Monday 5 December 2016

Labour and 1916 celebrations

Published 23/04/2010 | 05:00

If Eamon Gilmore's exaltation of the 1916 insurrection at the close of his address to the Labour Party conference as: "That seminal moment when our State was conceived, the 1916 rising" (Irish Independent, April 19), is anything to go by; we are in for one hell of a jamboree of jingoistic nationalist celebration in 2016, no matter what condition this dead-country-walking is in.

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Earlier this month, Mr Gilmore accused the Taoiseach of "economic treason" over Anglo Irish Bank and so on, yet he has no trouble with the role of Irish labour from 1916 to 1923, which was, to use his words, "to step aside for Irish independence".

A case of pro gloria, et patria (for glory, and fatherland) assuming, from a labour perspective, a far more important place than that of the interests of the working class, and poor.

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