Jay Carax will be in Manchester for the next two months but he’s hoping to post irregularly on Dublin and Irish related topics.
The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) kept detailed files on as many Trotskyites and Trotskyite group as they could, right through the 20th century.
One file came that I came across had a snippet on Ireland. The confidential report on “Trotskyite Activities” from May 1943, under the “Colonial”,
section as this to say:
“Socialist Appeal has recently devoted great attention to Ireland, including special reports from Brian Aherne in Belfast. Young Jim Larkin at a recent Connolly Club meeting in London is reported to gave included a number of Trotskyist ideas in his speech. Socialist Appeal is now being sold in Dublin with no apparent interference from the authorities, who strictly maintain the ban on Communist publications. The Workers’ International League (W.I.L.) is reported (May 1943) to have formed an Irish Bureau.” CP/CENT/ORG/12/01