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category dublin | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Saturday April 29, 2006 17:55author by Jim Report this post to the editors

There was a small enough turnout as per usual at this years May Day demonstration. Though suprisingly there was a very visible contingent of communists.
organise now join a union
organise now join a union

There were banners from several unions, ICTU Youth, Socialist Party, Labour Youth, Sinn Fein, Workers Solidarity, Belfast Trades Council, Dublin Trades Council, Labour Party, Campaign for an independent left, community and workers action group, boycott killer coke campaign, residents against racism and a very impressive banner from Aer Lingus workers. There was also an anti war contingent.

In a marked change of times there was no visible SWP presence (they used to have by far the largest contingents on these marches) though a couple of their members were along.

Residents Against Racism
Residents Against Racism

Political Parties
Political Parties

Aer Lingus not for sale!
Aer Lingus not for sale!

Community Workers Action Group
Community Workers Action Group

author by Jimpublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 17:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Photos

anarchist block
anarchist block

boycott killer coke
boycott killer coke

sam nolan of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions delivers his annual speech
sam nolan of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions delivers his annual speech

author by Confusedpublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 18:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Seems like the bosses won. Everyone back to work now.

author by Not so confusedpublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 19:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

...it could be regarded as a pre-emptive strike.

author by Elainepublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 20:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Starting with the banners, (initially).

Workers Party
Workers Party

Sexy See Through Banner
Sexy See Through Banner

B. And D. T.U.C.
B. And D. T.U.C.

D.C. Of T.U.
D.C. Of T.U.

T.E.E.U.
T.E.E.U.

author by Elainepublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 21:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

And Red again.

Communist Party
Communist Party

Got Enough Flags There?
Got Enough Flags There?

Larkin's Lads
Larkin's Lads

Cops Play Follow The Sinn Feiner
Cops Play Follow The Sinn Feiner

Cops Play Ignore The Communist
Cops Play Ignore The Communist

author by iosaf mac diarmada ... ipsiphipublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 21:24author address barcelonaauthor phone Report this post to the editors

It is our day & we are still in struggle. I reflected at a blog space organised by Redjade (now in Hungary) & where Davy Carlin appears too yesterday on what the beginning of the Workers' weekend in Barcelona, Catalonia is like, (where there are all sorts of actions & demos all weekend culminating in Euromayday on monday) and wondered whether consciousness of being a "worker" is yet to hit home in Ireland.
It appears like the liver, heart and all the offall of Cu Chullain it was eaten out a long time ago. Today I was on the phone to Ireland & asked my "formerly working class now middle class income" friend - what were they doing for worker's day? . A stunned and mildly expensive few moments of silence ensued.... I'm not really a worker. .
"Then what pray tell are you?" I replied, following with a quick list of possibilities, spat out to make up for the expensive lull before. are you a cleric with a manse? are you a squire with acres and roods under cultivation? are you a sitting deputy of the commons, lords or congress? are you a justice of the peace, magistrate, called to the bar? are you perchance a publican, hotelier, vintner? or are you a career criminal?
The reply came curtly and tart : I work for the government & you know that, you're on the phone to the Irish state. . I went out and joined the CNT (only 60 people) loudly protesting the dismissal of car factory workers, came home & tuned into the RTé internet website to see after the splendidly impossible attendance figures of 120,000 for the 1916/2006 "we are a nation gig" {without the final acts of Cu Chullain's proletarian spleen}:
how many "workers" would be counted on O'Connell Street......................300..........yippee, and to think all the people on the pavement gawking were middle class of independent means who have never needed to work a day in their lives !!! oh celtic tiger how you roar!!!

bless 'em! Bless everyone one......................maybe all the Irish workers left and are waiting the all clear to come home?
Throw a surprise party in their memory, better than lighting candles ;-)
http://www.euromayday.org/
last year's "workers papers" http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69645

Related Link: http://iosaf.allotherplaces.org/?p=130
author by Elainepublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 21:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

... got an airing today.

Anti War Types
Anti War Types

CWU Band Get Someone Dancing
CWU Band Get Someone Dancing

You Know You Want To
You Know You Want To

Solidarity With RAR
Solidarity With RAR

Spot The Shamrocks
Spot The Shamrocks

author by Elainepublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 22:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

from today

Outside The GPO
Outside The GPO

It's That Banner Again
It's That Banner Again

Never Play 'Rock Paper Scissors' Alone
Never Play 'Rock Paper Scissors' Alone

Your Ad Here
Your Ad Here

author by kpublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

No, not the attendance - but the presence of the communist flags on the march. I know its an ideal, an ideology and all that... but so many people died and were oppressed under communist rule. Commies say that the eastern bloc wasnt really communism, that it was a warped version of authoritarianism, but it was the only place where a communist revolution took place, and look what it ended up with in practice. Even Cuba now, there is no press freedom there, no freedom of association, even something like indymedia havana would be shut down within five minutes.

