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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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