Saoradh Ard Fheis Report 2017

Saoradh held its second Ard-Fheis on Saturday  [November 18] in Derry City’s Maldron Hotel. Derry republicans put on an amazing display at Easter this year, hosting the National Commemoration Committee’s Unfinished Revolution rally, therefore Derry was an obvious venue for the Ard-Fheis, and did not  disappoint.

Fifty motions were passed focusing on socialist ideology, activism and international fraternity and solidarity.

A new position was created on the National Executive for the youth as Eistigi, the Republican youth movement, was officially affiliated to the Party.

The joke at the beginning raised by a BBC journalist was that what Saoradh and Sinn Fein shared was the inability to start on time. Packy Carty, who chaired the Ard-Fheis, pointed out that the reason for the Saoradh delay was the Crown Force stop and search operation that targeted dozens of activists attending the Ard-Fheis.

This harassment came after several homes in the Derry area were raided and Republican Activists, including Saoradh members, were taken for interrogation on the eve of the Ard-Fheis.

This state attack had been called for by Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney who had used the press to goad the Crown Forces into attacking Republicans earlier in the week.

A number of speakers addressed the Ard-Fheis on a range of issues including Supergrass trials, extradition, homelessness and the special criminal courts.

Several statements were read out on behalf of political prisoners:

*Former Republican Prisoner Sharon Rafferty read a statement on behalf of Christine Connor currently incarcerated in Hydebank.

*Dublin Saoradh activist Ger Devereux read a statement on behalf of Portlaoise political prisoners.

*Tyrone Saoradh activist Tony Slevin read a statement on behalf of DD McLaughlin.

*Former Republican Prisoner Stephen Murney read a statement on behalf of Roe 4 Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry.

The inaugural year seen the formation of captive Craobh in Maghaberry and Portlaoise prison. Our captive comrades emphasised the need to lay out in the coming year our socialist ideology and strategy.

Lorraine Taylor, wife of interned Derry Republican Tony Taylor, raised her husband’s continued administrative detention at the hands of the British imposed secretary of state and the recent internment of Gabriel Mackle.

Issam Hijjawi, of the Palestine Democratic Forum, gave a rousing speech where he compared the Oslo Accords with the Stormont Agreement outlining how the leaderships at that time in both Palestine and Ireland had gambled their ideals and principles and let down the grassroots activists.

Several new members were elected to the National Executive.

The new Saoradh National Executive is as follows:

*National Chairperson – Davy Jordan

*Vice Chairperson – Mandy Duffy

*National Secretary – Stephen Murney

*National Organiser – Kevin Murphy/Aiden Ferguson

*National PRO  – Packy Carty/Dee Fennell

*Finance and resources – Sharon Jordan/Dennis Fadden

*Eístigi Republican Youth Officer – Jude MacCrory

*Education Officer  – Joe Barr/Patrick Gallagher

*Co-op – Tracy Duggan 

*Co-op – Tony Slevin

Davy Jordan was re-elected for a second term as the National Chairperson, but laid out his intention to make this year his last in the role, heavily criticising the cult of the personality in Irish Republicanism and emphasising collective and lateral leadership.

Davy spoke of the level of harassment and intimidation that the Party had faced since its launch last year and he said “On behalf of our Party and our activists I’d just like to say to Theresa May, Leo Varadkar, Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill and the rotten systems they preside over, that we are here to stay, we are growing, our message has found fertile ground, do your worst, it won’t be enough”. (to view the speech in full view the video).

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As members returned home from Derry they were again subjected to the harassment of Raymond McCartney’s Crown Force contingent.

A well-attended function was held after the Ard-Fheis in the Hotel.

Statement From outgoing Vice-Chair Nuala Perry

Saoradh Ard Fheis Tosoidh Muid Anois.

Ba mhaith liom mo chuid buiochas a ghul le gach duine a thainig anseo inniu agus ta failte romhaibh go leir.

On behalf of Saoradh i’d like to welcome everyone here to-day to our second Ard Fheis.

At the launch of Saoradh some fourteen months ago it was that claimed that such a gathering was an indication that Republicans were no longer satisfied with the margins and were now making their way in from the cold.

