Below are two parts of an interview conducted with John McCusker, a leading figure in the Irish socialist-republican movement, éirígí. The interview was conducted in Belfast by Alan Meban, who was a very fair interviewer although he doesn’t agree with the politics of éirígí.
While the interview is now nearly five years old, we think it is still informative about the politics of the encouraging developments represented by éirígí. Since this interview, the organisation has gone on to play leading roles in campaigns against the household tax and the water tax, as well as the rip-off of natural resources by Shell on the west coast of Ireland.
In the first part of the interview, John talks about what éirígí stands for and what differentiates it from, on the one hand, other republican currents, and, on the other hand, the groups that describe themselves as only socialist:
In the second part, John talks about militarism and policing:
For the éirígí document From Socialism Alone Can the Salvation of Ireland Come, see here.
For the text of an excellent interview a Basque journal, Ekaitza, did with éirígí general-secretary Brendan Mac Cionnaith, see Ireland: the class struggle is the source of the national struggle.
For our own interview with éirígí chairperson Brian Leeson, see Building an Alternative Movement in Ireland.
For an example of agitational speeches by leaders of éirígí at protests in Ireland, below is one of the party’s most well-known figures, Louise Minihan, speaking at a mass protest outside 2012’s Fine Gael national conference – the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government has been imposing extreme austerity measures on the working class. Louise’s speech is very relevant to NZ today. It’s particularly interesting to see the enthusiastic response Louise gets from this gathering of thousands of workers for her call for the removal of the existing top union leadership and for a labour movement on the class-struggle principles of James Connolly:
And here is an éirígí protest in Belfast against state attempts to normalise the British army presence in the six counties, a presence which is totally ignored by ‘socialist’ groups who find it more to their liking to take up much safer issues.
One way that you can help support éirígí is by buying posters, calendars, books, key rings, engravings etc from their on-line shop. See here.
Several members of the Redline blog collective are also members of Clann éirígí and involved in events here in New Zealand around the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Ireland. See here.