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éirígí
Leader (Chairman):
Brian Leeson
(General secretary):
Breandán Mac Cionnaith
Founded 24 April 2006 (2006-04-24)
Headquarters Dublin
Ideology Marxism,
Socialism,
Irish republicanism
European affiliation None
European Parliament Group None
Official colours Green, white
Website
www.eirigi.org
Politics of the Republic of Ireland
Political parties
Elections
Politics of Northern Ireland
Political parties
Elections

éirígí (Irish pronunciation: [eːɼiːɟiː]) is a socialist republican political organisation in Ireland. It was formed by a small group of activists in Dublin in April 2006 as a political campaigns group. On 12 May 2007, at the party's first Ard Fheis, its members voted to become a fully-fledged political party[1], and at its 2009 Ard Fheis passed a motion to register as a political party in Ireland.[2] The party Chairman is currently Brian Leeson. Breandán Mac Cionnaith was elected General Secretary in May 2009.

The party name, "éirígí", literally means "rise!" in the second person plural imperative in English and is a reference to a quote from the Irish trade union leader, Jim Larkin; "The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees; let us rise!" In 2009 it gained its first local councillors when two former Sinn Féin councillors, Dungannon councillor Barry Monteith and Dublin city councillor Louise Minihan, defected to the organisation. [3]

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Aims

The party seeks a British withdrawal from Northern Ireland and the establishment of a 32-county republic based on democratic socialist principles. Established in 2006, shortly before the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, éirigí was originally set up as a Dublin-based campaigns group. éirígí has participated in a range of campaigns including Shell to Sea and Reclaim the Republic (Athshealbhaígí an Phoblacht) which involved the organisation distributing 60,000 1916 Proclamations nationwide.[4]

The twentieth IMC report said the group was "a small political grouping based on revolutionary socialist principles." While it continues to be a political association, albeit with aggressive protest activities, it was not seen as paramilitary in nature.[5]

Emblem

For its emblem, the party uses a green star as it incorporates both the national colour of Ireland—the colour green—and the international symbol of socialist struggle in the form of the star. The full national colours of the Irish state are achieved when the green star is combined with the word éirígí in the colour orange (signifying the cultural identity of some of Ireland's Protestants) set onto a white background.

Heroes? video

On the 14 December 2008, éirígí released an alternative video to the X Factor's "Hero" release on their website.[6] In a statement on their website, the party claimed that "In response to the release of the X Factor’s ‘Hero’ in support of Britain’s occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, éirígí has compiled an alternative video highlighting the true nature of modern day imperialism".[6] The video was removed from various video hosting sites in the days following its release.[7].

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