I find it depressing to see young people carrying communist flags. I think its an insult to the millions who died under Stalin & Mao (and dont even get me started on that poxy restaurant in Dublin) and its a denial of a very dark period in time. Leftists say that this is a stick that the right uses to beat them with - but the gulags and the purges really happened, all in the name of glorious socialist revolution...

author by young anarchistpublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 12:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There were about 10 communist party members present each one with a large flag, to make it seem like there are more. All of them were at least over 30 and most of them were over 50, there were no young communists. There were about 6 young anarchists with red and blacks, you might have mistaken them for tankies in the picture.

Joseph Stalin was a killer, they forgot but we remember.

author by pat cpublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 16:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

that mao restraunt is now a troika. they have a branch in dundrum sc and one in dun laoire. i dont think the CP are fans of stalin any longer. anyway as YA wrote the red & black block was at least as big a s the cp one.

author by EMcCpublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 16:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Anyone notice?

Not a problem. Dublin doesn't hate prods. There's a taken-for-granted difference between a Belfast Trades Council banner and a LOL banner.

Remember. May Day 2006 shock, horror! Northern protestants march down O'Connell Street and speak at rally in Beresford Place!

author by FGpublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 16:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ah! 'member when the SWP were the 'workerists' and the 'economists'. They'd a few there anyway. (No one had more than a few there, says you).

And Oi! - 'nudder missing ting: no wimmin speakers!

author by Mikepublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 18:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I seen the Residents against racism banner in the march, in one of the photos above. I'm just wondering what affiliation the R.A.R. have with Mayday?

author by CCCPpublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 18:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

SWP may not have been there but trust the young anarwcists fill the void with their navel gazing whinging. Why so catty - did someone forget the buckfast so you couldn't split off the march for your own action/pissup?

author by Josephpublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 19:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thank God the Irish people have no tendency to agree with these fringe parties. Thank God our economy is well run.

Thank God that more people vote for the PDs than in all of the fringe parties represented here combined.

author by me - personal capacitypublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 20:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

PD's... pah.
Not even going to dignify that comment...

Anyways, anyone know how Cork has gone so far, sounded like the place to be this Mayday, they had loads of stuff planned.

author by another me - the real capital (i.e. Dublin)publication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 21:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Heard there was some rts-style stuff planned for Cork - but you definitely wont hear about it here. Nobody from Cork city ever posts news on Indymedia. Depressing stuff considering they have their caz and the bookshop down there, surely there's something worth posting up on the wire now and again. Either nothing happens down there or they just have no interest in using indymedia as a resource.

author by Michael Gallagherpublication date Mon May 01, 2006 23:19author email libertypix at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

I haven't read any of the previous comments, so forgive me if I repeat points that are made.
What I want to know is, who is responsible for organising this event? Do they have an organising committee and do the organisers not realise that they are insulting the very people that paved the way for celebrations like this, by there half-hearted efforts. The turnout was terrible -again!
The theme of this years commemoration, -with a bit of imagination- could have been a great springboard to boost the unions membership by thousands in a very short space of time. A simple idea like a mobile recruiting bus, highlighted in the media, could have been used as a great launch-pad for the recruiting campaign. It would also have brought thousands onto the march.

But the 'organisers' seem to be lacking in creativity or is it just laziness, lack of will power or all three?

Too long in cushy jobs? Maybe they've lost the hunger?.

author by a frogpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 00:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

from the top: 'there was no visible SWP presence'

why was this?
is it true?

author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 12:12author email libertypix at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

...unfortunately this is true, the only SWP member that I could recognise was R. B.Barrett and there was no SWP banner at all, although they did have a stall at the garden.

The turnout by the Communist Party in relaton to there membership was a high percentage, way above the SP and the SWP.

And the CP flags were very impressive, very striking 'pardon the pun' and they look great in photos.

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Related Link: http://www.freewebs.com/libertypics
author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 12:31author email libertypics at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

...just going to throw this into the hat.
How do people feel about left wing parties/groups and individuals discussing the possibility of organising next years May Day commemoration? A cross section from the above would make a far better effort than what has been put on so far by the trade unions. The next and future May Day march could and should be held on the day.
It seems ridiculous to be holding it in April!!

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Related Link: http://www.freewebs.com/libertypics
author by Jonahpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 12:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

While agreeing that the turnout, organisation and publicity was disappointing, in the aftermath of the Irish Ferries march in December tha fact that turnout was, by my reckoning lower, than last year was even more depressing.

