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WUAG calls Protest at Labour Commemoration in Clonmel Next Sunday May 23, 2012

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The sole Labour Party representative on Clonmel Borough Council will unveil a plaque in the Town Hall at 12 mid-day next Sunday, May 27 to mark the centenary of the successful proposal of James Connolly and Jim Larkin to the Irish TUC AGM to form a 32-county All-Ireland Labour Party.
The Workers and Unemployed Action Group led by Seamus Healy TD is the largest party on the Council having 5 elected members on the 12 member Council. WUAG is an affiliate of the UNITED LEFT ALLIANCE.
WUAG takes the view that the austerity policy being imposed by the Labour Party in Government is the direct opposite of the policies advocated by Connolly and Larkin which led them to propose the formation of a Labour Party in 1912. This policy includes wage reductions (JLC BILL), cuts in child benefit, reduction of heating allowances to the poor and the old, the imposition of household charges and water charges, refusal to tax the incomes and assets of the very rich and at a local level the closure of Kickham Military Barracks and the Psychiatric Unit of South Tipperary General Hospital.
The unveiling of the plaque is an act of gross hypocrisy on the part of the Labour Party.

Accordingly, the Workers and Unemployed Action Group has called a protest meeting at 11 am on Sunday next, May 27, at Parnell St Clonmel outside the Town Hall. The meeting will be addressed by Seamus Healy TD, WUAG Councillors and other invited speakers.
All those wishing to oppose austerity and to vindicate the traditions of Connolly and Larkin are invited to attend.

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1. Feadog - May 23, 2012

Gross hypocricy describes it in a nutshell. Do they not fear the risen people?

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2. Mark P - May 23, 2012

The funny part about this is that Labour leadership and entire Parliamentary Party have chickened out of attending their own 100 year anniversary commemorations. This was originally scheduled to be a full on national party celebration. Then suddenly, some weeks after the referendum date was announced, the Labour TDs discovered that their celebration was too near to polling day.

Or alternatively they bottled it.

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3. irishelectionliterature - May 28, 2012

Labour cancelled it!

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0528/1224316807544.html
THE LABOUR Party has insisted that “security concerns” led to the cancellation of a commemoration to mark its centenary due to be held in the town where the party was founded.

Labour has been accused of “hiding” by an affiliate of the United Left Alliance, which held a separate protest yesterday in Clonmel, designed to coincide with Labour’s unveiling of a plaque………

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Mark P - May 28, 2012

That’s hilarious, the cowards.

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Jim Monaghan - May 28, 2012

Total breakdown of law and order. Troika supporters persecuted and forced to flee Clonmel.Rumours abound that Worker’s Republic declared in Clonmel. Phil Prendergast asks for political asylum in Brussells. Statement expected shortly from Ms. Lagarde.

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que - May 28, 2012

Ms LaGarde asks is Clonmel in Niger, upon hearing no turns away disinterested

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WorldbyStorm - May 28, 2012

Y’know, that may not be as far-fetched as it sounds…

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Ciarán - May 28, 2012

I had this sent to me this morning…

Labour’s Clonmel Shame

The centenary of the foundation of Connolly and Larkin’s Labour Party was marked by the unveiling of a plaque in Clonmel’s Town Hall today (Sunday 27th May).

The fact that this unveiling had to happen at 6am behind closed doors bears testament to just how far removed the Labour Party of 2012 is from the defender of the interests of the working class its founders intended it to be; all effort was made to avoid the large numbers of people who turned out to voice their anger at those Labour party policies which are targeting the very people the party was founded to defend.

The protest they wished to avoid did in fact go ahead with a large number of citizens protesting at the Town Hall under the ever-present watchful eye of a large and wholly unnecessary presence of Gardaí, some of whom were obviously armed. Gardaí videoed and photographed while members of their Special Branch wrote down the registration numbers of the vehicles present.

Mike Edwards of éirígí Tipperary described the day’s events as “a good day for those opposed to the anti-worker, anti-people policies of Labour and their partners-in-austerity, Fine Gael. We have shown the Labour Party that they are that in name only – the politics they espouse and practice bear no relationship to the revolutionary socialist politics of Connolly. While they and their fellow-lackeys in Fine Gael continue to implement the diktats of the EU and international Capital, we remain faithful to the noble politics of Connolly. Far from being dissuaded, like him, we too remain faithful to the goal of true social justice. Just like Connolly we too state loudly, proudly and clearly that ‘our demands most modest are, we only want the earth!’.”

At the end of the protest at Clonmel’s Town Hall, éirígí Tipperary held an impromptu picket of the office of Labour MEP Phil Prendergast.

Following the day’s protests the political police once again showed their political bias by stopping, searching and harassing éirígí members.

In concluding Edwards stated how “the tactics used today by the Gardai will not dissuade us from our task of building a movement to achieve the Socialist Republic that Connolly dreamed of and fought and died for”.

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4. Blissett - May 28, 2012

For a town which isnt exactly massive, Clonmel has a fascinating political History. Wonder if there are any books on it.

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Blissett - May 28, 2012

Well perhaps fascinating is over-egging the pudding, but varied and interesting at the least!

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