- Sean Mitchell: Rediscovering the Road Less Travelled: Lessons of Gerry Carroll's Election Victory
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 10, jun 14 – side 44
Note: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.
‘I am not a Nationalist or a Unionist; I Am a Socialist.’ This was the plain and unadorned phrase that newly elected Belfast city councillor Gerry Carroll used to announce his arrival on the political scene. Its innate message was clear: the long and protracted isolation of the radical Left in Belfast is now over.
- Stewart Smyth: Privatising the anomaly – public housing in Northern Ireland
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 6, jun 13 – side 45
Note: For over four decades the delivery of public housing in Northern Ireland had been little changed, with one unified public housing provider across the six counties.
- Colm Bryce: Back to the Armed Struggle? The Dissidents Analysed
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 5, mar 13 – side 25
Note: On a gable wall at the top of Westland Street, in the Bogside in Derry, a billboard was erected in 2009, shortly after Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness denounced the republicans who had just killed police officer Stephen Carroll in Craigavon as ‘traitors to the island of Ireland’. Illustrated with a photo of an armed British soldier, it reads: Those who administer British rule are traitors. They haven’t gone away you know Iraq, Afghanistan, Ireland.
- Goretti Horgan: The State of Loyalism
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 5, mar 13 – side 46
Note: Anyone visiting the North of Ireland these days cannot drive through any city, town or hamlet there without finding part or all of it bedecked with massive union flags. From December 2012 into the early months of 2013, to the time of writing, Belfast and all of the North has seen almost daily protests about the union flag, some ending in riots; all featuring vicious sectarianism on the streets.
- John Lyons: 100 Years of the Ulster Covenant
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 4, dec 12 – side 66
Note: The years 2012-2022 will be a decade of commemorations, as the centenary anniversaries of some of the defining events of twentieth century Irish history are remembered, celebrated, re-analysed and revised: from the all out class warfare of the Dublin Lock-out of 1913; the First World War 1914-1918; the Easter Rising and the slaughter on the Somme in 1916; to the outbreak of the War of Independence in 1917; through to the partitioning of the island of Ireland and the establishment of two states, north and south, in the early 1920s.
- Brian Kelly: Neoliberal Belfast: Disaster Ahead?
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 44
Note: Buried beneath the hype surrounding the launch of Belfast’s ‘Titanic Signature Project’ in mid-April was a small detail that managed to get a brief airing in Belfast’s council chambers a few weeks later: working-class communities across the city had ‘missed out on the dividend’ arising from the project, which failed to meet even the minimal ‘social responsibility’ goals that the city had set in exchange for fast-tracking the project through planning and handing over 10m in ratepayer’s money.
- Simon Basketter: Bobby Sands: ‘Our revenge will be the laughter of our children’
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 8
Note: Simon Basketter looks at the life of Bobby Sands, a Republican who died in prison after a hunger strike that won support around the world and challenged the dominant view of “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
- Simon Basketter: Northern Ireland: Scandal of sectarianism
Socialist Worker nr. 2184, jan 10 – side 6
Note: Peter Robinson, the first minister of Northern Ireland, has resigned – temporarily, he claims. His wife Iris Robinson, a Northern Ireland Assembly member and MP, admitted an affair with a 19 year old.
- Goretti Horgan: Letter from ...: Northern Ireland
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 9
Note: Attacks on Roma families have shocked many, but politicians must shoulder much of the blame.
- Gordon Hewitt: Belfast: Community unites to resist attacks on Roma
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 – side 5
Note: The simmering sectarianism that dominates Northern Ireland boiled over last week as a series of racist attacks forced more than 100 members of the Roma community out of their homes in Belfast.
- Belfast Visteon workers discuss the deal (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09
Note: Ford-Visteon workers in Belfast have been occupying their plant for over five weeks after they were sacked with no notice and no redundancy pay at the end of March.
