Connolly Youth Movement

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Connolly Youth Movement
ChairpersonFergal Twomey
Secretary GeneralAlexander Homits
HeadquartersConnolly House, Dublin
Mother partyCommunist Party of Ireland
International affiliationWorld 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 operates independently of 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[edit]

The CYM was founded in 1963 by young republicans who were influenced by the Communist Party during the Dublin Housing Action struggle. 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. The Connolly Youth Movement has relations with a number of young communist organisations around the world.

In 2017, members of the Cork branch of the Connolly Youth Movement occupied and re-purposed three derelict buildings near UCC as part of an initiative to highlight rising levels of homelessness.[1][2][3] In 2018, two of these buildings were repossessed by the Garda Emergency Response Unit acting in conjunction with a contractor for the O'Dwyer Asset Management Company that owned the vacant properties.[4][5][6]


CYM publishes a magazine titled Forward quarterly.[7]


Prominent past members of CYM[edit]


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