100 years of partition – on-line talk/discussion

Online discussion hosted by Socialist Democracy

Garda and RUC officers at the Irish border 1920s
100 Years of Partition
Counter-revolution and reaction

Speaker: Philip Ferguson (Irish Revolution blog)

23 March 2021
19.00 London/Dublin
Zoom platform

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Philip Ferguson is a socialist activist based in New Zealand.  He runs the Irish Revolution blog.  A member of Sinn Fein in the 1980s and early 1990s; he is now a supporter of the socialist republican group Eirigi.

This year marks the 100 years since partition.  Over that period, it has had a profound influence on Irish politics and society.   It has been the foundation of imperialist rule in the north and of reaction across the whole of Ireland and has proved to be a severe impediment to the advance of the labour movement and to the development of socialist politics. The prediction of James Connolly that partition would usher in a “carnival of reaction” proved to be correct.

This discussion will examine the continuing legacy of partition and how it can be overcome.  It will also consider whether there is any validity to recent claims that the decline of unionism and the dynamics of Brexit are advancing the cause of a united Ireland.

Posted on March 21, 2021, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, British strategy, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Free State in 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Ireland and British revolution, Irish politics today, James Connolly, Partition, Political education and theory, Public events - Ireland, Republicanism post-1900, Revolutionary figures, six counties, twenty-six counties, Uncategorized, Unionism, loyalism, sectarianism, War for Independence period, Women's rights, Workers rights. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I was very happy to speak at this, although I didn’t feel it was one of my better efforts. It was 8am here where I am, and I didn’t think I had really edited the material as I might have; it felt a bit long and rambly. But I appreciated being asked by SD and enjoyed discussing where things are at in the overall struggle for liberation in Ireland with cdes from SD and other people attending the talk/discussion.

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