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category national | miscellaneous | press release author Friday May 07, 2010 13:12author by Socialist Party NEC Report this post to the editors

Leading member of the Socialist Party and a member if the International Executive Committee of the CWI

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Peter Hadden died at his home in Belfast on Wednesday 5 May after a courageous battle against cancer. Peter played an enormous role in the workers' movement in Ireland and internationally, and will be remembered with great fondness and admiration by the thousands of workers he struggled alongside.

Here are some tributes from working class and socialist activists who knew Peter:

Peter was a giant of revolutionary socialism, whose brilliant analysis of the national question stands alongside that of James Connolly. How fitting he went out to the accompaniment of the mass resistance of the Greek workers.
- Joe Higgins MEP

I would like to convey my deepest sympathies with Peter’s family and friends and express gratitude and appreciation on behalf of all the workers at the Visteon plant in Belfast. It is unquestionable that throughout our occupation the support from Peter and his comrades in the Socialist Party was invaluable.

- John Maguire, Convenor of the Belfast Visteon workers

Peter’s death is a real loss to the workers' movement. His experience, knowledge and unshakeable commitment to fighting for workers interests were tremendous assets. Throughout our strike in 2002, Peter was rock solid in his support and without doubt gave us strength to keep fighting.
- Jim Barbour, speaking on behalf of the Fire Brigades Union

Longstanding Socialist Party member and leading trade union activist Billy Lynn explained “Peter will be missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him and collaborated with him down the years. But Peter’s contribution to the socialist movement lives on, through his writings which are indispensable today in the fight against the savage cuts which all the parties in Westminster and Stormont are determined to inflict upon working class people. The greatest tribute which can be paid to Peter is to build a mass socialist movement to eradicate the gross inequalities and poverty in society, here and internationally.”

Peter played an instrumental role at times in assisting and building solidarity with workers involved in struggles, such as those at Visteon, Montupet and the Chelsea Girl strike.

He also made an immense contribution to the development of socialist thought in Ireland and internationally, writing many books and articles which qualitatively enriched a socialist understanding, particularly on the national question. His consistent emphasis on the need for workers’ unity against all forms of sectarianism in Northern Ireland inspired workers in many countries afflicted by national conflict, such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Israel and Palestine.

Peter will be sadly missed by partner Susan, sons Owen and Stephen and brother David.

Peter’s funeral will be held at 2pm Monday 10 May at Roselawn Cemetery Belfast.

author by Davy Carlinpublication date Fri May 07, 2010 11:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

My deepest sympathies go out to Peter’s family, friends and comrades.

I had known Peter for the last 15 years or so and found him as a man of great passion and drive for workers interests. Peter had a great political mind and was held in great regard within the workers Movement for the commitment, leadership and huge contribution he and the Socialist Party had provided and made in many workers struggles over the years.

And although we had our differences at times, it was an honour to have known him and to have stood shoulder to shoulder with him and his Party on workers issues, campaigns and Movements over the years.

Davy Carlin, Belfast {Former Chairperson of the Anti Racism Network}

author by Michael Gallagherpublication date Fri May 07, 2010 13:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I was shocked when I heard last night of Peter's death, he was a great fighter and I'm sure will be missed in many ways.

Condolences to his family and friends.

author by Darren C - L5I (pc)publication date Fri May 07, 2010 18:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I didn't know Peter particularly well during my time in the Socialist Party, but I admired his life in the struggle and the huge contribution he made to the development of socialist politics in Ireland. It's tragic to see a thoughtful and committed organiser depart this world. May we as socialists take strength from his example. My condolences to his family and comrades for their sad loss

author by ??publication date Wed May 12, 2010 12:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Any reports available of the funeral?

author by SP Watcherpublication date Wed May 19, 2010 16:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

See full obit for Peter Hadden at


I must say, I doubt that many people outside the SP's own ranks will recognise much in it.

author by Jolly Red Giant - Socialist Party / CWIpublication date Wed May 19, 2010 18:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Peter's contribution to the workers movement and in particular his analysis of the national question, will stand the test of time.

RIP Comrade.

author by xxx - SPpublication date Wed May 19, 2010 19:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Another obituary of Peter Hadden from the paper of the Socialist Party in England & Wales


author by Jolly Red Giant - Socialist Party / CWIpublication date Thu May 20, 2010 17:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

two part video of Peter Hadden speaking on the St. Andrews Agreement at Socialism 2006 inDublin -



author by Davy Carlinpublication date Fri May 21, 2010 12:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Looking back {for me} on some of Peters writings and talks he was spot on on quite a bit. And although there are points I did disagree with him {more especially on aspects of the North where we had heated debate and discussion} – I nevertheless learnt quite a bit about politics in my early years of recent activity engaging and debating with Peter and the Socialist party



Related Link: http://trinitycarlin.blogspot.com/2010/05/watching-history.html
author by ???publication date Sun May 23, 2010 20:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Irish Times obit also


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