- Judith Orr: Northern Ireland
Socialist Review nr. 335, apr 09 – side 5
Note: When Barack Obama announced George Mitchell as his "peace envoy" in the Middle East there was praise for his choice of the "peacebroker" of Northern Ireland (NI). Yet only two months later the peace was shattered when two British soldiers and then a police officer were killed by Republican groups.
- New Derry protest against Raytheon's complicity in Israel's war crimes (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09
Note: Nine women protested in Derry, Northern Ireland, to stop Raytheon selling military components to Israel.
- Derry occupation gets results
Socialist Worker nr. 2130, dec 08 – side 5
Note: Workers at Calcast in Derry, Northern Ireland, have won better redundancy pay after occupying their factory. The plant makes parts for Ford. Some 90 redundancies were announced there.
- Goretti Horgan: Abortion: is this the moment?
Socialist Review nr. 328, sep 08 – side 5
Note: Imagine living where the prime minister believes in creationism, the chair of your parliament's health committee believes "it is the duty of government to implement god's law" and the chair of the education committee calls for creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes. That place is Northern Ireland (NI).
- Raytheon 9 found not guilty (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2105, jun 08
Note: The Raytheon 9 have been found not guilty of all charges of criminal damage in a unanimous verdict. The nine anti-war protesters, including campaigning journalist Eamonn McCann, occupied and shut down the Derry offices of Raytheon, the fifth biggest arms manufacturer in the world, on Wednesday 9 August 2006.
- Raytheon 9 Trial: Anti-war campaigners on trial for ‘crime’ of solidarity
Socialist Worker nr. 2103, maj 08 – side 2
Note: As Israeli forces were pounding Lebanon in the summer of 2006, nine anti-war activists in Northern Ireland occupied the offices of arms company Raytheon Systems Limited – the UK subsidiary of the US company Raytheon.
- Raytheon Nine trial set to start
Socialist Worker nr. 2102, maj 08 – side 2
Note: The trial of the “Raytheon Nine” anti-war activists is set to start this week in Belfast, and last for up to six weeks.
- Kevin Devine: Reviews – Books: Ed Moloney: Paisley
Socialist Review nr. 325, maj 08 – side 27
Note: This book is the one of the best places to start when it comes to an assessment of the role in the Northern Ireland peace process of both Ian Paisley and his former deputy, Peter Robinson – who has just replaced Paisley as first minister.
- Simon Basketter: New evidence: the reality of detention without trial in Northern Ireland
Socialist Worker nr. 2079, dec 07 – side 6
Note: A secret army document reveals brutality of internment by the British state
- Goretti Horgan: Abortion in Northern Ireland: Access denied
Socialist Worker nr. 2075, nov 07 – side 13
Note: The 1967 Abortion Act does not apply to Northern Ireland. We need to pressure parliament to extend it, argues Goretti Horgan.
- Simon Basketter: The inside story of British death squads in Northern Ireland
Socialist Worker nr. 2063, aug 07 – side 8
Note: British military operations have ended in Northern Ireland. Simon Basketter reveals how a campaign to terrorise Catholics was orchestrated by military intelligence.
- Chris Bambery: The British army’s campaign against Catholics in Northern Ireland
Socialist Worker nr. 2063, aug 07 – side 9
Note: The British army ceased active duty on the streets of Northern Ireland last week – 38 years after they first arrived in Belfast and Derry. This was called Operation Banner.
- Simon Basketter: Northern Ireland: 1907 Belfast strike showed the power to end the sectarian divide
Socialist Worker nr. 2051, maj 07 – side 13
Note: The 1907 Belfast strike wave showed the possiblity of unity between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, writes Simon Basketter
- Kieran Allen: Northern Ireland: The death of radical republicanism
International Socialism Journal nr. 114, apr 07 – side 51
Note: Under the most moderate slogan ‘One Man, One Vote’, a civil rights movement exploded onto the streets of Derry and Belfast in the late 1960s. Its inspiration was the black civil rights movement in America and its focus was the mistreatment of the Catholic population.
