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British Imperialism's Repression of the Irish Republican Socialist Party

The author is a QUB Political Science honours graduate, a political analyst and has written on a variety of related issues

A heavily armed MI5-tasked RUC TSG gang raiding a member’s home, terrifying their very young children

A heavily armed MI5-tasked RUC TSG gang raiding a member’s home, terrifying their very young children

To humanize this attempt to ‘take down’ a perfectly legal, registered political party and it’s a highly respected community charitable group, Teach na Failte, there appears near-daily appearances on local news programmes in the north of Ireland bizarrely depicting supposedly jovial, yet heavily armed RUC/PSNI stormtroopers grinning like apes as they woodenly interact with the latest bunch of quislings from once working-class community organisations prepared to support them uncritically.

A phalanx of MI5-tasked armored vehicles descend on the offices of the IRSP

A phalanx of MI5-tasked armored vehicles descend on the offices of the IRSP

After a decade with a new name, new uniforms, and of course newer, more lethal assault weapons the RUC/PSNI still functions as an imperialist counter-insurgency agency. Very much in the Kitson-model.


As to the qualitative change in policing in working-class areas of the north of Ireland, the RUC/PSNI still engage in widespread harassment of Republicans who have not bought into the Stormont mini-parliament or who have failed to sign-up for the thoroughly pacified community workers’ safe-list. A recent hard-hitting statement from the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) condemned the PSNI’s blatant political policing and it’s continuing harassment of working-class communities, especially in the north-west. Prophetically, an IRSP spokesperson stated:

“The PSNI’s abuse of the stop and search powers comes as no surprise to the IRSP, or any other republican in Strabane. In a 12 week period from April to June, the PSNI used their stop and search powers 756 times in the town turning the district into a mini police state.
This local statistic is only a small portion of the overall harassment of republicans opposed to the sectarian puppet executive sitting at Stormont”.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party policy is vehemently opposed to the British occupation of Ireland the neo-liberal EU superstate

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MI5-tasked storm troopersharassing IRSP community activists.

MI5-tasked storm troopersharassing IRSP community activists.

Unlike other nominally 'republican' parties who have quite blatantly endorsed Neo-Liberalism and taken the proverbial Queens Shilling and indeed the EU's Euro, in return for the power of patronage and ‘political respectability’. Irish Republican Socialists correctly view all police forces in both the North of Ireland Ireland and the twenty-six counties' GARDA as armed guardians of the Capitalist system and they are no protector of working-class people. Even in a unitary Capitalist Ireland, the police would fulfill the same role. James Connolly, the father of Irish Republican Socialism correctly identified the continued repressive role of a police force in Ireland which had not achieved the economic liberation of its proletariat. In Connolly’s 1899 article in the Workers Republic, entitled ‘Let Us Free Ireland’ he wrote:

“Whoop it up for liberty! After Ireland is free, says the patriot who won’t touch socialism, we will protect all classes, and if you won’t pay your rent you will be evicted same as now. But the evicting party, under command of the sheriff, will wear green uniforms and the Harp without the Crown, and the warrant turning you out on the roadside will be stamped with the arms of the Irish Republic!”

Despite this latest, policy-driven intense targeting of IRSP members, raiding supporters’ homes, community and party office offices, it would be folly for the latest ‘Viceroy’s plans to ever hope to put the party out of business. These ‘securocrats’, spooks, and their cabal have very poor knowledge of Irish Republican Socialism’s resilience in the face of much more concerted attacks.

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