County Wexford Sinn Féin protest outside Labour Constituency Office on May Day
Members of Sinn Féin from across County Wexford gathered outside Brendan Corish Hall on May Day to send a definitive message to the Labour Party; what would Connolly say? Wexford Sinn Féin Cllr Anthony Kelly led the colourful protest outside the building which is used as a constituency office by Minister Brendan Howlin and hosts meetings of the Wexford branch of the Labour Party.
Cllr Kelly said;
“We want to send a message to the Labour Party, the party that claims to represent workers, on International Workers Day. What would Connolly say? What would that great Irish Socialist say if he saw the Labour party in government with Fine Gael today? What would he think of them transferring tax payer’s money to gambling bondholders and into toxic banks, while half a million citizens are out of work? What would he make of their Universal Social Charge, a regressive tax which effectively cripples low and medium income workers, while the super wealthy still avail of morally criminal tax exemptions? What would James Connolly say if he saw Irelands sick lying on hospital trolleys in overcrowded corridors knowing that ‘socialists’ were in power?
“These are questions that the Labour party must consider. While Fianna Fail were in power, Labour seemed to have all the answers. Now that they are sitting on the other side of the Dail, their ideas seem to have dried up. Labour made promises to protect the working poor and most vulnerable in our society before the election. These promises must be honoured. If not, come the next election, it won’t be Sinn Féin or Connolly asking these questions, but the Irish electorate.”