Tag: IRA

40 years since the end of Hunger Strikes: How state repression could be fought

The hunger strikes of 1980-81 and the events preceding them, was one of the many horrific chapters in the Troubles, and arguably helped create a new spiral of conflict and violence lasting for more than a decade. The Thatcher government’s decision to allow ten prisoners to slowly starve themselves to […]

50 years since internment – what did Marxists say?

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of Operation Demetrius and the start of internment without trial, introduced by the reactionary Unionist government at Stormont and the British state. This brutal repressive action saw hundreds of innocent, working-class people rounded up across Northern Ireland by the British army and jailed in a matter of days. 

Kingsmill Massacre – Forty Years On

Kingsmill Massacre – Forty Years On By Michael Cleary Early January marked the fortieth anniversary of some of the most horrific killings of the Troubles. On January 5th 1976, six Catholics-three Reavey brothers and three members of the O’Dowd family – were murdered by the Glenanne gang in south Armagh. […]

Review: “The Provisional IRA”

Reviewed by Ciaran Mulholland “The Provisional IRA: from insurrection to parliament” by Tommy McKearney looks in detail at the IRA’s development. In Northern Ireland, the Provisional IRA was a central force from the 1970s onwards in what is euphemistically known as ‘The Troubles’. Thousands of books have been written about […]