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|Description||Éirígí is a socialist republican political party in Ireland. It was formed by a small group of activists in Dublin in April 2006 as a political campaigns group. On 12 May 2007, at the party's first Ardfheis (conference), its members voted to become a fully-fledged political party, and at its 2009 conference passed a motion to register as a political party in the Republic of Ireland. Since March 2010, the party has been registered to contest local elections only. The party Chairman is currently Brian Leeson. Breandán Mac Cionnaith was elected General Secretary in May 2009. |
The party name, "Éirígí", means "rise" in the second person plural imperative in Irish and is a reference to a quote from the Irish trade union leader, Jim Larkin: "The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees; let us rise!" In 2009, it gained its first local councillors when two former Sinn Féin councillors, Dungannon councillor Barry Monteith and Dublin city councillor Louise Minihan, joined the organisation.