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    Default New book on history of the Communist Party of Ireland.

    Interesting book that covers the history of the CPI from foundation up to 1969. First volume of two. Based on some archival sources never previously used including from the Party's own archive. Some fascinating stuff about the Party's relationship to republicanism, including having at various times had members in the IRA and even Fianna Fáil!

    The book proves conclusively that Coughlan - who had appeared to threaten Treacy over references to him in his book on the IRA - was a member of the party as was Roy Johnston at a time when they were leading advisors to IRA Chief of Staff Cathal Goulding. Johnston was in fact a member of the Irish Workers Party (as the southern CP was then called) while on the IRA Army Council!


    The Communist Party of Ireland 1921 - 2011 by Matt Treacy (Paperback)

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    What would an account of the 1990s and 2000s involve?

    Exciting accounts of handing out fliers at the GPO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    What would an account of the 1990s and 2000s involve?

    Exciting accounts of handing out fliers at the GPO?
    Perhaps there'll be an account if the deal they did with Mick Wallace which saw their HQ in Temple Bar being renovated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    What would an account of the 1990s and 2000s involve?

    Exciting accounts of handing out fliers at the GPO?





    I'd imagine the earlier parts are more interesting although they would surprise you the same people. Quite a few prominent people would have been members in more recent times in unions, media, politics even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanie Lemass View Post



    I'd imagine the earlier parts are more interesting although they would surprise you the same people. Quite a few prominent people would have been members in more recent times in unions, media, politics even.
    I think they mysteriously stopped turning up at demos and meetings after 10 November 1989.

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    Garda history of the communist party is probably a lot more exciting giving the number of touts that were in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    What would an account of the 1990s and 2000s involve?

    Exciting accounts of handing out fliers at the GPO?
    Or Spanish Civil War anniversary Wine and Cheeses at Connolly Books
    Infamy, infamy, they've all got it infamy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanie Lemass View Post
    Interesting book that covers the history of the CPI from foundation up to 1969. First volume of two. Based on some archival sources never previously used including from the Party's own archive. Some fascinating stuff about the Party's relationship to republicanism, including having at various times had members in the IRA and even Fianna Fáil!

    The book proves conclusively that Coughlan - who had appeared to threaten Treacy over references to him in his book on the IRA - was a member of the party as was Roy Johnston at a time when they were leading advisors to IRA Chief of Staff Cathal Goulding. Johnston was in fact a member of the Irish Workers Party (as the southern CP was then called) while on the IRA Army Council!


    The Communist Party of Ireland 1921 - 2011 by Matt Treacy (Paperback)
    Is 'History' the key word in describing the current Communist Party of Ireland?

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    Why would anyone have remained in the CPI in the 70s or 80s when they could have joined the equally Stalinist, and much more successful, Workers Party?

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