SIPTU supports the campaign to name the new bridge to span the Liffey at Marlborough Street, Dublin, the ‘James Connolly Memorial Bridge’.
James Connolly was one of the most prominent leaders of the workers of Dublin during the 1913 Lockout and the 1916 Easter Rising in which he gave his life. During the 1913 Lockout, the workers of Dublin suffered unimaginable conditions to ensure a fairer and better life for all citizens. While this suffering was prolonged and many people played a pivotal role it was James Connolly who consistently showed a sense of leadership and inspired belief in the working people of Ireland.
Although last century saw a number of memorials to James Connolly, now more than ever we need to be reminded of the hope and inspiration embodied in his life. Naming the new bridge the James Connolly Bridge will encourage the citizens of Dublin to take inspiration from the past, not only by remembering James Connolly’s role in those historic times for the labour movement and in the struggle for Irish independence, but also the courageous commitment of the thousands of people he led.
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