2009 interview with Tommy McKearney
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This is the main part of an interview I did with Tommy McKearney back in 2009. In the next few weeks the blog will get up a review of his excellent book on the Provos and their incorporation by the Brits.
Philip Ferguson: Could you tell us a bit about the Independent Workers Union in Ireland? How did it begin? What sections of workers does it try to organise?
TMcK: In the long run, all left wing and socialist groups and individuals must come together if any real progress is to be made. This is not an easy process as groups have to find their own way towards unity by their own volition. The one thing that all groups have to accept is that none of the present parties or organisations as constituted are going to become the dominant group in a new structure. There is no Bolshevik party ready and waiting in Ireland and that if a new mass party of the working class is to emerge, all those presently in place will have to consider dissolving and merging or stand outside the process. There are precedents for a such a departure in other parts of Europe and they are worth examining for those of us in Ireland on the left.
Posted on April 10, 2012, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, éirígí, Economy and workers' resistance, Independent Workers Union, Interviews, Irish politics today, IRSP, six counties, Trade unions, twenty-six counties. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.