[Marxism] The IRA Constitutional and Governmental Programme for the Republic 1933

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Sun May 26 20:43:08 MDT 2019

*n the later 1920s and early 1930s, with Moss Twomey as chief-of-staff and
figures such as Peader O’Donnell, Frank Ryan, Michael Price, David
Fitzgerald and George Gilmore in the leadership, and in the context of the
Great Depression and the ruthless right-wing economics of the ruling Free
State party Cumann na nGaedheal, the IRA moved developed clearly
leftwards.  It initiated a left-wing party, Saor Eire in 1931.  It was
viciously denounced as “communist” by the Catholic hierarchy and banned by
the repressive Free State regime.  There were also differences in the IRA,
as the rightist elements were uncomfortable at SE’s radical social
programme and did not like the idea of standing up to the Catholic
hierarchy on social issues.  SE lasted only a matter of months. *

*The IRA then abandoned trying to build a political formation and simply
continued as a military-political organisation.  In 1933 it adopted the
programme below.*


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