Connolly, who founded the Irish Socialist Republican Party in 1896 and was executed after the Easter Rising of 1916. Fianna Fáil - The Republican Party (Pronounced fee-na fall.) (English: Soldiers of Destiny) is the largest political party in the Republic of Ireland. ... The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ... A political party is an organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ... Vladimir Lenin in 1920 Leninism is a political and economic theory which builds upon Marxism; it is a branch of Marxism (and it has been the dominant branch of Marxism in the world since the 1920s). ... For the Olympic athlete, see James Connolly (athlete) James Connolly James Connolly (June 5, 1868 - May 12, 1916) was an Irish nationalist and socialist leader. ... The Irish Socialist Republican Party was an Irish political party founded in 1896 by James Connolly. ... 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Easter Proclamation, read by Pádraig Pearse outside the GPO at the start of the Easter Rising, 1916. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 - The Royal Army Medical Corps first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ...


The Irish Republican Socialist Party was founded on 8 December 1974 by former members of the Official Republican Movement, independent socialists, and trade unionists headed by Seamus Costello. A paramilitary wing, the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), was founded the same day, although its existence was kept hidden for a time. Seamus Costello was elected as the party's first chairperson and the army's first chief of staff. Together, the IRSP and the INLA refer to themselves as the Irish Republican Socialist Movement (IRSM). December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Seamus Costello (1939 - 1977) was a leader in Sinn Féin and the Official Irish Republican Army. ... A paramilitary organization is a group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion. ... The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) is an Irish republican paramilitary organization which was formed on December 8, 1974. ... The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) was formed on 8 December 1974 as the military wing of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement (a political wing, the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP), was formed the same day) by Seamus Costello and other activists who had left or been forced out of... The Irish Republican Socialist Movement in an umbrella term for the political-paramilitary grouping, the Irish Republican Socialist Party and Irish National Liberation Army. ... The Irish Republican Socialist Movement in an umbrella term for the political-paramilitary grouping, the Irish Republican Socialist Party and Irish National Liberation Army. ...


Costello was expelled from the Official IRA following a court martial and Official Sinn Fein. Along with other activists he was dissatisfied with the group's tactics and policies. In 1977 he was murdered by the Official IRA in an attempt to destroy the IRSP and the INLA. In one of the first of the INLA's so-called military operations, Billy McMillan, a leading OIRA man in Belfast was murdered. In the following years the IRSP and INLA saw many members killed in attacks from state forces, loyalist paramilitaries, and in their continuing feud with the OIRA. The term Official Irish Republican Army or Official IRA refers to one of the two organisations - the other being the Provisional Irish Republican Army - that emerged from the split in the then Irish Republican Army in 1969-70. ... A court-martial (plural courts-martial) is a military court that determines punishments for members of the military subject to military law. ... Official Sinn Féin (aka Sinn Féin the Workers Party) evolved from the split in Sinn Féin and the IRA that took place in 1970. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The term Official Irish Republican Army or Official IRA refers to one of the two organisations - the other being the Provisional Irish Republican Army - that emerged from the split in the then Irish Republican Army in 1969-70. ... For the township in Canada, see Loyalist, Ontario In general, a loyalist is an individual who is loyal to the powers that be. ...


Three members of the INLA died in the 1981 Hunger Strikes in HM Prison Maze (aka Long Kesh). They were Patsy O'Hara, Kevin Lynch, and Michael Devine.-1... Her Majestys Prison Service is the British Executive Agency reporting to the Home Office tasked with managing most of the prisons within England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own Prison Services). ... HM Prison Maze (known colloqually as The H Blocks, Long Kesh or The Maze) is a disused prison sited at the former RAF station at Long Kesh (it is still called Long Kesh by many Irish Republicans) near Lisburn, nine miles outside Belfast, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. ...


In December 1982 the INLA was responsible for one of the most gruesome bombings of the troubles. Seventeen people died, 11 of them were soldiers, when an INLA bomb exploded at the Droppin' Well public house at Ballykelly.


The IRSP opposes both the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish Peace Process, viewing both as simply cementing British rule in Ireland. The INLA are currently on a ceasefire. The Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement and, more rarely, as the Stormont Agreement) was signed in Belfast on April 10, 1998 by the British and Irish Governments and endorsed by most Northern Ireland political parties. ... The peace process describes efforts by interested parties to effect a lasting solution to long-running conflicts, such as in Northern Ireland (see Belfast Agreement) or the Arab-Israeli conflict. ...


