Between the Risings

SPRING 2016 | ISSUE 21

If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs. England would still rule you to your ruin, even while your lips offered hypocritical homage at the shrine of that Freedom whose cause you had betrayed. Nationalism without Socialism — without a reorganisation of society on the basis of a broader and more developed form of that common property which underlay the social structure of Ancient Erin — is only national recreancy.

—James Connolly


Ronan Burtenshaw


Erin Schell

The Rising

Ireland’s Unfinished Revolution

Ronan Burtenshaw and Seán Byers

The revolutionary period offered a fleeting vision of a truly democratic Ireland.

Between King and Kaiser

Brian Hanley

The Great War spurred the separatist movement, but it also blurred the lines between nationalism and socialism on the Irish left.

Our Struggle Too

Mary McAuliffe

Ireland’s revolutionary women made the fight for emancipation their own.

Ghosts of the Paris Commune

Donal Fallon

The methods and politics of the Paris Commune served as inspiration for Easter Rising leaders like James Connolly.

Red Flag Times

Emmet O’Connor

In the years after the Easter Rising, Ireland saw a wave of worker militancy.

The Reaction

Defending the Faith

Gerard Madden

The Catholic Church waged a century-long war against the Irish left.

Labour in Name Only

Niamh Puirséil

Despite its working-class roots, the Irish Labour Party never became an effective vehicle for social democracy.

The Catholic Cure for Poverty

Sarah-Anne Buckley

Through the twentieth century, Irish elites treated poverty as a moral failing — and built a brutal carceral state to correct it.

Left Behind by Good Friday

Bernadette Devlin-McAliskey

Bernadette Devlin on her early activism and why the Good Friday Agreement brought some peace, but little justice.

The Return

The Red and the Green

Eoin Ó Broin

Sinn Féin wants to be more than an opposition force — it wants to lead Ireland’s first progressive government.

The Adaptable Sinn Féin

Daniel Finn

Over its long history, Sinn Féin has shown itself to be a left-nationalist party that is more nationalist than left.

“Trust in capitalism—
we’ll find a way.”