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    Breaking the Chains: Pamphlet Launch


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    PUBLIC EVENT.

    Breaking the Chains is an interesting and thought provoking pamphlet put together in 1981. It sets out to put the works of Connolly together into one coherent pamphlet and analyze, connect and sometimes scrutinize them. It was put together as an analysis and a method to highlight that women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

    Today, the pamphlet is ever more pertinent as it again re-emphasizes the necesary role of women in struggle for a better world and ultimately a Socialist world.

    Launching the pamphlet in Cork will be one of the authors and national chairperson of the Communist Party of Ireland, Lynda Walker.
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    The pamphlet would benefit from some punctuation
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    PUBLIC EVENT.

    Breaking the Chains is an interesting and thought provoking pamphlet put together in 1981. It sets out to put the works of Connolly together into one coherent pamphlet and analyze, connect and sometimes scrutinize them. It was put together as an analysis and a method to highlight that women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

    Today, the pamphlet is ever more pertinent as it again re-emphasizes the necesary role of women in struggle for a better world and ultimately a Socialist world.

    Launching the pamphlet in Cork will be one of the authors and national chairperson of the Communist Party of Ireland, Lynda Walker.
    Oh, the irony .... women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

    Of course, it has to be remembered that there were NO rights issues for women (or children or men) in the 26 counties .....
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    Connolly and the detention of Mary Ellen Murphy

    Unlike Marx, Lenin and Trotsky, Connolly did not regard the family and sexual freedom as areas of socialist concern.
    Although he argued frequently against individual bishops and priests, Connolly did not see the Catholic church for what it had become: a defender of capitalism. Although a materialist, he believed religion belonged to the realm of the unknowable or was a product of our ignorance of nature. This, together with his belief that the Catholic church would not oppose a socialist movement that looked like winning, led him to argue that socialists should ignore the question of religion altogether. His Irish Socialist Republican Party (ISRP) 'prohibits the discussion of theological or anti-theological questions at meetings, public or private'.41 He forbade discussion within the party of all questions relating not only to religion, but also to sexual relationships. Connolly's total exclusion of these questions 'sprang from the same theoretical source: namely that working class consciousness would passively reflect economic conditions and move spontaneously to socialism'.42 The limitations of Connolly's Marxism--his syndicalism--influenced the Irish left generally, severely undermining the ability of Irish workers to defend their own interests. The result was that socialists made more and more concessions to Catholicism. During the election of 1900 Connolly proposed that all ISRP members should attend mass!
    This failure to challenge the church's view of women and sexuality weakened the ability of workers to defend their economic position. A case in point is the Magdalen Laundries. They were, in essence, sweatshops served by the slave labour of the women imprisoned there without trial or release date. During the 1913 Dublin Lockout one of the strikers, Mary Ellen Murphy, was sentenced to one month in custody for 'assaulting one of the girls employed by Messrs Jacobs by giving her a box on the face and calling her a "scab".'43 Because she was only 15 she could not be put in Mountjoy jail with the other strikers. Instead she was committed to High Park Convent in Drumcondra, where the nuns ran an Industrial School and Magdalen institution on the same site.
    In demanding Mary Ellen Murphy's release, both Connolly and Larkin used the language of priests and bishops against the women of the Magdalen institution. Instead of railing against the use of slave labour, with its inevitable undercutting of wage rates for workers in commercial laundries, they complained that Mary Ellen would be forced to mix there with 'fallen women'. Connolly said that 'when that girl was sent into that institution her character was foully besmirched and a damnable outrage committed'. He answered criticisms from the employers that he was exaggerating when he said the girl was in a 'home for fallen women':
    ...the girls of the reformatory were in the same chapel with the fallen women and in view of them, a partition only dividing them...she was not forgotten by her friends, though the hell hounds of the capitalist system were trying to blacken her character. 44
    In portraying the women of the Magdalen Laundries as outcasts from the working class, instead of as the most oppressed of that class, Connolly failed to oppose the church in its mission to support capitalism in its exploitation of workers. This became clearer after Connolly's death when the Magdalen institutions started to bid for work traditionally done by commercial laundries. Time and again the leadership of the Irish Women Workers' Union complained that employers looked for cuts in wages and for longer hours without compensation. The employers argued that they could not pay their workers a living wage and compete with the institutional laundries. In the middle of the Second World War, when there should have been plenty of work, the IWWU had to write to the heads of the Magdalen Laundries urging them not to take work away from the commercial operations. While two Reverend Mothers had 'friendly but inconclusive' talks with the IWWU, others did not even reply to the union's letters. In April 1941 Bloomfield Laundry lost a military contract to the Donnybrook Magdalen Laundry and 25 women at Bloomfield were laid off.45

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    Originally Posted by Cruimh
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    Oh, the irony .... women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

    Of course, it has to be remembered that there were NO rights issues for women (or children or men) in the 26 counties .....
    I don't think that was Connolly's fault.

    One of the things that always struck me about Connolly was what a sane, happy and balanced attitude he seems to have had to women - especially compared to many of the social norms of his time. His daughter's biography of him makes it clear what a wonderful dad he was for a girl of that time.

    But then he was a Wobbly, and his experiences in America had broadened his mind a great deal compared to many of his fellow 1916 "revolutionaries."
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    Its amazing that with all the exploitation going on in the Magdalen's of the girls inside

    - no one else seemed to have noticed it

    Not even James Connolly!
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    Originally Posted by Cruimh
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    Connolly and the detention of Mary Ellen Murphy




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    I don't think that was Connolly's fault.

    One of the things that always struck me about Connolly was what a sane, happy and balanced attitude he seems to have had to women - especially compared to many of the social norms of his time. His daughter's biography of him makes it clear what a wonderful dad he was for a girl of that time.

    But then he was a Wobbly, and his experiences in America had broadened his mind a great deal compared to many of his fellow 1916 "revolutionaries."
    A useful post on James Connolly, sullied bv the fact it cites Goretti Horgan, who hangs aroun with Londonderry reprobate Eamonn McCann and who, like him, believes, prostitutes, people who suck dick and let people crap on them for a price, are the vanguard of the revolution. They are not. They are fallen women.

    Connolly's approach here would be familiar to Republicans looking for special status and who sad their prisoners were not common criminals. Whatever chance Connolly had of organising women workers, he had nonew with these fallen women, most of whom were victims of the predatory practices of the Jacobs and other Quakers
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    Originally Posted by Cruimh
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    For your information the Magdalene institutions were introduced to Ireland from England.

    As for the article you quote by the Socialist Workers Party it is in their interest to smear Connolly for his Republican independence views which they of course don't hold. They quote favourably on Lenin but ignore the fact that Lenin said James Connolly and John McClean were the only true internationalist socialists in Europe.
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    For your information the Magdalene institutions were introduced to Ireland from England.
    Even if true - so what?

    Goretti Horgan is an inspiration. Suck it up ....
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    Originally Posted by PeaceGoalie
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    A useful post on James Connolly, sullied bv the fact it cites Goretti Horgan, who hangs aroun with Londonderry reprobate Eamonn McCann and who, like him, believes, prostitutes, people who suck dick and let people crap on them for a price, are the vanguard of the revolution. They are not. They are fallen women.

    Connolly's approach here would be familiar to Republicans looking for special status and who sad their prisoners were not common criminals. Whatever chance Connolly had of organising women workers, he had nonew with these fallen women, most of whom were victims of the predatory practices of the Jacobs and other Quakers
    Thanks R2D2
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