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Éirígí
Chairman Brian Leeson
General secretary Breandán Mac Cionnaith
Founded 24 April 2006 (2006-04-24)
Headquarters Dublin
Ideology Irish republicanism,
Democratic socialism
Political position Left-wing
Official colours Green, White
Local government in the Republic of Ireland
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Local government in Northern Ireland
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Website
www.eirigi.org
Politics of the Republic of Ireland
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Elections
Politics of Northern Ireland
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Elections

Éirígí is a socialist republican political party in Ireland. It was formed by a small group of activists in Dublin in April 2006 as a political campaigns group. On 12 May 2007, at the party's first árd fheis (conference), its members voted to become a fully-fledged political party,[1] and at its 2009 conference passed a motion to register as a political party in the Republic of Ireland.[2] Since March 2010, the party has been registered to contest local elections only.[3] The party Chairman is currently Brian Leeson. Breandán Mac Cionnaith was elected General Secretary in May 2009.

The party name, "Éirígí", means "rise" in the second person plural imperative in Irish and is a reference to a quote from the Irish trade union leader, Jim Larkin: "The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees; let us rise!" In 2009, it gained its first local councillors when two former Sinn Féin councillors, Dungannon councillor Barry Monteith and Dublin city councillor Louise Minihan, joined the organisation.[4]

Aims

The party seeks a British withdrawal from Northern Ireland and the establishment of a 32-county republic based on democratic socialist principles. Established in 2006, shortly before the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, Éirígí was originally set up as a Dublin-based campaigns group. Éirígí has participated in a range of campaigns including Shell to Sea and Reclaim the Republic which involved the organisation distributing 60,000 1916 Proclamations nationwide.[5]

The twentieth Independent Monitoring Commission report said the group was "a small political grouping based on revolutionary socialist principles". While it continues to be a political association, albeit with aggressive protest activities, it was not seen as paramilitary in nature.[6]

Emblem

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For its emblem, the party uses a green star as it incorporates both the national colour of Ireland and the international symbol of socialist struggle. The full national colours of the Irish state are achieved when the green star is combined with the word éirígí in the colour orange (signifying the cultural identity of some of Ireland's Protestants) set on to a white background. The green star is also the symbol of the international language Esperanto, which the party supports as an alternative to English. The party derives its position on Esperanto from the Irish Socialist leader James Connolly, who supported its use.[7]

References

  1. éirígí Becomes a Political Party - Indymedia Ireland. Indymedia.ie. URL accessed on 17 June 2010.
  2. éirígí and Elections: an Exercise in Participatory Democracy. Eirigi.org. URL accessed on 2010-06-17.
  3. Clár na bPáirtithe Polaitíochta - Register of Political Parties - 23 March 2010. Houses of the Oireachtas. URL accessed on 21 June 2010.
  4. Irish News 1 August 2009
  5. éirígí: For A Socialist Republic. Eirigi.org. URL accessed on 17 June 2010.
  6. 412882_HC 1112_Text. (PDF) URL accessed on 17 June 2010.
  7. James Connolly. Esperanto.ie. URL accessed on 2010-06-17.

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