James Connolly &
William Walker


The Connolly/Walker Controversy:
On Socialist Unity in Ireland


From Forward, May-July, 1911.
Republished in The Connolly-Walker Controversy: On Socialist Unity in Ireland by the Cork Workers Club.
Transcribed by The James Connolly Society in 1997.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.


Introductory Note

In the May 27th, 1911 edition of the socialist paper, Forward, James Connolly, as organiser for the Socialist Party of Ireland, made an appeal to the members of the Independent Labour Party (Belfast Area), for socialist unity in Ireland. His appeal envoked a reply from Belfast I.L.P. leader, William Walker, and a bitter controversy ensued until it was stopped by the editor. This pamphlet is an unabridged record of the controversy between Connolly and Walker which was published in Forward between May 27th and July 8th, 1911. 16.8.2003