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Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Maghaberry Prison
Old Road
Ballinderry Upper
Lisburn BT28 2PT
Tel: 028 9261 1888
Fax: 028 9261 9516
Alec McRory
Anthony Mc Donnell
Austin Creggan
Brendan McConville
Brian Cavlan
Brian Sheridan
Cathal Kerr
Ciarian Collins
Colin Duffy
Colm Cassidy
Conor Hughes
Damian Harkin
Damien McKenna
Damien McLaughlin
Dermott McFadden
Dessie Hamill
Dominic Dynes
Eamon Cassidy
Eugene McLoone
Francis Carleton
Francisco McAtammy
Gabriel Mackle
Gary Toman
Gavin Coyle
Gerard Flannigan
Gerard McManus
Harry Fitz
Jason Ceulemans
Joe Allen
John Paul Wootton
Kevin Concannon
Kevin Vernon
Kieran McLaughlin
Mark McGuigan
Martin McGilloway
Martin McLoone
Nathan Hastings
Neil Hegarty
Patrick Larkin
Phil ODonnell
Seamus McLaughlin
Sean Kelly
Sean McConville
Steven Mackin
Tá McWilliams
Thomas Hamill
Thomas Maguire
Tony Friel
Tony Taylor
Willie Wong
Zac smyth
Portlaoise Prison
Co Laois
Tel: 05786 21318
Fax: 05786 20997
Anthony Lee
Aiden Hulme
Bernard Dempsey
Bobby Donohue.
Brian Walsh
Brion Breathnach (Brian Walsh Cork)
Buddy Nolan
Charles Anthony Deery
Ciaran Burke
Cormac Fitzpatrick
Dalton McKevitt
Darren Mooney
Darren Mulholland
David Jordan
Dean Evans
Dean Fitzpatrick
Declan Phelan
Declan Rafferty
Desmond Christie
Eamonn Cassidy
Edward McGrath
Eugene Kelly
Finton O’Farrell
Fra Carlton
Gareth Byrne
Gary Adams
Gerard Carroll
Gerard McGarrigle
James Brennan
Jim Mc Cormack
Joe Conlon
Joe Obrien
John Brock
John Daly
Joseph Kirwin
Ken O’Reilly
Kevin Braney
Liam Grogan
Mathew Perry
Michael Mc Hugh
Michael McDonald
Michael McKevitt
Niall Farrell
Nick Kendall
Nick McBennett
Niel Myles
Noel Callan
Noel Mooney
Paddy Larkin
Paddy Wall
Patrick Gordon
Patrick Tierney
Robert Hulme
Sean Connolly
Sean Farrell
Seán Ryan
Stephen Fogarty
Stephen McGowan.
Steven Vierhovan
Tarlach Mac Dhomhnaill
Tony Hyland
Hydebank womens Prison
Hydebank Wood
Hospital Road
Tel: 028 9025 3666
Fax: 028 9025 3668
Christine Connor
Sharon Sarah Rafferty
Nuala Gormley
Limerick Prison
Mulgrave Street,
Tel: 061 204700
Fax: 061 415116
Ursula Shannon
Rose lynch
Mountjoy Prison
North Circular Road
Dublin 7
Tel: 01 8062800
Fax: 01 8062824
Pat Barry
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Monday, 14 April 2014

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Annual John MacLean Rally 2013

Annual John MacLean Commemoration  2013
Sunday 24 November 2013 
Eastwood Cemetery 1PM (next to Thornliebank Railway Station) for a graveside oration. 
Followed by a march from Thornliebank St/Boydston Rd across the road 1.30 pm prompt. 
This will be followed by a social/rally at the Shawbridge Tavern, Shawbridge St, with a range of speakers to be agreed. and live music, 
including the White Rose folk group. 
£5. Children free. All welcome. 
buses (First) will take you directly to Eastwood Cemetery. Nearest train station is Thornliebank which you can get from Glasgow Central Station. 

SRSM Ard Fheis Saturday November 23. 

SRSM, P.O. Box 16887, Glasgow, G11 9EP

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Scottish Socialists for Independence Event

An evening of music, culture and politics in Partick Bowling Club, 30 Fortrose
Street, Glasgow G11 5NS, on Thursday, 12th September
at 7pm.
Cailean Gallagher, member of the Labour Party and Researcher for Yes Scotland
Feargal Dalton, SNP Councillor for Partick West
Sandra Webster, Women for Independence
Danny McCafferty, Coordinator, West Dunbartonshire Yes Scotland
David Bettridge and friends reading poems of Independence 
Arthur Johnstone, folk singer  
Citizen Smart
Please join us in an evening event to launch the new Scottish Socialists for Independence banner at the Scottish Independence Rally on 21st September 2013.
Tickets £5/£3 unwaged
Contact: Maggie Chetty
All welcome

Friday, 19 July 2013

Founding Statement of the IRSP

Founding Statement of the Irish Republican Socialist Party

The Irish Republican Socialist Party was established by Seamus Costello and other Irish revolutionaries in  December 1974, at a meeting in the Lucan Spa Hotel, Dublin. The aim of the party founders was to establish a new revolutionary vanguard that would combine the class and national struggles and take up the vision of James Connolly. The party was named in honour of Connolly's Irish Socialist Republican Party. This was to be a genuine party of the working class.

