Today is May Day
A day when Socialists, Anarchists and Labour celebrate the role of the working class and labour in general.
May Day was originally the commemoration of the Haymarket protests in Chicago in 1886.
Ireland has had many great Socialists, none more so than James Connolly and Jim Larkin. It was a shame for Ireland that she was robbed of the influence of Connolly.
Connolly's brand of Republican Socialism remains as a beacon to those of us who seek a more fair and just society.
A society where the working-class are treated equally and respected, not robbed and abused by the middle-class elites who seek to live off the back of their labour.
"We went out to break the connection between this country and the British empire, and to establish an Irish Republic . . .believing that the British government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland, the presence, in any one generation of Irish men, or even a respectable minority ready to die, to affirm that truth, makes the government forever a usurpation and a crime against human progress . . . We succeeded in proving that Irishmen are ready to die endeavouring to win for Ireland those national rights which the British government has been asking them to win for Belgium . . . I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives, if need be . . . We shall rise again!
James Connolly, court martial 9 May 1916.
I come from a long line of factory workers on my fathers side and farm labourers on my mothers side.
A true embodiment of the hammer and sickle.
Despite the fact that I am training to be a solicitor, I remain working class. I was born working-class and I will die working-class!
Those who live in the 26 counties and believe that they are "free" should consider this quote from Connolly.
“If you remove the English Army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle., unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts will be in vain. England will still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs”.
James Connolly, from Socialism and Nationalism in Shan Van Vocht, January 1897
Ní uasal aon uasal ach sinne bheith íseal: Éirímis!