Constitution and Policy

éirígí

From its foundation éirígí has been committed to building a political party that is truly owned and controlled by its general membership, as opposed to one dominated by a relatively small executive body. This commitment to a ‘bottom-up’ ethos extends to the process used by éirígí to develop its constitution and policy papers.

Some of the main features of this unique decision-making process include:

  • Exhaustive, membership-wide, discussions on the topic in question, often involving several rounds of debate and multiple drafts of documents.
  • A ‘temporary-veto’ system which allows a minority of members to temporarily halt the adoption of a given document, pending further discussion.
  • A ‘one member – one vote’ ballot on all major policy and strategy documents, which removes the inherent problems of a delegate-based system.

All of the documents below, therefore, reflect the collective views of the entire éirígí membership at the time at which they were adopted. If you want to find out more about éirígí’s internal decision-making processes you can do so by reading Bunreacht éirígí here.

Bunreacht éirígí

This constitution was adopted at the May 2007 Ard-Fheis when the general membership of éirígí decided to constitute the organisation as a political party. It has been amended on a number of occasions since then, most recently at the November 2012 Ard-Fheis.

English version
Leagan Gaeilge

From Socialism Alone Can the Salvation of Ireland Come

Published in 2010, this document comprehensively addresses the economic and social aspect of Ireland's revolutionary struggle. Within this paper éirígí's analysis of contemporary capitalism and the party's vision of a democratic socialist alternative are explained in detail.

English version
Leagan Gaeilge

Elections, Elected Institutions and Ireland's Revolutionary Struggle

Published in 2009, this document contains éirígí's view of liberal democracy, elections and elected institutions. It also outlines the conditions under which éirígí will contest elections and éirígí's view of the various elected institutions to which elections are held in Ireland.

English version
Leagan Gaeilge

Imperialism – Ireland and Britain

Published in 2007, this document addresses the negative impact that imperialist policies have had on the development of humanity across the globe. It also outlines éirígí’s view of the historical and contemporary relationship between Ireland and Britain.

English version
Leagan Gaeilge