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Party members gather for Connolly Commemoration

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 05:28 PM

Connolly Commemoration - The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD speaking at the Connolly Commemoration held in Arbour Hill.
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD speaking at the Connolly Commemoration held in Arbour Hill.

Yesterday members of the Labour Party gathered for the annual James Connolly Commemoration at Arbour Hill in Dublin, where Connolly was buried after being executed in Kilmainham Jail on May 12th 1916.

Among the guests at the event were relatives of James Connolly, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello, the General President of SIPTU, Jack O'Connor as well as members and friends of the Labour Party.

Addressing the assembled crowd, Eamon Gilmore said: "We are gathered in this place, to commemorate a great socialist and a great Irishman, James Connolly. Founder of the Labour Party. Pillar of the trade union movement. An organiser, a thinker, a voice for the voiceless.

"Connolly's life and struggles still inspire us, to renew our work for the ideals that he espoused, and which have still yet to come to fruition in modern Ireland.

"We are One Ireland, united by an unquenched sense of pride in our country, determined to forge a better future for all of our children

"A future where we measure the worth of every citizen, not by what they can accumulate, but by what they can contribute.

"Where we acknowledge that we achieve most, as free people in strong communities.

"That birth is not destiny. That freedom and solidarity, are two sides of the same coin.

"That in service to each other, we often find what is best in all of us.

"Those are the values of Connolly. The values that we hold. The values that will guide us, as we work to turn that vision into reality."

You can read Eamon's full speech in our media centre as well as the speech delivered by Jack O'Connor, images from the commemoration are also available to view on Flickr.



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