A podcast looking at Left politics in Ireland from the Irish Left Archive.
We talk to activists, writers, historians, politicians and others involved in Left organisations and movements about their experiences of participating in Left parties and campaigns; Left publications and political documents they've been involved in; and the history and development of progressive politics in Ireland. We also look at the role of the Irish Left Archive and similar informal projects.
The podcast is hosted by Ciarán Swan and Aonghus Storey.
Brian Hanley: The Lost Revolution - The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party
In this episode we talk to historian Brian Hanley about The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party, the book which he co-authored with Scott Millar, published in 2009.
Informal Archives, From Print to Digital, Local Government, and Left Organisations
In this episode we discuss clips from our guests so far on four themes: informal archives, the shift from print to digital publication and organising, the benefits and limitations of local government, and the role and nature of Left organisations.
Colm Breathnach: Workers Party, Democratic Left and Irish Socialist Network
We talk to Colm Breathnach about his political experience as a member of the Workers Party and later Democratic Left, as a local councillor in Dún Laoghaire, and about his own political development and later involvement with the Irish Socialist Network, and activism in Scotland.
Ber Grogan: Abortion Rights Campaign, Repeal, and Communities Against Racism
In this episode we talk to Ber Grogan about the Abortion Rights and Repeal campaigns, and her experience of organising, canvassing, and producing campaign material. We also discuss Ber's Seanad campaign, and her current involvement in Communities Against Racism.
Michael Pidgeon: Green Party, and Irish Election Manifesto Archive
We talk to Green Party local councillor Michael Pidgeon about his experience as an activist and then councillor with the Green Party, through electoral losses after their first period in government, to the recent resurgence in the 2019 local elections and 2020 general election. We also discuss the Irish Election Manifesto Archive project, and the role of party manifestos and how they have changed over time.
Orla Egan: Cork LGBT Archive
We talk to Orla Egan of the Cork LGBT Archive about how she developed the archive as a volunteer to the multi-format project it now encompasses; the histories and stories of the Cork LGBT community represented in the archive material; the challenges of a community archive project; and the value of community archives as activism.