Upcoming Events

National | Anti-Capitalism

no events match your query!

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein?

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

offsite link Hong Kong and democracy Anthony

offsite link Oliver Callan: Back in his box Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State Thu Aug 06, 2020 23:22 | amarynth
DEAR FRIENDS, READERS, SUBSCRIBERS, AND SUPPORTERS, We are pleased to inform you about another eye-opening report about SouthFront?s work released by the highest levels of the US government. In early

offsite link How Western Media Fabricate The ?China Experts? Thu Aug 06, 2020 22:32 | The Saker
by Thorsten J. Pattberg for The Saker Blog NEW YORK ? A media professional from China asks: ?Why do the Western media always promote the same ?China experts? who preach

offsite link War Drums Beat In Middle East After Thousands Of Casualties In Beirut Explosion Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:25 | amarynth
South Front On the evening of August 4th, a massive explosion rocked the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, causing devastating damage and leaving thousands of casualties. The explosion

offsite link Sitrep Lebanon : How 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stranded in Beirut port for 6 years Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:05 | amarynth
Source: Al-Mayadeen, Lebanese TV channel pro-Hezbollah, August 5th, 2020 Translation: resistancenews.org https://www.youtube.com/wat... https://www.dailymotion.com... Transcript: Greetings. Anyone who sees these photos will find it hard to believe that they show the

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/08/05 ? Open Thread Wed Aug 05, 2020 22:30 | Herb Swanson
2020/08/05 21:30:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
Ni dieu ni maître. Ni patrie, ni patron.

offsite link Chris Frantz interview 15:35 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 12:40 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Socialist Voice, August edition 11:21 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | guestposter

offsite link A thesis? 11:02 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link No great surprise 09:03 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Alan MacSimoin - Alan MacSimoin (1957-2018) Dublin Historian and Political Activist - Rest In Power

category national | anti-capitalism | news report author Sunday December 09, 2018 23:50author by anon Report this post to the editors

The WSM are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alan MacSimoin, one of our founder members, a friend, and a key central figure in building the anarchist movement in Ireland for over four decades. Alan had not been a member of WSM for some years but remained politically active right to the end. His last Facebook post on November 29th was supporting the locked out bricklayers at Mary’s Mansions. Alan will be sorely missed by all in the WSM and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Alan (right) leading a small pro-choice march in 2002
Alan (right) leading a small pro-choice march in 2002

Alan was one of a generation radicalised by the civil rights and republican struggles of the late 1960’s and 70’s. The lessons he learned from the more authoritarian aspects of those movements led him to anarchism and the realisation that a serious, committed anarchist organisation was needed. If the dream of a world where people were free of both bosses and gombeen politicians was to be realised, an anarchist organisation was the vehicle. Building this was not just a question of beautiful ideas but of concrete sustained work in the struggles of the working class. There were few if any significant struggles over the last five decades that Alan was not part of. Politics was grounded in struggle. The answers did not come down from the mountain in the hands of some self-appointed leader, instead people built towards them in struggle and through campaigns.

His generosity with his time meant he frequently played quite a central role, particularly in those years when the numbers of people willing to take a public stand on abortion access or Garda brutality were few. Even in his mid 50’s, Alan refused to be intimidated and held his ground when the Garda attacked an anti-capitalist demonstration outside the Shelbourne hotel in 2011. He was an inspiring figure for those of us who were younger and drawn towards anarchism, but had little experience in its practice. Alan demonstrated that being an anarchist was being an activist, an active trade unionist, a campaigner, a writer, an historian, and crucially, an organiser.

As part of that work Alan tirelessly wrote and spoke in favour of anarchism. While he was an active WSM member, there were few issues of any of our publications that did not contain at least one article from Alan, frequently two, with the second being signed off with his Joe King pseudonym. Those writings, talks, and recordings are part of the legacy he has left to the movement, as well as the example he set to many of us who worked with and alongside him. In time, we will produce a more detailed account of his anarchist life and actions.

We continue the struggle he dedicated so much of his life to. In the fight against the Iraq war back in 2004, there was one particular demonstration which led to a mass trespass and shut down of Shannon airport which was being used by the US Army. Hundreds of us were shaking the fence and then it collapsed. We remember Alan walking casually out towards the runway as the security scrambled to shut down the airport.

We suspect that is how he would have wanted to be remembered.
---

Top images shows Alan leading a pro-choice march through Temple bar in the period when the Women on Waves ship visited Dublin with the announced intention of breaking the law by providing abortions.

Video - Alan speaking at the 2015 Dublin anarchist bookfair about the successful campaign to stop the construction of a nuclear power plant at Carnsore

Link to selection of articles written by Alan MacSimoin
https://www.wsm.ie/alan-macsim%C3%B3in

Related Link: http://www.wsm.ie/c/alan-macsimoin-rest-in-power

Caption: How nuclear power was defeated in Ireland


author by Tpublication date Wed Dec 12, 2018 17:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Here is another tribute with more details of his life:

https://comeheretome.com/2018/12/05/alan-macsimoin-1957-2018-dubl...vist/

author by 1 of indypublication date Sat Dec 22, 2018 23:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Des Derwin former trade unionist pays tribute to Alan here
http://www.wsm.ie/c/alan-macsimoin-remembered-by-des-derwin

 
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy