Connolly Youth Movement
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|Connolly Youth Movement|
|Secretary General||Antoin Fletcher|
|Headquarters||Connolly House, Dublin|
|Mother party||Communist Party of Ireland|
|International affiliation||World Federation of Democratic Youth|
The Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) (Irish: Ógra Uí Chonghaile) is an all-Ireland youth organisation affiliated to the Communist Party of Ireland but which is also independent and organises separately from the CPI. Internationally the Connolly Youth Movement is affiliated to the World Federation of Democratic Youth. The CYM includes young activists from many different political backgrounds who are in opposition to imperialism and to the capitalist system in Ireland and throughout the world. It takes its name from the revolutionary socialist James Connolly.
History and current status
The CYM was founded in 1963 by young republicans who were influenced by the Communist Party during the Dublin Housing Action struggle. Unlike many of the radical youth organisations which emerged in the 1960s, the CYM recruited mainly working class youth. The CYM later amalgamated with the Northern Ireland Young Communist League to become an all-Ireland group. Its membership came from both Catholic and Protestant backgrounds in Northern Ireland.
The CYM disbanded in 1991 due to a reduction in membership following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and eastern and central European bloc and the resulting political crisis in the World Communist Movement. However, following the resurgence of the left and anti-capitalist movement in Ireland, the CYM re-formed in 2002, grouped mainly around young members of the Dublin Branch of the CPI and student activists in NUI (National University of Ireland), Galway. After refoundation the CYM revived its affiliation to the WFDY and began republishing the group’s magazine, Forward. During the summer of 2007 the CYM experienced a period of growth and activity with an influx of new members. In 2011, a new Cork Branch was formed.
The CYM is a non-sectarian group that works with other political forces and supports unity within the left. It is involved in Anti-EU Campaigns, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the anti-war movement in general. As well as supporting these campaigns the CYM holds its own “Working-Class School of Politics” classes in Connolly House on a range of topics, varying from environmentalism to the nature of class struggle and ideology.
The general secretary of the CYM is Antoin Fletcher (Cork branch), and the national chairperson is Karl Redmond (Dublin).
The Connolly Youth Movement has relations with a number of young communist organisations around the world, especially the Young Communist League of Britain, Canada, the USA as well as the Communist Youth of Greece.
CYM publishes Forward quarterly.
- World Federation of Democratic Youth The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) is a left-wing anti imperialist youth organization.
- Communist Party of Ireland
Prominent past members of CYM