|Organisation:||Socialist Party of Ireland |
July - August 1976
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|Subjects:||Housing and Homelessness National Wages Agreements, 1970s|
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This issue of Advance from 1976 is, like the other copy in the Archive, a well produced document from the Socialist Party of Ireland, a relatively small orthodox Marxist formation which split from Official Sinn Féin in the early 1970s.
It covers a wide variety of topics from the then recent rejection of a national wage agreement by ICTU, unemployed marches. There is a focus on Tallaght and in international news it looks at ‘Argentina Communists [who] fight on’ and Cyprus.
On page 6 there is under the ‘Socialism’ column a report on a ‘new residential district at Berlin-Buch in the German Democratic Republic’ where ’48 of the flats were handed over to severely disabled people’ and the design of the interiors finalised with them. There’s another short piece on ‘Religious Freedom in the USSR’ and a photograph of the first Aeroflot jet to have ‘transited Shannon’ that year.
There is a Socialist Party statement on Squatting and the Housing Crisis and a short piece on ‘Unity and the Class Struggle’ where the party states:
The policy of the Socialist Party stated simply is: to organise the working class in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; to lead the struggle by the working class to win political power and at the same time to work with all democratic and anti-monopoly forces to win and retain democratic freedoms and to fight for maximum unity against nationalism and sectarianism.
The Socialist Party recognises the existing reality of the two states in Ireland. We see no useful purpose being served furthering divisions along the lines of ethnic or national origin and will work to bring about a consciousness in the working class of the main division of society - that is the class division between the capitalist class and the working class.
There is also a revealing snippet on page 2 under the Red Herring column where it notes:
Latest defection from the “United Ireland Socialist Republicanism” is the historian C Desmond Greaves. At a recent seminar he said ‘At least in in the 26 counties, the government structures which exist are independent and would allow for the establishment of socialism. Mind you. I am not saying you would find the going easy, but it would be possible.’ Thank you Mr. Greaves, we never expected it to be easy.