Ailtirí na hAiséirghe

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Ailtirí na hAiséirghe
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Political position Irish nationalism
Irish republicanism
Gaelic restoration
Leader Gearóid Ó Cuinneagáin
Country Republic of Ireland
Existence 1942–1958
Newspaper Aiséirí
Colours Dark Green

Ailtirí na hAiséirghe (English: Architects of the Resurrection) was an Irish nationalist political party, founded by Gearóid Ó Cuinneagáin in 1942.[1][2] The party sought to form a Irish Christian corporatist state. Its objectives included the creation of a one-party state under the rule of an all-powerful leader; the criminalisation of the public use of the English language; removing the control of Jews and Masons over the lives of the people;[3] the building-up of a massive conscript army; and the conquest of Northern Ireland. In the longer term, Aiséirghe aimed to make Ireland into a "missionary-ideological" state spreading its combination of politics and Christian social principles worldwide.

Its sympathies were with the Axis powers during the Second World War. Ó Cuinneagáin was a member of the Irish Friends of Germany. It was one of a wave of minor patriotic parties in 1940s Ireland that failed to achieve mainstream success, like the Monetary Reform Party.[4]

The party obtained no seats in the 1943 and 1944 general elections.[5] In the 1945 local government elections, however, Aiséirghe candidates won nine seats (out of 31 contested), gaining a total of more than 11,000 first-preference votes.

Its supporters included Ernest Blythe, Oliver J. Flanagan and James Joseph Walsh.[6] Seán Treacy,[7] the future Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, was a party member in the 1940s, as were the novelist Brian Cleeve,[8] the philosopher Terence Gray[9] and the broadcaster and author Breandán Ó hEithir.[7] Although never a member, Seán South was familiar with the group's publications.[10]

After an internal split in late 1945, Aiséirghe's influence weakened. It held its last formal meeting in 1958, though the party newspaper continued to appear until the early 1970s.


See also


  1. Douglas, R. M. (2009). Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtirí na hAiséirghe and the Fascist 'New Order' in Ireland. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-7998-5. 
  2. British Spies and Irish Rebels, Paul McMahon
  3. Ó Drisceoil, Donal (1996). Censorship in Ireland, 1939-1945. Cork: Cork University Press. ISBN 1859180744, 9781859180747. 
  4. Manning, Maurice (1972). Irish Political Parties: An Introduction. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-7171-0536-6. 
  5. Defending Ireland: the Irish state and its enemies, Eunan O'Halpin
  6. Eoin O'Duffy, Fearghal McGarry
  7. 7.0 7.1 Douglas (2009), p. 250
  8. Douglas (2009), p. 163
  9. Douglas (2009), pp. 154-5
  10. Douglas 2009, pp. 285-7
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