Lane was also involved with the Unemployed Protest Movement in the late 1950s and was instrumental in establishing the Cork Vietnamese Freedom Association in the 1960s. He was a leading figure in the Irish Revolutionary Forces throughout the 1960s,the Cork-based group produced an influential newsletter called An Phoblacht.
In addition the Irish Revolutionary Forces established Saor Éire (Cork) in 1968 and produced a paper called People’s Voice. Subsequently Lane joined The Cork Workers Club who published a series of historical reprints of socialist classics.
Jim Lane was central in the anti-H-Block movement in the Cork in the 1980s and became the chairperson of the Cork City and County National H-Block Committee. He joined Irish Republican Socialist Party becoming its national chairperson in 1983.
This is his story in his own words.