Glad to add this to the series of articles pointing out the hypocrisy of the (until now) main Irish political parties in criticising SF for its paramilitary history (shared by ALL the main irish parties). Thanks to Sionnach Fionn for this from nine years ago and to Jim Monaghan for bringing it to my attention.
Éamon Gilmore and Proinsias de Rossa flank their then Workers Party boss, Tomás Mac Giolla, a former leader of the Official IRA, 1987. Both became senior members of the Irish Labour Party in the 1990s-2000s
The hijacking of the leadership of the Irish Labour Party by
Official Sinn Féin / Official IRA Sinn Féin the Workers Party / Official IRA the Workers Party / Official IRA / Group BDemocratic Left in the 1990s is one of the great putsches of Irish political history. The sequence of events are clear enough. By the mid-to-late 1960s the higher echelons of Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Army had come under the influence of would-be communist revolutionaries more concerned with liberating the global working classes than the Irish communities in the UK-ruled north-east of Ireland. The fact that the working classes of the world weren’t all that sanguine about the glories of communist liberation and that Irish citizens living in the north of the country were rather more concerned about being…
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