The march is organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions and one would expect them to treat it as a big deal but by all accounts most of the unions and parties invited to attend got about a week's notice. There was no effort made to advertise the event or mobilise people.

From a show of strength, May Day in Ireland has become a show of weakness. It should be for socialists and the left what Easter is for republicans with the same level of effort put into it.

author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 12:41author address author phone as aboveReport this post to the editors

Any opinions on the pics? It's always nice to get feedback.

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9._may_day_indy_1.jpg

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author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 12:45author address author phone as aboveReport this post to the editors

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11._may_day_indy.jpg

author by pat cpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 12:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

liked the pics. especially the RAR banner with the red flags and banners in the background, that one was superb. also liked the aviation branch banner with libert hall in the background.

author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 13:01author address author phone as aboveReport this post to the editors

...Ger O'Leary, Robert Ballagh and the great? grandson of James Connolly. Could someone put a name to this gentleman please.

AtCommemorating those who died.  At the laying of flowers outside 16 Moore Street.
AtCommemorating those who died. At the laying of flowers outside 16 Moore Street.

author by historianpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 14:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Depressing. All assembled have about as much relevance to ordinary Irish workers as one of those "Churches" on Pearse Street. Have ye nothing better to be doing on a Saturday afternoon?

author by marcherpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 14:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

No SWP, except two members. Is it because they couldn't be arsed going to this crappy march? Or are they having political difficulties? Each year this march has become a march of revolutionaries and bureaucrats. Revolutionaries included SP, WSM, (both with good contingents), Workers' Power (2 members), Sparts (3 members), SWP (2 members). The Bureaucrats included the Dublin Trades Council, SIPTU officials, Labour/LY, CPI (their flags made them seem bigger). The speeches were complete crap. One speaker told us that the Irish Citizens' Army was in the Rising to found the state! I certainly don't think so you bureaucratic f**k! Then we had the annual speechifying from that muppet Sam Nolan. He doesn't believe a word he says and doesn't put a single bit of his speechifying into action. I feel embarased for him.

author by historianpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 14:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Get a grip man! Walking around spouting some dead Russian doesn't make you a revolutionary. The Provos were the last native variety of the species and they have voted themselves into extinction.

author by brianpublication date Thu May 04, 2006 09:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The man in the centre of the photo above - between Robert Ballagh and Ger O'Leary - is James Connolly Heron. He's a grand-nephew, or great grand-nephew, of James Connolly.

author by marcherpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 12:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Get a grip man! Walking around spouting some dead Russian doesn't make you a revolutionary. The Provos were the last native variety of the species and they have voted themselves into extinction"

The Provisional IRA and Provisional Sinn Fein are not revolutionaries. They demand an All-Ireland Capitalist State. That's not revolutionary.

author by Chris Bond - Labour youthpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 15:47author email chrbond at gmail dot comauthor address Tallaght, DUblinauthor phone Report this post to the editors

'''The Bureaucrats included the Dublin Trades Council, SIPTU officials, Labour/LY,''

Ah sure jayzes isnt it good to come down from me ivory towers and me prawn sandwiches to talk to de common folk once in a while.

author by The wage deal will go through todaypublication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

word from the unions is that the rebellions in the health service have begun
already.

INO and SIPTU/IMPACT predict it will go through, but the employers are winding up
branches of SIPTU by pushing through re-structuring plans not agreed by the union.

This is HSE staff people. Ms Harney's remit.

author by 2016publication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 14:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

75% agreemnet to the PPP pay deal.

It goes through and the race to the top begins-right?

except for the health service problems and teachers- unions composed mainly of women.

SIPTU/Impact hse workers are not happy with employer bullying-now

solidarit is an ideal in this great nation, cos aer lingus privatisation is not resisted
and the women workers are bullied.
enjoy the race. elect women reps.

author by 1917publication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 14:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"SIPTU/Impact hse workers are not happy with employer bullying-now"

So why did they vote in favour of 2016? And by landslide majorities as well. There isc no point in fooling yourself because you certainly are not fooling anyone else. Live in the real world.

author by 2016publication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 14:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

yep. they are not happy. though they need good leaders, not the hogwash
that seek to lick the boots of the ibecrs and state.

resist aer lingus privitisation. no- we'll buy shares
the glassworks- money bought off the workers in Ringsend.

