Our position on Ireland
Bulletin of the cdes in Britain, Nov-Dec. 1979
1974 article with a 1979 introduction written by Peter Taaffe.

We are re-publishing below an article first carried in the Bulletin in October 1974, firstly because the article is of historical interest and newer supporters should be familiarised with our position on this issue.

Secondly, the issues dealt with have re-surfaced because of the way we voted at the last [Labour] Party conference on a resolution from the sects calling for withdrawal of the troops.Read more here…..

Added 1st August '04: The Ceasefire - Guerrilla War offers no way forwardMilitant Irish Monthly No. 33, March-April 1975
The declaration by the Provisional IRA of an open ended ceasefire can but be welcomed by every activist with the Labour and Trade Union movement in Britain and Ireland.

'Terrorist' Laws - not just for republicans -

Militant Irish Monthly, Issue 33, March -April 1975


Arrest without charge. Imprisonment for up to a week without charge or trial. Deportation and detention on hearsay evidence. Extended powers of arrest and search for the police. Power to ban any organisations resting in the hands of the Home Secretary. This is the reality in present day Britain since the passing of the 'emergency' legislation on November 28th 1974. Read more here...

1969 - 'Civil Rights' movement needed socialist programme - By Peter Taaffe, Militant Irish Monthly, no 35, July-Aug 1975

Socialist Party archives for 1974-5

Our landmark for this perid was the establishment of the growth of Marxism in Ireland in so far as the Irish members of the Militant formally seperated from the British comrades to form the Irish Section of the Committee for a Workers International. In the initial period of activity in Ireland there were so few comrades here that it would have been false to pretend that an Irish group was viable before 1974.

Major political events in these years were......



September 1969 paper

Northern Ireland: For a United Workers Defence Force

· Withdraw British Troops
· Disband B Specials and police thugs
· For jobs, schools, homes, take over monopolies
· Catholic and Protestant workers fight for a United Socialist Ireland

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Ramparts 2
1969 leaflet 2