Results of the IRSP 2002 Ard-Fheis

Danielle Ni Dhighe nidhighe at
Sat Aug 24 11:32:52 MDT 2002

[Distributed with permission.]

Irish Republican Socialist Party
2002 Ard-Fheis

Constitution of the Irish Republican Socialist Party.

1/ The name of the Party shall be the Irish Republican Socialist

2/ The fundamental aim of the party is to establish a Socialist
Republic on the island of Ireland.

3/ A Socialist Republic would be one based:
a) on democratic principles throughout all aspects of political,
social, economic and cultural life and guided by the maxim: from each
according to his/her ability to each according to his/her needs;
b) on the spirit of workers unity and internationalism; and
c) would be non-discriminatory on the grounds of religion, race,
nationality, gender or sexual orientation.

4/ Membership of the Party shall be open to all who accept the
constitution of the IRSP and who loyally carry out the policies of
the Party. All comrades are equally valued in this Party.

5/ The supreme authority of the party and the movement shall be the
Ard-Fheis which must meet at least once every two years.

6/ The Ard-Fheis shall elect the leadership of the party to be known
as the Ard-Chomhairle. The Ard-Chomhairle shall consist of 15 members
elected by the Ard-Fheis with delegates from branches elected locally
within three weeks of the Ard-Fheis on the following basis.

05-10 local members = 1 delegate
11-20 local members = 2 delegates
20-30 local members = 3 delegates

and so on until a maximum of 5 delegates from a local area are

7/ The Ard-Chomhairle shall meet at least four times a year and shall
be responsible for its own administration and bylaws and modes of
working. These must be available for all comrades to see and be made
available at the subsequent Ard-Fheis.

8/ At its first meeting following the Ard-Fheis the Ard-Chomhairle
shall elect, from its own ranks, but with the power to co-opt one non-
Ard-Chomhairle member, a committee to be known as the Executive
Committee and consisting of seven comrades. The Ard-Chomhairle also
has the authority to set up party departments to oversee party work
in various fields. These departments shall be answerable to the
Executive between Ard-Chomhairle meetings.

9/ The Executive Committee shall be the working leadership of the
movement with full authority between Ard-Fheiseanna to implement
party policy, impose party discipline and develop strategies for the
development of the movement. It shall have the full authority of the
movement and has the power and authority to direct comrades in their
party work, oversee the development of branches, control publications
and statements and delegate all party work.

10/ Branches are the representative structure of the party and can
only be set up with a membership of at least four comrades. Branches
can be based on occupation, geography, sexual orientation, or
specific interests. All branch activity is subject to the authority
of the Ard-Chomhairle and between its meetings the Executive
Committee. Only the Ard-Chomhairle can give approval for the setting
up of branches.

11/ All party comrades are subject to the Code of Conduct, copies of
which they must receive on becoming a member.

12/ This constitution for the party can only be changed by a 2/3
majority of the delegates at a subsequent Ard-Fheis. The organisation
for Ard-Fheis shall be the responsibility of the Ard-Chomhairle.


1/ Following the Ard-Fheis the first meeting of the Ard-Chomhairle,
consisting only of those directly elected at the Ard-Fheis, shall
elect a Minute Secretary (MS) for the full term of the Ard-Chomhairle.

The Minute Secretary shall be:
a) responsible for recording the decisions of the Ard-Chomhairle,
b) communicating those decisions to the membership and where
otherwise directed,
c) ensuring all members of the AC have the necessary documentation
for meetings,
d) notifying comrades of time and place of meetings,
e) drawing up the agenda for the meetings of the AC.

2/ Every meeting of the AC shall elect a chairperson for that meeting
only. No Comrade shall chair three meetings in succession. During
discussions the Chair shall have the right to vote on issues and in
the event of a tied vote shall have the casting vote. When the Chair
speaks on matters of procedure his/her word is final unless
challenged by a vote of no confidence. To overrule a Chair's ruling a
no confidence vote must have 75% of the votes present. The Chair must
allow all sides their say at the AC. Comrades have the right
to speak at least once on any issue. The Chair has the right to
adjourn meetings for short periods up to a maximum of one and a half-

3/ Any AC member who persistently disrupts a meeting can be excluded
from that meeting on the motion of the Chair and by a majority of at
least 75% of the members present.

4/ AC members who miss a meeting must give their apologies preferably
before hand and in writing, and it is up to the AC to accept or
reject the apology. To miss three Ard-Chomhairle meetings without
satisfactory reason shall cause that AC member to be suspended from
the AC.

