Outgoing Labour leader calls for Connolly’s vision to be realized
Joan Burton, the outgoing Labour Party leader, has said that the new Government are not doing enough for workers’ rights, as she attended commemorations for the 100th anniversary of James Connolly’s death.
“Connolly’s core vision was one of equality and it’s a vision the Labour Party has sought to fulfil from its foundation,” she said.
“Connolly’s vision lives and that is crucial precisely because of the many challenges we still must overcome as a country.”
“Globalised problems like inequality, tax avoidance and evasion, the hollowing out of workers’ rights, and the dismantling of individual freedoms need globalised solutions.
“Moreover, we must be alert to the siren messages now emerging here in Ireland to frustrate legal changes to strengthen workers’ rights in situations such as the Clery’s scandal last year, not to mention the tepid nature of any commitment to a living wage in the new programme for government.”
President Michael D Higgins was also in attendance and he said Connolly and his army would be saddened to see families living in poverty one hundred years on.
“We live a fragile existence on this planet and we’re at our best when we care for each other,” he said.