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‘Why There is No Alternative to Reconstitution’ -Workers Party Discussion Document February 1992 (pre DL split) September 10, 2009


‘Why There is No Alternative to Reconstitution’ a letter to members from Prionsias De Rossa and Seamus Lynch prior to the split with the Democratic Left. 
Prionsias De Rossa and Seamus Lynch outline their case for changing the Party from Democratic Centralism to that of being member driven.

It’s language is very much of the dogmatic variety and spells out the direction they want the Workers Party to move in. It also indirectly makes reference to the existence and activities of the Official IRA mentioning ‘unlawful activities in the North’.
The split occurred after the special conference with 6 of the 7  TDs as well as a majority of the parties other elected representatives going off to form a group initially called ‘New Agenda’ which became the ‘Democratic Left’. The Workers Party continued on.

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3 Responses to “‘Why There is No Alternative to Reconstitution’ -Workers Party Discussion Document February 1992 (pre DL split)”

  1. […] So far the material isn’t restricted to the left – no harm there either – but what there is from the left is absolutely fascinating from a Christy Burke SF election flyer from the 1983 Dublin Central By-election, through the Democratic Socialist Party’s John de Courcy Ireland and on to a couple of pieces from New Agenda (the precursor to Democratic Left, and what an awful name that was for a holding operation, wasn’t it?) and a fascinating document from Proinsias De Rossa and Seamus Lynch about the reconstitution of the Workers’ Party. […]

  2. Paul M Says:

    That is a fascinating document. Would there still have been a split were DeRossa and Lynch successful in their attempt at Reconstitution?
    If they had, how big would the WP be today?

  3. […] fascinating document from Proinsias De Rossa and Seamus Lynch about the reconstitution of the Workers’ Party just prior to the […]


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