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Radical Right-Wing Political Parties and Groups

Radical Right-Wing Political Parties and Groups

There are no far right organisations of particular significance in Republic of Ireland, except for several small skinhead groups. Migration from Eastern Europe, however, has led to an emergence of neo-Nazi immigrants. For example, a Slovak neo-Nazi organisation in Dublin is promoting a creation of a “Facebook for white people” called “Aryanspace”.

With no prominent Neo-Fascist or Neo-Nazi organisations at the social or political level, experts on the Irish radical right have increasingly had to search around for functionally equivalent forms of populist nationalism at the party-political level. One seminal article that has explored the failure of the radical right in Ireland was Eoin O’Malley’s excellent (2008) article in the academic journal, Western European Politics. What he found was that – despite Ireland being a place amenable to the growth of a radical right party - the only generally accepted radical-right group, the Immigration Control Platform (ICP), had failed to register any notable electoral support during its period of operation from 2002-2011. Moreover, O’Malley goes onto argue that Sinn Fein has taken the place of the radical right within the Irish party system – combining an anti-establishment platform with radical nationalism that has also (coincidentally) attracted younger voters with anti-immigrant and intolerant positions.[1]

Looking beyond party political manifestations of the radical nationalist movements, social movement manifestations of the radical right have emerged in the period of study. In November 2017, an Irish branch of the pan-European ethno-nationalist organisation, Generation Identity, was established – with Facebook page and website set up at the time of the launch.[3] Most of their activities have been limited to publicity stunts (such as the unfurling of banners in Dublin over scaffolds and bridges calling for people to ‘Defend Ireland’) and handing out leaflets concerning ‘African Gangs’ in Balbriggan. The group currently has 3,879 ‘likes’ on Facebook and 3,568 followers on Twitter . It should be noted that the Irish chapter of the movement has questionable autonomy for the UK and other core European chapters in Germany and France – acting more as a placeholder rather than a substantive separate movement away from its Continental cousins.[4]


[1] O’Malley, E. (2008) ‘Why is there no Radical Right Party in Ireland?’ West European Politics 31(5). P.961

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