5/ Any AC member suspended may appeal his suspension to an Appeals
Tribunal (AT) of the AC, consisting of three AC members, elected by
the AC. The decisions of the AT are binding on the AC and the
membership unless 2/3 of the AC vote against such decisions.

Constitutional Amendment

Section 6 to now read

6/ The Ard-Fheis shall elect the leadership of the party to be known
as the Ard-Chomhairle. The Ard-Chomhairle shall consist of 9 members
elected by the Ard-Fheis with delegates from branches elected locally
within three weeks of the Ard-Fheis on the following basis.

05-11 local members = 1 delegate
11-20 local members = 2 delegates
20-31 local members = 3 delegates

and so on until a maximum of 5 delegates from a local area are
elected. (John Martin)


Section 8 to now read

8/ At its first meeting following the Ard-Fheis the Ard-Chomhairle
shall elect, from its own ranks, but with the power to co-opt from
outside its ranks up to three non Ard-Chomhairle members, a committee
to be known as the Executive Committee and consisting of seven
comrades. The Ard-Chomhairle also has the authority to set up party
departments to oversee party work in various fields. These
departments shall be answerable to the Executive between Ard-
Chomhairle meetings. (John Martin)



Ard-Fheis ratifies the grounds and rules of AC meetings.

1) That the quorum to be set at no less than 51% of elected AC
members present at any one meeting. Any less than this number and the
meeting can still go ahead but without decision making powers. This
is out of respect to members of the AC who may have travelled many
miles to be in attendance.

2) Delegates, or non-AC members, present at these meetings do not
contribute towards the suggested 51%.

3) Present rules regarding attendance to A/C meetings and discipline
for non-attendance to remain and be enforced.

The aim of this motion is to assist the A/C and give extra
structuring in decision-making.

(Costello/Gallagher Cumann)




Ard-Fheis accepts the statement "This is Republican Socialism", as
published in the Starry Plough, as a basic introduction to the aims
and principles of the IRSP. (Derry Cumann)

This is Republican Socialism!

The Irish Republican Socialist Party is an organisation created by
and for working class people, to aid working class liberation in
Ireland and internationally with others who share that common goal.
The IRSP stands in the tradition of James Connolly, seeking an end to
all forms of exploitation and the creation of a 32-county socialist
republic, with the working class collectively owning the means of
production, distribution, and exchange, as well as democratically
administering society.


The socialism we embrace is the kind that liberates, not enslaves. We
strive towards a society that functions to meet human needs, not the
need for profit. Our socialism is a means of liberating our class
from all forms of oppression, whether economic, political, religious,
cultural or social. It is a socialism that envisions our class
controlling their own destinies and that of the nation as a whole.

National Liberation

The struggle for national liberation cannot be separated from the
class struggle. Any attempt to isolate one from the other will result
in failure. It is meaningless to speak of a free nation, if the
overwhelming majority remain oppressed, and national sovereignty is
lost through multinational corporate control of the economy just as
much as by partition. At the same time, someone who refuses to
challenge British imperialism in Ireland cannot claim to be fighting
for socialism and the continuation of partition props up the
divisions in the working class of Ireland that hold us back from our
own liberation. We have no choice in whether or not we wish to
consider the interconnection of the national and class questions,
reality forces us to do so.

We define the national liberation struggle as that struggle which

*1-to force a British military withdrawal from the occupied Six
*2-the destruction of the pro-British loyalist armed forces.
*3-the withdrawal of British political influence from all parts of
*4-the ending the partition of the island of Ireland and the
overturning of both the partitionist governments presently
administering political affairs of Ireland.
*5-the gaining of collective economic control of the nation's
resources by the nation as a whole and the eradication of any control
or influence exercised by foreign capitalists over any aspect of the
Irish economy.
*6-the recognition of a separate Irish cultural identity.
*7-the establishment of revolutionary 32-county socialist republic.

We aim to build a strong alliance in Irish society of our class in
towns and cities, agricultural workers in the country-side,
unemployed workers, working class refugees, linked as a movement
internationally with other like-minded liberation struggles.

We firmly stand-by the struggle for a republic. On that we are
inflexible, but our struggle for the republic is a means to an end.
For us, the national liberation struggle is but an aspect of the
struggle for socialism.

