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The 1986 Sinn Fein Ard Fheis

This weekend marks the 29th anniversary of the 1986 Sinn Fein Ard Fheis. Famous for this exchange between Martin McGuinness and Ruairí Ó Brádaigh over the issue of abstentionism. Although, as both men correctly point out, it was actually about the strategic direction of the republican movement. We all know what happened next and the subsequent political … Continue reading

None Of The Above?

By Jim Slaven None of the above? This is the question I’ve been asking myself for the last few weeks. Or perhaps more accurately for the last few years. Having never been a member of a political party, I’m what pollsters call a floating voter. Granted, as someone who has been a political activist for … Continue reading

Partition As Perpetual Crisis

By Jim Slaven (@JimSlaven) The announcement that Sinn Fein will not now after all support the Welfare Bill[i] going through Stormont has, we are told, plunged the political institutions into yet another ‘crisis’. To be fair it’s the only decision they could have taken. Although it doesn’t take a great deal of cynicism to see … Continue reading

Is It Cold In His Shadow? – An Appreciation of Vol. Brendan Hughes

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

Jim Lane Interview Part Two: Socialist, Republican And Revolutionary

Second part of the interview with Jim Lane. Part One can be viewed here.

Jim Lane Interview Part 1- Socialist, Republican & Revolutionary

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

The Flag Riots

By Jim Slaven The unionist protests across the Six Counties over the decision of Belfast City Council to reduce the number of days the union flag is flown over City Hall are now in their second month. The most serious trouble has centred on parts of Belfast where the UVF have been orchestrating a campaign … Continue reading

Ireland And The Broader Implications Of The 2014 Referendum

By Jim Slaven The deal between Alex Salmond and David Cameron on the arrangements for the 2014 constitutional referendum has been widely welcomed. Most commentators have focussed on process issues such as timing, number of questions or votes for sixteen and seventeen year olds but there was also a substantial political battle being waged in … Continue reading

The British Ideology

By Jim Slaven So the Olympics are over and it is time to reflect on the significance of London 2012. While the coverage has been extensive, none of it has come close to a brilliant book published before London 2012 had even started. French intellectual Marc Perelman’s extended essay Barbaric Sports does a great job … Continue reading

On Meeting Monarchy

By Jim Slaven “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 to a head and spews in all its nastiness before our horrified … Continue reading

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