“Not one of the employers in this country with all their millions could organise what we have here today. Because you cannot put a price on solidarity”
This was how Michael McNamara put it to the 11,000 strong crowd in Limerick on Friday the 9th December this month. There to protest about Irish Ferries and the race to the bottom, I think most of us were just shocked and delighted by the incredible turn out. A few days later Daily Ireland produced my favourite newspaper cover of the year when they had a photo of the 100,000 strong Dublin march and the headline ‘Victory for Solidarity”. Whether it was a victory or not, I think it reminds us that we still have power and that getting people on the streets is not something that only happened in the past. Another report of the march is available here and for the record here are two speeches made on the day by Michael McNamara and Declan Kelliher. Thanks to Lorcáin for this.
Onwards and upwards
The Bottom Dog