Welcome to this blog. Its function is to provide analysis of Irish history and contemporary Irish society from a socialist-republican standpoint, inspired by James Connolly and the tools of analysis developed and sharpened by Marx and Engels. Social-revolutionary republicans from Wolfe Tone to Fintan Lalor to Michael Davitt to Padraic Pearse (and the other Easter signatories) to Liam Mellows to Saor Eire and Republican Congress to Seamus Costello are also important influences.
As well as material by myself, and hopefully other contributors as the blog progresses, it will run material from socialist-republican organisations such as éirígí; at the same time, the blog will do whatever it can to encourage co-operation between socialist-republican groups such as éirígí and the Irish Republican Socialist Party and others spread out in various currents opposed to the Good Friday Agreement, partition and the failed states both sides of Britain’s border in Ireland.
The blog is based in New Zealand so it will also have the aim of promoting solidarity across Australasia with the struggle for national liberation and socialism in Ireland. This includes informing people here about the continuing British occupation in the north and the attacks on workers by the administrations on both sides of the border. Hopefully we will also be able to get enough interest here in Australasia to organise some solidarity actions around issues such as state repression, political prisoners and so on and educational/solidarity gatherings, including public meetings, film showings and talks, on aspects of the history of Irish oppression and the long struggle for political and economic liberation.
At present, I don’t belong to any political party in New Zealand (or anywhere else), nor do I have any plans of joining any left groups here, although I am part of a new left blog project in New Zealand called Redline (rdln.wordpress.com) and most of us involved in the blog were in an organisation called the Workers Party (no relation at all to the Stickies!). I am also an ex-member of Sinn Fein in Dublin from 1986-1994.
After returning to New Zealand, I went to university and did postgrad work, including an MA thesis on Irish republicanism in the 1900-1930 period (and subsequently a PhD thesis on the making of the White New Zealand policy, the chapters of which are up on Redline).
A lot of books about that period of Irish history have been published since, and the Bureau of Military History archive of witness statements is now publicly available, so the chapters of my thesis are a bit dated. Nevertheless there is still a lot of meaty stuff there and so over the next month or two I will be concentrating on putting up parts of the thesis, as well as running some current commentary and contributed articles. Related to the thesis is that in Dublin in the late 1980s I did a lot of work gathering together the writings of Constance Markievicz, and I will try to start getting these up on the blog as well.
I look forward to feedback and contributions from people interested in and/or already supportive of the struggle for Irish freedom and of Irish socialist-republicanism and Marxism in particular.