This video from Ireland, about the 1916 Easter rising, says about itself:
This is a reading of the last statement of James Connolly at his “Court Martial” for “Treason” before he was sentenced to death by firing squad by the Brits.
Tuesday 21 July 2009
by Alan Lloyd
Subtitled “The Lost Revolution,” this book chronicles the key events leading up to the “greatest industrial dispute in Irish history” and considers the fallout from its defeat.
Led by the mighty figures of James Larkin and James Connolly, with their Socialist Labour Movement and Citizens Army, the Irish working class, particularly in Dublin, were ready to do whatever was needed to improve their desperate living conditions.
The strike broke out at the Dublin United Tramways Company and swiftly spread, with a third of the city’s population eventually on the streets. The determination of the strikers was such that British Intelligence believed the strike could lead to a socialist revolution.
A resolution calling for a general strike in support of the strikers was passed at the TUC.
Some sympathy strikes did break out, but the reactionary leadership of the TUC, with their imperialist Establishment view – with the likes of Ben Tillett and James Sexton to the fore – soon backed down.
McCarthy argues that although tremendous efforts were made to raise funds and send food to Ireland, these efforts were used by Sinn Fein to argue from a nationalist, not socialist, perspective that this was the usual British charity, rather than the sympathy action which would bring about a victory.
Sinn Fein leader Arthur Griffith claimed that the Irish were victims of “English trade unionism,” which perpetuated a corrupt imperialist rule.
Sinn Fein in 1913, led by Griffith, differed from the Sinn Fein of today, which is Republican. Griffith was a monarchist who wanted the British monarchy to evolve into an Anglo-Irish double monarchy like in the Habsburg empire.
Thus, the unholy trinity of the TUC Establishment, Sinn Fein and the Catholic church gradually ensured that support for the strike was eroded.
McCarthy also contends that a successful British general strike could have profoundly altered history, especially with regards to the First World War, as Tillett and his cabal actively encouraged Irish trade union members to go to their deaths in France.
Born in Dublin in 1895, Sean McLoughlin was to become an important, if little remembered, figure in Ireland’s struggle to free itself from British rule. He was to play an integral role in the civil war which followed the signing of the treaty with Britain which brought about the formation of the Irish Free State and confirmed the partition of Ireland.
ROBIN STOCKS explains why he’s produced a book on the unsung heroes from Manchester and Stockport who took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. DURING the early months of 1916 nearly 100 Irish rebels secretly left the cities of England and Scotland in ones and twos and travelled to Ireland: here.