By Eóin Gilligan:
The recent election results and the demonstrations and public sector strikes of 2010 showed the willingness to struggle, only a leadership dedicated to taking over the major parts of industry and the banks under workers’ control can truly make the causes of Ireland and labour one. The events of 1916 marked a major development in the struggle for a socialist, united Ireland. We must finish what Connolly and the working people of Dublin began!
Good reading. There’s more about 1916 on Socialist Appeal’s front page.
I’ll add one point. Notice that the reaction of Labour (the party) is much the same as the reaction of the Dems in the US. They run and sound as if they support a Left platform, and then scurry to the right as soon as the votes are counted. The disillusionment with the Dems right now is because they, as a national party, have done this since 2008. Should they be successful in 2012, it is likely that they will do so again.