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.
The revolutionary period offered a fleeting vision of a truly democratic Ireland.
The Great War spurred the separatist movement, but it also blurred the lines between nationalism and socialism on the Irish left.
Ireland’s revolutionary women made the fight for emancipation their own.
The methods and politics of the Paris Commune served as inspiration for Easter Rising leaders like James Connolly.
In the years after the Easter Rising, Ireland saw a wave of worker militancy.
The Catholic Church waged a century-long war against the Irish left.
Despite its working-class roots, the Irish Labour Party never became an effective vehicle for social democracy.
Through the twentieth century, Irish elites treated poverty as a moral failing — and built a brutal carceral state to correct it.
Bernadette Devlin on her early activism and why the Good Friday Agreement brought some peace, but little justice.
“Trust in capitalism—
we’ll find a way.”