Irish Workers' Group (IWG) was a Marxist political
party in Ireland.
- See Workers Power
for the Irish Workers' Group which was a member of the League for a Fifth
originated as the Irish Workers Union
and contained a
variety of people who all considered themselves to be Marxists.
Some were from an Irish Republican
background, and some, including Gerry
, became involved in Saor Éire
In time the group developed distinct Trotskyist
wings. The latter broke away to form the Irish Communist
, which evolved into the British and Irish
. The former became the Irish Workers
Group and produced a paper Irish Militant
theoretical journal An Solas/Workers' Republic
the IWG, then based in London among exiled
political activists, was failing and handed over their journal to
Sean Matgamna and Rachel Lever who were about to launch Workers Fight.
A section with support
in Ireland then formed the League for a Workers Republic
which entered discussions with the Socialist Labour League
affiliate of the International
Committee of the Fourth International
Other members of the IWG later influential in the Irish far-left
, a leader of the Socialist Workers Party
and Michael Farrell
, a leader of the
now defunct People's Democracy
This group seems tohave ceased to exist in the late 1960s.
A later group with the same name was an Irish group that split from
in 1976. It maintained links with theBritish Workers Power
- See International Trotskyism, 1929-1985 by Robert
Jackson Alexander, Duke University Press, 1991.
- Glossary of the Left in Ireland 1960-83