Statement from the James Connolly Society Scotland. The James Connolly Society condemns the ongoing campaign of harassment and intimidation by Police Scotland against our members. Such political policing is nothing new it is however wrong and counterproductive. Over the last few days our members have again be targeted by the Met of the North. One … Continue reading
This article features in the current issue of the 1916 Societies magazine. By Jim Slaven As Scotland enters the final three months of the independence referendum campaign it remains too close to call. The No campaign have been consistently ahead throughout but the gap has been steadily narrowing. It seems certain that barring some unforeseen … Continue reading
A new play by George Gunn about the death of Scottish nationalist Willie McRae will be premiered at this years Edinburgh Festival. The play, which deals with the possible role of the UK state in McRae’s death, has received no funding and is relying on community support. Packages and other information can be found on … Continue reading
1916 Societies Press Release The vast majority of people from Omagh and beyond watching the recent BBC Spotlight investigation into PSNI abuse in the town no doubt found the programme a disturbing insight into the reality of policing in both Omagh and across the north of Ireland, a reality that flies in the face of … Continue reading
At the end of yesterday’s James Connolly commemoration in Edinburgh Jim Slaven, Chairman of the James Connolly Society, urged people to march on the Bank of Scotland Headquarters in solidarity with the 200,000 families facing eviction in Ireland. Bank of Scotland have played a scandalous role in Ireland property bubble, subsequent collapse and now the move … Continue reading
Justice for the Craigavon Two Statement 29/05/14 Today the British appeal court made a shocking decision in the case of Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton (The Craigavon Two) by dismissing their appeals against their life sentence convictions for the killing of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll in 2009. The Justice for the Craigavon Two Group … Continue reading
On Sunday past, 25th May, the 1916 Societies gathered in the heart of East Tyrone, with the McCaughey Suite in Galbally Community Centre playing host to our inaugural Spring Conference. Invited guests including D-Company Lower Falls Belfast and several independent community activists and republicans joined over 100 delegates from all across Ireland to debate the theme ‘Self-determination and Sovereignty – 2014 and Beyond’ and … Continue reading
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By Jim Slaven JCS meet Betty Battenberg republican style. July 1999 “Fellow-workers, stand by the dignity of your class. All these parading royalties, all this insolent aristocracy, all these grovelling, dirt-eating capitalist traitors, all these are but signs of disease in any social state – diseases which a royal visit brings…
By Steve Hedley, Assistant General Secretary RMT, (personal capacity). I was sitting in a fairly humdrum meeting of the London Midland NUR district council in 1989 when a large gentleman with shoulder length curly hair made his way to the rostrum. I didn’t recognise the man at all I worked for British rail at the time … Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE FROM PRO DEPARTMENT 1916 SOCIETIES The 1916 Societies have been reliably informed that efforts on St. Patrick’s Day to promote our legitimate political campaign for an all-Ireland referendum on Irish reunification, through the use of a light-airplane carrying a banner with our flagship message of ‘One Ireland-One Vote’ during the parade celebrations in Dublin city, met with … Continue reading
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On March 6th 1988 three unarmed IRA volunteers, Mairead Farrell, Dan McCann and Sean Savage, were murdered by British forces on the orders of the Thatcher Government. In the aftermath the British state told lie after lie which their media repeated without any investigation or interest in establishing the facts. One…
Last weekend a Belfast republican was detained after arriving at Glasgow Airport and subjected to a series of threats and harassment at the hands of two men who identified themselves as being from the ‘Security Services’. Speaking exclusively to 107 Cowgate he told how after his flight from Belfast landed he was initially detained by … Continue reading
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By Jim Slaven It has now been a week since the SNP government passed their Offensive Behaviour Bill in the Scottish parliament. Since then much has been written and said about the draconian and anti free speech nature of that legislation. In essence people have been restating positions which were already…
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Luke Kelly died on this day 1984. Below is the poignant last minutes of a documentary about his life and some clips of the man himself. I would not normally put so many clips in one piece but Luke Kelly is special. How Ireland could do with his powerful, radical voice…
Video of Tony Catney’s address to the 1916 Societies convention in Dublin on January 25th. TC discusses the 1916 Societies One Ireland One Vote campaign for an all Ireland referendum and much more.
79 year old peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy with Parkinson’s Disease has been imprisoned in Limerick Prison for refusing to sign a bond agreeing not to peacefully protest against the use of Shannon airport by US warplanes. Margaretta was also imprisoned in Armagh Gaol in 1980 for refusing to pay a fine imposed on her because … Continue reading
By Jim Slaven There has recently been a very welcome debate about where Irish republicanism finds itself and the best way to advance the struggle. Much of this debate has, understandably, focussed on the continued use of armed struggle and its efficacy at this juncture. There has also been an increase of republican groups and … Continue reading
Aleida Guevara and Peter Capaldi are the latest personalities to add their support to Voices for the Five Voices for the Five, the recently launched website for people around the world to raise their voices against the unjust imprisonment of five Cuban citizens in the US, is growing dramatically in scale and breadth. Nothing shows … Continue reading
December is prisoners month for Irish republicans and 107 Cowgate will be highlighting the plight of political prisoners throughout December. We would also encourage people to support the JCS Welfare Departments Christmas appeal. To begin prisoners month here is a letter from Leonard Peltier. Greetings my relatives friends and supporters It is yet another year. … Continue reading
This article first appeared in the latest edition of The Irish Voice and can be downloaded here. By Jim Slaven Last month the James Connolly Society hosted one of the most significant political events for Scotland’s Irish community in decades. People from throughout Scotland attended the Connolly Conference 2013 to listen to speakers from Scotland, … Continue reading
“If Mr. Kennedy does not like socialism, well we do not like imperialism! We do not like capitalism! We have as much right to protest over the existence of an imperialist-capitalist regime 90 miles from our coast as he feels he has to protest over the existence of a socialist regime 90 miles from his coast….Rights … Continue reading
This is a great initiative by the James Connolly Society Scotland. December will again be designated Prisoners Month here at 107 Cowgate this year and we will be covering the plight of political prisoners throughout the world. Specially printed JCS A5 greeting cards for political prisoners. The James Connolly Society Welfare Department will again be … Continue reading
Many people have been asking for this video so here it is. This short film was played at the beginning of Connolly Conference 2013 in Edinburgh. It was put together with the assistance of the JCS’ social history prpject, Let Us Rise!
