New Left Review
Introduction to Cathal Goulding
For much of its existence the Irish Republican Army has lacked the sympathy or indeed the attention of socialists. In the period of the national liberation struggle in Ireland in the early ’twenties those who had managed to weld the military lessons of guerrilla struggle against the British with a revolutionary strategy perished in the prisons of the Irish Free State. With the death of Connolly in 1916 organized labour had retreated to economist manoeuvres. The tradition of Irish republicanism was upheld by a body of men zealous to regain the lost six counties, but careless of what kind of society a reunited Ireland should be.
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