Later that same day Costello presided over the formation of a new republican army, an organisation he hoped to mould as the armed cadre of the working class. This organisation was known firstly be as the National Liberation Front but would soon become known across the world as the Irish National Liberation Army.

Many of the founding members  of the IRSM were veteran republicans. Following the 'stickies' slide into counter revolution, whole cumainn resigned on mass to join the new organisation.

Seamus Costello was its driving force. He succeeded in recruiting many of  the leading republicans, socialists and trade unionists of the day to its ranks.

The forces of reaction in Ireland soon took note of the emerging IRSP and decided to crush the movement at birth. State repression and counter revolutionary attacks would be unleashed on the new party which stunted its growth, but not its revolutionary message.

Costello himself would be murdered in cold blood by counter revolutionaries in 1977, an event from which the IRSM never really recovered. With the murder of Seamus Costello Ireland lost its greatest revolutionary leader since James Connolly and the struggle for national liberation and socialism was set back for generations.

Much of the founding statement of the IRSP remains as relevant to Irish socialist republicanism today as it was when written almost forty years ago. Within the short statement there are many fundamental truths and a  draft guide to action for socialist republicans. Its message should be studied by all genuine Irish revolutionaries today.

For that reason, today we republish the founding statement of the IRSP. We hope it is widely read and studied by modern socialist republicans. We must learn well the lessons of our history so our historic struggle can be carried forward to victory.

Páirtí Poblachtach Sóisialach na hÉireann
At a meeting held in Dublin on Sunday, 8.12.'74, a decision was made to form a new political party, to be known as THE IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY. The inaugural meeting was attended by approximately 80 delegates from Belfast, Armagh, Co. Derry, Derry City, Donegal, Dublin, Wicklow, Cork, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.


To this end, it was agreed that the Party would launch a vigorous campaign of political agitation and education, North and South, on the following issues:


1/ Recognising that British Imperialist interference in Ireland constitutes the most immediate obstacle confronting the Irish People in their struggle for democracy, National Liberation and Socialism, it shall be the policy of the Party to seek the formation of a broad front on the basis of the following demands:

A/ That Britain must immediately renounce all claims to Sovereignty over any part of Ireland and its coastal waters, and should immediately specify an early date for the total withdrawal of her military and political presence from Ireland.
B/ Having specified the date for her total withdrawal from Ireland, Britain must immediately withdraw all troops to barracks, release all internees and sentenced political prisoners, grant a general amnesty for all offences arising from the military campaign against British Forces or through involvement in the Civil Disobedience Campaign, abolish all repressive legislation, grant a Bill of Rights which will allow complete freedom of political action and outlaw all discriminination whether it be on the basis of class, creed, political opinion or sex. Britain must also agree to compensate the Irish People for the exploitation which has already occurred.
C/ It shall be the policy of the IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY to seek an active working alliance of all radical forces within the context of the Broad Front in order to ensure the ultimate success of the Irish Working Class in their struggle for Socialism.
D/ It will be an immediate objective of the Party to launch an intensive campaign of opposition to the E.E. membership. We, therefore, intend to play an active part in the E.E.C. referendum in the Six County area and through our support groups in Britain.
E/ Recognising that sectarianism, and the present campaign of sectarian assassinations arises as a direct result of British manipulation of the most reactionary elements of Irish Society, we shall seek to end this campaign on the basis of united action by the Catholic and Protestant working class against British Imperialism in Ireland.


1/ We will seek to have a United Campaign of all democratic forces against repressive legislation in the south, and against the policy of blatant collaboration with British Imperialism, which is now being pursued by the 26 County Administration.

2/ THE IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY is totally opposed to the exploitation of our natural resources by multi-national Corporations. It shall therefore be our policy to give active and sustained support to the present campaign for the nationalisation of these resources.

3/ Recognising that the rapidly increasing cost of living and rising unemployment are to a large extent a direct result of our EEC membership, it shall be the policy of the IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY to actively support the formation of people's organisations to combat rising prices and unemployment.


THE IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY is not an abstentionist Party, and will decide its attitude towards the contesting of any particular election, on the basis of a thorough analysis of the conditions prevailing at the time. In keeping with this attitude we have decided, in principle, to contest the forthcoming Convention Elections in the Six County Area.

