Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh.
A few days ago, this blog passed 100,000 hits. A small, but creditable achievement for a blog based at the arse-end of the world, putting forward a Marxian-republican view on Irish society, economy and politics.
Family sickness and death, redundancy, moving city (once), moving house (several times) and house-hunting have all affected my input to the blog for some time now. However, I’m hoping that 2015 will be different and things will get back on track again as I settle once more into a stable existence with an organised routine.
This year I want to get a lot more book reviews up on the site, along with new material on the Irish economy and Irish politics (eg the rise of Sinn Fein in the south). I’ll be continuing to agitate for a united left-republican project around the 100th anniversary of the Rising – I see the Shinners are already organising their ‘broad front’ constitutional nationalist project around the anniversary, making the need for left republicans to get their act together even more urgent.
On historical material, I want to finish getting up my cache of Constance Markievicz writings, most urgently her 1923 pamphlet What republicans stand for. And I want to start getting up material by the great revolutionary figure Fintan Lalor. Lalor was given his due by Pearse and Connolly, but seems to have faded from the republican pantheon in more recent years. It’s time to restore him to his rightful position.
I also want to continue to promote the valuable work being done on republican history by Mick Healy and by other folks such as Jim Lane.
I would also encourage blog readers to support the socialist-republican organisations – I believe that a key component of the way forward in Ireland is joint activity, testing out the possibility for mergers involving éirígí (the group that I am attached to), the Republican Network for Unity (RNU) and the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP). Possibly even the 32-County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM), now that it has come out clearly for socialism.
I’m also keen that supportive readers contribute material to the blog. So, please, send me reviews of books on Ireland, Irish films, pieces on history, culture, the economy, whatever.
I also continue to be involved in a blog called Redline. It has several times as many hits as this blog – last December alone it had almost 10,000 hits (9,888 to be precise) – and so a lot of stuff of mine appears there, as well as a load of stuff on NZ politics, history, society, economy and a lot of anti-imperialist material with a particular focus on the Middle East, especially Palestine and the PFLP. Redline is here.