Loyalism & Nationalism

We distinguish between loyalism and Protestantism. We recognise the
right of everyone to their own religious beliefs, provided they do
not use these beliefs to oppress others. We have no quarrel with
Protestant workers and welcome them to join us in struggle. However,
we stand totally opposed to the political ideology of loyalism.
Loyalism is a reactionary, sectarian and pro-imperialist ideology,
with which we can make no compromise. We recognise that nationalism
in the context of the Irish struggle is progressive, but we also
recognise that nationalism can play a reactionary role. The national
chauvinism of the Tories, National Front, etc., is
counterrevolutionary and anathema to socialists. The nationalism of
an oppressed country is vastly different from such reactionary
jingoism. We support all struggles against imperialism throughout the

Class Mobilisation

Only by mobilising our class north and south - Protestant, Catholic
and Dissenter - can the goal of national liberation and socialism be
achieved. Workers have distinct interests as a class, ultimately
opposed to any other class, we must join together as a class to win
control of society.

For a Fighting Union

As republican socialists, we take lesson from battles that have gone
before us, in the community and in the workplace. We must reclaim our
unions and organise the unorganised. We remain committed to the
revolutionary industrial unionism of Larkin and Connolly. As
republican socialists we see the creation of a fighting 'rank and
file' trade union movement as something that still holds potential
and we support the building of a revolutionary shop stewards'


Our class faces daily, relentless assaults inflicted on us from many
quarters and a constant onslaught of attempts to divide us. The IRSP
oppose and fight against all forms of inequality and oppression,
including that of women, travellers, lesbians, gays, or other sexual
minorities, refugees, Africans, Asians, and any other oppressed
sector of the working class. We oppose racism, Zionism, sexism,
homophobia, national chauvinism, and anything else which divides our
class. We support reproductive rights and unhindered access to
contraception, including a woman's right to choose abortion. We are
opposed to religious sectarianism and seek the complete separation of
church and state and a secular society.

Our Earth

The increasing destruction of our environment is due to mismanagement
of industrialisation and the inevitable product of a system, which
puts profit before all else, that is, capitalism. The IRSP is
committed to sustainable and renewable energy sources, preservation
of the ecology and biodiversity of our planet, with protection of all
species and the promotion of a healthy environment for all people and
animal life.

Revolution not Reform

The IRSP believe that the present class system cannot be reformed out
of existence. There exists no parliamentary road to socialism and the
liberation of our class. We need to build an organised working class
movement with the politics capable of leading the fight against
capitalism. Our class are entitled to control over all the wealth of
society and to obtain it through any means necessary.

PASSED, with the modification that the For a Fighting Union section
was referred to the incoming Ard-Chomhairle


Ard-Fheis recognises that the Good Friday Agreement has failed to
deliver peace to working class communities, has increased sectarian
division and is a major block towards a Republic. We call for all
republicans and socialists to oppose the current political set-up,
unite in opposition to the maintenance of a sectarian state and push
forward towards a republic. We believe that political opposition is
the best method available at this time to republican and socialist
forces and that these forces could best be united in a Republican
Forum that allows for unity in action whilst respecting ideological
differences. (Ard-Chomhairle)



Ard-Fheis endorses, approves and supports the Non-Aggression
Pact proposal advocated by the RSM and calls on the incoming AC to
continue the approach outlined in the document Breathing Space.

Breathing Space

The Republican Socialist Movement has advocated in the past a
non-aggression pact as a mechanism to reduce tension between working
class interface areas in Belfast.

As republican socialists we take no pleasure in watching working
class communities at each other throats while the G&T set tut-tut in
their golf clubs of North Down at the antics of the lower classes!!!!

Unlike the middle classes our comrades and members live in these
interface areas and are active on the ground in defending working
class homes from sectarian attack. The INLA has assured us that they
will use any means necessary to defend working class homes from

But as a movement we also put forward political proposals to help
defuse tensions. The Non-Aggression Pact is one such proposal.

Let us clarify what it is not. It is not a pact between armed groups
It is not about carving up areas for political control. It is not
about cosying up to reaction or rewarding sectarian bitterness.

The Non Aggression Pact is about encouraging working class dialogue,
co-operation and breaking down barriers. It is about neighbours
reaching agreement between themselves without the fear of
manipulation by armed groups.

It is a bottom up approach within the control of the people at grass
roots level. It is the beginning of working class communities taking
control of their lives and the ending of their manipulation by thugs
bullyboys and political opportunists.

We appeal to community workers activists and trade unionists
particularly within unionist areas but also with nationalist areas to
shake off the grip of those manipulators who would deny you the right
to control your lives.

Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which we said,
institutionalises sectarianism, virulent naked sectarian hatred has
rampaged through the body politic.

