by Philip Ferguson (2005)
The article below first appeared in the British Weekly Worker, May 5, 2005; the only change is that I’ve added brief mention of some groups on the British left who did campaign around Ireland, fixing a few typos and some very minor points of clarification. For a more in-depth exploration of the rightward shift of the Provisionals, read Liam’s three-part history of them.
In Weekly Worker, April 21, my socialist-republican comrade Liam O Ruairc outlined major developments in the degeneration of the Republican Movement (Sinn Fein and the IRA) into constitutional nationalism. As a former Sinn Fein activist, including being a full-time organiser for several years, I’d like to add to the picture by looking at some of the internal developments and disputes, the external context in Ireland and globally and the role of the British left in this degeneration.
I joined Sinn Fein…
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