Party members often refer to themselves as the 'Irps' (pronounced 'Erps').]


The party is represented in North America by the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America (IRSCNA} was founded in March 1984 in Saint Paul, Minnesota as a support group for the Irish Republican Socialist Movement. ...


Highlights in the IRSP's history

  • 1975: At the IRSP's inaugural convention, it becomes the first political party in Ireland to support the legalisation of abortion and equal rights for gays and lesbians (in 2000, it becomes the first Irish party to support equal rights for bisexuals and the transgendered).
  • 1981: The IRSP wins two seats on the Belfast City Council, and comes close to winning a third. The IRSP runs two candidates, Kevin Lynch and Tony O'Hara, in the Irish parliamentary election as Independent Anti H-Block candidates. Neither candidate wins, but Lynch comes within 300 votes of winning a seat, while O'Hara garnered a respectable number of votes.
  • 1982: The IRSP wins a seat on the Shannon Town Commission.
  • 1984: At the IRSP's convention, two motions are put forward:
  1. That the IRSP stands in the tradition of Marx, Engels, and Connolly. (Drafted by party member John Gilligan (now an elected Independent member of Limerick City Council) and put forward by the party's Limerick chapter).
  2. That the IRSP stands in the tradition of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. (Drafted by the party's chairperson, Jim Lane, and put forward by the party's Cork chapter.)
    Both motions are passed and combined into a single statement: that the IRSP stands in the tradition of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Connolly.
  • 2000: The IRSP passes a new ideological motion at its convention, which affirms:
    • That the IRSP is a revolutionary Marxist organisation, and that by this we mean that the IRSP believes:
    • Class conflict is the motive force in human history;
    • The IRSP stands unreservedly and exclusively for the interests of the working class against all others;
    • Only the creation of a 32-county Irish socialist republic can provide the means by which Irish national liberation can be realised;
    • That there can be no socialism without national liberation in Ireland, nor can there be national liberation without socialism;
    • That there is no parliamentary road to socialism, because socialism cannot be forged by seizing the bourgeois state apparatus; nor is there a guerilla road to socialism, because a social revolution requires the active participation of the masses; and therefore a socialist republic can only be established through the mass revolutionary action of the working class in the political, economic, and social spheres;
    • That socialism means the ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange collectively by the entire working class, with an end to wage labour, an end to production for profit and its replacement by a system of production based on human need; and
    • That socialism must be administered democratically by the working class itself, recognising the class dictatorship of the workers, because the vast majority of society is formed by that class. This does not suggest the need for a political dictatorship of a single party. Rather it calls out for a class dictatorship, administered through new working class institutions created to permit the greatest degree of political freedom for all working people.

1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Christopher Street Parade Sexuality and gender identity-based cultures concern the culture, knowledge, and references shared by members of sexual minorities or transgendered people by virtue of their membership in those minorities or their state of being transgendered. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Bisexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by romantic love or sexual desire for members of either or both genders, contrasted with homosexuality, heterosexuality, and asexuality. ... Transgender is generally used as a catch-all umbrella term for a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups centered around the full or partial reversal of gender roles; however, compare other definitions below. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Belfast City Council is the largest local council serving the largest city in Northern Ireland which has a population of 277,391. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) is a city and the county seat of County Limerick in the province of Munster, in the midwest of the Republic of Ireland. ... Jim Lane (full name James Anthony Lane) is an Irish republican and socialist who was born in 1938 on Devonshire Street North in Corks north inner city. ... Cork (Corcaigh in Irish) is the second city of the Republic of Ireland. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Class conflict is both the friction that accompanies social relationships between members or groups of different social classes and the underlying tensions or antagonisms which exist in society. ... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ...

See also

Jim Lane (full name James Anthony Lane) is an Irish republican and socialist who was born in 1938 on Devonshire Street North in Corks north inner city. ... The Sallins Train Robbery occurred on 31 March 1976 when the Cork to Dublin mail train was robbed near Sallins in County Kildare, Republic of Ireland. ...

External links

  • Irish Republican Socialist Party Official web site

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