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Blicanism in the 1960s and '70s through the Workers' Party's eventual rejection of irredentism A roll call of influential personalities in the fields of politics trade unionism and media many still o. In 1975 the Official IRA and Sinn F in had a bright future They had broken with reactionary Catholic nationalism and Provisional terrorism declared a ceasefire with the British state and launched themselves on a course to build a revolutionary party that sought to lead the struggle of a working class united across sectarian lines for the abolition of capitalism and a secular socialist republic in Ireland Today the Workers Party the organizational descendent of the Official IRA survives as a tiny blinkered Stalinoid sect with most of its talented cadre having deserted socialism decades agoBut the line to today was not straight and narrow Hanley and Millar s detailed accesible and exhaustively documented history shows the present importance of the attempted revolution that the Official IRASinn F inThe Workers Party launched in the early 1970s The leadership and members of the group were despite serious ideological and practical faults engaged in a process that could have were the conditions right averted the violence of the Troubles and placed Irish society on a road to the future There were serious attempts by the official IRA to distance itself from the gangsterist and terrorist methods of its Republican past There were likewise serious attempts despite Stalinist coloring to reach out to the working class Catholic and Protestant on economic issues that could unite them These parts of the book remain a challenging and inspiring piece of Irish historyIf I have one complaint about the book it s that a sincere dedication to providing the history in a narrative form often leads the authors away from the most basic demands for an analysis As we get deeper into the book there are chapters which separate out the Party s northern and southern wings and the activity of Group B but shocking developments such as the Officials covert collaboration with the British state and Unionist paramilitaries against the Provos get little explanation from either the authors frame of reference or party activists The death knell of the party as a force in Irish politics in 1990 when Proisinas de Rossa left with five other TDs and the majority of the party s rank and file eventually to merge with the Labour Party got little buildup or analysis in retrospectOn a final note I particularly enjoyed the verdict of Cathal Goulding the first leader of Official Sinn F in on the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process We were right but too early Gerry Adams is right but too late and Ruair Br daigh will never be fucking right

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Perating at the highest levels of Irish public life passed though the ranks of this secretive movement which never achieved its objectives but had a lasting influence on the landscape of Irish politi. Absolutely fascinating read that describes an Ireland that is almost totally unrecognisable now one where a republican group associated with the IRA well one of the IRAs could become a staunchly marxist anti republican even anti nationalist movement filled with some of the most senior personnel in today s Ireland The authors describe a genuine belief in all the activists that Ireland could and would be transformed into a socialist workers republic in the image of the USSR The book focused far on the early days of the movement in the 1960 s and 70 s and especially north of the border most of which was very new to me and very interesting The genesis of the mental and cultural division between north and south that is now cemented by the legacy of the troubles is all laid out and even interestingly the reader can see a time when it didn t exist before 1969The end of the book feels a little rushed with a strong majority of the now influential personnel splitting to form Democratic Left and then eventually merge into Labour which in the context of the early part of the books seems totally impossible but then the process itself was rearkably short It seems that as soon as the Berlin wall fell social democrats throughout the party had all their secret doubts exonerated and ready to be printed as new manifestoes The book was fascinating as an investigation of the infighting and numerical insignificance of the Irish left but also as a demonstration of how their ideas can become mainstream by attracting the attention and in some cases supplanting media elites and opinion formers The party failed but many of their seemingly oddest and most idiosyncratic ideas won out in the end on the north at least if not in the political economy of IrelandOne strange thing I noticed in the notes was that the authors seemingly had not talked to Eamon Gil Pat Rabitte or Liz McManus three people very important by the end of the book who s point of view was notable in its absenceAll in all a great gossipy compulsive and well researched read

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The story of contemporary Ireland is inseparable from the story of the official republican movement a story told here for the first time from the clash between Catholic nationalist and socialist repu. A fascinating read full of frankly jaw dropping stories about some of the major figures of left wing politics in Ireland today I really didn t know much about the history of Sinn Fein and the IRA so a lot of this book was revelatory The turn to Marxism the rejection of nationalism the Provo split Charles Haughey s role in that split and the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union all of the major points in the development of The Workers Party are detailed here I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of left wing politics in Ireland but my one criticism is that the book is a fairly straight forward maybe slightly old fashioned history There s not very much analysis The authors are clearly interested in presenting the facts than in making an argument but that s fine because the story they tell is so gripping that the book is never boring


9 thoughts on “The Lost Revolution

  1. says:

    fucking great read

  2. says:

    A fascinating read full of frankly jaw dropping stories about some of the major figures of left wing politics in Ireland today I really didn't know much about the history of Sinn Fein and the IRA so a lot of this book was revelatory The turn t

  3. says:

    I love all history on the IRA and revolutionary struggle in Ireland against British Imperialism However this book could and should have been shorter The author and editors seem to have no clue how to present information in a conciseclear manner It honestly reads like a college student trying desperately to make their es

  4. says:

    As far as I can tell thorough and balanced

  5. says:

    Eye openingA bit densely writtenBut a valuable history

  6. says:

    In 1975 the Official IRA and Sinn Féin had a bright future They had broken with reactionary Catholic nationalism and Provisional terrorism declared a ceasefire with the British state and launched themselves on a course to build a revolutionary party that sought to lead the struggle of a working class united across sectarian lines for the abolition of capitalism and a secular socialist republic in Ireland Today the Workers' Party the organ

  7. says:

    Absolutely fascinating read that describes an Ireland that is almost totally unrecognisable now one where a republ

  8. says:

    This one taught me a lot My knowledge of the Officials was very limited when I started reading other than they ended up splitting in the early 90s and a few other little snippets The book was an interesting rundown of all

  9. says:

    extremely interesting and absorbing in places The story of how the Official IRA managed to transform itself from a nationalist param

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