Monthly Archives: October 2013

Stoneybatter/Smithfield event on 100th anniversary of Irish Citizen Army

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Pensioner protest at Leinster House – Trade Union TV vid

 

Pensioner protest at Leinster House

Pensioners pictured at a protest against budget cuts which affect the elderly Tuesday afternoon, Oct 22, 2013 at Leinster House. Video and pictures by Nick Bradshaw. 22.10.2013.

Opposing attacks on rights of young people to jobs or a living dole, not forced emigration

See the position of éirígí on the Fine Gael/Labour assault on young people: here.

Public meeting: The founding of the Irish Citizen Army (100th anniversary), Dublin, Sat, Nov 2

Saturday, November 2 at 5.00pm at the Cobblestone, Smithfield

Organised by the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project

Speaker: Dr. Brian Hanley

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The next public talk organised by the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project takes place on Saturday 2nd November at 5.00pm in the Cobblestone pub, Smithfield and marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Citizen Army.The Irish Citizen Army was founded in November 1913, almost two months after the commencement of the Lockout.

During the early weeks of the Lockout the Dublin Metropolitan Police brutally attacked workers on the streets of the capital and two workers died as a result of injuries inflicted by police. The ICA armed itself with hurls and batons and its primary role was to protect marches organized by the ITGWU from police attack.

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Anti-Internment League white-line picket, Falls Rd, this Saturday

AILThe Anti-Internment League is inviting all political, community, cultural and sporting organisations as well as ex-prisoners groups, trade unions, human and civil rights groups, democrats, republicans and socialists, and individuals concerned about detention without trial to participate in an attempt to hold the World’s Largest White-Line Picket, this Saturday (October 26) on the Falls Road.  The picket is to highlight the continued use of internment against republicans in Ireland.

The record attempt will be for entry into the Guinness Book of Records with the aim of putting the issue of internment in the headlines and keeping it high on the political agenda.

Anti-Internment White-Line Picket

2pm, Saturday, October 26

Falls Road, Belfast

1968 Mexico Olympics and the spirit of freedom

Mexico21968 was a very turbulent year.  Obviously it was a turbulent time in Ireland.  As the October 1968 civil rights march was taking place in Derry, athletes were preparing for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.  The Games were controversial because of the repression directed a couple of months earlier against protests in the centre of Mexico City.  The Olympics also saw a stand against racism taken by the three medallists (two black Americans and one white Australian) on the podium after the 200 metres race.

For the famous clenched fist salute and the background to it, including of the Australian silver medalist, see: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-1968-olympics-and-the-spirit-of-resistance/

For the student movement and Mexican government repression, see: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-1968-student-rebellion-in-mexico/

Anti-austerity protest, Dublin, Sat, October 12

Rally against the 26-County government’s next austerity budget,

1pm, Saturday 12th October.

Assemble at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin

Organised by DCTU.

Join the éirígí contingent for the march

Brian Leeson (chairperson, éirígí) on the legacy of 1913 and the Irish Citizen Army

Light years ahead of the gas-and-water socialists.

 

Seamus Costello wreath-laying ceremony, North Strand, October 5, 2013

Interesting to see that the chairperson was Ursula Ní Shionnáin, a prominent member of éirígí and the main speaker was Sean Doyle, a comrade of Costello’s who is now a member of Clann éirígí.  The full-on embrace of Costello by éirígí over the past couple of years has been a very encouraging development, indicative of the fact that éirígí has no interest in building a Provos Mark 2 politically but, rather, is focused on building a hard-core socialist-republican movement.  Also, good to see that the main commemoration in Newtownmountkennedy featured both éirígí and IRSP speakers.