“We cannot conceive of a free Ireland with a subject working class; we cannot conceive of a free working class in a subject Ireland”

United Wolfe Tone Commemoration

Time for hope – time for radical change

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Oration: John Douglas of Mandate

Bodenstown

2:30pm … 20 August 2017

 

As part of its continuing work to encourage better understanding, co-operation and unity of action among all those who wish to see real and meaningful change in the political, economic, social and cultural structures of our country, the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum is planning to hold a united commemoration at the grave of Theobald Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare, on Sunday 20 August at 2:30 p.m.

As you are aware, Tone was and is a towering figure in Irish history, someone who struggled hard to establish a better understanding of and bring unity to our people. His legacy is one in which the “people of no property” would be masters of their own destiny, uniting our people regardless of religious differences, believing that such unity was a central and essential element in achieving that goal.

The Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum believes that this still is and must be a central goal of all progressive-minded individuals and organisations throughout our country. That is why we are extending an invitation to trade unions, community organisations, women’s and youth organisations to take part in this non-sectarian and indeed anti-sectarian celebration of the ideals of Theobald Wolfe Tone, the founder and inspiration of modern secular, democratic republicanism, in an increasingly diverse Ireland. We wish to make it a gathering of all those who feel that it is time to present a radical alternative to all our people, from Antrim to Cork.

We need to begin the difficult but necessary task that once again places first the interests of the “people of no property”: working people, the people who create all wealth yet wait in line for housing, health services, education, and social services, who daily experience cuts in the services they rely on—a movement that reflects the richness and diversity of our people, for building a society free from poverty and unemployment, for creating a society built on solidarity.

Throughout the country, working people witness and experience daily the growing disparity of wealth between the rich and powerful and those who struggle to make ends meet. We witness our families being scattered across the world through emigration. It is working people who are experiencing their wages and pensions being cut, who are the victims of zero-hour contracts and precarious employment.

We need to build a movement that will challenge external domination and control and the institutions and structures that restrict the capacity of Irish working people to exercise unfettered control over all economic and political decisions that affect their lives—a movement that seeks to build the unity of working people, regardless of past or present differences; a movement that brings unity to progressive forces and brings unity to our country.

We intend this to be a family event and would encourage everyone to bring a picnic on the day, weather permitting.

Tommy McKearney (Secretary)

E-mail: forumodonnell@gmail.com … Phone: 00353 87 2390750

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Forum carrying out training  

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The Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum has organised training sessions employing methodology of Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator and philosopher

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The Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum – A forum for socialist republicans to discuss our ideology, to engage with, listen to and learn from our people and to forge the tools which are necessary to analyse our society, understand what oppresses us and construct a vision of the Ireland which we aim to build together.

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