Fine Gael called this election and rubbed their hands with excitement. Full employment, Leo Varadkar looking great in dealings with Boris Johnson over Brexit, property incomes soaring. What could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything that can go wrong when you live in a champagne bubble and have no insight into the struggle of those […]
Left Politics Ireland
The Independent Left archive of features concerning political parties in Ireland, especially those concerned with left politics Ireland.
Election 2020: the view from Dublin Bay North
Nine days into the campaign, how does the picture look for Independent Left? When senior Fine Gael members took the decision to dissolve the Dáil on 14 January and began campaigning for a general election campaign they were feeling complacent. The other parties were looking towards a May date and were caught without election materials […]
The UK election of 12 December 2019: what can the left learn?
With the decisive victory of Boris Johnson over Jeremy Corbyn, the left needs to come to terms with what was a crushing defeat for a political agenda that on paper was much closer to a radical socialist one than anything that has been on offer to the UK electorate for decades. In the immediate aftermath […]
Fifty Years After the Birth of the modern Irish Republican Army
In Arundhati Roy’s 2011 Walking with the Comrades there is a moment where she recaps the stories of Ajitha and Laxmi, Maoist guerrillas in eastern India. They became fighters after the Salwa Judum, a state-supported militia, attacked their villages. The Judum came to Korseel, her village, and killed three people by drowning them in a […]
Councillor John Lyons on an Independent Left Canvass in Darndale
By Councillor John Lyons, Independent Left Independent Left were canvassing in Darndale today (31 July 2019). A great community but one faced with a couple of particularly difficult issues. I’ve promised to work with people in the times ahead to ensure that the community is a safe and peaceful place for everyone living, working, struggling […]