Environment, Judiciary & Policing
The IRSP supports the prosecution of a policy aimed at reducing our dependency on non-renewable sources of energy, both domestic and industrial, and a clear commitment to using renewable sources of energy as the main source of energy. All waste should be recycled with waste of a very low toxicity which is not recycled to be used as a source of fuel. There must be a total opposition to all forms of nuclear activity, power and bombs with the immediate closure of the Sellafield nuclear plant.
The IRSP calls for the establishment of a national commission to oversee the democratic election of an all-Ireland republican judiciary, subject to the democratic control of the people, that protects citizens and their interests, not prosecutes.
The IRSP do not offer support to nor endorse either the illegitimate PSNI or the Garda we view both as pillars on which the rogue states on this island, the corrupt Irish Free State and the sectarian northern state, rest upon. The IRSP rejects the attempt to force these unpopular arms of the state on the wider community and calls for the establishment of an unarmed all-Ireland police service subject to democratic control of the people.
Equality, Globalisation & Unionism
The IRSP recognises that the working class in Ireland continues to be the driving force in building and strengthening the Irish economy North and South and that this should be reflected in a more equal distribution of the nation’s wealth and resources.
The IRSP is opposed to the process of economic development described as globalisation, as it favours the free movement of capital and places an emphasis on the exploitation of the poor and the needy in the search for the maximising of profit.
The IRSP views unionism and Orangeism, and by definition loyalism in Ireland, as a reactionary, racist and anti-democratic ideology which must be opposed at every opportunity. The IRSP appeals to the unionist workers to reject conservative ideologies and join with their brothers in the struggle to create a fair and equitable all-Ireland socialist society.
NATIONAL LIBERATION & socialism
- Only the creation of a thirty-two-county Irish socialist republic can provide the means by which Irish national liberation can be realised; subsequently, there can be no socialism without national liberation in Ireland, nor can there be national liberation without socialism.
- Socialist internationalism was best expressed in the resolution presented to the Second International at Stuttgart, supported by James Connolly in 1907. This asserted: ‘Wars between capitalist states are, as a rule, the outcome of their competition on the world market, for each state seeks not only to secure its existing markets, but also to conquer new ones. In this, the subjugation of foreign peoples and countries plays a prominent role. These wars result furthermore from the incessant race for armaments by militarism, one of the chief instruments of ruling-class rule and of the economic and political subjugation of the working class.’ The IRSP campaign in solidarity with other oppressed peoples from around the globe struggling for national liberation and socialism.
ON THE ISSUE OF ARMED STRUGGLE
- The IRSP state that there is no parliamentary road to socialism, because socialism cannot be forged by seizing the bourgeois state apparatus; nor is there a militarist road to socialism, because a social revolution requires the active participation of the masses; and therefore a socialist republic can only be established through the mass revolutionary action of the working class in the political, economic and social spheres. However, the IRSP recognises the right of the Irish people to engage in whatever form of struggle it deems appropriate.
- It should be recognised that the IRSP stands in the tradition of the Irish revolutionary James Connolly and that the IRSP therefore is a revolutionary socialist organisation which believes that class conflict is the motivating force in human history in which the IRSP stands unreservedly and exclusively for the interests of the working class.
- The IRSP is not an abstentionist party and will decide its attitude towards the contesting of any particular election on the basis of a thorough analysis of the conditions prevailing at the time.