The choice of a ‘lavish’ venue for Saoradh’s first Ard Fheis was supposedly an indicator that the outskirts rendezvous had been replaced and put in the spotlight to show a new and very different face.

Perceptive as this analysis was, the thinking that Saoradh chose a lavish venue to put a different spin on the values that underpinned its formation simply wasn’t and isn’t true.

Central to the party’s formation was the belief that Republicanism needed at voice, a voice that would be representative of Republican core ideals.
The consultation predating the formation was informed heavily by prisoner issues and the ideal of Republican unity. The pre-formation period was also heavily guided by the concept that any attempt to rebuild the Republican Movement must ensure that the final product would be a grass roots up party, a structure that would allow Republicans to build without replicating the diktat from the past.

Fourteen months ago Saoradh presented itself as Republican, revolutionary and radical. It did so within an atmosphere and a state which is the very antithesis of these ideals.

This opposition has proved to be as oppressive as it has been perpetual since the party’s inception.

State opposition to revolutionary and radical politics has a chequered history within the North of Ireland. Such a history is known to become decidedly more chequered if and when a challenge to the status quo comes along.

Saoradh, since the outset, has been viewed as possessing the potential to provide a rock the boat analysis that deviates from the one currently portrayed by advocates of the status quo.

Challenging the Neo Liberal agenda that is being currently used to float the ‘New Start’ Agreement is deemed a deviant act.
Saoradh members taking to the streets, to inform a now beleaguered public that under the new arrangements, arrangements which have placed the Tories at the helm ensuring that deprivation will increase is now seen as criminal.

On-going activism by Saoradh members to highlight the injustice that remains virtually ignored by those charged with overseeing its alleged fair distribution isn’t without consequences.

Whether that injustice is the exploitation of natural resources or the on- going internment by remand, closed courts, Diplock perversion or secret evidence under the guise of National security the fact that those seeking the truth not political capital are exposing this inequity labels them unorthodox.

Such activism has led to continual harassment of Soaradh members, arrests and in some cases detention.

The initial remarks from mainstream Republicanism that, they welcomed genuine political debate at Soaradh’s formation fizzled out quite quickly when Saoradh challenged the notion that those Republicans now sitting in Stormont and on the Policing Board had failed absolutely in erasing partisan policing.
Evidence that the policing structures that Sinn Fein promised to derail have in fact been strengthened caused their party leader to challenge documented truths and call activists criminals.

In fourteen months Saoradh has adhered to its core ideals while all the time strengthening its activism base. Our underpinning principle that our activism is informed by the community allows us to continue being a party directed from the bottom up.

If a week is a long time in politics, then fourteen months of activism has provided us with a learning curve and a political and community compass to direct us on how we move forward.

Our esteemed Chairman Davy Jordan will provide a more comprehensive analysis on what we have achieved and what the next year holds.

I sincerely hope people enjoy the conference, Go raibh maith agaibh.

Statement From Portlaoise Republican Prisoners, read by Ger Devereux

We the Republican Prisoners incarcerated in E3/E4 Portlaoise Gaol send solidarity greetings to our Revolutionary comrades in attendance today, and Revolutionary Socialist activists internationally, engaged in their numerous campaigns. We particularly applaud the unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament, but as the Catalonian people have now witnessed, colonial powers will never relinquish their illegal occupation voluntarily. History has thought us that it is not sufficient to affirm your independence through symbolic declarations or demonstrations- you must be prepared to defend them.

We would also like to commend our imprisoned comrades in Maghaberry Gaol for their continued resolve and discipline in the face of a sectarian aggressor. The oppressive measures being implemented against our comrades needs to be highlighted, but more worrying of late are the increased physical attacks occurring on a weekly base. As a small token of solidarity with our comrades, the Republican Prisoners in Portlaoise will embark on a 72 hour fast commencing this week, to highlight the ongoing sectarian attacks that they face.

