A quick thread on the Socialist Party, a name used at different times by unrelated groups in Ireland from the early 20th Century to the present.

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The first Socialist Party of Ireland formed in the 1900s to continue James Connolly's ISRP after it collapsed. It briefly became the first Communist Party of Ireland in the 1920s, until the Comintern ordered its dissolution in favour of James Larkin's Irish Worker League.

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The next Socialist Party of Ireland was formed in Belfast and Dublin on 28th May 1949 and associated with @OfficialSPGB and the World Socialist Movement.

The 1949 SPI later became the World Socialist Party.

Here's their manifesto: leftarchive.ie/document/419/

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In 1971 SPI was set up, associated largely with former Official Sinn Féin members.

It identified strongly with the USSR, and was opposed to nationalism (forming part of the "Socialists Against Nationalism" campaign).

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In 1982 the SPI merged with Jim Kemmy's Limerick Socialist Organisation to form the Democratic Socialist Party.

Here are some documents from them in our collection: leftarchive.ie/organisation/25

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The contemporary Socialist Party was formed in 1996.

It arose from the Militant tendency in Labour and the Labour and Trade Union Group in the North. Its members are part of Solidarity, and it's affiliated with International Socialist Alternative.

leftarchive.ie/organisation/24

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