The joys of socialist revolution in Ireland-be like the fat cats
the unions don't need breaking- they sold out.

author by 1917publication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 14:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"resist aer lingus privitisation. no- we'll buy shares"

Its the workers who come running for the shares. Just like in Eircom. Ah the proletariat has betrayed the far left again. Pass a motion of no confidence in them.

author by 2016publication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 14:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

is it Peace/Progress/Prosperity

or Partnership/partnership/partnership.

the tri-partite structuring of the deals are a one size fits all piece of capitalist shit-weighted to two parts:- in Planning the lobbies and state.
in work_ the employers/ state.

the workers and communities sleep-walk into this bullshit. they are not unions or organisers.
they are a sell out.

author by 1917publication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 14:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"the workers and communities sleep-walk into this bullshit. they are not unions or organisers.
they are a sell out. "

So you have just passed a motion of no confidence in the working class. They are all out of step except you.

Tell me: does Connolly speak to you when no one else is around?

author by 2016publication date Tue Sep 05, 2006 15:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Connolly would be spinning in his grave.

Selfish race to the top politics in an unrecognisable Ireland
which destroys equality.

Dogmatism is not only a religious problem, it is a union problem.

Translating the econmics of equality into a mentality based on bourgeois accquisition
when kids in schools have second hand shoes donated by the ever-expanding SUV
class.

an Ireland of Equals. the unions have torn up the proclomation. eirigi should spend the
printing money, cos its not worth it.

author by 2016publication date Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors


*State Response:-http://www.entemp.ie/press/2006/20060905.htm

a Positive response, yes, from the ex-minister for health who runs the Enterprise ship
now.

*Ibec:-http://www.ibec.ie/ibec/presspublicationsdocib3.nsf/wvT...news/

a Positive response, yes, from , Turlough. as expected the unions committed sensibly to
a ten year alliance with the state and employers.

*Siptu::- This one is a bit confusing, cos there is no press release but a direct link into
the Dept of Trade and Enterprise page.

There has been no media coverage of the ISME response, as yet.

Thus the State is happy, the Unions obviously are as 75% membership voted for the deal,
the employers (whose lawyers help draft our legislations are happy).

The INO is not happy and HSE staff are rebellious.

Progress has been agreed and supported, it is one of the brands of the Government :-
'Peace/Prosperity/Progress- in a two tier society based on a simple capitalist model
that a secondary student could work out.

author by 1917publication date Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"'Peace/Prosperity/Progress- in a two tier society based on a simple capitalist model
that a secondary student could work out."

But hundreds of thousands of union members voted for the deal. I guess that makes them all stupid but you are the bright one. The problem is also, only a tiny percentage of the population vote for the parties of the far left. That meanns the electorate must be pretty dim. You had better abolish elections.

author by 2016publication date Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors


Elections are and have been in the process of being abolished in this State
since it's inception. The low turn-out and skewed branding of Parties which
crowd the centre ensure alienation of a sizeable amount of 'voters'

It could be viewed as a failure for the Left or it could be construed as an opportunity
for the left to re-visit the difficulties of a leadership within unions which seem effected
by the structures of equality manufactured by corporate mechanisms.

One of the focal points of leftism is privatisation. the issue of the sell off
of Aer Lingus and previously Eircom , are issues that union leaders
should be resisting. This applies to the sale of the land and re-cycling works
at Ringsend too. The concept of partnership or complicity in the sell offs and or
privatisation of State run companies is a thread that ran through Thatcherism
and other right -wing philosophies.

In practical terms it can be seen in the Partnership agreements, in the planning
process- in this state.

The resultant abuse of community and union evidenced by State privitisation
led to a reactive centre which spat out Blair and the concept of New Labour.
This set of comments is not mistakenly placed in the Labour Press
release on Mayday. Identification of the left with simple concepts of the
use of a globalised Capitalist model and resisting them, identifying them
and not just holding pretty banners in a hollow identification with a dry concept
of revolutionary reform- but actually educating people and identifying the process
of political stagnation requires some degree of commitment- not achieved btw
by making a deal with a right-wing party for the next government, which could be as early as
November in this year.

I don't vote.

author by Saoirse ni Caisidepublication date Fri Apr 06, 2007 01:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Sorry, the third man in the photo, if he is James Connolly-Heron, is actually James Connolly's great-Grandson, not Grand-nephew. How do I know? I have been spending a lot fo my free time researching the Connolly family and trying to build a family tree, as my friend is named Jimmy Connolly, and his dad (also) James Connolly think they might be realted to the great Connolly family, as their family is from Dublin, and well you get the point.... Anyways, Ina Connolly, James Connolly's daughter, has the married form of her name known as Ina Connolly-Heron. Her son is Brian Heron, and his own son must have been named after his illustrious great grandfather. Sorry to ramble on, but I like to keep the facts straight.

author by Cowardly Tom - Also sacked by ITGWUpublication date Fri Apr 06, 2007 20:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The banner in the first photograph should have read: organise now, join a union and be PERSECUTED.

Why have I not heard a word from all these SO -CALLED TRADE UNIONISTS about the corruption in Belfast?

DO THEY AGREE WITH IT.

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