Irish Socialist Review, No. 1
Date:1970
Organisation:Communist Party of Ireland
Publication:Irish Socialist Review
Issue:Number 1
Contributors:Joseph Deasy, Sam Nolan, A. Raftery (see Paddy Carmody), James Stewart, Michael O'Riordan
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

30th October 2017

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

This is a fascinating document, the very first issue of Socialist Review from the Communist Party of Ireland. It promotes itself as the Lenin Centenary Edition but the editorial eschews mention of him and instead focusing on the recent unity resolution of the Irish Workers Party and the Communist Party of Northern Ireland to come together as the CPI. It argues that:

At a time when among the Left forces there is far too much in-fighting, division and quarrelling about questions not immediately essential, the Irish Communists have shown the leadership and political duty of the day by endorsing a united policy in the struggle against capitalism and imperialism.

Oddly there is no mention of the conflict in the North.

The rest of the publication contains pieces on Lenin: His Life and Achievement, On the National Question by Sam Nolan, Lenin on Ireland, How Imperialism Rules Now by A Raftery, Lenin on the rule of the People and Lenin’s Kind of Party. There’s also a piece by a Soviet Historian on Connolly. All told a very polished publication.

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