Brian Hanley
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Brian Hanley

Brian Hanley is a professional historian and author of, among other thins, The Lost Revolution: The Official IRA and The Workers' Party/

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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Burning of Cork
CultureReviews

The popular story of how most of Ireland gained independence from Britain has the virtue of simplicity.

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Irish Citizens Army in formation outside Liberty Hall. The banner reads 'we serve neither King nor Kaiser but Ireland'.
HistoryTradition

In November 1913 the worlds of class struggle and nationalism collided in dramatic fashion at the launch of the Irish Volunteers, writes Brian Hanley

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HistoryTradition

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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HistoryTradition

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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drawing of george gilmore
HistoryTradition

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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Pic of Bertie Ahern drinking tea. Smiling. Like a shite.
HistoryTradition

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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female blueshirts making the fascist salute
Tradition

“They are simply, if you like, being anti-democratic; it’s almost fascist,” is how MEP Jim Higgins scolded his Fine Gael colleagues when they attempted a June putsch against party leader Enda Kenny. It was a dangerous charge to level at members of an organisation that once admired European fascism, as

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