His death robbed our party and class of one of our finest comrades who
made a huge contribution to building a Workers Party.
A true follower of Tone and Connolly.
His political principles and aims were clear and steadfast.
The 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 Irish Republic.
In 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 the capitalist class ".
He 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 ".
Throughout his life as a revolutionary Malachy 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 274)
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 a Socialist Republic your efforts will
have been in vain. England would still rule you.... through her capitalists....
to your ruin even while your lips offered hypocritical homage at the shrine of
that freedom whose cause you betrayed ".
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 Democratic Secular Socialist Irish republic.
On this, Malachy's 35th 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.
Ard Comhairle The Workers Party of Ireland.
27th July 2013.