TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has insisted that his party is still staying true to the values of James Connolly – as it prepares to implement €1bn in public sector pay cutbacks.
At the annual commemoration to the Labour party founder and 1916 leader, Mr Gilmore said that Mr Connolly knew, too, that there was no easy or pain-free route to freedom.
He said that his party had shown its realism and determination to do what is necessary for the country to recover.
"We believe now, as Connolly believed, in an Ireland based on solidarity and fairness, freedom and responsibility. An Ireland where there is no boundary, no limit to what we can achieve working together as a people," he said.
Mr Gilmore had come under fire in the Dail last week from Independent TD Clare Daly, who accused him of not following the legacy of James Connolly. His party is under pressure to deliver €1bn in public sector pay cuts, even though it draws much of its support from the public sector.
Mr Gilmore said that the Irish people had made sacrifices for the country's economic future – just as Mr Connolly and his comrades had made sacrifices to deliver the country's political freedom.
The event was held in Arbour Hill Cemetery in Dublin where Mr Connolly and 13 other 1916 leaders are buried.