Like all emerging Revolutionary organisations we have had our teething problems, but the party’s emphasis on principles rather than personalities has allowed us rise above any attempt to deflect us from our political ideology. Those that do not have the stomach to continue this struggle may just stay at home, while we that remain will continue to move forward regardless of the distracters sniping from behind their screens and enemy forces massed against us. As James Connolly said on establishing the Irish Citizen Army regarding what would be required in the struggle to supplant Capitalism and replace it with Socialism “we know our duties as we know our rights, we shall stand by one another, through thick and thin …”

We commend Saoradh’s outgoing National Executive for the sterling work they have carried out over the past year. The party has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of our National Chairperson Davey Jordan. This is evidenced by the establishment and staffing of three party offices situated in Derry, Tyrone and Belfast, with the prospect of more offices in the coming year, including Dublin. We the Republican Prisoners pledge our unwavering support for the incoming National Chair and National Executive.

We commend Saoradh members and their supporters for their excellent work during this past year and we particularly welcome the establishment of committees and campaigns to fight the extradition of Irish Republicans to British torture camps, to abolish the non-jury Special Criminal Court and to stop supergrass/show trials in Dublin. Ciaran Maguire, Sean Farrell (DUBLIN) and Damien Mcloughlin (TYRONE) all face extradition at this present time, with both Ciaran and Damien being held in Portlaoise Gaol with High Court proceedings imminent. We the Republican Prisoners call on the subservient Minister for Justice and Equality to end the extradition of ALL Irish Republicans at the request of British crown forces.

Discredited Supergrass witness Dave Cullen, who was already used to incarcerate two Dublin Republicans for life, has recently been re-activated to give evidence in a show trial involving at least five more men, with charges ranging from “membership” to “murder”. This paid perjurer is facilitating the wholesale round up of Irish Republicans, after he spent significant time with his Special Branch handlers, crafting and fabricating his testimony.

Republican Prisoners have on numerous occasions condemned the use of the non-jury “Special Criminal Court” for their use of Gestapo type powers in “political” show trials. This military tribunal, that can best be described as a “factory of lies” continues to enjoy a “low threshold of evidence” necessary for conviction and of course often relies on the “word” of a Chief Superintendent to convict and Gaol Irish Republicans. In this year alone five men have been incarcerated by this kangaroo style court with the “word” of a garda central to the evidence against them. This draconian out dated non-jury farce, needs to be abolished NOW.

We note the pivotal role played by Saoradh members and activists in support of the “Jobstown 22”, whose trial collapsed under the combined weight of efforts by Saoradh, political activists, garda lies and conflicting evidence and by the farcical testimony of former Labour party leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Had it not been for the presence of some elected representatives amongst the accused, we have no doubt that this trial would have been moved to the “Special Criminal Court”, with the subsequent convictions of all concerned. We have grave concerns for all political activists challenging corruption or abuse of power within this state, who could now face the stark reality of been subjected to so called “special powers” currently been deployed by a corrupt regime desperately clinging to power by using a new style of political policing against any perceived threats to their capitalist cartel.

We acknowledge the Trojan work undertaken by Saoradh activists and their supporters in the effort to tackle Dublin’s Housing Crisis. The necessity for “Soup Runs” and nightly voluntary support services are a damming indictment of the Free State Government’s austerity policies and Dublin City Council Housing Committee’s complete failure to respond in any coherent way to the crisis. We remind this Ard Fhéis that homelessness is, in the main, caused by inequality, social deprivation and poverty. Capitalist Ireland creates and indeed exacerbates inequality and all the ills that flow from it. As James Connolly said” Yes, friends, governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class”.

The Free State partitionist government, made up as it is by an unholy alliance of two far right Capitalist parties, supported by a cabal of self-serving power-hungry independents will never posses the political will or the moral conscience to address the issue of homelessness in this state. With the main opposition party, being former Republican’s who are nothing more than British quislings, moving to the centre-right, there is no prospect of any possible challenge to the status quo. Their greed, reformist ideology and desire for the merest sniff of political power mirrors their “Marriage of Connivance” with Unionists in Stormont, manifests itself in support and implementation of austerity policies and serves without any doubt to copper fasten partition of this island.
The continued need to distribute soup and sandwiches exposes an uncaring, ineffective sterile Capitalist state and while Saoradh’s involvement in “Soup Runs” is a wholly creditable short term emergency response we believe it is time for more “Direct Action” inspired by the events leading up to the occupation of “Apollo House”.

