“We still believe that the struggle of Ireland for freedom is a part of the world-wide upward movement of the toilers of the earth, and we still believe that the emancipation of the working class carries within it the end of all tyranny – national, political and social.”
~ James Connolly
“A victory in any country over imperialism is our victory; just as any country’s defeat is a defeat for all of us.”
~ Ernesto Che Guevara
Internationalism and internationalist solidarity have always been a central theme of Irish republicanism. In the eighteenth century the United Irishmen were largely inspired by the ideas and events of the revolutions in the United States and France. In the nineteenth century the Fenians continued this tradition by establishing links with the Chartists in Britain and the First International.
The rise of socialist republicanism in the twentieth century saw James Connolly’s ISRP participating in the second international; the Republican Congress taking a determined stand against fascism in Ireland and the Volunteers of the Connolly Column fighting against Franco’s fascism in the Spanish Civil War.
éirígí understands that now, more then ever, the struggle for an Ireland free of the twin fetters of capitalism and imperialism is integrally linked to the wider international struggle of the poor and oppressed against the rich and powerful.
For this reason éirígí is committed to building links with progressive organisations and individuals internationally as well as assisting various solidarity campaigns based in Ireland. In practical terms éirígí supports events organised by the Irish Palestinian, Basque, Venezuelan and Cuban support groups.