Category Archives: Anti-nuclear movement
Interview with Alan MacSimoin (1957-2018)
Alan MacSimoin 1957-2018 was a long-time anarchist activist and a founder member of the Workers Solidarity Movement.
MacSimoin joined the Official Republican Movement (Official Sinn Fein) as a young man in the 1970s. He was involved in the Murray Defence Committee in 1976-77 to stop the state execution of anarchists Noel and Marie Murray for the killing of a member of the police.
He was also involved with the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement’s boycott of South African goods in Ireland and the Irish Anti-Nuclear Movement that stopped the building of nuclear power stations around the coast of Ireland in the 1970s.
Below is an interview my friend Mick Healy did with him a year or two back and has passed on to me . . .
Some reflections on Irish anti-nuclear movement in 1970s
To stop the building of 5 nuclear power stations around the coast of Ireland.
The first task, decided by a collective of activists, was to hold the first anti-nuclear weekend festival in Carnsore Point in 1975 which was to be the site of the first nuclear power station.
The purposes of the festival were:
To build a thirty-two county anti-nuclear movement
To learn of the dangers of nuclear power
To hear of the experiences of invited speakers from around the world
To hear first-class music through the best sound system of the time
To see first-class theatre
To feed the people, food to be vegetarian and to be paid for at cost price.
To provide the children with a dedicated and safe play area.
The social media used to inform the people were posters, leaflets, benefits and meetings.
The festival was free.
A field was donated by a local farmer and two weeks before the festival a Read the rest of this entry