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Annual Connolly Commemoration

Posted on May 14, 2012

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking at the Connolly Commemoration

Yesterday Labour TDs, MEPs, Senators, Cllrs and members met at Arbour Hill to commemorate James Connolly the founder of the Labour Party.

The Labour Party Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that during our centenary year we can look back with pride on Labour's role in forging a 'democratic, progressive, peaceful Ireland. He went on to say how Connolly was a 'patriot, an internationalist, an idealist, a socialist' and these values which have driven the party since its foundation are unchanged today.

"That was our past, it is also our future. Because the values that have driven the Labour Party from its foundations are unchanging. Ireland has changed. Labour has changed Ireland. But our party's purpose has not.

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Party members gather for Connolly Commemoration

Posted on May 17, 2010

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.

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Connolly - a towering figure for Labour

Posted on May 14, 2008

Eamon Gilmore TD - addressing the Labour Party's annual James Connolly commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin.
addressing the Labour Party's annual James Connolly commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin.

"James Connolly is the towering figure in the history of the Irish Labour movement. A thinker, writer, organiser, and activist. A soldier, a trade unionist, a journalist, a politician. The Founder of the Irish Labour Party. A republican and an internationalist.

Connolly's legacy has been claimed by many. But his life's story, and the many writings he left behind, make it impossible to depart from the compelling truth. That James Connolly was, first and foremost, a socialist," Eamon Gilmore TD, Leader of the Labour Party told the assembled crowd including members of James Connolly's family at the party's annual James Connolly Commemoration held in Arbour Hill, Dublin.

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