The Workers’ Republic was established by Connolly in 1898, part financed by a loan from Keir Hardie, and appeared intermittently until 1903. He revived it in on a printing press installed in Liberty Hall in May 1915, following the suppression of the Irish Worker.
To mark the Centenary of the 1916 Rising SIPTU has collated and published a facsimile of all of the editions of James Connolly’s Workers Republic from May 29th, 1915 to April 22nd 1916. The edition is edited by Padraig Yeates.
The book, beautifully laid out, contains a foreword by Jack O’Connor, SIPTU General President, and two short articles The Road to the Rising by Padriag Yeates and The Path to the Rebellion 1914-1916 by Dr Conor McNamara. Both articles provide background and analysis, and clearly outline the context in which the Workers’ Republic should be read.
As Padraig Yeates comments “in republishing all the extant issues of the Workers Republic, SIPTU has performed an important service not alone for historians but for everyone interested in discovering more about the origins and nature of the Easter Rising”.
The Connolly Association couldn’t agree more.
If you want to read what Connolly wrote rather than what someone else says he wrote this is an opportunity to do so.