MANIFESTO/ LIBERATION/ LEFT BEHIND.

<img src=" A MANIFESTO : BRITAIN MUST WITHDRAW HER FORCES…….

This Manifesto was posted throughout Occupied Ireland during the week beginning December 6 , 1957 , and ending on December 12 .
From
‘The United Irishman’ newspaper, January 1958 .

” To achieve our objectives we must end forever interference in our affairs by an outside power . We must drive from our shores the forces of this outside power . We must establish national independence .

That is the task the Resistance has set itself . With the help of the Irish people we will reach our goal . All British occupation forces must withdraw from Ireland now .”

[END of ‘A MANIFESTO : BRITAIN MUST WITHDRAW HER FORCES’]
(NEXT : ‘Drogheda Corporation On Internments’ – from the same source.)

<img src="A QUESTION OF LIBERATION …….

Feminists and anti-imperialists in Ireland have often regarded each other’s struggles with misunderstanding , mutual suspicion , and sometimes outright rejection . What then is the relationship between them ? Eibhlin Ni Gabhann surveys the emergence of women’s liberation groups in Belfast and Dublin over the past decade or so , and some of the questions they have faced .
From ‘IRIS’ magazine , November 1983.

One founder member of the ‘Irish Women United'(IWU)group recalls

” Young angry women in IWU only had to look at the position of women in Dublin , Belfast , Cork or Kerry to see that nothing had been gained for women through fighting beside men . Republicans had been as guilty as imperialists in their eyes . Now seemed the time for women to fight on their own , undistracted by calls for support from anti-imperialist but essentially male struggles . Ultimately though , the damage done by the non-discussion of the North led to the break-up of the IWU .”

For their part , republican women raised the question of women’s rights formally for the first time at the 1979 Sinn Fein Ard Fheis . Both Northern and Southern women spoke , convinced that Sinn Fein had to take up seriously the oppression of women , and that it was not enough to say – as some argued – that women in the Republican Movement were not discriminated against within the Movement . Whether that were true or not , our concern had to be for the people of Ireland , for all the women who were not just second-class citizens but , as James Connolly said , “…the slaves of slaves..” .

Out of that Ard Fheis intervention came the Sinn Fein Department of Women’s Affairs which submitted a policy document – ‘Women In The New Ireland’ – to the 1980 Ard Fheis . It had the backing of the Ard Comhairle (ruling body) of Sinn Fein and was passed almost unanimously . Since then , ‘women’s affairs’ officers have been appointed in most Sinn Fein cumann and comhairli ceantair , and the ‘Women’s Affairs’ Head of Department is automatically co-opted to the Ard Comhairle : that Department , focussed mainly on Belfast , Dublin and Derry , is still in a formative stage but it has been responsible for some important initiatives as well as heightening generally the republican consciousness concerning women’s rights…….
(MORE LATER).

<img src=" THE LEFT BEHIND.

Dick Spring and the Labour Party headed into this election campaign with four years of coalition government behind them . To observe them on the campaign trial you would never guess this , but there is , nevertheless , a noticeable resistence to them , especially amongst traditional Labour voters . Judging from Dick Spring’s reception on the campaign trial it is almost certain that the party is in big trouble , at least in the Dublin area .
From
‘IN DUBLIN’ magazine ‘Election Special’ , 1987 .
By Derek Dunne.

Nobody noticed how Ruairi Quinn hi-jacked Dick Spring’s itinerary that day . The plan that had been laid out for Dick in advance included a visit to Ruairi , but when everybody arrived Ruairi had an alternative sheet prepared which he gave to journalists . Other than to have a stand-up row about it , there was really no choice but to go along with the new plan , which included a fair amount of publicity for Ruairi himself , who may not be returned in this election . There was even talk that he might have found himself ‘a job’ in the event of being made redundant by the electorate .

It’s hardly a month since Dick Spring sat at the cabinet table, but in the minds of the Labour Party ministers they have distanced themselves from those awful days . Nowadays , posters of Dick show the man with an open shirt – a ‘Good Man Of The People’- : his moustache is trimmed , to give it a tamer if sharper look . On the posters at least , the working class hero has finally come home to roost .

The day is dark and cold when the bus leaves Labour Party Headquarters ; Dick Spring steps out – ‘People of Ireland , I love you…’ On the bus , the RTE cameras start to roll as the vehicle makes its way down Dorset Street . Passers-by look with amazement as they see James Connolly’s successor (!) answering questions , facing into a camera , in a bus moving through the early morning traffic . Dick has own reservations about touring in buses , and what effect it has on people but , since the other parties do it , Labour would not seem to have a choice . It is a travelling circus…….
(MORE LATER).




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About 11sixtynine

A mother of three and a political activist , living in Dublin , Ireland.
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