- Goretti Horgan: Northern Ireland's new troubles: The privatisation of peace
International Socialism Journal nr. 114, apr 07 – side 56
Note: Across the world, where there is conflict or catastrophe, imperialism brings privatisation to help ‘reconstruct’ the country. Naomi Klein calls it ‘disaster capitalism’.
- Jan Hoby: Film: Bloody Sunday! Staten – morder i uniform
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 221, nov 03 – side 9
Note: Den 30. januar 1972 åbnede britiske faldskærmssoldater dødelig ild mod ubevæbnede og fredelige demonstratner i alle aldre i Bogside, Derry, Irland.
- Hazel Croft: Ireland: Mandelson's monsters
Socialist Review nr. 242, jun 00 – side 4
- Northern Ireland's new Executive: It is time for class politics
Socialist Worker nr. 1675, dec 99
Note: THE NEW Assembly in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by nearly everyone except a tiny minority of hardline Unionists gathered around Ian Paisley. Millions of people are hoping the new Assembly will mean the dawn of a new era of peace in Northern Ireland.
- K Nielsen: Nordirland: Enige arbejdere en forudsætning for fred
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 178, dec 99 – side 4
Note: Den 2. nov. fik nordirerne igen selvstyre efter 27 års engelsk besættelse.
- Jørn Andersen: Fred i Nordirland?
Socialistisk Revy nr. 4, maj 98 – side 8
Note: Fredstalen i Nordirland skal til folkeafstemning den 22. maj, men vil formentlig blive vedtaget med stort flertal. Hermed er der chance for en afslutning af den krigstilstand, der har domineret det nordirske samfund i 30 år.
- Charlie Lywood: Skrøbelig fred i Nordirland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 101, mar 94 – side 7
Note: Storbritannien og Irland forhandler om en løsning på det nordirske problem. Men deres løsning har intet at tilbyde den fattige, nordirske arbejderklasse.
- Eamonn McCann: The roots of revolt (Derry 1968)
Socialist Review nr. 114, nov 88 – side 17
Note: On 5 October 1968 an apparently small and unimportant civil rights march took place in the city of Derry. The march led by small numbers of socialists and Republicans proved to be the spark that set Northern Ireland alight.
Twenty years on Eamonn McCann, one of the leaders of the march, analyses the beginning of the struggle and its consequenses.
- Jason Meyler: Nordirland: Tropperne skal ud
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 25, dec 86 – side 2
Note: Sidste måneds landsmøde i det irske nationalistparti Sinn Fein viste, at modstanden mod den nordirske stat og de britiske besættelsestropper ikke er knust.
- Chris Bambery: Some notes on Northern Ireland a year after the Hunger Strikes
International Socialism Journal nr. 16, mar 82 – side 89
Note: One year after the second H-Block Hunger Strike reached its bitter climax with the death of Bobby Sands, the memory of the 10 dead Hunger Strikers has cast a dark shadow over the Catholic ghettoes of Northern Ireland. The mass demonstrations lie in the past as does the belief of 12 months ago that surely Britain’s days in Ireland were now numbered.
- Mike Miller: Notes of the Month: Towards the Orange State
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 79, jun 75 – side 4
Note: ‘Our job is to reconstruct the institutions of this state’. David Trimble, UUUC Convention member, South Belfast. ‘Any new government of Northern Ireland must possess powers equal to those of our former government.’ Herbert Heslip, UUUC Convention member, South Down. ‘UUUC Victory. Return to Stormont.’ Headline in Paisley’s Protestant Telegraph.
- Sean Tracy: Survey: Ireland
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 37, jun 69 – side 8
Note: The resignation of O’Neill is unlikely to affect the underlying drift to semi-civil war conditions in Northern Ireland. Chichester-Clarke represents a further important concession by the official Unionist party machine to the growing power of the Paisleyites.
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