Irish Workers' Party (1926)
Irish Workers' Party
The Irish Workers' Party was a communist party in Ireland. It was founded in 1926 by former members of the Communist Party of Ireland and other communists. Among its members were Roddy Connolly (son of James Connolly), who served the party leader, Nora Connolly (daughter of James Connolly), Tom Lyng, the trade unionist P. T. Daly, Walter Carpenter Jnr, and Jack White. Many of the members had been active in Jim Larkin's Irish Worker League, and the party attempted to affiliate with the Communist International in place of the IWL.
The party published Irish Hammer and Plough, edited by Roddy Connolly, and focused on work in the Irish National Unemployed Movement, but disintegrated later that year. It was dissolved in 1927 and many of the members (like Connolly) ended up joining the Irish Labour Party, others migrated back to the Irish Worker League and many others featured in other left wing, socialist and communist movements and parties, such as the Republican Congress.
- 'Roddy Connolly and the Workers' Party of Ireland in 1926' by Charlie Maguire, Saothar, Vol. 30, (2005), pp. 33-45. Published by: Irish Labour History Society.
- A critical history of the Communist Party of Ireland (1976)