2016 And The Crop Of Orators
By Jim Slaven
The centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has loomed large for several years and coincides with an increasing desire for political transformation across the island of Ireland. In Scotland 2016 represents the 30th anniversary of the James Connolly Society’s annual Connolly commemoration. The most significant event of its kind outside Ireland. The political landscape in Ireland and Scotland has changed completely since 1986 but the politics of James Connolly have never been more relevant.
Plans are already in place for various commemorations to mark the Rising’s centenary. Given the UK state’s continued occupation of the six north eastern Counties of Ireland and the increasingly rapacious nature of capitalism, North and South, it is not surprising that the political meaning of the 1916 Rising will be contested. The political nature of next year’s commemorations will be every bit as important as…
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