As the vast majority of those involved in the formation of the IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY are people who have recently resigned from Sinn Fein (Gardiner Place), we feel it may be necessary to give a brief outline of the reasons for our resignations. They are as follows:

A/ The refusal of the Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle to implement the democratically decided policies on the National Question as laid down at the 1972 and 1973 Ard Fheiseanna.
B/ The lack of internal democracy within Sinn Fein. This became particularly noticeable during the course of the past year when many dedicated members were purged from the organisation because they dared to question the reformist approach of the Ard Comhairle on many vital questions. This purge culminated in attempts by members of the Ard Comhairle to intimidate delegates to the recent Ard Fheis, when many of them were threatened with expulsion if they did not vote in accordance with the wishes of the leadership.
C/ the decision of the Ard Comhairle to contest the Six County Assembly Elections, when it was perfectly obvious that the elections were clearly designed to re-establish a British controlled puppet Parliament for the Six Counties. In our view, this particular decision was indicative of the reformist and counter revolutionary attitudes which prevail at Ard Comhairle level in Sinn Fein, Gardiner Place.
D/ The unprincipled betrayal of the internees arising from the decision to take seats on local councils in the North. This decision was made despite the fact that the Ard Comhairle had made repeated statements attacking the treachery of the SDLP for taking their seats.

We are of course aware that the vast majority of rank and file members are completely opposed to this decision. We urge the ordinary members of Sinn Fein to refuse to accept this unprincipled attitude on the part of the Ard Comhairle. We call on all Republican Club Councillors to stand by the Internees by upholding the peoples' pledge which they signed before their election.
E/ The general drift towards almost exclusive participation in reformist activity, and the total abandonment of agitationary political action in pursuit of their objectives. Under its present leadership, Sinn Fein has been reduced to a position of almost total irrelevance in the context of the present poltical situation.


Since last Sunday we have had enquiries from practically every area in the country regarding the formation of branches. During the period since the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, at least 14 Cumainn and two Comhairle Ceantair have resigned in bloc and indicated their intention of forming IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY branches.

We are at present engaged in an intensive recruiting drive, and will organise a full delegate national conference at the earliest possible date. A permanent National Executive will be elected at the Annual Conference.

In conclusion, the IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY extends its support to all peoples struggling for Democracy, National Liberation and Socialism.

In Ireland, we appeal to all of those who are genuinely interested in the establishment of a Socialist Republic to re-examine their present position and give their support to the IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY.

Those elected to the Temporary National Executive are as follows:

Sean Flynn (Belfast)
Manuel McIlroy (Belfast)
John McAlea (Belfast)
Charlie Craig (Belfast)
Seamus O'Kane (Co. Derry)
Terry Robson (Derry City)
Joe Sweeney (Derry City)
Bernadette McAliskey (Tyrone)
Johnny White (Donegal)
Seamus Costello (Wicklow)
Theresa Gallagher (Dublin)
Anne Webb (Dublin)
Mick Plunkett (Dublin)
John Lynch (Cork)
Stella Mackowski (Clare)
Joe Quinn (Limerick)
Tony Quinn (Tipperary

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Republicans protest Thatcher funeral

Republicans gathered at Free Derry corner on Wednesday to mark the ceremonial funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with a black flag protest.
Protestors held a white line picket. (© Pacemaker) In the city's Bogside, members of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement attended the protest, flying the flags to commemorate IRA and INLA hunger strikers. The prisoners died in 1981 after they starved themselves in protest at Prime Minister Thatcher's refusal to give them political status. Masked INLA men held a banner referring to Conservative MP - and close friend of Baronness Thatcher - Airey Neave, who was killed by a terrorist bomb. IRSP member Martin McMonagle said: "This is about remembering the victims of the Thatcher regime, of her misrule here in Ireland, the victims, particularly the hunger strikers and her shoot-to-kill policy." The demonstrator was defiant about marking the day in protest. "We're talking about a very evil human being who wasn't very seemly in treating the working communities in England, Scotland and Wales and here in Ireland," he said. Community workers say they will be working to keep things calm in the area this evening, as the area has seen disorder break out over the past week- during which petrol bombs were thrown and police attacked. In Belfast, a small number of demonstrators in the Falls Road area carried placards, some depicting hunger strikers, during a white line protest. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin has organised a series of white line/black flag protests across Belfast on Wednesday evening. Paul Maskey MP said: "The vigils are to give people an opportunity to mark with dignity and respect the hunger strikers and those killed through British state collusion and shoot-to-kill. "People can with dignity and respect commemorate their loved ones, friends and neighbours whose vision will live long after those that assisted in inflicting pain on our community and country are gone."
© UTV News

Monday, 11 February 2013

Interval Signal for the Radio Moscow World Service

Published on May 30, 2012
This is the Interval Signal for the Radio Moscow World Service,
which was broadcast via shortwave during the Cold War.

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