The ‘Troubles’ – 1968-98

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The ‘Troubles’ – 1968-98

On this page I intend to post documents that have been produced since ‘The Troubles’ began again 1968 after just over 10 years of relative quiet in Northern Ireland. They come from a variety of sources, almost all pro-Republican, and I hope it will help to provide background material for those who seek to understand what has happened in the island that ‘has for long been half free, Six counties still under John Bull’s tyranny’.

The Struggle in Ireland, Special Paper, Revolutionary Socialist Students Federation, 1st May 1969, 8 pages.

Irish Liberation Press, Volume 1, Edition 1, 1970, 12 pages.

‘We cannot conceive of a free Ireland with a subject working class; we cannot conceive of a subject working class with a free Ireland.’ James Connolly

British Imperialism Out of Ireland!, Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), London, 1971, 14 pages.

Report on Special Powers Act of Northern Ireland, originally published 1936, reprinted 1972 by the National Council for Civil Liberties, London, 40 pages.

In the 1970s the IRA Speaks, Repsol pamphlet No. 3, Republican Education Publications, Dublin, 1973.

‘One of the most comprehensive statements released over the past decade on the aims, objectives and methods of the Irish republican Army.’

Sinn Fein, The Workers’ Party, Sectarianism Kills Workers, Birmingham, 1970s?, 4 pages.

The Aims and Objectives of Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party in the early 1970s.

Ireland – One Nation, Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), London, 1974, 16 pages.

Nuacht Naisiunta, 4th March 1974, Sinn Fein, Dublin, 1975, 4 pages.

The Littlejohn Memorandum, The true story of British and Irish Espionage Services active in Ireland to-day, Clann na hEireann, London, 1975, 20 pages.

The true story of British and Irish espionage services active in Ireland during the 1970s.

Culture and Revolution in Ireland, Eoin O Murchu, Repsol pamphlet No. 2, Republican Education Department, Dublin, 1971, 32 pages.

This paper was prepared for a series of educational conferences organised by the leadership of the Republican Movement. It does not pretend to be a final, definitive statement of the relation between culture and revolution. It is, however, an attempt to initiate discussion on this subject which has so largely been ignored by revolutionary thinkers in Ireland.

Death on the Streets of Derry, Tony Gifford QC, National Council for Civil Liberties, London, 1982, 28 pages.

This pamphlet focuses on 2 incidents in Derry in April 1981 when three young men lost their lives. On April 15 Paul Whitters (aged 15) was shot in the head by a plastic bullet and died 10 days later. On April 19th, Easter Sunday, Gary English (19) and James brown (18) were run over and killed by a Land Rover driven by a Lance Corporal in the British Army.

What Happened in Derry, Eamonn McCann, Socialist Worker, London, 1972, 16 pages.

A Trotskyite pamphlet about ‘Bloody Sunday’ (January 30th 1972) but useful in that it was written very soon after the event and therefore contains useful historical information.

The H Blocks, An indictment of British prison policy in the North of Ireland, Information on Ireland, Nottingham, 1981, 32 pages.

The British Government’s attempt to criminalise Republican activists.

They Shoot Children, The use of rubber and plastic bullets in the North of Ireland, Information on Ireland, Nottingham, 1982, 40 pages.

The use of rubber and plastic bullets by the British Army in Northern Ireland and the casualties suffered by the people in the Republican areas.

Plastic Bullets, Plastic Government, Deaths and Injuries by Plastic Bullets, Aug 1981 – Oct 1982, Denis Faul and Raymond Murray, International Tribunal, Belfast, 1982, 68 pages.

More information on the devastating effects of the use of ‘non-lethal’ plastic and rubber bullets against the Republican population of Northern Ireland.

The British Media and Ireland, Truth – the first casualty, Campaign for Free Speech on Ireland, London, 198?, 56 pages.

If you don’t know what is happening in Ireland you must have been watching British television, listening to British radio and reading the British press.

Ireland, Voices for Withdrawal, Information on Ireland, London, 1980?, 69 pages.

‘The moment the very name of Ireland is mentioned, the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling, common prudence and common sense, and to act with the barbarity of tyrants and the fatuity of idiots.’ Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

British Soldiers Speak Out on Ireland, Information on Ireland, London, 1980?, 32 pages.

In India and in Ireland

He’s held the people down,

While the robber English Gentlemen

Took pound and penny and crown

Belfast Bulletin No 8, The Churches in Ireland, Belfast Workers’ Research Unit, Belfast, Spring 1980, 64 pages.

Ireland, North and South, is one of the most religious countries in the world – perhaps the most religious country in the Western Christian world. And not only is it religious, but its own peculiar forms of Catholicism and Protestantism are among the most insular, fundamentalist and reactionary in existence.

Belfast Bulletin No 10, The Law in Northern Ireland, Belfast Workers’ Research Unit, Belfast, Spring 1982, 88 pages.

‘The law is the embodiment of the interests of various groups in society, the most influential one by far being the ruling class. Other groups in society, such as the working class, can struggle and have struggled against the powerful …. But the struggle of such groups to protect and advance their interests is a difficult and constant one.’

Cormac Strikes Back, Resistance cartoons from the North of Ireland, Information on Ireland, London, 1982, 116 pages.

The struggle for independence in Northern Ireland depicted in cartoons.

The Writings of Bobby Sands, Sein Fein, Dublin, 1981, 40 pages.

A collection of prison writings by H-block hunger striker Bobby Sands, IRA Volunteer and Westminster MP, with an introduction by fellow Republican Gerry Adams.

Falls Memories, Gerry Adams, Brandon, Dingle, 1982, 156 pages.

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