Ireland convulsed by economic crisis and savage austerity cuts – Time to reconnect with Connolly’s socialist ideas
James Connolly was a great Marxist thinker and workers’ leader in Ireland, Scotland and the US. He was executed by the British state for his key role in the 1916 Easter rising in Dublin. Since then, Connolly’s ideas of international, working-class unity and socialism have been distorted by those wishing to link him with their banner. 2010 marks the centenary of the publication of his landmark book, ’Labour in Irish History’. As Ireland today undergoes economic crisis and savage austerity cuts, North and South, it is time to reconnect Connolly to the ideas he put forward in this his most important book.