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Archive for November, 2009

LIGHTS OF THE CITY

It’s 2pm on a Sunday afternoon and I’m standing in the Croppies’ Acre in Dublin. Down the street the SWP are holding a conference in the Aishling hotel where Wittgenstein stayed in ‘48 after he came off the train at Heuston. It’s been raining all day but there’s a break in the weather and the […]

 
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[Joe Deasy giving a speech in Middle Abbey Street, c.1965.]
The following clip is from an interview with Joe Deasy, who was born in 1922 and who met and worked with Jim Larkin Snr in the 1940s. Both were Labour councillors on Dublin Corporation. Joe would later leave the Labour party and join the Irish […]

 
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In September 2009 I interviewed John Throne about his own history, as well as the Irish left and working class. We talked for about two hours and after I had stopped recording, I asked John would it be ok to ask him about his expulsion from the Committee for a Workers’ International. He said yes, […]

 
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Sherry Linkon is co-director of the Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University. Here she is talking about definitions of working class, class identity, and the experience of working class students in academia. she was speaking to the Working Class Student Union which is based at the University of Wisconsin.
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[League for a Workers’ Republic, After the Election 1977, available here. (1.92MB)]
According to D.R. O’Connor Lysaght in his Early History of Irish Trotskyism, the League for a Workers Republic was formed in March 1968. Those involved in its foundation included Sean Matgamna, Peter Graham, Paddy Healy, and Liam Daltun. It arose out of a split […]

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Invitation to launch of new ISN pamphlet
“A force for progress? Five myths about the European Union”
Connolly Books, 5.30pm, Tuesday November 17th
Speaker: Harry Browne
As the recent referendum on the Lisbon Treaty reminded us, the European Union has sharply divided opinion on the Left in Ireland and elsewhere. In general, liberals and social democrats have […]

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Aisling Ryan from Sligo got in touch and asked us to highlight a campaign that is under way there to prevent O’Connell Street being ‘depedestrianised’, that is opened to traffic.
Note to Aisling, although the name on the top is Dublin Opinion, the internet doesn’t have county boundaries. Good luck with the campaign.
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