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Rossport 5 receive Award from Labour Leader

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Labour Youth - Indymedia

The Tom Johnson summer school - the annual summer school of the Labour Party took place during the weekend in Kilkenny. This year the Jim Kemmy award was given to the community in Rossport and Erris and was accepted by Vincent McGrath of the Rossport Five. The Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte T.D. presented the award.

Past recipients of the award have included Rosanna Flynn of Residents against Racism and pro choice anti racist and community activist Cathleen O Neil. The award in memory of Jim Kemmy is given to people who courageously campaign and stand up for left wing political values.

Vincent Mc Grath and the Rossport community were presented with an original and rare edition of Michael Davitts prison notes to symbolise the connection between Davitt and the current struggle of the people of Erris - both have fought for the rights of Irish people to own their land. 

Pat Rabbitte presents the Jim Kemmy award to Vincent Mc Grath
Pat Rabbitte presents the Jim Kemmy award to Vincent Mc Grath

The summer school which is organised by Labour Youth - but open to all members of the Labour Party had a number of sessions related to Latin America and the rise of the left and organising workers closer to home. The need to get union recognition as a legal right was a recurring theme.

Other issues that were discussed critically included the Cuban revolution with the Cuban ambassador, the Living Wage campaign, the organising of workers in the supersizemypay.com campaign in New Zealand, internet campaigning, the organising of the air coach workers, industrial relations legislation and the right to union recognition, sectarianism in the North, the Dublin riots, the Venezuelan revolution, the mass mobilisation against the CPE in France.

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Vincent McGrath playing traditional music
Vincent McGrath playing traditional music

Noel Carrillo Cuban Ambassador
Noel Carrillo Cuban Ambassador

Peadar Kirby
Peadar Kirby

Maggie Ronayne of Global Womens Strike
Maggie Ronayne of Global Womens Strike

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author by Labour Youthpublication date Luan MFómh 04, 2006 17:37Report this post to the editors

Labour Youth had their annual Tom Johnson summer school in Kilkenny city last weekend. It gave an opportunity for Labour Party members and youth activists alike to socialise debate and discuss various topics that were the focus of the weekend. Subjects such as, South America’s swing to the left, the Dublin riots, and the future of the trade union movement in Ireland were at the forefront of discussion over the weekend.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Ireland, HE Noel Carrillo addressed the summer school in its opening session. He spoke about Cuba’s current political climate and the adverse affects that the United States blockade has had on his country. Another honoured guest at the summer school was Vincent McGrath of the ‘Rossport Five’. He was presented with the annual Jim Kemmy award for the Rossport Five’s and the Shell to Sea campaign. Shell. Vincent paid tribute to the people of Rossport for fighting against Shell.

Labour Leader Pat Rabbitte presented the award after speaking to the delegates in which he reminded them of the legacy of Michael Davitt and that his legacy is under threat due to the fact that most of Ireland’s land is owned by property developers rather than Ireland’s people. He also reaffirmed his commitment that when in government the Labour Party will restore the Freedom of Information Bill to its rightful state in order to give citizens easier access to information and to make politicians of all sides more accountable to the people of Ireland.

The most talked about session of the weekend was the Dublin Riots session. Labour members were shown an Indy Media DVD on the riots. Village magazine journalist Chekhov Feeney also spoke to members about his experience of that day and highlighted the underlying reasons behind the events of February 25th. His views were not only reaffirmed by Labour Youth members present but also by the Sunday newspapers the next morning. Other speakers in this session were Young SDLP Chair John O Doherty and Labour Youth Chairperson Graham O’Moanaigh who spoke of his experiences during the French student protests last February.

 

author by Niall Harnett.publication date Máirt MFómh 05, 2006 12:55Report this post to the editors

If Vincent Mc Grath and Pat Rabbitte had a chance to talk privately, I'm sure Vincent would have been able to give Pat a true and valuable insight into the legitimate struggle of a remote and politically betrayed rural community. And the enlightened Pat Rabbitte should know now, as he always has, that the Shell to Sea campaigners are doing right by their community and their country.

The questions now are these:

Is Pat Rabbitte going to do right by them?

If Labour is part of the next government, is Pat Rabbitte going to do anything about reclaiming our own natural resources back from the oil companies for our benefit instead of theirs?

Or is he going to facilitate them in the ongoing treason that is the 'Corrib Gas Giveaway'?

Furthermore, is he going to support Shell, stand back and watch state forces act as a private army for Shell in a doomed attempt to push past the ongoing blockade at Bellanaboy?

Or is he going to follow the recommendations of all legitimate analysis, including the report of Kevin Moore, Senior Inspector with An Bord Pleanála, which says that this high pressure pipeline must not be allowed onto the land and this refinery must be built at sea?

Who benefits?
Who benefits?

If Labour form a new government, can we take this banner down or will it have to stay up?
If Labour form a new government, can we take this banner down or will it have to stay up?

Public Representation, you're familiar with that concept?
Public Representation, you're familiar with that concept?

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Click to enlarge and see the sign on the right of picture.

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Posted Date: 
4 September 2006 - 5:01pm