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James Connolly on the Sunday Independent March 27, 2016

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.

We are out for Ireland for the Irish. But who are the Irish? Not the rack-renting, slum-owning landlord; not the sweating, profit-grinding capitalist; not the sleek and oily lawyer; not the prostitute pressman – the hired liars of the enemy. Not these are the Irish upon whom the future depends. Not these, but the Irish working class, the only secure foundation upon which a free nation can be reared.


1. CL - March 27, 2016

Connolly’s point being that unless the connection with capitalism was broken there was no real independence. Today capital still rules, despite all the green flags being hoisted over Dublin.


2. Alibaba - March 27, 2016

In the same column Ruth Dudley Edwards says “And Connolly, of course, wanted to spark the flame of international socialism and had told his men to hold on to their guns as they would be needed for the next phase.”

Yes, Connolly never lost sight of his socialist ideal. But as best I know, the notion that he told supporters to “hold on to their guns” is inaccurate. There is neither source nor credible testimony for this. It is simply anecdotally known.

And then RDE goes on to damn Gerry Adams:

“In his blog, he quotes from Thomas MacDonagh’s words at his court martial, and very fine defiant words they are. Unfortunately, they are inventions. It’s about 50 years since MacDonagh’s son Donagh accepted that the document from which Adams quotes was a forgery.

Mr Adams, as the uncle in at At Swim Two Birds used to ask: “Tell me this, do you ever open a book at all?”.

A “forgery”, oh really? I don’t know.

But seriously, it looks like RDE didn’t properly research primary materials for her new book. We can all differ in interpretations. But an historian who cannot get basic facts right is a waste of space.

Connolly was a revolutionary Marxist, an extraordinary man of action and innovative thinker who showed heroism and dedication to the bitter end.


3. Brian Hanley - March 27, 2016

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