our comrade and friend Malachy McGurran. Vice President SF Workers Party: Councillor Craigavon Borough Council: Member
Executive Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association who died 27th July 1978.
death robbed our party and class of one of our finest and most dedicated comrades who made a huge contribution to building
a Workers Party.
A true follower of Connolly.
political principles and aims were steadfast.
unity of our People Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter.
The Defeat of Sectarianism.
The Overthrow of Capitalism
The Victory of Socialism
To establish a United Democratic Secular Socialist
this latest crisis of Capitalism Malachy would have echoed Karl Marx's view " Governments in capitalist society are but
committees of the rich to manage the affairs of capitalist class ".
took as one of his guiding principles the statement in Marx's Communist Manifesto " The Free Development of each is the
condition for the free development of all ".
his life as a revolutionary put into practice Lenin's advice " it is not enough to be a revolutionary and an adherent of
socialism or a communist in general. You must be able at each particular moment to find the particular link in the chain
which you must firmly grasp with all your might in order to hold the whole chain and to prepare firmly for the transition
to the next link; the order of the links , their form, the manner in which they are linked together, the way they differ from
each other in the historical chain of events, are not as simple and not as meaningless as those in an ordinary chain made
by a smith ". ( Lenin Volume 27. Page 24. )
Again Malachy would have recalled James Connolly's
warning " if you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the
organisation of the socialist republic your efforts will have been in vain. England will still rule you...through her
capitalists.....to your ruin even while your lips offered hypocritical homage to the shrine of that freedom whose caused you
In his short but worthwhile life Malachy McGurran
experienced deceit and betrayal but also loyalty and respect from Comrades, Friends and many, many thousands of people of
all political persuasions. In these difficult times for Socialist Republicans we require to remember Malachy's confidence
and optimism, that despite short term betrayals and petty cliques, a principled class conscious Workers party will eventually
succeed in achieving Malachy's and our objective of a United Secular Socialist Irish Republic.
this Malachy's anniversary let us, his comrades and socialists all over the world, redouble our efforts to build a united
and powerful Left Force to end once and for all the obscenity that is capitalism.
Comairle The Workers Party of Ireland.
27th July 2012.