Barbara Wilson who was for four decades a member of the Socialist Workers Party in Ireland and in Britain, died recently, just a few days short of her 85th birthday.
Many will remember her for her courage as well as her concern and sympathy for the underdog. This is what made her a fighter against injustice all her life.
As a young woman she had been arrested while participating in a banned May Day parade in London, selling the Daily Worker.
With a young family in Australia, she joined in the campaign to stop that country’s military involvement in the Vietnam War.
Later still she was back in London working as a volunteer in a refuge for abused women. There she joined the International Socialists, for-runner of the SWP. She worked for some years in the party printshop in Bethnal Green in London.
In 1980 she moved to Ireland and for many years worked in the background unobtrusively helping to prepare the Irish Socialist Worker and typing leaflets.
Family tragedy meant she moved back to London to help with the caring for her grandson with special needs, sacrificing her own domestic comfort in Dublin.
As her health declined she spent the last couple of years of her life in Australia. She will be fondly remembered for her generosity of spirit by the many comrades and friends who loved her.