As Republican Prisoner’s we pledge to utilise our incarceration in assisting the building of an educated and politicised activist base. As Irish Republican Political Prisoners it is our view that a legitimate, credible voice is essential to advance our Republican cause. This has led us to develop a Craobh of Saoradh within the walls of the Gaol. This party has been developed from grass root activists up and is the only revolutionary Republican Party we endorse.

We are a Revolutionary party, we will take our Republican Socialist ideology to the streets, As James Connolly once said “We believe in constitutional action in normal times; we believe in Revolutionary action in exceptional times”.

Republican Political Prisoners
Portlaoise Gaol


Statement From Republican Prisoner Christine Connor, read by Sharon Jordan

A Chairde

Hydebank Gaol has undergone an overhaul. Gone are the days of relative calm, and in its place, a power equation.

I have heard it said that time will bring a resolution but time is not a remedy. In the 4 months since my return to Hydebank. I have battled daily with an administration who possess the domesticity of assiduous bigotry. The intractable position of Gaol authorities has culminated in a practice of blatant discrimination and unfair treatment.

Visits that were previously allocated to Republican Prisoners have been significantly reduced, with the current stance being that the statutory entitlement is to 1 visit every 4 weeks, and anything beyond this, is at the discretion of the governor.

Educational opportunities are non-existent and access to craft is not comparable to those on offer to fellow Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry.

By virtue of being the only Republican Prisoner in Hydebank, essentially held in defacto isolation; an environment confounded further by the deliberate disregard for my welfare.

The well established principles of the Steele Report, clearly states political prisoners most remain at all times separated from the gaol population, but on several occasions now, I have been placed in situations that potentially could have jeopardized my personal safety.

To date the prison service has been unwilling to provide a comprehensive policy regarding separated females and of defined practices, decisions that have been disproportionate and ad hoc at best.

I have been met with an iron fist; an approach that is undoubtedly a custom of criminalization but this behaviour is of futile utility.

The security measures that are in place for external hospital consultations are excessive and degrading, resulting in the cancellation of all appointments.

I am one prisoner but the failings of the prison service, will only serve to fortify my determination to succeed in challenging the sectarian mentalities of those intent on continuing on this projectory of marginalization and equality.

The hostile attitudes from those facilitating my imprisonment, is a daily occurrence and despite efforts by my legal team to elicit constructive engagement, the situation is further crystalized with each passing hour.

The presence of governors on the wing is simply intolerable and I refuse to barter for my rights. I expect nothing, other than what I am entitled to and I will not settle for less. The “numbers game” that seems to be at play means nothing to me because whether I remain the sole Republican woman in Hydebank or not, I will not allow anyone free rein to diminish my rights.

The changes in Hydebank are punitive by nature and have been designed by a pernicious administration with an axe to grind.

To end, I would like to send solidarity greetings to Maghaberry and Portlaoise, and to wish Saoradh the best of luck in their political endeavors in the year ahead.

Christine Connor

Hydebank Gaol


Statement From Roe 4, Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry, read by Stephen Murney

Republican Prisoners, Roe 4, Maghaberry wish to extend our solidarity to Saoradh and to express our respect and admiration for the work which the party has undertaken and the progress it has made over the past year.

Just over a year ago Republican Prisoners wrote a statement to the first Ard Fhéis outlining our hope that this party would develop into an effective Revolutionary vehicle. Needless to say, we have not been disappointed.

Whilst it would be naïve to imagine that Saoradh would have a flawless and impeccable existence it has none the less excelled.

The task which the party has ahead is one of immense difficulty, particularly given the circumstances in which we find ourselves in Ireland today. Yet the party has expanded and grown and has engaged in activism throughout the country.

There can be no doubt that there will be many challenges ahead, there could well be setbacks and there will be those who will seek to exploit such setbacks and use them against the party but undoubtedly the determination and commitment which has come to characterise Saoradh will be pivotal in overcoming such challenges.

