[Marxism] RE: Northern Ireland Beyond the Troubles

Danielle Ni Dhighe danielle at irsm.org
Sat Feb 21 20:10:10 MST 2004


At 08:59 AM 2/21/2004, Calvin Broadbent wrote:
 >In this situation, was there any possibility of appeal
 >to protestant workers, as Hadden seems to suggest in his
 >work?

The fact that a small number of Protestants were members of the Official 
Republican Movement at the time would suggest that at least some could be 
appealed to.  A far larger number of Protestant workers were members or 
supporters of loyalist armed groups.

I don't think the national or class questions could be put aside until such 
time as the majority of Protestant workers became conscious of them, which 
is essentially what people like Hadden are suggesting (and what Official 
Sinn Fein/The Workers Party later adopted as its position).  It's the same 
as suggesting that the Palestinian struggle be put aside until Israeli 
workers join them in struggle.

 >In the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland, the methods
 >practiced by the Provisionals were doubly foolish. The campaign was
 >based on the minority Catholic community and completely repelled the
 >Protestants.

Hadden ignores that the Provisional IRA was born out of a legitimate need 
to defend working class nationalists from loyalist attacks.  He's more 
concerned about Protestants being repelled by republican actions than by 
the reality that republicans were defending their communities from 
Protestant workers in the grip of a reactionary ideology.

Connolly was correct ïn 194 when he said partition "would mean a carnival 
of reaction both North and South, would set back the wheels of progress, 
would destroy the oncoming unity of the Irish Labour movement and paralyse 
all advanced movements whilst it endured."

Danielle Ni Dhighe
Prisoner Welfare Officer & Puget Sound Chapter Contact
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
danielle at irsm.org - http://www.irsm.org/irsm.html






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