The GFA has failed and it will collapse. No republican worthy of the
name should try to justify the results of the GFA. It has utterly
failed working class communities.

The NAP is at least one way for communities to have a breathing
space. It is the least they deserve. (Ard-Chomhairle)



Ard-Fheis applauds and supports the disciplined and defensive role of
the INLA in the defence of working class communities, especially in
North Belfast, from sectarian attack and reaffirms its support for
the INLA ceasefire. (Ard-Chomhairle) (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



Ard-Fheis believes that while it is correct to fight elections to
push forward our revolutionary agenda it would be a mistake to fight
next year's Assembly elections on the grounds that by so doing we
would be confirming legitimacy on an unstable sectarian and
fundamentally anti-democratic system of Government. (John Martin)



The IRSP declares its opposition to republicans ever taking seats on
the Northern Ireland Policing Board. The IRSP declare the police
force of the Six Counties to be irreformable, no matter what name,
uniform, or emblems it uses. (IRSCNA)



On Organising Our Work in the Trade Unions

We therefore resolve:

1. To organise our members in each union into a caucus/fraction, for
the purpose of bringing the comrades together, in meetings and
through other communications to plan our interventions and work.
These are working bodies and in no way replacements for the party's
internal structures.

2. That each caucus shall elect/appoint a convenor to call meetings,
to oversee the work, the building of our influence and membership,
under the direction of the party leadership.

3. A committee should be established consisting of the
caucus/fraction convenors and representatives of the leading bodies,
to develop the work of the party in the unions and the workers'
movement in general, under the direction of the leadership of the
party and in line with the decisions of party conferences.

4. That one member of the party leadership should be
elected/appointed to oversee the extension of our size and influence
in this decisive field on a full time basis. This union organiser to
have overall responsibility for the development of the work in
consultation with the caucus convenors and members, under the
direction of the party leadership. (Peadar Dubh)



Ard-Fheis recognising that there is a policing vacuum in working
class communities and this vacuum has come about due to different
reasons, not least, the total rejection by our communities of the
sectarian RUC/PSNI believes that it is imperative that working class
communities have an acceptable, inclusive and effective method of
resolving conflicts to the satisfaction of the local community.

Congress endorses a policy of engaging with local restorative justice
schemes where:

a) these schemes obviously enjoy the support of the local community.
b) the management and operation of a local CRJ scheme is seen to be
open, transparent and inclusive.  (Pol Little/John Martin)



Ard-Fheis formally adopts as policy, for the long term perspective,
adequate preventative measures necessary in combating the drug
epidemic that has devastated working class communities, preventative
policy measures to include:

(a) The setting up of a Drug Offenders Register for those convicted
of  possession of class A drugs with a street value of 10,000
Euros/Sterling or more, this measure would be based on the same
criteria attached to the sex offenders register which stipulates that
offenders must notify the authorities of a change of address which
then can be monitored.
(b) The necessity to include Drug Education as compulsory in all
Primary and Secondary schools as well as all Government funded job
training and creation schemes.
(c) The demand that all moneys confiscated by the Criminal Assets
Bureau should be redirected back into the communities most affected
by the scourge of drug abuse. (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



This Ard-Fheis recognises that "The Housing Miscellaneous Act (2002)"
is a draconian piece of legislation, which criminalises Travellers
for being Travellers. We also request that nationally, our membership
shows solidarity with Traveller organisations, who are opposed to
this piece of legislation. (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)(Strabane IRSP)



Ard-Fheis condemns the worlds drug companies and western governments
in their refusal to reduce the cost of drugs and treatment for
HIV/AIDS, which should be made freely available to help ease the
suffering of those millions who suffer from the escalating HIV/AIDS
crisis in the Third world. (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



Ard-Fheis endorses the erection of fitting memorial plaques in
local neighbourhoods by Teach Na Failte in honour of our fallen
comrades who lost their lives in the struggle for national liberation
and socialism, and call on all comrades to actively support such
schemes in their local communities. (Belfast IRSP)



Ard-Fheis supports the demands for affordable social housing to be
made available for all regardless of race, colour or creed.  Special
consideration to be given to the thousands of homeless people who
sleep on our streets of our towns and cities all over Ireland,
politically scapegoating ethnic and racial minorities is not the
answer. (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)