However, the characteristics alone will not suffice in the process of ultimately attaining our goals.

Revolutionary vehicles such as ours cannot progress based on enthusiasm alone.

Only through defining our ideological position can we hope to truly achieve our objectives.

Our ideology is our guide to every aspect of our existence without which we will risk falling into the same cul-de-sacs of economic and political immaturity.

Being a non-electoral party does not mean that we must be a non-professional party.

To set about achieving a Socialist Republic we need a definitive ideological position and a definitive Revolutionary strategy. Anything short of this will inevitably result in failure.

Republican Prisoners
Roe 4

Speech from incoming National Chairperson Davy Jordan

A Chairde Comrades,

Thank you for what has been a hugely successful second Saoradh Ard Fhéis and I thank you once again for electing me chairperson for the year ahead.

It has been a challenging experience chairing Saoradh through our inaugural year and while it was a rewarding experience it was at times intensive, emotive and hugely trying.

I had planned to step aside after one year, as I believe wholeheartedly that an occult of the personality is a corrosive influence.

This is a mistake other organisations continue to perpetuate even after periods of 20 or 35 years. Instead, collective and lateral grassroots leadership is to be promoted at every opportunity.

Our Party needs to be regularly reinvigorated. In this, the age of dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, their ideas are made the ruling one’s using imperialist force. Personality cults never serve the revolution.

That I was nominated and elected demonstrates a recognition by our membership that ongoing stability was needed as Saoradh continued the project of building the Unfinished Revolution.
This will see us engaging in processes that will produce our core ideological position papers and our long term strategy – processes strengthened by motions passed here today that further reflect our commitment to grassroots up – demonstrates of internal democracy.

With reluctance i have accepted your nomination. I will not seek reelection next year and will be proposing the national executive to introduce proposals at next year’s convention that limits the tenures on senior positions to increase internal democracy and political vibrancy within Saoradh.

This will remove any temptation to engage in the counter-revolutionary cult of the personality that has in some cases neutralised former revolutionaries, while stymying the development of other revolutionaries.

One year ago we announced our formation to the nation. Since then we have been the focus of a sustained and coordinated attack by British imperialism in the occupied six counties, and by its neo colonial subordinates in the Free State.

Internment, harassment, house and office raids, supergrasses, censorship and extradition have all been used in an attempt to suppress us in our inaugural year. Key activists have been attacked and restrained using the gaols and punitive bail conditions.

On behalf of our Party and our activists I’d just like to say to Theresa May, Leo Varadkar, Arlene Foster and Michelle Ó’Neill and the rotten corrupt systems they preside over, that we are here to stay, we are growing, our message has found fertile ground, do your worst, it won’t be enough!

We live in a society blighted by oppression. Despite significant gains over the past century, women earn on average 17% less than men. Homophobic, transphobic, racist and sectarian attacks are on the increase. We should always fight side by side with anyone who challenge’s oppression.

Theresa May, Leo Vardkar, Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill all act in the interests of their class. While they smash the welfare state – an open attack on working class people- they attempt to sow the seeds of division by blaming society’s problems on everyone but themselves and their dysfunctional systems.

Oppression has always been shaped by different forms of class society.
Racism against black people hasn’t always existed, it emerged to justify the trans- Atlantic slave trade.

In many societies sex between people of the same gender were celebrated. Then fake bourgeois morality condemned such behavior.

It is when people began to fight back against imperialism that age old oppression’s or new ones start to melt away.

Lenin called revolutions, festivals of the oppressed. Indeed, the Russian Revolution of a hundred years ago led to the transformation of the lives of the most oppressed groups in society. Homosexuality was decriminalised, abortion was legalised and the first communal child care and food centres were set up.

This was far in advance of what existed in the so-called advanced imperialist capitalist countries of the time.

These gains were not simply implemented by decree from above but were won by worker’s who were leading their own emancipation.

In the process of doing so boundaries that were erected to divide working class were overcome and ultimately smashed the barbaric system which created oppression in the first place.

