Communist Party of Ireland
Irish Name:Páirtí Cumannach na hÉireann
Years Active:1933
Other Names:Revolutionary Workers' Groups  (19301933) … Precursor
Groups & Sections:New Books Publications  … Publishing Imprint
Documents in Archive:13
Publications:Irish Socialist Review, Irish Socialist
International Affiliations:Communist International  (19301941)
International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties  (2003)
Related Organisations: Communist Party of Northern Ireland, Connolly Youth Movement, Irish Marxist Society, Irish Workers' Party
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The present-day CPI was founded in 1933 by the Revolutionary Workers’ Groups. In 1941 the part of the party in the south of Ireland suspended its activities, while in the north it continued to operate under the name Communist Party of Northern Ireland. The party was re-established in the South in 1948 under the name Irish Workers’ League, which changed its name in 1962 to Irish Workers’ Party. The two sections reunited as the Communist Party of Ireland in 1970.


Other names, groups or sections

  • New Books Publications

    New Books was the name of the bookshop run by the Communist Party of Ireland in Dublin, through which several publications and pamphlets were produced under the New Books Publications imprint. The bookshop was renamed Connolly Books in 1989.

  • Revolutionary Workers' Groups

    The Revolutionary Workers’ Groups were founded in 1930 and led to the foundation of the Communist Party of Ireland in 1933.

  • Identifiers

    Communist Party of Ireland
    WikipediaCommunist Party of Ireland 
    Revolutionary Workers' Groups
    WikipediaRevolutionary Workers' Groups 


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    Related Material

    Items about Communist Party of Ireland.


    External Resources

    Election Literature & Leaflets

    Irish Election Literature

    A number of leaflets and documents from the party and individual candidates.

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