Wednesday 7 December 2016

The first item on the Left’s election agenda does not always have to be ‘the split’

Published 03/11/2015 | 02:30

Mr Higgins, who is not contesting the next Dáil election, has long argued that Sinn Féin is no left-wing party and his arguments have been amplified by his colleagues, Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy
Mr Higgins, who is not contesting the next Dáil election, has long argued that Sinn Féin is no left-wing party and his arguments have been amplified by his colleagues, Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy

Brendan Behan's accurate dictum about "the split" being the first item on the agenda of republican organisations applies to a broader swathe of the Irish political Left.

  • Go To

The ability to find common cause, overcome details of ideology and frame a common and effective approach to election campaigns has not been the strong suit of Irish political leftists. But it is too easy to be glib and dismissive.

There are now, and often have been, people of talent and sincerity on the Left in Irish politics who have deserved better hearing and consideration. But in the nothing-for-nothing business of politics, you make your own space and take what luck comes your way.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice