Category Archives: twenty-six counties
The common assertion arising from the latest election in the North of Ireland is that Sinn Fein now has the upper hand. That reform of the local settlement is now inevitable and Gerry Adams has gone so far as to assert that a united Ireland is now back on the agenda.
However the loss of the overall unionist majority is largely a profound psychological shock rather than a practical issue. The seats are:
(inc 2 Green, 1PBP)
So The DUP remains the largest party and would nominate the first minister. The loss of the overall majority relies on the dubious idea that Alliance is not a unionist party – they have in the past designated themselves as unionist to save the assembly and until recently fulfilled a role as lynch pin for the sectarian setup by holding the justice ministry position.
In addition in the coming negotiations Sinn Fein will be facing the British government. They themselves have complained that the pro-unionist positions of the British secretary, James Brokenshire, should make him unsuitable as chair. They will also be appealing to a Dublin government hostile to Sinn Fein that acts as an agent of reaction in both parts of the Island.
The settlement in Ireland is not designed to lead to a united Ireland and the issue depends entirely on gaining permission from Britain to hold a vote restricted to the six-county area – permission that will not be forthcoming. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, national, Partition, Provos - then and now, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, six counties, Social conditions, Trade unions, twenty-six counties, Unionism, loyalism, sectarianism
PUBLIC HOUSING FOR ALL –
DUBLIN BAY NORTH CAMPAIGN LAUNCH,
7.30pm, Monday, February 13,
Kilmore Recreation Centre, Cromcastle Rd, Kilmore, Dublin 5.
Speakers: éirígí Dublin Bay North rep Ciarán Heaphey; Dublin Bay North Housing Crisis Community’s Aisling Hedderman. Chaired by Damien Farrell.
Join éirígí Dublin Northeast to help launch the campaign for Public Housing For All in Dublin Bay North area.
The reign of the Landlord, Banker, Developer, Estate Agent and all of the other parasites that use housing to grow rich off the labour of others must be brought to an end.
Please INVITE all of your friends to LIKE this event and join the campaign to turn the Right to Housing from an empty slogan into a reality.
Posted in Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Fianna Fail, Frame-ups, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Mairin Keegan, Prisoners - past, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in 1970s and 1980s, Repression in 26-county state, Republicanism 1960s, Republicanism post-1900, Revolutionary figures, Saor Eire, twenty-six counties, Women in republican history
Last Thursday (May 12) saw a protest outside Leinster House against what is, in effect, the internment of republican activist Dónal Ó Coisdealbha.
This case is particularly appalling since he will be tried by a non-jury court (the Special Criminal Court) where the three judges can accept secret evidence.
Although three TDs (Clare Daly, Maureen O’Sullivan and Mick Wallace) have offered to put up bail and Dónal has agreed to house arrest and electronic tagging, he has been denied bail.
It’s in the interests of everyone concerned with basic civil liberties to oppose what amounts to the internment of this young activist.
Several hundred people attended éirígí’s annual Easter Rising commemoration in Belfast on Monday 28th March.
Led by a seven-person colour party and young people carrying portraits of the 1916 leaders, party members and supporters paraded along the Falls Road shortly after one o’clock to Milltown Cemetery where a commemorative ceremony was held at the original Republican Plot.
The proceedings were chaired by Sharon Pickering. In her introductory remarks, Sharon made special mention of Belfast-born Winifred Carney who, along with Julia Grenan and Elizabeth O’Farrell, remained with the GPO garrison throughout the entirety of Easter week.
She added, “We must remain focused on our enemies and confident in ourselves. The struggle requires a systematic approach, it requires efficiency, sustainability, and we must continuously challenge and question ourselves.
“Strategies need to be Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, éirígí, British state repression (general), Commemorations, Democratic rights - general, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Irish politics today, Partition, Prisoners - current, Prisoners - past, Provos - then and now, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in 1970s and 1980s, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, Revolutionary figures, six counties, The road to the Easter Rising, Toadyism, twenty-six counties
As the controversy over the Glasnevin Trust’s ‘1916 Remembrance Wall’ grows, éirígí have announced plans to unveil their own ‘1916 Rising Walls of Remembrance’ outside the GPO in Dublin at 2pm on Saturday April 3rd. Unlike the Glasnevin Wall the temporary GPO walls will not contain the names of any member of the British military or ‘police’ forces that were killed during the Rising.
Speaking in relation to the initiative Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson said, “The proposed Glasnevin wall is nothing short of a national disgrace and a blatant attempt to further an insidious revisionist agenda. One hundred years after the 1916 Rising and 95 years after a successful counter-revolution the shoneen West-Brit mentality is alive and well in certain sections of Irish society. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, éirígí, British state repression (general), Counter-revolution/civil war period, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Irish politics today, Political education and theory, Public events - Ireland, Revolutionary figures, Scabs, The road to the Easter Rising, Toadyism, twenty-six counties
I’ve written an article on how the southern elections will confirm the new political cycle in Ireland. it appears on the NZ-based Redline blog: see here.
If you are opposed to the Water Tax you need to be at this meeting, as it sets the backdrop for the attempt to introduce the tax and the future privatisation of our water resources. The presentation will be delivered by Brian Leeson, starting at 7.30pm.
Please spread the word and come along. All welcome. Bígí linn.