Christmas last year witnessed a humanitarian crisis unfold in our nation’s capital, a crisis deliberately manufactured by the cruel, vicious capitalist system. Our citizens left homeless on the streets had reached epidemic proportions, some had succumbed to the harsh conditions and died on the streets.

A group of concerned activists from across a political and social spectrum intervened by expropriating the NAMA owned Apollo House, Saoradh Activists were to the fore in this action. It goes without doubt that Apollo saved lives last year, but the promises that the bourgeois elite made to end the people’s occupation have failed to materialise and the situation has become worse.

Saoradh launched the Community Support initiative, and for almost a year our activists have worked at the coalface of the neoliberal inspired crisis in Dublin. This epidemic is replicated across the country, not just in the capital. We must now in the coming year expand this activism, giving it a clear ideological grounding and we must expand our activism across the crisis that is the control of housing by the banks as a commodity.

Let there be no rest for the vulture funds, for the rent racking landlords, the property speculators, the evictors, or the financial elite while our citizens sleep in cold concrete doorways, A decent home is a human right that should not be denied to one single person in this country.

Since the reconvening of the British imposed Stormont assembly in 2007, Irish Revolutionaries have been constant in our critique of the undemocratic upholding of British rule and the unionist veto via this indigenous talking shop. This critique was vindicated this year when Sinn Fein was forced to collapse Stormont to shore up its electoral support and to try and distance itself from the 500 million public swindle that is the RHI scheme.

The resulting elections triggered by this collapse allowed Sinn Fein and the DUP to climb down into their respective trenches and engage in antagonistic sectarian headcount politics. Despite gaining the largest share of votes it has ever gained in the occupied six counties, Sinn Fein has been completely impotent since the fall of Stormont. Their calls for a border poll a distraction vetoed by a British imposed ‘secretary of state’ has once again exposed the reality that the power is and always has been with the British Government. This is not democracy this is imperialism and colonialism in a nutshell.

Sinn Fein’s position was further isolated when the British General election forced the Tory Party to join with the DUP to maintain power at Westminster. Let this be a lesson that the structures laid down in this artificial statelet were deliberately engineered by the British imperialist’s to deny us our national liberation. Sinn Fein’s strategy of using imposed structures has failed irrevocably. Lenin once said “nothing can happen for decades then decades can happen in days”. We are witnessing an upheaval in the glaciers of British imperialist parliamentary politics.

The Tories have driven their beloved Britain to the point of fracture through their right wing pursuit of Brexit. Likewise, a disenfranchised British youth have rallied to the Labour left while the spectre of bourgeois Scottish independence is still a possibility.

Saoradh should support strategically any initiative that quickens the end of one of the most repulsive and destructive nations that has ever existed. That which weakens and fragments Britain is good for Ireland, let us hope that Brexit is as hard as hell and helps usher in the demise of the last section of the cruel British Empire.

Let me be clear on the point of Brexit, the debate about soft and hard borders is a
distraction from a revolutionary respective. We are denied our sovereignty by both Britain and the European Union. That which weakens both is to be welcomed, that which strengthens the republican position is to be welcomed. Ireland is a land increasingly rich in natural resources and be it the British and multinationals robbing gold from Greencastle, Shell thieving gas and oil in Mayo or the EU trawlers laying waste to our indigenous fishing industry, Saoradh will stand by the people on the fundamental position as stated in the Proclamation “The ownership of Ireland for the people of Ireland and the unfettered
control of Irish destinies to be sovereign and indefeasible.”

Comrades these issues of economic sovereignty must be a new front for us in our struggle.

The challenges we face within the traditional Republican support base has changed. At one time in our colonial history, the Church of Ireland followers where the selected and privileged minority that imperialism used to secure and stabilise its rule here. Following the Fenian uprising Britain realised that to stabilise its rule further it had to co-opt the rebellious Presbyterians which it did successfully.

Following generations of conflict Britain has realised that it must convert a significant section of the so called Nationalist/Catholic population into a dependency on British imperialism.

Since the Belfast Agreement Britain has cultivated within northern nationalism a new middle and upper class that depends on the exploitation of the working class to maintain its privilege.