Ard-Fheis totally condemns the hypocritical stance of the Irish
Government who have failed to honour the will of the people who
supported the Good Friday Agreement by their refusal to release one
of the last qualifying prisoners, Dessie O'Hare, and instructs the
incoming Ard-Chomhairle to step up the campaign to secure the release
of INLA prisoner Dessie O'Hare. Ard-Fheis calls on the Party to
actively continue the campaigning work necessary in securing the
immediate release of our friend and comrade, qualifying
political prisoner Dessie O'Hare. Further more Ard-Fheis calls on the
Party to actively campaign on behalf of the Republican Socialist
Prisoners who are held in Portlaoise Gaol so that they be moved to
Castlerea (Co. Roscommon) so that the same parity of esteem, already
afforded to another republican group currently maintaining a cease-
fire, be extended to all Republican Socialist Prisoners.
(Costello/Gallagher Cumann) (Derry Cumann)



Ard-Fheis sends its revolutionary greetings of solidarity:

a) to all revolutionary Prisoners of War in Ireland and furthermore
this Ard-Fheis fully supports the ongoing campaigns for Segregation
in Maghaberry Prison and political status.
b) to all Political Prisoners of War around the world, imprisoned for
their continued resistance, demands a total amnesty of political
prisoners of war‚ of all countries and opposes the growing number
of isolation cells‚ and the continued repression and torture of
political prisoners of war in prisons throughout Europe. (Derry



Ard-Fheis demands the immediate release of the Communist Party of
Spain (Reconstructed) leadership from incarceration by the French
state for their revolutionary beliefs. (Derry Cumann)



Ard-Fheis adds our support to miscarriage of justice victim and
political activist Mark Barnsley, recently released on licence. In
doing so, the IRSP call on the Sheffield Crown Prosecution Service
(CPS) to hand over the all hidden evidence they have been unlawfully
holding as regards the case since Mark's wrongful imprisonment in
1994. (Derry Cumann)




Ard-Fheis sanctions the founding of a new international organisation
for the support of the IRSP as the leading force in the struggle for
a 32-county socialist republic, with the new organisation to be
called "The Federation of Irish Republican Socialist Committees
Abroad (FIRSCA)" and that the coordinator for the organisation be
selected by the incoming Ard-Chomhairle. That the new organisation
will absorb the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North
America as a component section and the members of the new
organisation will be granted the same rights extended to
the members of the IRSCNA at the 1998 Ard Fheis; with full members
having both the right to voice and vote at an IRSP Ard-Fheis, which
will secure their internal democratic rights while also subjecting
them to the IRSP's internal party discipline in return. That within
the new organisation, chapters will be formed on the basis of the
immediate metropolitan location of identified supporters without
concern for which nation they find themselves in. That full
membership, upon which extension of IRSP members' rights is
dependent, will be contingent upon successful completion of a
probation of not less than six months and the subsequent adherence to
the requirements of the internal discipline of the IRSP, subject to
Ard-Chomhairle approval. However, that associate membership will be
an alternative option, thereby enabling the IRSM to draw upon the
broadest possible pool of international support without compromising
itself in the process.(IRSCNA)



Ard-Fheis actively opposes all forms of imperialist aggression and
intervention in the latest war on terror‚ by use of our own
propaganda (posters, leaflets, party newspaper, etc.), street protests,
public meetings etc. and also that this Ard-Fheis voice our support
for our revolutionary working class militants against the continued
capitalist onslaught of their lands, from Bogotá to Bethlehem,
from Bilbao to Belfast. The IRSP declares its complete opposition to
the imperialist "War on Terrorism" being waged by the United States,
Britain, and their allies. The IRSP reiterate that Irish workers have
no stake in any war but the class war. (IRSCNA) (Derry Cumann)



a) supports the call for a unified non-sectarian State of Palestine,
for all those resident in what are presently referred to as "Israel"
and the "Palestinian National Authority".
b) supports the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to
self-determination. The IRSP reiterates its support for the
Palestinian national liberation struggle in general and within that
struggle supports the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
in particular, for the class-conscious leadership it provides to the
Palestinian working class. (IRSCNA) (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



Ard-Fheis supports the legitimate right of the Basque people in their
legitimate struggle to create an independent state. Ard-Fheis
denounces in the strongest possible terms the decision by the
Spanish state to criminalise the struggle for working class
self-determination and socialism, by outlawing popular and
progressive political and prisoner organisations. (Derry Cumann)
(Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



Ard-Fheis sends solidarity greetings to those courageous death
fasters in Turkey who are struggling against an oppressive prison
regime. (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



