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Even after 100 years the 1913 Lockout still overshadows the Irish Labour movement and progressive politics in Ireland, argues Brian Hanley.

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Guess who’s back? Historian Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh considers the life and ideas of Irish socialism’s most important thinker, whose legacy is crucial to shaping the new Ireland: This year marks the centenary of James Connolly coming back to Ireland from the US, the start of six hectic years of activity

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Frank Ryan’s journey from Gaelic nationalist to republican internationalist was one marked by violence and complete political commitment writes Brian Hanley. Frank Ryan remains one of Ireland’s best-known socialist republicans, revered for membership of the Republican Congress and leading anti-Fascists to Spain. However his early political life is less well

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The late Workers’ Party president Tomás Mac Giolla argued that without an end to economic exploitation there can be no freedom. Addressing the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis of January 1970, Mac Giolla said: “Our objective is the re-conquest of Ireland from the ground landlords, the river barons, the speculators, the

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In 1930’s Ireland, like elsewhere in Europe, ideological struggle often spilled over into violence. Here Fergus Whelan recounts a tale from his own family history of the street battles between Republicans and those acting on behalf of the Right.

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Historian Brian Hanley outlines the career of George Gilmore, which was marked by a commitment to advancing the politics of socialist-republicanism.

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Friedrich Engels seems fated to be overshadowed by Marx, but that does a great injustice to one of socialism’s greats, writes Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh, author of a new biography of the German socialist. It can be hard to get sight of Friedrich Engels as he still remains in the shadow

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Historian Fergus Whelan outlines the story of United Irishman Jemmy Hope (1764–1847) and sees the radical Presbyterian’s belief in steadfast opposition to sectarianism being as important today as it was in the 18th century. There are many people and groups in Ireland who claim for themselves the mantle of Irish

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Historian Brian Hanley outlines how southern Ireland’s most successful political force has curtailed the development of functioning democratic politics but he sounds a word of caution to those who maybe premature in celebrating the party’s demise.

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