This section of our people now support and promote the British Crown Forces. They are put into funded positions by Stormont elite, so that the same establishment can maintain its grip on the youth, community and voluntary sectors. This section now act as capitalist exploiters and rack renting landlords. When I speak of the bourgeoisie, it is this group of native sycophants and political schizophrenics who I refer to.

It must also be pointed out that Sinn Fein has moved from the radical Revolutionary grounding they once had in the risen working classes to anchoring themselves in this bourgeois class. Their policies and strategies now favour imperialism and capitalism. The Irish working class in the occupied Six Counties, both Nationalist and Unionist,
suffer continued exploitation and deprivation at the hands of British imperialism and the indigenous capitalism that it has fostered as a defense against revolution.

In this age of the dictatorship of the elite, their ideas are made pre-eminent by their reliance on imperialist violence.
From historical analysis to modern political practice , their hegemony can be seen in action. Hyper-individualism, egotism, selfishness and greed replace clear scientific analysis. This train of capitalist thought is hardwired in our psyche from capitalist advertising, consumerism, news media, education and popular culture.

We must resist and fight back against these corrupt system through education, activism, critical debate and revolutionary solidarity and comradeship. The so called democracies of the west are in fact economic dictatorships. Never have we witnessed here in Ireland the workers rule the nation.

100 years ago the Great October Revolution in Russia, for the first time in history the role was reversed and the proletarian workers created the Soviet Union. We pay homage to the memory of those pioneers of socialism and hope to someday emulate their victory.

Coming from the working class as a movement it is important that we begin agitating among the workers, in the factories, on the building sites, in the supermarkets and more, we must open up the front that has so far been a weak link as far as Irish Republicanism has been concerned. Our relevance will not be achieved with speeches that seek to hide our own inadequacies or denigrate the efforts of others. Republicanism – revolutionary republicanism- will only become relevant when we adopt wider struggles and incorporate community or social campaigns into our body of work.

The realpolitik in Ireland in 2017 sees appeals to emotional arguments redundant, it is activism that gets results.
Liam Mellows realised as the four courts were bombarded by the Free State’s British guns, and he could see the ordinary Dublin workers heading with their lunchboxes to their days work, that they were detached from the national liberation struggle. Lessons like the Limerick Soviet which had provided an opportunity to expand the Irish revolution had not been learned and the writings of Connolly have been abandoned by every single constitutional party that shamelessly use his image.

Every departure into constitutional politics has resulted in revisionism and ultimately betrayal by successive generations of Irish Republicans.

Our inaugural year has seen repeated calls for Republican unity from those who conversely attack Saoradh at every opportunity. Despite these attacks, we remain constitutionally committed to working with other Republicans on issues of common ideology and where strategically beneficial. What we as a revolutionary party should be immensely proud of is that Saoradh itself is a successful unity project in its own right – bringing Republicans of various backgrounds and independents together under a constitution and ideological perspective all can agree on. A glance around the room here sees former ard comhairle or prominent members from 32CSM, eirigi, IRSP, RSF, 1916 Societies, RNU and other organisations. This experience, coupled with our previously independent members and vibrant youth, are perhaps the greatest expression of republican unity in the last two decades.

Saoradh is an unapologetically and unashamedly revolutionary Party whose ideological concept is a clear socialist one. As revolutionaries, we advocate the complete rejection of the prevailing imperialist capitalist power structure and the status quo. We are not reformers, we don’t care for reform. We want to change the mechanism of society. We seek the complete emancipation of the working class and the abolition of emancipation, complete and total liberation!

I salute all you today comrade’s, together we march forward to victory! What unites us always is our determination to carry on the struggle for liberation.
Beir bua comrades!

Media coverage of Saoradh Ard Fhéis

Saoradh Pledge to Exploit Brexit

Republicans claim ‘dozens’ of Saoradh activists targeted by police ahead of party’s Ard Fheis

The leader of Saoradh – the party founded last year to give different strands of anti-ceasefire republicanism a political voice – told the Guardian that “England’s Brexit difficulties will be Ireland’s opportunity”