Ard-Fheis instructs the incoming Ard-Chomhairle to take steps to
ensure that the party has proper structures and mechanisms in place
to ensure that there is a strong element of accountability within the
Ard-Chomhairle and throughout the membership of the party and that
all tasks are carried out to the satisfaction of the IRSP. It should
also be noted that the full membership of the IRSP should at all
times be mindful of their responsibilities in relation to IRSP party
work. (Derry Cumann)



Ard-Fheis instructs the incoming Ard-Chomhairle to publish an
introductory pack for new members and prospective members of the
IRSP. This pack should include the constitution, code of conduct, a
rundown of what's expected of members of the party, etc. This pack
should also be issued to existing members of the IRSP.
(Derry Cumann)



Ard-Fheis recognises the pivotal role of the editorial staff of "The
Starry Plough" who have done tremendous work in ensuring that the
party paper is produced on a bi-monthly basis. To ensure the success
of  "The Starry Plough" it is necessary for a broad base of the
membership to contribute articles, on a regular basis.
(Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



Ard-Fheis recognises that the present economic system is based on
greed and profit for the few, is not caring, does not deliver the
goods, is unstable and wrong. We therefore call on this Ard-Fheis to
adopt as policy the following:


1) The nationalisation of all banks, with lower interest rates, and
an end to what is a rehashed laissez faire (monetarism) thus allowing
more governmental control over the economy.

2) The nationalisation of all major industry with no compensation to
the present private owners thus guaranteeing job security for workers.

3) Closure of pay differentials between higher and lower paid
workers. Tax increases to fund health, education, housing etc.

4) Higher corporation tax for what would be left of the private
sector. Again this money to go towards socially necessary projects.


1) Abolition of all private property.

2) A planned economy based on central and local economic planning for
the production of goods and services serving the needs of the
population and not the greed of a few entrepreneurs.

3) Workers ownership of the means of production, control and
exchange, which will provide goods, and services of the highest
quality. All elected persons in positions of responsibility will be
subject to recallable accountability. Abuse of position will not be

4) A complete end to the present system of wage slavery and the quasi
form of supply/demand.

5) A commitment to use value of goods and services as opposed to
exchange value. After all what is the exchange value of a hospital
bed compared to its use value?

6) An end to all forms corruption and profit. Ultimately the
democratically elected representatives of the workers councils and
area committees will be the chief arbitrators of domestic economic

7) Foreign economic policy will be directed by the democratically
elected and accountable revolutionary socialist/communist party of
governance. This will be done in consultation and, if necessary
negotiation with the leading representatives of the workers councils.

8) A recognition that the market economy is not, as we are constantly
told by our present rulers, the natural order but a synthetic organ
of the capitalist economic system. What is natural about booms (when
people are benevolently allowed to work providing they are
profitable) and slumps resulting in mass redundancies for the lucky
ones and sackings for the less fortunate? The latter state of affairs
resulting in poverty, homelessness, and often in extreme cases murder
in the household. (Costello/Gallagher Cumann)



Ard-Fheis formally recognises that the present system of government
is undemocratic in the sense that it represents the interests of a
tiny minority of the population, the landed classes and big business.
It is open to all forms of corruption and the system of government
known as liberal democracy is not democracy at all in its true sense.

This Ard-Fheis formally adopts as policy, for the long-term
ideological perspective, not a change of party in government but a
change of system of government through:

1) Democratically elected workers representatives to the factory,
office, hospital, farm, transport depot, etc. councils. Election of
these representatives could be based on the present system adopted by
many trade unions for the elections of shop stewards on a yearly
basis as a role model.

2) Any revolutionary assembly, parliament will consist only of
workers representatives delegated from the councils in order to
organise the proletariat as a class.

3) Recallable accountability for any elected representative who fails
to carry out his/her mandate with the council they represent.

4) The interests of the majority will normally supersede those of the
minority or individual after all debate has been exhausted and votes

5) The workers councils will have the power to expel the surviving
order of capitalist rule, the administration, judiciary, army officer
corps, senior civil servants and all surviving relics of the third

6) The workers councils (soviets) will have the authority to
confiscate all properties presently held by the capitalist class with
no compensation. These properties of the former Third Estate
(bourgeoisie) will be handed over for the common ownership,
distribution and benefit of the people.

7) The revolutionary form of socialism/communism government will
speak overtly for, and as part of, the working class.

8) This system of government will NOT be a class alliance of
bourgeoisie and proletariat. It will be a government of the working
class progressive elements of the petit bourgeoisie forging ahead to
a truly classless society on a 32 county basis.  The workers council
will guarantee security of tenure, regarding housing, to all.
(Costello/Gallagher Cumann)


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