POBLACHT NA H EIREANN
The Provisional Government of the
Irish Socialist Republic
To the people of Ireland and the World
Brothers and Sisters: in the name of the working and oppressed people of all countries and on behalf of the Risen People of all 32 counties of this island, we summon the people of Ireland to join us in our struggle for freedom from the evils of imperialism and capitalism.
We declare that this struggle must be waged first and foremost by the working people themselves– women and men, gay and straight, black and white, united and equal.
Mindful of our people’s fight for freedom over many centuries and all those who gave their lives for this cause we declare that final victory can be won only when we control not just our flag and constitution but also our wealth and the fruits of our labour.
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the collective ownership of the land, banks, natural resources and main industries of Ireland. The long usurpation of that right by a small minority of financiers, speculators, industrialists and magnates both foreign and Irish, is at an end. All major companies and institutions – factories, supermarkets, transport companies and call centres, offices and hospitals, schools and colleges – will be democratically administered by those who work in them, in the context of a national plan approved by the elected representatives of the whole working people in the National People’s Assembly. Local communities will be run by democratically elected local representatives.
All elected representatives and state officials will be paid the average workers’ wage and be subject to recall by their electors.
All citizens of the Socialist Republic are guaranteed a basic living wage and a home. None will suffer poverty. Likewise none will earn above a certain reasonable maximum or be allowed to accumulate vast riches on the backs of the people. All education and health services will be provided free and paid for by general taxation and none will be able to buy advancement or privileged treatment.
Racism, sexism, homophobia, religious sectarianism and all forms of discrimination are deemed unacceptable in the Socialist Republic. We recognise the specific ethnic identity of the Travelling People and will work to overcome the long oppression this indigenous minority have suffered.
We recognise and actively support the right of women to bodily autonomy and to choose freely whether or not to bear children., Mindful of our State’s shameful past in this regard, we pledge – again – to cherish all children equally, in deeds not just in words. We will do this based on the principle that all who live here belong here.
We will begin the construction of this new society here and now in the 32 counties of Ireland but know that it can be completed only in alliance with the working and oppressed people of Europe and the world. In this endeavour we face the bitter hostility of the national and global 1%, the super-rich and their political agents; our survival will depend on the solidarity of the international workers’ movement.
We know also that with the whole of humanity we face the immense challenge of catastrophic climate change. The Irish Socialist Republic pledges to play its full part in the necessary reduction of carbon emissions and the transition to renewable energy but this problem cannot be resolved in or by any one country. Because the climate crisis is an integral part of a society that puts profit before people, it will fall to the international working class to take the lead in ensuring the future of mankind by taking power into its own hands.
The working people of Ireland are doing this. We call on the people of all countries to join us in ending capitalist rule and building a society free from all exploitation, war and oppression.
Workers of the World Unite!