Irish People’s Liberation Organisation (IPLO) Founded: 1986:

The IPLO was a small splinter group of the INLA which was founded by expelled or disaffected members following the Supergrass Trials of the mid-80’s.

From the late 1970’s (following the assassination of Seamus Costello), the INLA had become factionalised, lacking a national command structure. This resulted in small units based in Belfast, Strabane, Derry, Armagh, Dublin and Portadown acting almost independent of each other. In 1986, under the leadership of Jimmy Brown and Gerard Steenson the IPLO broke away from the INLA taking weapons and volunteers with them. The IPLO was alligned politically to the Republican Socialist Collective (RSC).

After breaking away the IPLO attempted to wipe out the IRSP & INLA in order to assert itself as the dominant republican-socialist group in the country. A bloody feud which lasted until 1987, when Gerard Steenson was killed, left around a dozen people dead.

Following a truce with the INLA in 1987 the IPLO went about recruiting new members  Including people who were disliked by the IRA. In the early 1990’s a small group of IPLO members broke away and another feud ensued with the breakaway faction killing Jimmy Brown.

On Halloween night, 1992 the IRA decided it was time to wipe out the IPLO. IRA Volunteers mounted a massive operation in Belfast using the sound of fireworks to mask gunfire, the IRA shot dead the breakaway groups leader and shot a number of other members in the knees and only sparing their lives on condition of the unconditional surrender and hand over of weapons by both factions – this happened within days. 

Many members of the IPLO units in Armagh and Dublin rejoined the INLA.

POSTED ON BEHALF OF :  Irish Republican History & Remembrance.




IRSP Continue With Housing Campaign In Beechmount, West Belfast

IRSP activists from the Beechmount/Mid-Falls area of Belfast identified empty properties in the area as part of the ongoing IRSP Housing campaign.  Literally thousands of families and single people are on housing waiting lists, factually homeless and living in hostel accommodation or substandard properties owned by a string of privateer landlords.

The need for decent affordable and public housing is ignored. Meanwhile billions of pounds and euros are spent on the age-old distractions of ‘bread and circuses’ such as the Olympic games, ‘jubilee’ celebrations for the super-rich ancestor of England’s most prolific robber-barons. To add insult to injury, we are to witness the obscenity of ‘royal visits’ to Ireland where their close relative, Victoria the Famine Queen, oversaw a Malthusian genocide and the forced emigration of millions of Irish working-class people.

While these Imperialist ‘circuses’ are spun as progress, in the mirage of ‘an Ireland of equals’, 5,000 people are sleeping rough on the streets of our country, 100,000 families are on housing waiting lists, yet there are 350,000 empty properties!  The Irish Republican Socialist Party will have no hesitation in highlighting this scandal, as in the words of our party’s co-founder, Seamus Costello“we owe our allegiance to the working-class”, not property developers or private landlords.  As to the obscenity of homelessness while ‘Republicans’ consider bending the knee to the figure head of British imperialism, the IRSP adhere to James Connolly’s words proclaimed at Liberty Hall over a century ago:

We serve neither King nor Kaiser but Ireland”