Years Active:19652003
Other Names:The Internationalists  (19651969)
Irish Communist Movement (Marxist-Leninist)  (19691972)
Groups & Sections:Dublin H-Block Armagh Committee  … Close Association
Communist Youth Union of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)  … Youth Organisation
Democratic Student Front  (1973) … Close Association
Documents in Archive:22
Publications:Workers' and Unemployed News, The Spirit of Freedom, Red Patriot, Marxist-Leninist Weekly, Marxist-Leninist Journal
Related Collection:The Hunger Strikes
Article:The Internationalists/Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), Part One: 1965-1970
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The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) originated as The Internationalists in Trinity College Dublin in 1965, founded by Hardial Bains. It was an anti-revisionist party, initially Maoist and later supporting Albanian leader Enver Hoxha following the Sino-Albanian split. The party was officiallly dissolved in 2003, following a long period of inactivity.

Other names, groups or sections

Communist Youth Union of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)

The Communist Youth Union of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) was the youth section of the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist).

Democratic Student Front

Democratic Student Front was established by the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) in April 1973 in order to contest elections to the Student Representative Council in Trinity College Dublin.


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The Internationalists/Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), Part One: 1965-1970

From The Irish Left Open History Project

When The Internationalists were first set up in Trinity College Dublin in November 1965, it was not as a fully-formed Marxist-Leninist party, but ‘as an exercise in better staff-student relations.’ 1 Prominent among the initial group was Hardial Bains, a lecturer in bacteriology who was originally from India, but who had left for Canada in 1959 and had completed his post-graduate studies in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. Bains was a former member of the Communist Party of India, having resigned in protest at the party’s endorsement of Khrushchev’s criticisms of Stalin. In March 1963 he founded a political group in Vancouver which was called The Internationalists (later the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), and while the November 1965 TCD group may not have been exactly an Irish version at this stage, the choice of name suggests Bains’ strong input from the start.

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Irish Election Literature

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