By Mark Hayes A short time ago I was asked by TAL’s editor if I would consider writing a short piece about Brendan Hughes. As readers of TAL will doubtless be aware Brendan Hughes figures prominently in the narrative of modern Irish Republicanism, and much has already been said and written about him. What else, … Continue reading
This article first appeared in November’s edition of The Irish Voice and can be viewed at their website here. By Jim Slaven ‘This struggle would be the Irish Armageddon between Capital and Labour’. -Sean O’Casey 100 years ago Dublin was in the middle of the Ireland’s greatest ever industrial dispute. In fact it could be … Continue reading
This documentary examines the actions and attitudes of the IRA between 1956 and 1962. Combining a strong narrative and exclusive interviews with eye-witnesses and those who participated at first hand, it offers a fascinating account of subterfuge and counter-intelligence which marked the IRA’s campaign. We also look at gun-running and lightning raids, the bloody events … Continue reading
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This week’s decision by the British Government to renege on their commitment to hold an inquiry into the state murder of Human Rights lawyer Pat Finucane has once again reminded the world of Britain’s policy of collusion in Ireland. Collusion with pro-British death squads, including the UVF and the UDA, in the murder of its…
By Jim Slaven I won’t be wearing a poppy this year. Of course this revelation is some considerable way short of a shock. However as we are entering that time of year it is worth being clear about why we do not wear a poppy. Republicans do not support the British military and despite all … Continue reading
Fra Hughes, October 17th 2013 Judgement Reserved to be Handed Down as Soon as Practicable Present at the final days evidence and submissions which were presented in the Craigavon Two Appeal trial at Belfast High Court were Constable Stephen Carrolls widow Kate Carroll the police officers involved in the original investigation and subsequent trial along … Continue reading
IRA Volunteers Dessie Grew and Martin McCaughey were killed by in a shoot to kill operation by UK state forces on 9th October 1990. 107 Cowgate has previously covered their anniversary and this is a fascinating documentary about the two Volunteers including interviews with their families and accounts of the IRA ambush of the SAS … Continue reading
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27th September marks the annual Gudari Eguna (Basque Combatant’s Day). Events to honour and remember all the Basque freedom fighters fallen in struggle in the last 50 years have been organised in towns across the country today and through the weekend. This year’s slogan is “Egia bide, askatasuna amets” (something like “Seeking the truth, freedom … Continue reading
LIBRE: Political Trials and Peace Process in the Basque Country Two years after the definitive cessation of ETA’s armed activities the Spanish National Court will take 76 Basque Activists to trial for their political activities. 40 Members of the Youth Movement and 36 Members of political organisations. Each of them faces between 8 and 12 … Continue reading
Today is the 30th anniversary of the IRA escape from the H-Blocks of Longkesh. In total 38 POWs escaped.
By Larry Pinkney “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. “To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal…” –Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz] Whether or not the legitimate rage and strong opposition on the part of just … Continue reading
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Pinochet coup in Chille here is a great documentary about Salvador Allende.
In a major political initiative the 1916 Societies have today written to every member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP’s) asking them to support the campaign for an all Ireland referendum. Next years referendum is about Scottish independence and it is also about the future of the UK state. The same state which continues to occupy … Continue reading
By Larry Pinkney “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it.” –Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz] When it comes to … Continue reading
For people based in the Dublin area who have enjoyed the Jim Lane interviews (see here and here) this public meeting might be of interest.
Second part of the interview with Jim Lane. Part One can be viewed here.
By Larry Pinkney “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”—Albert Camus “O my body, make of me always a man who questions!”—Frantz Fanon Welcome to the U.S. corporate/military police and surveillance state. Welcome to 21st century fascism in the U.S.A.—Obama style. Having been among the very tiny portion of writers who, … Continue reading
By James Connolly Perhaps before this issue of The Irish Worker is in the hands of its readers the issues now at stake in Dublin will be brought to a final determination. All the capitalist newspapers of Friday last join in urging, or giving favourable publicity to the views of others urging the employers of Dublin to … Continue reading
This is the story of Socialist Jim Lane who joined the Army (IRA) Sinn Fein and the Cork Volunteers Pipe Band in 1954, he subsequently participated in Operation Harvest in 1956. Lane was also involved with the Unemployed Protest Movement in the late 1950s and was instrumental in establishing the Cork Vietnamese Freedom Association in … Continue reading
George Jackson was shot dead by prison guards on this day in 1971. This is the song Bob Dylan wrote on hearing the news. George Jackson I woke up this mornin’ There were tears in my bed They killed a man I really loved Shot him through the head Lord, Lord They cut George Jackson … Continue reading