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Joe Hill painting
HistoryTradition

This year marks the centenary of the execution of trade union activist Joe Hill in the United States. He is perhaps better known on this side of the world as the subject of the folk ballad sung by Luke Kelly.

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detail from anti communist poster showing red flag over irish tricolour
HistoryTradition

Despite the small number of active communists in 1930s Ireland this did not prevent the emergence of mass anti-communist movements and politicians whipping up ‘red scares’, reports Donal Fallon

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ObituariesTradition

Bob Purdie, who died this weekend (November 30th 2014), dedicated his life to left-wing politics, and he is being mourned by his many friends on the Irish left. Bob, whose interest in Northern Ireland had been stimulated by discussions with members of Clann na hÉireann in Glasgow in the early

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ObituariesTradition

A most remarkable man died on 11th August in the townland of Cromane in Co Kerry. Paddy O’Callaghan spent his life striving to make a society where everyone would be treated with respect and dignity. He was involved in so many areas of life and in an incredible number of

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ObituariesTradition

Noel Harris, who died in August, spent his adult life as a trade union official in Belfast, Dublin and London. He came to politics as a young man through the Northern Ireland Communist Party. Although of non-Catholic background he was active in the early and middle 1960s in bringing the

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ObituariesTradition

The death of Workers’ Party member Arthur ‘Art’ McMillen on 6th September 2014 marked the end of a long life dedicated to democratic, secular and socialist politics. Art was born in Ton Street in the Lower Falls, a street that truly deserved its nickname ‘Red Row’. The McMillens were one

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ObituariesTradition

Marie Aideen Pittion, who died in July after a long illness was a health worker and political activist. She inherited a strong political interest from her father, Joseph Francis Kelly, a 1916 veteran. Pittion’s political awareness grew when, working in Harcourt Street Children’s Hospital, she discovered the dire poverty affecting

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Banner of the Republican Congress, reading Break the Connection with Capitalism
HistoryPromotedTradition

Historian Brian Hanley examines the politics and legacy of one of Ireland’s most iconic Left organisations

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illustration of dead soldier
HistoryPromotedTradition

Brian Hanley on the politics of the First World War and its commemoration.

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ObituariesTradition

Sean Garland pays tribute to the late Bob Crow.  The news of Comrade Bob Crow‘s sudden death at the age of 52 years on Tuesday 11th March was a devastating shock to the many thousands who were touched by the life of the General Secretary of the RMT Union, over his

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